Supporting Structure Having Work Holder Receiving Apertures Or Projections Patents (Class 269/900)
  • Patent number: 10214250
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a truck bed and an extruded tailgate that is rotatably secured to the bed. The extruded tailgate forms laterally extending internal, external, upper, and lower panels. The exterior surfaces of each of the internal, upper, and lower panels define T-slots that are configured to receive accessory components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua Robert Hemphill, Jack Marchlewski, Dragan B. Stojkovic, Jeffrey Gray, Robert Reiners
  • Patent number: 9862431
    Abstract: A truck box assembly includes a truck box and a tailgate. The truck box is mounted to a vehicle body. The tailgate is mounted to a rear portion of the truck box for rotation between at least closed and open positions and includes an inner face and an upper face. The upper face defines a first clamp pocket sized to receive an external clamp to secure an item to the inner face when the tailgate is in the open position. The tailgate may further define a latch receiver pocket sized to receive a latch of the truck box to secure the tailgate in the closed position. The first clamp pocket may be located proximate the latch receiver pocket. The latch receiver pocket may be located adjacent a rear pillar of the truck box when the tailgate is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua R. Hemphill, Dragan B. Stojkovic, Jack Marchlewski, Robert Reiners
  • Patent number: 9789914
    Abstract: A vehicle tailgate includes a frame, pair of hinges, inner tailgate panel, and outer tailgate panel. The frame has a first outer side-member and a second outer side-member. Each of the outer side-members is secured to ends of a lower outer cross-member. The outer side-members each have an internal surface and an external surface. The internal surfaces define T-slots. One of the pair of hinges is secured to each external surface of the outer side-members. The inner and outer tailgate panels are secured to opposing outer sides of the frame such that the external surfaces of the outer side-members remain exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Clay Wesley Maranville, David Anthony Wagner, John Wayne Jaranson, Richard H. Wykoff, II, Patrick James Blanchard, Peter A. Friedman
  • Patent number: 9595785
    Abstract: A protective element for manufacturing circuit boards is provided, where conductors are fastened to the contacts of the conductors. The protective element includes recesses which are configured for arranging a conductor each, and the protective element can be arranged adjacent a support. The recesses of the protective element are arranged in a first position in alignment with the recesses of the support and in a second position at an angle relative to the recesses of the support. Preferably, the protective element has at least one hinge section which is configured for interacting with a complimentary hinge section of a support which can be mounted against the protective element, where pivoting of the protective element against the support about the pivoting axis of the interacting hinge sections moves the protective element on the support from the first position into the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: NEXANS
    Inventors: Richard Riedel, Dietmar Volkl, Norbert Bock, Johannes Wagner
  • Patent number: 8967608
    Abstract: A glass substrate-holding tool employed during the production of a reflective mask blank for EUV lithography includes an electrostatic chuck and a mechanical chuck. A caught and held portion of a glass substrate caught and held by the electrostatic chuck, and pressed portions of the glass substrate pressed by the mechanical chuck are located outside a quality-guaranteed region on each of a film deposition surface and a rear surface of the glass substrate. The sum of a catching and holding force applied to the glass substrate by the electrostatic chuck and a holding force applied to the glass substrate by the mechanical chuck is at least 200 kgf. A pressing force per unit area applied to the glass substrate by the mechanical chuck is at most 25 kgf/mm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Takahiro Mitsumori, Takeru Kinoshita, Hirotoshi Ise
  • Patent number: 8919755
    Abstract: A clamping apparatus for clamping a plurality of Hi-Fix boards arranged in a row, includes at least one rotational clamping unit installed to clamp facing end sides of the two or more Hi-Fix boards together, and a plurality of clamping units installed to clamp end sides of the Hi-Fix boards other than the facing sides thereof. The rotational clamping unit includes a clamper installed to rotate about a fixed rotation point to clamp or release the claming of the facing end sides of the two or more Hi-Fix boards, and a driving unit for providing a rotational force to the clamper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Techwing Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Gyun Shim, Yun Sung Na, In Gu Jeon, Tae Hung Ku, Dong Han Kim
  • Patent number: 8915489
    Abstract: A method is specified for the production of a flexible circuit configuration, which allows the manufacturing of such flexible circuits on a carrier film cost-effectively and with high precision. For this purpose, the carrier film is fastened at the beginning of the method on a rigid frame, which encloses an inner area, and spans the inner area using an inner surface. After finishing of a layer structure and optionally additional method steps, structures for flexible circuit configurations which are created over the inner surface may be cut out easily by cutting the flexible circuit configurations out of the inner surface as a cutout. Through the fastening of the carrier film on the frame, it is ensured during the various method steps of the production of the flexible circuit configuration that the carrier film, which is flexible per se, always forms a level foundation for the various method measures, in particular the photolithographic structuring of layers of a layer structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Cicor Management AG
    Inventors: Ernst Feurer, Bruno Holli, Alexander Kaiser, Karin Ruess
  • Patent number: 8888085
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, devices and methodologies for handling wafers in wafer processing operations such as solvent and plasma cleaning. In an example situation, a wafer that has been separated from a support plate can be cleaned. The wafer still needs to be handled carefully during such a cleaning operation. Various devices and methodologies that facilitate efficient handling of wafers and wafer-cleaning operations are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Canale, David J. Zapp
  • Patent number: 8844117
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a machine tool and a corresponding method for machining, in particular for turning and milling, a workpiece having a central bore, said machine tool including a tool holder for holding a tool, a work rest for seating the workpiece, a work mounting for holding the workpiece in place, and a drive mechanism for rotating the workpiece about a central rotation axis, wherein the work rest has an arbor for attaching the workpiece, such that a section of the arbor projects into the central bore on a first side of the workpiece, and wherein the work mounting has a counter-holder movable in the direction of the bore axis of the central bore for applying a contact pressure, acting in the direction of the bore axis, to the workpiece on a second side opposite the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Chiron-Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dirk Prust, Karl Deufel
  • Patent number: 8827253
    Abstract: A hand-strung jewelry construction board. A plurality of holes is drilled into the board. One or more pins are inserted into the holes. Also, one or more clamps are inserted into the holes. A jewelry string is looped around the pins and clamped in position by the clamps. In a preferred embodiment, second and third strings are wrapped around the jewelry string adjacent the pins at each end of the jewelry string. The second and third wrapped strings are glued into place. When the jewelry string is removed from the jewelry construction board, permanent loops are formed into the jewelry string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Sandra Younger
  • Patent number: 8814153
    Abstract: An automatic clamping device for clamping a slab (90) of rigid material onto the worktable (18) of an operating machine comprises a central body (42) terminating at both ends in a bottom cavity (72) and a top cavity (77) each having a suction cup function and being intended to engage, respectively, with the table (18) and the slab (90). The bottom cavity (72) is designed to engage with a through-hole. (30) formed in the thickness of said table (18) and communicating with an air suction duct (26, 28) in turn connected to an air suction source, so as to form a single air suction circuit, the through-hole (30) being associated with shut off valve (32) and closing member 36 for interrupting communication between the cavity (72) and the suction source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Luca Toncelli
  • Patent number: 8784939
    Abstract: A shoe platen to securely hold a shoe so that graphics, including custom graphics, can be printed on the shoe automatically. The platen comprises a shoe plate 102 configured to receive shoes such as high-top shoes or low top shoes. Adjusters 104, 106 can also be used to accommodate shoes of various styles and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Pics on Kicks, LLC
    Inventors: Nick Romero, Fernando Padilla
  • Patent number: 8757603
    Abstract: Apparatus for lifting substrates from substrate supports are provided herein. In some embodiments, a substrate lift may include: a substrate support having a plurality of lift pins movably disposed through the substrate support to selectively raise and lower a substrate; an actuator coupled to the plurality of lift pins to control the position of the plurality of lift pins, wherein the actuator has a first port for receiving air at a first pressure to cause the actuator to extend the plurality of lift pins and a second port for receiving air at a second pressure to cause the actuator to retract the plurality of lift pins; and a pressure regulator coupled to the actuator to reduce the first pressure to a magnitude that is less than that of the second pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Willwerth, David Palagashvili
  • Patent number: 8746666
    Abstract: A media carrier, adapted to hold a plurality of pieces of magnetic media, is disclosed. This media carrier can be placed on the workpiece support, or platen, allowing the magnetic media to be processed. In some embodiments, the media carrier is designed such that only one side of the magnetic media is exposed, requiring a robot or other equipment to invert each piece of media in the carrier to process the second side. In other embodiments, the media carrier is designed such that both sides of the magnetic media are exposed. In this scenario, the media carrier is inverted on the platen to allow processing of the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Hertel, Julian Blake, Edward Macintosh, Alexander Kontos, Frank Sinclair, Christopher Rowland, Mayur Jagtap, Sankar Ganesh Kolappan
  • Patent number: 8713774
    Abstract: Systems and methods of rapid model vehicle construction. The invention substitutes large and unitary model vehicle sections for the greater number of individual model vehicle components used in known model vehicle construction techniques. Further, substantially the entire exterior of a model vehicle is created from the collective non-machined or substantially non-machined exterior portions of interlocked model vehicle sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Curtis Strawn
  • Patent number: 8677591
    Abstract: A system and methods for disassembling a machine is provided. The machine includes a casing including a plurality of arcuate channels defined therein. The system includes a reaction bridge configured to couple to a casing, the reaction bridge including a first leg, a second leg and a support beam extending therebetween, a force device including an actuator and a connecting rod extending therefrom, wherein the force device is coupled to the reaction bridge support beam. The force device is configured to apply a force to an end of a segment positioned in one of the casing channels. The system also includes a clevis assembly coupled to the connecting rod, wherein the clevis assembly is configured to engage the segment to facilitate removal of the segment from the rotary machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Randall Stephen Corn, Douglas Anthony Serieno
  • Patent number: 8646764
    Abstract: The invention relates to a negative pressure clamp that includes a bearing plate including a plurality of chambers into each of which gives a suction duct, said working plate being covered with a flexible and formable working plate having suction openings formed therein for drawing a part to be maintained and perforations in which are inserted the lugs of the bearing plate arranged about the chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Cirtes SRC
    Inventors: Claude Barlier, Thibaut Jannot, Rudy Michel, Romain Siegel
  • Patent number: 8641026
    Abstract: A tool for servicing a fuel dispensing nozzle, said tool comprising a substantially semicircular base plate with two uprights protruding from the top to receive a fuel pump nozzle therein; said base plate being formed to fit on the mouth of a bucket and substantially cover the mouth of said bucket, while leaving open a portion of the bucket; said base plate having on its bottom surface protruding guides to ensure a snug fit on the mouth of said bucket; so that a fuel dispensing nozzle may be easily secured for separation from a hose and residual fuel may be easily drained from said nozzle and said hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Husky Corporation
    Inventor: John Sever
  • Patent number: 8628069
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for guiding and aligning a semiconductor chip package. The apparatus may include an insert, a plate above the insert, and an adapter. The insert may be configured to house various sizes of semiconductor chip packages. The plate may be configured to move vertically with respect to the insert. The adapter may be coupled to the plate and may be configured to guide at least one semiconductor chip package into the insert and to perform alignment of the at least one semiconductor chip package. In accordance with example embodiments, the at least one semiconductor chip package may have a size corresponding to at least one of the various sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Young-Chul Lee
  • Patent number: 8590874
    Abstract: A fixing structure (10) of a distribution member has a plurality of pins provided on one of an annular distribution member and a stator in a predetermined arrangement relation in the circumferential direction, and a plurality of holes provided in the other one of the annular distribution member and the stator so that the plurality of pins are fitted thereinto, respectively. In the fixing structure, each pin and a corresponding hole form one fitting set and the tightening margin of each fitting set has a different value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kei Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8572828
    Abstract: The present invention includes a mounting structure for mounting a component between a first member and a second member. According to the mounting structure, the component is first placed on a surface of the first member. Then, the second member is fitted with the component by a fitting device, so that the component is positioned relative to the second member. Thereafter, the component is fixed in position relative to the first member by a joint device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignees: Aisan Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshihiro Sakai, Akihisa Hotta, Koji Katano, Toshiyuki Inagaki, Nobutaka Teshima
  • Patent number: 8534303
    Abstract: A carrier for supporting a substrate during processing by a meniscus fowled by upper and lower proximity heads is described. The carrier includes a frame having an opening sized for receiving a substrate and a plurality of support pins for supporting the substrate within the opening. The opening is slightly larger than the substrate such that a gap exists between the substrate and the opening. Means for reducing a size and frequency of entrance and/or exit marks on substrates is provided, the means aiding and encouraging liquid from the meniscus to evacuate the gap. A method for reducing the size and frequency of entrance and exit marks is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Robert O'Donnell, Eric Lenz, Mark Wilcoxson, Mike Ravkin, Alexander A. Yatskar
  • Patent number: 8511663
    Abstract: A screen installation device is used for assembling a screen plate to a frame, the screen installation device, and includes a positioning device and a plurality of connection devices. The positioning device is for locating the frame. The connection devices are detachably assembled to the positioning device and are arranged around the screen plate, and part of each connection device is located and retained between the screen plate and the frame to create a constant width gap between the screen plate and the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Wei Gong, Nai-Lin Yang, Hai-Bo Li, Min Zhuo
  • Patent number: 8505896
    Abstract: An object positioning/fixing device is capable of generating a clamping force by clamp bolts capable of being fastened manually and realizes high operability of the clamp bolts. A simple clamp mechanism comprises the clamp bolts as major components. The object positioning/fixing device has a cooperative assembly of the positioning mechanism and the clamp bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Ichiro Kitaura, Takayuki Munechika
  • Patent number: 8490956
    Abstract: A fixture assembly for retaining a workpiece during a coining process includes a mounting block. The workpiece includes an airfoil portion, a platform, and feet extending from the platform opposite the airfoil portion configured to engage a retention slot in a gas turbine engine, each foot defining a substantially arcuate engagement surface. The mounting block includes a first portion having a slot defined therein between opposite first and second lateral edges and having an exposed front face, first and second retaining structures positioned adjacent to the first and second lateral edges, respectively. Each of the first and second retaining structures overhangs the slot and defines an engagement surface facing the slot, such that during engagement of the workpiece the substantially arcuate engagement surfaces of the feet contact the engagement surfaces of the first and second retaining structures to provide a pivotable engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Pratt & Whitney Services PTE Ltd.
    Inventors: Nathan D. Korn, Mohamed Salleh Najib
  • Patent number: 8469344
    Abstract: A tooling system (1) having a number of elements (2) arranged in an array, which elements define a contoured surface, or a section of a contoured surface. The tooling system also including means (7) for mounting an element to a support rail (5) which extends across the array, which means allows adjustment of the height of the element with respect to other elements of the array, and extends through the support rail into a space defined below the support rail. A supporting element (6) formed from a suitable resistant material and including accommodation means (8) for the means for mounting, is located in the space below the support rail and is sized so that it substantially vertically fills the space between the support rail and a base on which the tooling system is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Surface Generation, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ben John Halford
  • Patent number: 8465011
    Abstract: A fixing jig is made up of a plate-like jig main body (2) and a close contact layer (3) which detachably holds a work (W) in close contact therewith. The jig main body has: on one surface thereof a plurality of supporting projections (4) to support the close contact layer; and also has, along an outer peripheral portion of said one surface, a side wall (5) which is of substantially the same height as the supporting projections. The close contact layer is adhered to an end surface of the side wall to thereby define a partitioned space (6) between the close contact layer and the jig main body. By sucking the air within the partitioned space via a ventilation hole (7) formed in the jig main body, the close contact layer is deformed. The work is thus surely supported and fixed also in performing a processing in which a force is applied to the work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignees: Lintec Corporation, Shin-Etsu Polymer
    Inventors: Takeshi Segawa, Kiyofumi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8454005
    Abstract: A clamping apparatus includes a receiving frame, a guide plate, two drive assemblies, and two clamping assemblies. The receiving frame includes two parallel securing arms and a connection arm. The securing arms and the connection arm define a first receiving space. Each of the securing arms defines a slot. The guide plate is configured for mounting of a workpiece thereon. The drive assemblies are configured for cooperatively moving the guide plate between a first position and a second position. When the guide plate is located at the first position, the workpiece is loaded on the guide plate and distant from the connection arm. When the guide plate is located at the second position, the workpiece is adjacent to the connection arm and entirely received in the first receiving space and the slots. The clamping assemblies are configured for cooperatively clamping the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Zhen Ding Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Pang Cheng
  • Patent number: 8448931
    Abstract: In a work pallet positioning and fixing device that positions a work pallet over a base member in the horizontal direction and in the vertical direction and fixes it thereto by pressing forces of clamp bolts, the base member is provided with first and second reference members for positioning, and a reference seating surface and, by making bolt head accommodation holes of bolt holes for four fitting bolts fitting flange portions of the reference members partially overlap with protruding engagement portions as seen in plan view, a plurality of tapered engagement surfaces on the external peripheries of the protruding engagement portions being segmented into four sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Ichiro Kitaura, Takayuki Munechika
  • Patent number: 8430384
    Abstract: A device capable of picking up optical elements includes a first suction member, a second suction member, a vacuum pump unit and a liquid spraying unit. The first suction member defines a chamber. The second suction member is arranged around the first suction member to form an annular space. The vacuum pump unit pumps the air out of the chamber and the annular space to create a vacuum therein, which generates a suction force to suck the optical elements respectively. The liquid spraying unit communicates with the chamber and the annular space, and pours the liquids into the chamber and the annular space. When the liquid volatilizes in the chamber and the annular space to fill the vacuum, the optical elements disengage from the first suction member and the second suction member respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsiang-Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 8403387
    Abstract: A gripping apparatus includes a palm and a plurality of fingers having joints to grip a tool with the palm and the plurality of fingers. A palm side contact surface is provided on the palm and brought into contact with a tool side contact surface of the tool, and holes are provided in the palm side contact surface into which projections provided on the tool side contact surface of the tool can be inserted. Engagement of the projections in the holes determines a position of the tool in a tangential direction of the palm side contact surface and a position of the tool in a rotational direction around a normal line of the palm side contact surface which is a rotary shaft center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mikio Nakasugi, Yoshiyuki Miyazaki, Akiyoshi Yokoi
  • Patent number: 8366091
    Abstract: An automatic stop gauge used in woodworking to facilitate the cutting of multiple workpieces to the same length, or working of the pieces at equal positions along each, quickly and accurately has a plurality of stops, moveably mounted on a beam-like fence, which is in turn aligned with and connected to the existing top fence of a cutting or drilling tool when present “Pin” type stops deploy in succession by means of gravity from holes drilled in the beam at incremental spacings of one or more inter-hole distances. An operator presses a work piece against the beam which retracts one or more of the pins from its stop-defining position projecting from the beam, and with lateral movement of the work piece toward the working member of the tool, as guided by the beam, pins redeploy one at a time, to each provide a new stop position for the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Melvin Reggie Harder
  • Patent number: 8359895
    Abstract: A lower die or nest apparatus is described to create a hemming environment that locates and holds a metal panel to a frame using suction in a manner that substantially resists said loads on the panel without damage or deformation. The vacuum nest includes a frame made of a rigid material with an outer work surface and an interior region with a sealed elongated channel shaped to the contour of the metal panel. A polymeric rope is inlayed within a groove formed in the interior region to form the sealed elongated channel. A support member may be formed within the channel by inlaying additional polymeric ropes into grooves formed within the channel. A vacuum source is fluidly coupled with the sealed elongated channel to create a downward force by evacuating the volume of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Modern Body Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Jonathon Reo Campian
  • Patent number: 8359741
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a bearing cap is disclosed using a fixture that has a mandrel that is received in the bearing bore and clamps that engage the outer surface of the bearing caps. A pair of bolt shoulders of the bearing caps are machined and a bolt hole is drilled in each of the bolt shoulder portions. The bearing bores are subsequently machined with the bearing caps being located based upon the location of the bolt holes to form a plurality of finished bearing caps. A holding fixture is disclosed for machining bearing caps that have a generally semi-cylindrical bearing bore on an interior surface and bolt shoulders on opposite sides that are drilled to receive bolts. The holding fixture comprises a fixture frame to which a mandrel is attached that receives the bearing caps with the bearing bore centered relative to the mandrel. A plurality of clamps engage an exterior portion of the bearing caps to retain the bearing caps on the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Fettes Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. McKown, Richard T. Najarian
  • Patent number: 8307522
    Abstract: A machine tool and pallet standby station using a crane for changing a pallet between a table or pallet mounting table (27) of the machine tool and the pallet standby station are provided. The table (27) includes a plurality of guide pins (31) having tapered front ends, a plurality of elevatable lift pins (35) having spherical front ends, and a plurality of taper cones (37) having tapered outer peripheral surfaces. On the other hand, the pallet (P) includes at least two brackets (39) attached so as to project in the side directions from the two side surfaces of the pallet, and each bracket is formed with a guide hole (41) into which a guide pin (31) is inserted for rough positioning of the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Makino Milling Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8276897
    Abstract: Plastic parts are held by a holding device in a position for transfer to a receiver. Each part has a wall with a pierceable wall region that is accessible from one side, and the holding device is provided with a needle. With the part in the transfer position, the pierceable wall region is pressed against the needle, so that the needle penetrates the pierceable wall region and the wall is secured to the needle. The holding device may be a magazine type with multiple sockets for holding corresponding parts on needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventor: Michael Schneider
  • Patent number: 8272630
    Abstract: A device for fixing especially surface-like workpieces has a flexible attachment surface at least one holding device which holding devices may be embodied as spheres which are held in openings by an elastic surface-like component in a resilient manner. Between the elastic surface-like component and the attachment surface, there exists a reduced pressure, so that, as a consequence of the reduced pressure, or the air pressure of the ambience, respectively, a workpiece resting at the attachment surface is pressed against the attachment surface 2. Consequently, spheres are pressed out of the openings only where the workpiece rests on the attachment surface in order to be held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Bernd Paspirgilis
  • Patent number: 8245375
    Abstract: A method for repairing a rotor of a turbine includes providing a rotor having a groove portion defined by a circumferential portion of the rotor. The circumferential portion of the rotor is removed to create an opening to provide access to the groove such that the opening, immediately adjacent the groove, is narrower than the groove. A guide block may be extended into a receiving slot separating a first protruding surface from a second protruding surface of the rotor such that a weld area slot of the guide block extends over at least a portion of the opening. The opening may be welded adjacent the guide block to close at least a portion of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Mechanical Dynamics & Analysis, Ltd.
    Inventors: James Harvey Coffey, Andrew Otto Ruehs
  • Patent number: 8201813
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fixture and method for mounting a head window to a frame for use in a submarine periscope system. The fixture supports the head window during the potting of the head window to the frame. A spring-loaded clamping plate is mountable to a baseplate for relative movement therebetween. The clamping assembly has an oval recessed portion. A plurality of spaced apart feet are formed within the oval. The feet support and are bonded to the head window. Shim stock are placed between the feet to define a critical gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Wendell C. Maciejewski, Douglas Sasko, Gary N. Motin
  • Patent number: 8186661
    Abstract: A wafer holder for holding a semiconductor wafer during a thermal wafer treatment process. The wafer holder includes at least three wafer supports. Each wafer support includes an upright shaft and a plurality of flexible fibers supported by the shaft in positions such that at least some of the fibers engage the semiconductor wafer when the wafer rests on the wafer supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Pitney, Thomas A. Torack
  • Patent number: 8151432
    Abstract: A system of splicing ends of conveyor belts is provided that enables a splice installer to install splices in an easy and fast manner. In one aspect, the system includes a base having a recess extending therealong configured to fit fastener members of conveyor belt fasteners therein so that the fastener members do not shift as the belt fasteners are attached to the belt ends. In another aspect, removable rivet guide blocks are provided which significantly reduces the weight of an alignment bar having upper plate members of the belt fasteners secured thereto. In addition, the removable guide blocks allow the installer to secure the upper plate members to the alignment bar without having to deal with the heavy weight of multiple guide blocks fixed thereto. A method of splicing belt ends is also provided which includes indexing the removable guide block along the alignment bar during for riveting operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Flexible Steel Lacing Company
    Inventors: William J. Daniels, William R. Wawczak, Pan Yim Ng
  • Patent number: 8146902
    Abstract: A carrier structure for supporting a substrate when being processed by passing the carrier through a meniscus formed by upper and lower proximity heads is described. The carrier includes a frame having an opening sized for receiving a substrate and a plurality of support pins for supporting the substrate within the opening, the opening being slightly larger than the substrate such that a gap exists between the substrate and the opening. The frame comprises a composite core, a top sheet, a bottom sheet, a layer of aramid fabric between the top sheet and the core and a second layer of aramid fabric between the bottom sheet and the core. The top sheet and the bottom sheet being formed from a polymer material. A method of manufacture is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Wing Lau Cheng, Helen Cheng, legal representative, Arnold Kholodenko
  • Patent number: 8141860
    Abstract: A versatile, foldable and disposable cutting board (1) for preparing food is made of a thin, resiliently flexible sheet of propylene, stainless steel or other cut-resistant material. The board has a triangular section (11) projecting away from the user to form a distal pouring funnel and spout when the board is folded along its middle by grabbing both sides (4) and moving them toward each other. A narrow fence (6) extending upwardly from the periphery of the board converges at the apex (9) of the triangular section. A rigidizing flange (15) extends outwardly from the upper rim of the fence but is interrupted (16) near the apex. The fence is interrupted along an offset portion (20) of the proximal edge (2) in order to provide clearance for the blade and handle of a chopping or mincing instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Ivan Goldman
  • Patent number: 8096538
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for organizing and cleaning fasteners used in a dynamoelectric machine. The apparatus includes a frame having a first end wall and a second end wall opposed to the first end wall, and a plurality of shelves connected to and located between the first end wall and the second end wall. At least one of the shelves includes a plurality of concave regions, that are configured to retain at least one of the fasteners. A mounting region is provided for the attachment of a fastener clamp. The fasteners from the dynamoelectric machine can be stored on the plurality of shelves and displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John W. Herbold, Ryan M. Pastrana, Kahwai G. Muriithi, Jennifer L. Gant, Coy Y. Jackson, Jeffrey J. Nelson
  • Patent number: 8028977
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for supporting sheet-like materials for at least one separating process in the sheet-like materials, with at least one jet cutter device which may be displaced in the Y-direction during a separation process, with a first and second support surface together forming a support table for supporting the sheet-like material and with a jet trapping device, arranged between the first and second support surfaces and provided to be able to be displaced in the X-direction. The first and the second support surfaces are made from a flexible material forming part of at least one enclosed chamber, filled with a gas under pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Blaser, Daniel Graf, Eberhard Wahl
  • Patent number: 8006966
    Abstract: A glass support pin for supporting a glass substrate for use with a liquid crystal display device is provided. In one embodiment, the glass support pin includes a plurality of branch pins, and one or more elastic members. The plurality of branch pins is structured to have top ends. The top ends of the branch pins are spread outwardly in the radial direction. The one or more elastic members are attached to the branch pins. The glass support pin is open by pulling the top ends of the branch pins outwardly according to a longitudinal movement of the glass support pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: O Jun Kwon
  • Patent number: 8002254
    Abstract: This patent pertains to a work piece clamping system with manual or powered clamping. Work piece locations of all three axis can be determined from the device. Various clamping devices can be included in the system. Single or multiple work pieces of various sizes and shapes can be clamped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventors: Jack Leon Bayer, Scott Leon Bayer
  • Patent number: 7992302
    Abstract: A lower tool frame is used in manufacturing a plurality of convertible roofs. Structural roof parts are disposed in the lower tool frame upside down with respect to their use position. Forward connection parts are provided for selectively connecting the forward end of the convertible roof to a windshield frame and rearward connection parts are provided for attaching the rearward end of the convertible roof to a vehicle body. A single upper tool frame is lowerable onto the lower tool and is used to position the forward and rearward connection parts with respect to the structural roof parts. The single upper tool frame is used to assemble all of the convertible roofs for a series of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Wilhelm Karmann GmbH
    Inventor: Jorg Halker
  • Patent number: 7963513
    Abstract: A mounting device provided on a horizontally movable stage mechanism, includes a mounting table for mounting thereon a target object, a cylindrical elevation body, having a diameter smaller than a diameter of the mounting table, for supporting the mounting table, a plurality of elevation guide rails provided on an outer peripheral surface of the elevation body so as to be spaced from each other at substantially regular intervals in a circumferential direction, and a plurality of support members each having a vertical plate to which engaging bodies engaged with the elevation guide rails are fixed. Further, a plurality of reinforcing parts are vertically provided on the outer peripheral surface of the elevation body so as to be spaced from each other at substantially regular intervals in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shimoyama, Kazuya Yano, Masaru Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7963511
    Abstract: An apparatus for moving and positioning objects to be laminated inside a press, comprising a tray arranged on a horizontal plane and having multiple seats with vertical axis. Each seat accommodates a pin having a protruding head and forming, with their heads, a supporting surface for the object to be positioned in the press. The pins are movable along the seat axis to pass from a raised position, in contact with the object, to a lowered position, in which they are spaced downwardly from the object. The apparatus further comprises elastic wings which cooperate with each pin and seat in order to retain the pin in the raised position, and selection elements which can engage a protruding portion of each pin for the transition of the pin from the raised position to the lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Italpresse S.p.A.
    Inventor: Carlo Meda