Spring Applier Or Remover Patents (Class 29/225)
  • Patent number: 10016883
    Abstract: A tool for installing a retainer ring onto the lower portion of a loosely inserted drain fitting for engaging a mounting flange thereto includes a generally resilient tubular segment provided with a plurality of axially aligned and resiliently cantilevered peripherally adjacent strips within which the retaining ring is received in a compressed engagement seated on a shoulder of each strip. A threaded shaft extends through a bottom plate of the segment received in the drain fitting and then through the cup interior to axially advance the axially aligned ring carried by the strips. A platform for both supporting the threaded shaft within the drain fitting and for supporting a garbage disposal on a base is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Kenneth Guy Heaton
  • Patent number: 9905379
    Abstract: A pin assembly is for a charging ram assembly of an electrical switching apparatus. The charging ram assembly has a biasing element, a ram member structured to bias the biasing element, and a plate member. The pin assembly includes a pin member structured to extend through the biasing element and the plate member, the pin member having an end portion; a first collar member and a second collar member coupled to the end portion; and a securing apparatus including a retaining member coupled to the first collar member and the second collar member in order to prevent the pin member from moving with respect to the first collar member and the second collar member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Lawrence Gottschalk, Neil Andrew Buzzard
  • Patent number: 9532786
    Abstract: The invention relates to a compressive system for reducing edge bleeding in classical hysterotomy in cases of placenta praevia, said system comprising: a compressive device formed by two compressive bars and bracketing members; and a clamp for applying the compressive device, said clamp comprising two handles, two jaws, a rotation nut, two protuberances and a threaded adjustment nut. The clamp allows the opening of the compressive bars. The device is applied to the edges of the hysterotomy and, subsequently, the clamp is withdrawn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventors: Arnoldo Guzman Sanchez, Eduardo Rodriguez de Anda
  • Patent number: 9146362
    Abstract: A tool is disclosed. The tool is for inserting a ferrule alignment sleeve within a sleeve mount of a fiber optic adapter, wherein the sleeve mount defines an axial bore and radially inwardly extending fingers for retaining the ferrule alignment sleeve therewithin. The tool includes a handle and a pin extending from the handle, the pin configured to slidably receive the ferrule alignment sleeve, the pin defining longitudinal keys for mating with gaps defined between the radially inwardly extending fingers of the sleeve mount, wherein the tool can be used as a ferrule alignment sleeve insertion tool if the pin is inserted into the axial bore in a first orientation and is configured to be used as a ferrule alignment sleeve removal tool if the pin is inserted into the axial bore in a second orientation from an opposite end of the axial bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Marcouiller, Mandy Lea Trnka, Oscar Fernando Bran de León
  • Publication number: 20150135510
    Abstract: A locking system for a connection between two parts, comprising a first part; a second part for connection with the first part; and an interfering member, the member constructed and arranged to permit connection and thereafter, to prevent separation of the parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Manish AGARWAL, Michael JUENKE
  • Publication number: 20150121861
    Abstract: A cup shaped spring retainer is slidably disposed within a cup shaped piston, encapsulating a spring therebetween. The side wall of the spring retainer presents a plurality of recesses and a plurality of slots defining a plurality of fingers. A tang, projects radially outward at the distal end of each of the fingers to engage a retaining ring within the piston in a latch position. The combination of the spring retainer and the piston provide an arrangement whereby all of the fingers may be compressed with the spring retainer outside of the piston to an insert position with the tangs disposed in gripping engagement with the spring. After inserting the compressed spring retainer into the piston, the radial compression the of the fingers may be released to allow the fingers to expand from the insert position to the latch position at which point the deflection of the fingers is discontinued.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Richard James Kriz, II
  • Patent number: 8984743
    Abstract: An ejecting device includes a housing and a pushing mechanism received in the housing. The pushing mechanism includes a pushing component. The pushing component is movably secured to the housing for pushing an object. When the pushing mechanism is in a resisting state, the pushing component protrudes out of the housing to push the object. When the pushing mechanism is in an unresisting state, the pushing component retracts into the housing and disengages from the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ting-Hui Deng
  • Patent number: 8959743
    Abstract: An example retaining ring removal tool includes a shaft extending along an axis from a first end to a second end, and at least one tapered tab extending axially from the first end of the shaft at a radially outer perimeter of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Mariano, Christopher M. Juh, Ronnie J. S. Vezzetti
  • Patent number: 8959736
    Abstract: A system is provided for inserting a ripple spring includes a compression board having at least one groove, and the compression board has a ramped section at one end thereof. A driver board has at least one guide rail configured to fit inside the at least one groove. An impact tool is configured to engage the driver board and apply a driving force to the driver board. The compression board is configured to at least partially retain the ripple spring and the ramped section is configured to apply a compressive force to the ripple spring as the impact tool and driver board push the ripple spring over the ramped section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Syed Wajahat Ali, Brock Matthew Lape, Lawrence Michael Braun
  • Patent number: 8931150
    Abstract: A tool for attaching and disengaging a return spring in a truck brake assembly comprises a handle, a shaft, and an arm with a hook and a smaller reverse hook. The hook provides leverage around the spring retainer and the reverse hook engages the spring end to move it into place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Ole Luangphon
  • Patent number: 8914963
    Abstract: A mounting station for automatically assembling a razor that includes a shaving cartridge and a razor handle. The mounting station includes providing a razor handle and a shaving cartridge, automatically connecting a first rearwardly protruding connector of the shaving cartridge to the free end of the first handle connector of the razor handle, and then automatically connecting the second rearwardly protruding connector of the shaving cartridge to the free end of the second handle connector of the razor handle to form a razor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: BIC-Violex S.A.
    Inventors: Vasileios Ntavos, Georgios Koulourias
  • Patent number: 8746479
    Abstract: A method for closing a fuel tank includes providing a base sized to be received within an interior of a fuel tank filler neck, movably mounting a closure structure on the base, and securing a biasing mechanism to the base wherein the biasing mechanism biases the closure structure into a closed position on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventors: Neal L. Keefer, Kenneth A. Watson, Evan Waymire
  • Patent number: 8707533
    Abstract: A brake drum spring release tool includes a straight elongate rod member with a laterally projecting lever arm extending from one side and an extended hook member from the end of the rod member. The lever arm acts as a fulcrum when positioned on a drum brake spring simultaneously engaged by a hook member. Placing a generally lateral force on the grip end of the tool will cause rotational force imparted by the hook member on the spring typically with a mechanical advantage associated with the fulcrum of the lever arm to thereby release the spring from a drum brake shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Lisle Corporation
    Inventors: Ken D. Livingston, Randall J. Ploeger
  • Publication number: 20140082944
    Abstract: A system is provided for inserting a ripple spring includes a compression board having at least one groove, and the compression board has a ramped section at one end thereof. A driver board has at least one guide rail configured to fit inside the at least one groove. An impact tool is configured to engage the driver board and apply a driving force to the driver board. The compression board is configured to at least partially retain the ripple spring and the ramped section is configured to apply a compressive force to the ripple spring as the impact tool and driver board push the ripple spring over the ramped section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Syed Wajahat Ali, Brock Matthew Lape, Lawrence Michael Braun
  • Patent number: 8646159
    Abstract: A large-diameter-side end surface (104a) of a cotter (104) can be supported by a cotter holder (32) from below through inserting a shaft member (102) along an inner periphery of the cotter (104) from above the cotter (104). In this state, a protrusion (104b) of the cotter (104) and an annular groove (102a) of the shaft member (102) are fitted to each other, and the cotter (104) and a retainer (103) are taper-fitted to each other. Consequently, the cotter is prevented from being unstable, and hence it is possible to assemble the retainer (103) and the cotter (104) to the shaft member (102) with good accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sanyo Machine Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Takagi, Seiji Maeda
  • Patent number: 8607426
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automated valve spring assembly includes a head assembly with elongated passageways that movably support a pair of retainer keys. A pair of control members selectively close off the passageways. The head assembly further includes a moveable divider plate and a pair of jaws. A push member or rod closes off the passageways by shifting the control members upon movement of the pushrod. The pushrod also slides the retainer keys such that the retainer keys contact tapered inner surfaces of the jaws and rotate the jaws outwardly. The retainer keys are thereby axially positioned relative to the end of a valve stem. The retainer plate is then retracted, and the jaws shift inwardly and push or position the retainer keys on the valve stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Air Way Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Paul Coggins, John Eric Ammond, Jack Patrick Moran, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8590127
    Abstract: An installation aid for installing a blocking element on a suspension strut of a motor vehicle, the installation aid having a flexible, Y-like design with a trunk section, a first branch section and a second branch section, wherein the first branch section is longer than the second branch section, a respective eye is arranged at a free end of the trunk section and at a free end of the second branch section, and the eye on the branch section is designed in such a manner that at least regions of the first branch section can be passed there through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sven Bergholz, Rainer Hennemann, Aleksandar Kuridza
  • Patent number: 8561274
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing having a bore with a housing groove disposed on an inside surface of the bore with a groove establishing a release angle between a housing groove bottom and a bore inside surface. A retainer defines a spring cavity between a retainer and the release angle and a circular radial canted coil spring is disposed in the spring cavity. A pin having a tapered end and a body diameter sized for sliding engagement with the bore is provided which includes a circumferential groove in the pin body for receiving the coil spring upon insertion of the pin into the bore. A circumferential groove includes a load angle for rotating the coil spring in an orientation in which the major spring axis is parallel to the release angle upon initial withdrawal of the pin from the bore. The coil is further compressed along the spring minor axis and expands radially upon continued withdrawal of the pin from the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Patent number: 8505176
    Abstract: A snap ring attachment includes a guide cylinder (40) defining a guide path (41) having a region of a supply port side of a snap ring exhibiting a circular section and a region of an exit side of the snap ring exhibiting an oval section and continuously varying from the circular section to the oval section, so as to guide the snap ring toward an attachment groove, a posture changing and pressing mechanism (50) provided in the guide cylinder for pressing the snap ring supplied in an upright state vertical to the extending direction of the guide path while being radially contracted, to tiltingly move it, then again erect it, and press it while changing its posture to be pushed into the attachment groove, and a driving mechanism (60) for exerting driving force to generate pressing force in the posture changing and pressing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Hirata Corporation
    Inventors: Michitomo Ueda, Kotaro Takamura, Yukihiro Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 8458875
    Abstract: A removal tool includes a staking unit configured to deform a circlip located at a bore of an apparatus when the removal tool is pushed into the bore, and a spring fork unit configured to push a ferrule ring located at the bore when the removal tool is pushed into the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Joshua Kyle Dalrymple
  • Publication number: 20130097832
    Abstract: A method of increasing oil pressure in a heavy duty truck engine lubricating system is provided. The lubricating system comprises an oil pressure regulating assembly mounted in an oil filter base and having a main spring to regulate oil pressure, and a high pressure relief valve assembly mounted in the oil filter base and having a peak clipping spring to relieve oil pressure when the pressure exceeds a specified limit. The method includes the steps of replacing the main spring with a replacement main spring having a higher spring constant and replacing the peak clipping spring with a replacement peak clipping spring having a higher spring constant. A replacement kit for increasing oil pressure is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR, INC.
    Inventors: Adam William Ostein, Christopher Lee Bach, Patrick W. Savage, JR., Curtis John Graham
  • Publication number: 20130097837
    Abstract: A brake drum spring release tool includes a straight elongate rod member with a laterally projecting lever arm extending from one side and an extended hook member from the end of the rod member. The lever arm acts as a fulcrum when positioned on a drum brake spring simultaneously engaged by a hook member. Placing a generally lateral force on the grip end of the tool will cause rotational force imparted by the hook member on the spring typically with a mechanical advantage associated with the fulcrum of the lever arm to thereby release the spring from a drum brake shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Lisle Corporation
    Inventors: Ken D. Livingston, Randall J. Ploeger
  • Patent number: 8375543
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing having a bore with a housing groove disposed on an inside surface of the bore with a groove establishing a release angle between a housing groove bottom and a bore inside surface. A retainer defines a spring cavity between a retainer and the release angle and a circular radial canted coil spring is disposed in the spring cavity. A pin having a tapered end and a body diameter sized for sliding engagement with the bore is provided which includes a circumferential groove in the pin body for receiving the coil spring upon insertion of the pin into the bore. A circumferential groove includes a load angle for rotating the coil spring in an orientation in which the major spring axis is parallel to the release angle upon initial withdrawal of the pin from the bore. The coil is further compressed along the spring minor axis and expands radially upon continued withdrawal of the pin from the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Publication number: 20120304431
    Abstract: A tool for the installation and removal of suspension springs from appliances such as washing machines includes a handle having an upper end and a base end with a spring installation and removal member pivotally interconnected to the upper end and the base end capable of receiving various extension adapters for adjusting the length of the tool to fit appliances of various makes and designs. The spring installation and removal member includes a manually graspable z-shaped hand lever portion and a spring arm that are coplanar with each other whereupon the base end of the tool, or any of the extension adapters, are fitted on the circular plate of the washing machine and the spring arm is hooked on to the upper end of the suspension springs so that pushing down on the hand lever portion facilitates suspension spring removal and installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Garry Wayne Zachary
  • Patent number: 8297662
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing having a bore with a housing groove having a release angle between a housing groove bottom and a bore inside surface. A retainer defines a spring cavity having a circular radial canted coil spring disposed in the spring cavity. A pin having a tapered end in sliding engagement with the bore and provided with a circumferential groove for receiving the coil spring upon insertion of the pin into the bore. A circumferential groove includes a load angle for rotating the coil spring in an orientation in which the major spring axis is parallel to the release angle upon initial withdrawal of the pin from the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Publication number: 20120204392
    Abstract: A tool for attaching and disengaging a return spring in a truck brake assembly comprises a handle, a shaft, and an arm with a hook and a smaller reverse hook. The hook provides leverage around the spring retainer and the reverse hook engages the spring end to move it into place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Ole Luangphon
  • Publication number: 20120186054
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method (19, 19?, 39, 39?, 59, 59?) of assembling a part (5, 5?, 25, 25?, 45, 45?) in the aperture (18, 18?, 38, 38?, 58, 58?) of a component (3, 3?, 23, 23?, 43, 43?). According to the invention, the assembly system (19, 19?, 39, 39?, 59, 59?) includes a system (1, 1?, 21, 21?, 41, 41?) of securing the component (3, 3?, 23, 23?, 43, 43?) and the part (5, 5?, 25, 25?, 45, 45?) to each other, which includes at least one pawl device (11, 11?, 31, 31?, 51, 51?) intended to make the component (3, 3?, 23, 23?, 43, 43?) and the part (5, 5?, 25, 25?, 45, 45?) move integrally with each other. The invention concerns the field of timepieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: NIVAROX-FAR S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre CUSIN, Arthur QUEVAL
  • Publication number: 20120160091
    Abstract: Various arrangements are disclosed based on springs formed from a plurality of individual resilient arms, including a spring having a substantially planar form in an unloaded state and rotational symmetry of at least order two about a symmetry axis perpendicular to the plane of the spring, said spring comprising: an inner hub and an outer hub, said inner hub being radially inward with respect to said outer hub; a plurality of resilient connecting arms each connected at an inner end to said inner hub and at an outer end to said outer hub, said plurality of resilient connecting arms being configured to provide a restoring force parallel to said symmetry axis when said inner and outer hubs are displaced relative to each other along said symmetry axis; wherein said inner hub, said outer hub and each of said plurality of resilient connecting arms are formed as physically separate elements and are connected to each other during assembly to form said spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventors: Michael William Dadd, Paul Brian Bailey
  • Patent number: 8166623
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing having a bore with a housing groove disposed on an inside surface of the bore with a groove establishing a release angle between a housing groove bottom and a bore inside surface. A retainer defines a spring cavity between a retainer and the release angle and a circular radial canted coil spring is disposed in the spring cavity. A pin having a tapered end and a body diameter sized for sliding engagement with the bore is provided which includes a circumferential groove in the pin body for receiving the coil spring upon insertion of the pin into the bore. A circumferential groove includes a load angle for rotating the coil spring in an orientation in which the major spring axis is parallel to the release angle upon initial withdrawal of the pin from the bore. The coil is further compressed along the spring minor axis and expands radially upon continued withdrawal of the pin from the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Patent number: 8151422
    Abstract: The vane assembly has mating vane support and vane ring, the vane ring having a plurality of annularly interspaced radial loading elements which, when the vane ring is assembled to the vane support, are in a resiliently flexed state and exert corresponding annularly interspaced and outward-oriented radial loads against the vane support, thereby restraining relative radial movement between the vane ring and the vane support during operation of the gas turbine engine. The method includes flexing each of the radial loading elements into the resiliently flexed state simultaneously by sliding the radial loading elements against corresponding lead-in tapers. This can be achieved using a guide tool which includes a plurality of segments bearing the lead-in tapers and which is previously assembled to the vane support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.
    Inventors: Eric Durocher, Anca Mateescu
  • Patent number: 8127416
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (11) for handling an article (13) such as a coil spring, and to an installation for handling an article. The device (11) comprises a body (10) having an internal housing (12) suitable for containing said article (13), said housing (12) presenting at least one open end (10A, 10B) and a constriction zone (14) that is suitable in a stable state, in which said constriction zone (14) presents a reduce dimensions (D14X) that is reduced in a first direction (X), for retaining said article (13) inside the body (10), and for being deformed to adopt a deformed configuration enabling said article (13) to be inserted into the housing (12) or enabling said article (13) to be extracted from the housing (12). The installation includes force-application means for acting on the device to change it between its stable state and its deformed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Tech Group Europe Limited
    Inventor: Stephane Chevallier
  • Patent number: 8112856
    Abstract: A clamp of an anti-vibration spring includes a pipe body and a sheathing element fixed to an end the pipe body. Another end of the pipe body is fixed to a covering element. The sheathing element is passed through the external periphery of the pipe body. The pipe body includes a screw rod screwed at the moving element, and an end of the screw rod is protruded from an end of the covering element and fixed at a driving element. A connecting element between the sheathing element and the moving element positions the sheathing element and the moving element. Each sheathing element has a connecting portion including a transversal slot, two clamping disc, and an insert portion on the clamping disc connected to the transversal slot and fixed by a positioning element. By turning the driving element, the anti-vibration spring is compressed or released between the two clamping discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Yakita Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 8099845
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (11) for handling an article (13) such as a coil spring, and to an installation for handling an article. The device (11) comprises a body (10) having an internal housing (12) suitable for containing said article (13), said housing (12) presenting at least one open end (10A, 10B) and a constriction zone (14) that is suitable in a stable state, in which said constriction zone (14) presents a reduce dimensions (D14X) that is reduced in a first direction (X), for retaining said article (13) inside the body (10), and for being deformed to adopt a deformed configuration enabling said article (13) to be inserted into the housing (12) or enabling said article (13) to be extracted from the housing (12). The installation includes force-application means for acting on the device to change it between its stable state and its deformed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Tech Group Europe Limited
    Inventor: Stephane Chevallier
  • Patent number: 7966911
    Abstract: A hose clamp compression tool for engaging and compressing opposed or opposite end tangs of a hose clamp includes a first fixed plate and jaw and a second fixed plate spaced from the first fixed plate and jaw. The first and second plates are mounted on rails with a sliding plate and jaw also mounted on the rails and positioned between the fixed plates. The sliding plate is rotatably adjustable in spacing from the one fixed plate by means of a threaded rod journaled to the fixed plates and threaded to the sliding plate. The jaws each include both a transverse slot cooperative with an end tang of a band type hose clamp and a channel extending from the slot for engagement with the end tang of a ring or wire type hose clamp thereby enabling use of the tool for either a band type or a wire type hose clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Lisle Corporation
    Inventor: Richard D. Thayer
  • Publication number: 20110094083
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for inserting a spring (3) into a longitudinal-side or head-side groove (4) of element panels (5) which can be laid in combination, wherein the element panels (5) can be locked together by means of a movement of the spring (3) relative to the element panels (5), having the following steps: a) providing springs (3) on a supply belt (6), wherein the springs (3) are releasably connected to the supply belt (6); b) detaching the springs (3) from the supply belt (6); c) moving the springs (3) into the groove (4) of a provided element panel (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Guido Schulte
  • Publication number: 20110035923
    Abstract: Embodiments of a device and method for removing a valve spring from an engine are herein disclosed. In one embodiment, the device includes a base component with a compressor component removably connected to the base component via an elongate member threadedly engaged with the base component. A fastener may threadedly engage with the elongate member to reversibly keep the compressor component in place. The base component is configured to engage with opposing vertically-extending components on a cylinder head while the compressor component is configured to simultaneously engage with a valve spring. When rotational force is applied in a clockwork direction to the fastening component, the compressor component is forced in a downward direction thereby compressing the valve spring for subsequent removal thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph Jill
  • Publication number: 20110023277
    Abstract: A large-diameter-side end surface (104a) of a cotter (104) can be supported by a cotter holder (32) from below through inserting a shaft member (102) along an inner periphery of the cotter (104) from above the cotter (104). In this state, a protrusion (104b) of the cotter (104) and an annular groove (102a) of the shaft member (102) are fitted to each other, and the cotter (104) and a retainer (103) are taper-fitted to each other. Consequently, the cotter is prevented from being unstable, and hence it is possible to assemble the retainer (103) and the cotter (104) to the shaft member (102) with good accuracy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Takagi, Seiji Maeda
  • Publication number: 20110016681
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (11) for handling an article (13) such as a coil spring, and to an installation for handling an article. The device (11) comprises a body (10) having an internal housing (12) suitable for containing said article (13), said housing (12) presenting at least one open end (10A, 10B) and a constriction zone (14) that is suitable in a stable state, in which said constriction zone (14) presents a reduce dimensions (D14X) that is reduced in a first direction (X), for retaining said article (13) inside the body (10), and for being deformed to adopt a deformed configuration enabling said article (13) to be inserted into the housing (12) or enabling said article (13) to be extracted from the housing (12). The installation includes force-application means for acting on the device to change it between its stable state and its deformed configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: TECH GROUP EUROPE LIMITED
    Inventor: Stéphane CHEVALLIER
  • Patent number: 7845056
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (11) for handling an article (13) such as a coil spring, and to an installation for handling an article. The device (11) comprises a body (10) having an internal housing (12) suitable for containing said article (13), said housing (12) presenting at least one open end (10A, 10B) and a constriction zone (14) that is suitable in a stable state, in which said constriction zone (14) presents a reduce dimension (D14X) that is reduced in a first direction (X), for retaining said article (13) inside the body (10), and for being deformed to adopt a deformed configuration enabling said article (13) to be inserted into the housing (12) or enabling said article (13) to be extracted from the housing (12). The installation includes force-application means for acting on the device to change it between its stable state and its deformed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Tech Group Europe Limited
    Inventor: Stéphane Chevallier
  • Publication number: 20100223773
    Abstract: This invention provides for a ceiling radiation damper fusible link tool and method of inserting a fusible link for a ceiling radiation damper. The fusible link tool has a holder capable of holding a fusible link and a handle connected to the holder so that the holder may be inserted into a ceiling radiation damper by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Michael J. Florian
  • Publication number: 20090038132
    Abstract: A tool for the installation and removal of suspension springs from appliances such as washing machines includes a handle having an upper end and a base end with a spring installation and removal member pivotally interconnected to the upper end and the base end capable of receiving various extension adapters for adjusting the length of the tool to fit appliances of various makes and designs. The spring installation and removal member includes a manually graspable z-shaped hand lever portion and a spring arm that are coplanar with each other whereupon the base end of the tool, or any of the extension adapters, are fitted on the circular plate of the washing machine and the spring arm is hooked on to the upper end of the suspension springs (for top loading machines) so that pushing down on the hand lever portion facilitates suspension spring removal and installation. The tool also includes a secondary spring arm used for removing and installing suspension springs from front-loading washing machines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventor: Garry Wayne Zachary
  • Patent number: 7458298
    Abstract: An implement including a first tool having a first tool end in the form of a pig tail. The first tool includes an inwardly extending tab. A second tool is adjacent the first tool and has a second tool end adapted to receive a pin and includes a curved finger carried by the second tool end. A third tool is adjacent the second tool and has a third tool end which includes a sliding surface. A fourth tool is adjacent the third tool and has a fourth tool end which provides a ribbed interior surface adapted to engage a cap. Each tool is pivotally connected to a cylindrical retaining means, the tab selectively engaging the third tool, wherein when the tab engages the third tool, relative rotation is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Mayhew Steel Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Kliskey
  • Patent number: 7458141
    Abstract: The installation kit is used to install a garbage disposer. The kit is used to apply a compressive force to the sink flange during installation of a plumbing element, such as a strainer assembly, and also to support the motor/chopping assembly. The kit facilitates fast and safe installation of the garbage disposer by a single installer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Innovative Pioneer, Inc.
    Inventors: Igor Goldburt, Yuriy Malakhov, Aleksandr Malakhov
  • Publication number: 20080286036
    Abstract: A method of constructing an articulation joint includes forming a metallic tube with a number of rings formed therein. Springs may be secured to the inside surface or outside surface of the rings to allow the joint to bend in directions transverse to the axis of the springs. A fixture may be used to hold the springs at the correct position within the tube and the springs may be urged toward the rings or vice versa to obtain a good bond between the springs and the rings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventor: Francis T. Macnamara
  • Publication number: 20080246198
    Abstract: A gas spring assembly includes a first end member, a piston assembly and a flexible wall extending therebetween. The piston assembly includes a piston body receiving a portion of the flexible wall and a retainment ring for retaining the flexible wall on the piston body. A method of assembly is also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Applicant: BFS DIVERSIFIED PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel I. Levy, Jonathan Hall
  • Patent number: 7420169
    Abstract: Electrostatic printing processes utilize corona-charging units. When those units wear out or become faulty, they need to be replaced. This embodiment provides a tool that can be used to remove a faulty electrode wire assembly from the unit. This same tool when loaded with a new wire assembly can insert a new wire assembly into the emptied corona charging unit, sometimes referred to as a dicorotron unit. The tool, therefore, is used both to remove or insert a wire assembly from or into a dicorotron unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce J. Parks, Jamie S. Clayfield, Douglas S. Smith, James D. Walsh, Eliud Robles Flores, Gerald F. Daloia
  • Patent number: 7386926
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for use in assembling and disassembling a strut assembly having a shock absorber axially disposed within a coil spring includes a frame, a first section secured to the frame to support one portion of the strut assembly, a second section including a compression head secured to and axially adjustable relative to the frame, the second section including a compression element arrangement to impart a force on a second portion of the strut assembly and urge the spring to compress as the compression head is axially moved toward the first section, and urging structure to move the second section toward and away from the first section. The compression element arrangement includes at least three holders, each of the at least three holders is independently axially adjustable relative to the frame. The compression head includes a spider member having a hub with arms, the hub being secured to the urging structure, and each of the arms being secured to the compression element arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Branick Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin S. Bosche, Thomas S. Bolgrean
  • Patent number: 7322084
    Abstract: A spring extension tool comprises a tool body and a tool positioning member. The tool body has two spaced apart fingers at a first end thereof and a lever attachment structure adjacent a second end thereof. The spaced apart fingers define a channel therebetween. A spring engagement face of each one of the fingers is inwardly sloping with respect to a straight longitudinal reference axis of the tool body. The tool positioning member is adjustably attached to the tool body such that a relative distance between the spaced apart fingers and the tool positioning member is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventor: Marc Wayne Horsman
  • Patent number: 7313984
    Abstract: A tool for moving two members relative to each other, such as narrow and wide tangs of an elastic clamp, includes first and second bodies formed substantially identically and operably coupled to each other in spaced, opposing relation, each of the bodies have a substantially lateral channel defining inner back, bottom and front walls therein. Each back wall includes a recess sized and shaped to cooperatively engage the narrow tang of the elastic clamp, when the narrow tang is received in the channel, to substantially retain the lateral position of the narrow tang relative to the body. Each front wall includes an opening for engaging the outward projection of the wide tang when the wide tang is received in the channel, thereby substantially retaining the lateral position of the wide tang relative to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel M. Eggert, Daniel D. Lionberg
  • Patent number: 7290319
    Abstract: A method for installing a locking retainer in a tube to maintain internal components within the tube under compression comprising the steps of: a) providing an elongated retainer spring having large and small diameter sections with the large diameter section of a size for an interference fit with the interior diameter of the tube and the smaller diameter section of a size having a clearance with the interior diameter of the tube; b) inserting a smaller diameter section of an elongated tool into the larger diameter section of the elongated retainer spring; c) engaging a transition between the smaller and larger diameter sections of the tool against a transition between the larger and smaller diameter sections of the elongated retainer spring; d) inserting the combined tool and retainer spring into an open end of the tube containing internal components with an end of the smaller diameter section of the retainer spring entering the tube first; e) advancing the combined tool and retainer spring within the tube to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventor: Russel P. Higgins