Tube And Coextensive Core Patents (Class 29/234)
  • Patent number: 10323671
    Abstract: A method for installing an anchor having: making a hole into the material in which the anchor is to be installed, by using a hammer drill; after associating an anchor driver with the chuck of the hammer drill, using the so created anchor driver-hammer drill first assembly, with the hammer drill in hammer mode, to hammer the anchor into the hole; and, after switching the hammer drill to drill mode, tightening the nut or bolt of the anchor using the anchor driver-hammer drill first assembly, or a second assembly comprising the hammer drill and a socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: David C. Prunean
  • Patent number: 10273666
    Abstract: A method for installing a trim system for a fluid control valve mounted behind a wall and configured for use with a kitchen or bath fixture. The method includes positioning a locating ring against a trim assembly, where the locating ring has an adhesive layer on a rear surface thereof; coupling the trim assembly to the fluid control valve; pushing the trim assembly and locating ring toward the wall to bond the adhesive layer of the locating ring to the wall; removing the trim assembly from the locating ring; coupling a mounting bracket to the locating ring; securing the mounting bracket to the wall; and coupling the trim assembly to the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: John M. Wilson, Erich D. Slothower, Keegan J. Ford, Steven Aykens, James T. Wanasek
  • Patent number: 10253491
    Abstract: A leaching tube includes a tube base for burial in the earth to disperse or gather liquids, the tube base having a semi-rigid spiral, or helical, form with spiral, or helical, ribs, and spiral, or helical, openings along the length of the tube, a water permeable covering wrapped around the tube base, and a vertical frame inside the tube. The frame is a pipe frame that supports the spiral tube base and also provides an air conduit for air injection inside the tube. The frame is fixed to the spiral ribs on the top and bottom of the frame. End plates can be fixed to the frame by bridge pieces and pins. Sections of tubes can be connected end to end by bridge pieces and pins. The pins can be pipe pieces that can also provide air connections between the tube sections. One of the end plates can provide an inlet opening for an effluent inlet pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Winferd R Miles
  • Patent number: 10125463
    Abstract: A drainage tile stringer system which includes a spool which has an automated hat, which translates along the stinger or shaft of the spool so that the vertical size of the spool is adjustable to accommodate differences in coils of drainage tiles. The system is automated so that a single controller can be utilized to perform all of the hydraulic functions required to load a coil onto the drainage tile stringer system and to adjust the vertical spool dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Heavy Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Hamling
  • Patent number: 10048459
    Abstract: A reduced diameter composite microcable of low weight that is capable of withstanding a tensile load of at least 300 pounds with less than 0.6% fiber strain, is capable of operation between ?40 C and 70 C with less than 0.1 dB/km attenuation change at 1550 nm, and whose outer diameter is less than 15 mm is provided. The microcable includes at least one buffer tube, at least one electrical power conductor, at least one rigid strength member cabled together into a multi-unit core, wherein a plurality of optical fibers are placed within the at least one buffer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventors: Justin Quinn, Breti Villiger, Patrick Dobbins
  • Patent number: 9956604
    Abstract: A radial compression mechanism incorporates an introduction funnel that truncates down to a cylindrical cavity for radial compressing articles. The introduction funnel facilities the loading of an article into the cylindrical cavity and enables incremental radial compression of articles, such as stents. The radial compression mechanism employs a plurality of compression dies that are configured radially about the cylindrical cavity and move in unison to cause the cylindrical cavity to open or close. The compression dies are coupled with a base and drive mechanism for moving them in unison. A method of loading a delivery catheter with a radially compressed article, such as a stent, includes positioning a delivery catheter over a compressed portion of an article that extends from an exit end of the cylindrical catheter. One or more drive mechanism may be used to automatically and incrementally load a compressed article into a delivery catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Blockwise Engineering LLC
    Inventors: Jeremiah J Warriner, Ed Goff
  • Patent number: 9826844
    Abstract: An interactive display holder for a grip includes a backboard with an upper and a lower support. The lower support supports the grip by retaining the grip at its lower end through an opening in the lower end of the grip. The upper support holds the grip through a swivel arm that engages an aperture in the butt end of the grip. While the grip is in the display holder, the grip can be moved away from the holder to allow a prospective customer to handle the grip for feel without opening a package or boxed container. The interactive display holder is particularly suited for handling a golf club grip for the grip feel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Bruce Allan Miller
  • Patent number: 9522445
    Abstract: A caulking method for preventing a piston from being loosened in a hydraulic or pneumatic cylinder. The method includes forming a screw hole and a mutual screw engagement portion of a cylinder rod and a piston, and fasteningly engaging a set screw with the screw hole. The method also includes pressing a remaining space portion of the screw hole in an engagement direction of the set screw using a press mechanism after fasteningly engaging the set screw with the screw hole to change a pitch of a screw thread of an inlet portion of the screw hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AB
    Inventors: Yun-Hyun Chung, Ki-Cheon Song
  • Patent number: 9512750
    Abstract: An engine assembly includes a uni-cast, piston-enclosing chamber structure and a solenoid valve pack. The chamber structure includes a piston-receiving chamber, a gas intake port, an intake valve port, a gas exhaust port, and an exhaust valve port. The gas intake port communicates with the intake valve port, and the gas exhaust port communicates with the exhaust valve port. The solenoid pack includes gas intake and gas exhaust solenoid valve assemblies. The solenoid pack is attachable to the chamber structure such that the gas intake valve port axially aligns with a gas intake valve-receiving column, and the gas exhaust valve port axial aligns with a gas exhaust valve-receiving column. The intake valve is bi-directionally displaceable as received in the gas intake valve port and the gas intake valve-receiving column. Similarly, the exhaust valve is bi-directionally displaceable as received in the gas exhaust valve port and gas exhaust valve-receiving column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Ryan A Flora
  • Patent number: 9512723
    Abstract: A method and a device are provided for removing a turbine bearing or a bearing segment of a preferably stationary turbo engine, having a housing that may preferably be split in half while the housing is closed. The method includes: supporting the rotor to relieve the turbine bearing of the weight of the rotor, fastening a support plate to a turbine bearing housing, attaching two parallel, rail-like supports to the support plate and fastening a cross-beam to ends of supports, fastening a counter-bearing plate having at least two push/pull rods to the turbine bearing housing, and fastening the push/pull rods to the turbine bearing and detaching the fastening of the turbine bearing from the turbine bearing housing and pulling the turbine bearing located in the operating position thereof out of the turbine bearing housing with the aid of the push/pull rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Dirk Muller
  • Patent number: 9352452
    Abstract: A panel support clamp consisting of: at least a pair of mutually cooperating jaws (1,2) and both carrying, on one side, fastening and tightening elements; said fastening and tightening elements providing, on a first one of said jaws, a parallelepiped body (6) with at least one screw-in seat and, on a second one of said jaws, a tightening screw, as well as guiding elements for the housing of said parallelepiped body, consisting of a pair of retaining arms (9a, 9b) and of a cavity obtained on the inner surface thereof; on each of the lateral walls of said parallelepiped body a guiding groove (13), for the housing and sliding of a pair of articulating pins (14a, 14b), protruding inwards from the ends of said retaining arms; within said parallelepiped body recesses (7) for the introduction of fastening elements to a support base, and control means maintaining secure the parallelism between the opposite surfaces of the two jaws (1,2) and the respective panel walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: ELESA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Alberto Bertani
  • Patent number: 9278441
    Abstract: A hydraulic installation tool comprises a fixed jaw, a movable, and a plurality of independent hydraulic cylinders each comprising a piston. Movement of the pistons in a first direction moves the movable jaw toward the fixed jaw. A plurality of guide rods comprises a first end secured to the fixed jaw. A plurality of retaining members are each removably coupled to an associated one of the plurality of guide rods about the second end. The movable jaw is disposed between the fixed jaw and the plurality of hydraulic cylinders for movement along the guide rods. Each hydraulic cylinder is independently removable from the associated guide rod upon removal of the associated retaining member from said guide rod. In one example, the fixed and movable jaws are configured to engage and axially force a swage ring onto a fitting body to connect and seal the fitting body to a fluid conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: LOKRING TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventor: Mark John Sindelar
  • Patent number: 9162327
    Abstract: A method for repairing damaged valve stem assemblies includes enlarging a bore within a body of a valve stem to form an enlarged bore portion and creating a conical hole in an end of the valve stem body around the enlarged bore portion. Internal threads are created within the enlarged bore portion, and a valve stem repair extension is installed in the enlarged bore portion. The valve stem repair extension has a beveled surface that mates with the conical hole to form a hermetic seal between the valve stem body and the valve stem repair extension. The steps of enlarging the bore and creating the conical hole may both be performed using a countersinking drill bit having a beveled cutting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Summit Tool Company
    Inventors: Roger Kliskey, Rockford Tyson
  • Patent number: 9134104
    Abstract: A mobile measuring platform, comprises a fixing seat; a driving assembly fixed to the fixing seat, the driving assembly comprises an electric motor and a leadscrew driven by the electric motor; two leading guides mounted on the fixing seat; each of the two leading guides comprises a slide member parallel to the leadscrew, and a guide track slidably sleeved on the slide member; a sliding assembly fixed to the guide track of each of the two leading guides; and a driving guide comprising a slide member perpendicular to the leadscrew and a guide track slidably sleeved on the slide member of the driving guide; wherein the guide track of the driving guide is driven by the electric motor via the leadscrew, the slide member of the driving guide is fixed to the sliding assembly, and the two leading guides and the driving guide are all gas hydrodynamic guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: JI ZHUN PRECISION INDUSTRY (HUI ZHOU) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xue-Fei Peng
  • Patent number: 8943694
    Abstract: An accessory making device (1) of the present invention is a device for making an accessory including a core (83) formed into a substantially ring shape by connecting both ends of a stretchable cord-like body (46) having rubber-like elasticity and a decoration main body (83) disposed around the core in such a manner so as to abut both ends thereof against each other in a contracted state so as to be reduced in axial length. The accessory making device (1) includes a long rigid holder (5). The holder (5) can retain connecting portions (47M, 47F) on both end sides of the cord-like body (46) with the connecting portions (47M, 47F) of the cord-like body (46) separated from each other, and can be inserted through the decoration main body (83).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Pilot Ink Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Natsuko Kobayashi, Haruka Kasuga, Akio Nakashima
  • Publication number: 20140283941
    Abstract: A seamless self-insulated foam duct made from a single continuous homogenous member of polymeric foam and an apparatus and methods for making such ducts. The homogenous foam member may be transformed to include a plurality of layers such as a densified inner foam layer surrounded by an outer insulating foam layer. The outer insulating foam layer may be partially densified to form a densified outer foam layer. In one embodiment the foam member may be wrapped and bonded to an external layer coating that provides additional protection to the duct. In one embodiment the foam duct is modified to have nestable ends whereby one end of a first foam duct is sized and shape to fit within and snugly engage a compatible end of a second foam duct. The duct may be manufactured by an apparatus capable of implementing a series of cutting and densifying steps that result in custom-sized foam ducts having one or more densified foam layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Evonik Foams, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven R. Bailey, Sharon White Ferguson
  • Patent number: 8607433
    Abstract: An anti-siphon installation assembly includes a spring, a retainer clip mounted on the spring, the retainer clip including a support surface adapted to support an anti-siphon device thereon, and a locator clip mounted on the spring, the locator clip including an outwardly extending arm adapted to contact the upper surface of a fuel filler neck opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Neal L. Keefer, Kenneth A. Watson, Evan Waymine
  • Patent number: 8468666
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating from a mandrel a shell snugly surrounding the mandrel has a base, a frame fixed on the base, and a holder on the base forward of the frame and adapted to support the shell surrounding the mandrel with an end of the mandrel juxtaposed with the frame. At least two stripper jaws on the frame can move radially of the mandrel of the shell on the frame between outer positions spaced radially outward from the shell and inner positions engageable with the shell. An extractor slide can shift longitudinally on the base rearward of the frame and carries a gripper extendable through the frame to grasp the end of the mandrel. The slide can shift the gripper axially away from the frame to brace the shell axially through the jaws against the frame and pull the mandrel out of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: EHA Spezialmaschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Mike Neubert
  • Patent number: 8458895
    Abstract: An assembly for positioning a retaining ring includes a mandrel having an outer diameter smaller than an outer diameter of a rotor. The assembly also includes a seal assembly for sealing a circumferential retaining ring around the mandrel or the rotor, the seal assembly comprising a pair of seal plates situated around opposing ends of the retaining ring. Further, the assembly includes a hydraulic expansion device for providing a fluid pressure for hydraulically expanding the retaining ring until an inner diameter of the retaining ring is greater than the outer diameter of the rotor. Furthermore, the assembly includes a displacement device for providing axial movement of the seal assembly and the retaining ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Cecil James Pollock, Ronald George Shillington, Ken Ivcar Salas Nobrega, Jeremy Daniel Van Dam
  • Patent number: 8443499
    Abstract: A method of assembling a camshaft may include locating a first lobe member of the camshaft on a first shaft and inserting a locking pin into a first bore in the first lobe member and into a second bore in the first shaft. The locking pin may include a first recess extending into a first end thereof defining a first annular wall. A first retaining member may be forced into a first recess. The forcing may displace the annular wall in an outward radial direction and into a frictional engagement with the first bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventors: Glenn E. Clever, Roy Glenn Kaywood, Ronald Hendrick
  • Patent number: 8307541
    Abstract: An assembly for placing an insert into communication with an analytical chemical instrument having a first portion of tubing and a second portion of tubing includes a clamp arm assembly having first and second opposable clamp arms and a first fitting subassembly in communication with the first portion of tubing and configured to engage a first portion of an insert, wherein the first fitting subassembly is received within the first clamp arm. The assembly further includes a second fitting subassembly in communication with the second portion of tubing and configured to engage a second portion of the insert, wherein the second fitting subassembly is moveably received within the second clamp arm and biased in a direction toward the first fitting subassembly. Further included is an actuator assembly configured to move the second clamp arm toward the first clamp arm to secure the insert between the first and second fitting subassemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Optimize Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas W. Ford, Robert DeLine
  • Patent number: 8296949
    Abstract: An apparatus for designing a tubing configuration comprising modules that receive tube design input, interpret a tube design input, calculate a final tube design, and display a final tube design. The tube design input may include point locations, bend criteria and end conditions, among others. The apparatus may further include modules that determine whether the tube design input exceeds a complexity threshold, comprises a minimum set of information, and comprises a conflicting or erroneous design. The apparatus may further include modules that determine and optimize the manufacturing cost as well as determine the manufacturability of the tube. The apparatus may further include modules that store operational challenges corresponding to emissions reduction features and secondary components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Cummins Filtration IP, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Clevenger, Donald A. Gibson, David Sarcona, Michael J. Senetar
  • Publication number: 20120246909
    Abstract: An accessory making device (1) of the present invention is a device for making an accessory including a core (83) formed into a substantially ring shape by connecting both ends of a stretchable cord-like body (46) having rubber-like elasticity and a decoration main body (83) disposed around the core in such a manner so as to abut both ends thereof against each other in a contracted state so as to be reduced in axial length. The accessory making device (1) includes a long rigid holder (5). The holder (5) can retain connecting portions (47M, 47F) on both end sides of the cord-like body (46) with the connecting portions (47M, 47F) of the cord-like body (46) separated from each other, and can be inserted through the decoration main body (83).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: The Pilot Ink Co.,Ltd.
    Inventors: Natsuko Kobayashi, Haruka Kasuga, Akio Nakashima
  • Patent number: 8141218
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a double walled pipeline comprises providing a pipeline section including an inner tubular member and an outer tubular member, providing a coupling member, and controlling the stress distribution in the inner tubular member and the outer tubular member by coupling the inner tubular member and the outer tubular member directly to the coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Cornelis Van Zandwijk
  • Publication number: 20110048380
    Abstract: A fuel delivery pipe for delivering fuel to a plurality of fuel injection valves corresponding to cylinders of an internal -combustion engine. The fuel delivery pipe includes a pipe body made of carbon steel for machine structural use and a plating film disposed on an inner surface of the pipe body. Preferably the fuel delivery pipe includes a plating film disposed on an outer surface of the pipe body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Eiji ISOGAI
  • Patent number: 7805823
    Abstract: An axial swage alignment tool (11) having a bridge member (27) for axially and rotationally aligning a metal tube (21) and a fitting (31) is disclosed. The bridge member that is temporarily bonded to the exterior surfaces of the metal tube and the fitting. The bridge member eliminates the need to place any material between the metal tube and the fitting either prior to or after the swaging process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: David D. Sembritzky, Terry L. Saville
  • Publication number: 20100223771
    Abstract: A method of assembling a camshaft may include locating a first lobe member of the camshaft on a first shaft and inserting a locking pin into a first bore in the first lobe member and into a second bore in the first shaft. The locking pin may include a first recess extending into a first end thereof defining a first annular wall. A first retaining member may be forced into a first recess. The forcing may displace the annular wall in an outward radial direction and into a frictional engagement with the first bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: GLENN E. CLEVER, ROY GLENN KAYWOOD, RONALD HENDRICK
  • Patent number: 7774936
    Abstract: A catalytic converter comprises an outer tube, a pair of catalyzed substrates positioned in the outer tube, and a heat shield positioned in the outer tube between the catalyzed substrates. A method of assembling the catalytic converter is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: EMCON Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Peter Kroner, James R. Bowman, Kevin Barnard
  • Publication number: 20100130119
    Abstract: In an arrangement for connecting tube elements of a ventilation duct system, the inner tube (3) has an abutment (7) for engagement with a matching abutment (8) of the outer tube (1). By insertion of the inner tube (3) into the outer tube (1) the abutments (7, 8) are brought into engagement in a plane (P) perpendicular to the direction of insertion for providing coupling between the abutments and thereby connection of the tubes (1, 3). The abutment (7) of the inner tube (3) is continuous along the circumference of the tube (3) and formed in a bent end portion (20) of the inner tube (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: LINDAB AB
    Inventors: Pontus Andersson, Lars-Åke Mattsson, Sten Högman
  • Publication number: 20090287289
    Abstract: A stent crimping system and method for use in preparing a bifurcation catheter assembly for use in a patient. The catheter assembly includes main and side catheter branches and a stent. The stent includes a side branch aperture through which the side catheter branch extends. The stent is crimped onto the main and side catheter branches with a crimping mechanism in two crimping steps. In the first crimping step, only a distal end portion of the stent is crimped while the side catheter branch remains extending through the side branch opening of the stent and remains positioned outside of the crimping mechanism. In a second crimping step, the entire stent is crimped with the crimping mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Mark Sagedahl, Adam Jennings, Robert Lucas
  • Publication number: 20090193643
    Abstract: According to the invention, a manufacturing method for a metallic catalyst carrier including a cylindrical outer casing and a honeycomb unit that is formed of a first metal foil made in a corrugated shape and a second metal foil made in a minutely corrugated shape or a flat shape, the method includes: rolling the first metal foil with the second metal foil in a state that the first metal foil are disposed on the second metal foil, forming a circumferential face of the honeycomb unit into a serrated face, and press fitting the honeycomb unit into the cylindrical outer casing after the forming step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akio Sano, Shuyo Ando, Shinji Hioki
  • Publication number: 20090151144
    Abstract: A method of removing a locking ring from a component includes welding at least one sacrificial tab to the locking ring while the locking ring is within a bore of a component and axially forcing the locking ring from the bore along the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Edward H. Bittner
  • Publication number: 20070209204
    Abstract: A process for assembling a rigid fitting to a flexible or elastic tube or hose within one of a portable, hand-held and/or mountable assembly device, including the steps of slip-fitting the fitting within a pusher member of the device that includes a torque-producing source capable Of converting input power into linear motion force; b. temporarily restraining a hose open end within the assembly device and; activating the torque-producing source to linearly advance the pusher member and fitting, relative to the restrained hose end, for physically inserting the fitting into the hose open end. Additional steps include: retraction of the pusher member and releasing the now-assemble hose and fitting assembly from the assembly device. Product-by-process claims and article claims, pertaining to the assembly device used in the process for assembling, are also set forth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Inventors: Daniel J. Chase, Jeffrey J. Blake, William C. Fisher, Garrett C. Humphrey, Gregory W. Watson, Benjamin M. Trace, Michael R. Swails
  • Patent number: 7207204
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus for shaping an article may comprise a plurality of movable dies arranged to form a chamber whose size may be varied by moving the dies. Each of the dies may have a contacting surface for contacting the article to be shaped. The chamber may have a first portion having a first cross-section and a second portion having a second cross-section. Either portion may include a taper. The first portion may have a differently shaped cross-section than the second portion. The first portion may have a cross-section of greater area than the second portion. The longitudinal axis of the first portion may be offset from the longitudinal axis of the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Weber, Tracee Eidenschink
  • Patent number: 7024757
    Abstract: This invention relates to fabrication of tube bank style heat exchangers and similar assemblies. It provides a novel device and a method for presenting and feeding multiple relatively flexible tubes in a predetermined spaced apart manner, and subsequently threading them through corresponding holes in tube-sheets, baffles or similar components during fabrication of the core structure, for example a heat exchanger core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Cesaroni Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Gordon James Clarke, Michael Nicola Rozyle
  • Patent number: 6911093
    Abstract: A lid liner for a chemical vapor deposition chamber includes an annular portion having an inner surface for surrounding a reaction volume within the chemical deposition chamber; a mounting tab formed on an outer surface of the annular portion; and a hole formed in the mounting tab for receiving a fastener wherein the hole does not penetrate the inner surface of the annular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: LSI Logic Corporation
    Inventors: David Stacey, Zach Prather, Jonathan Allinger
  • Patent number: 6893733
    Abstract: Modified contoured crushable structural members and methods for making the same are described. The contoured structural members comprise composite or metal materials sandwiching a support or stabilizing structure. The structural members are made crushable by incorporating an initiator into the structural members. The structural member crushes at the location of the initiator by absorbing the energy of an exerting load. The modified structure is provided by attaching additional structural components or elements to the end or outside of the structural member or by modifying the shape of the structural member. With a modified, contoured, crushable, and generally non-flat structure, applications and uses for the structural members of the present invention are nearly limitless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale Francis Obeshaw
  • Patent number: 6865764
    Abstract: A fixture for assembling a post-CMP cleaning brush. The post-CMP cleaning brush is provided with a brush core and an outer brush, and the outer brush is provided with a hollow portion. The fixture comprises a base, a plurality of posts and a guiding member. The base is provided with a plurality of holes. The posts insert into the holes of the base through the hollow portion of the outer brush respectively so as to assist the brush core in passing through the hollow portion of the outer brush. The guiding member is connected with the brush core to assist the brush core in passing through the hollow portion of the outer brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Nanya Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Ming Fa Tsai, Chia Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 6832422
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a post-CMP cleaning brush. The post-CMP cleaning brush is provided with a brush core and an outer brush, and the outer brush is provided with a hollow portion. The apparatus comprises a base, a fixed member, a sliding member, a plurality of posts, and an actuating device. The base holds the brush core and the outer brush, and the fixed member is disposed on the base. The sliding member is disposed on the base in a manner such that it is located at the opposite side of the fixed member relative to the outer brush disposed on the base. The posts, disposed on the sliding member, pass through the fixed member and the hollow portion of the outer brush so as to assist the brush core in passing through the hollow portion of the outer brush. The actuating device connects with the brush core so as to pass the brush core through the hollow portion of the outer brush and separate the posts, inserted into the outer brush, from the outer brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Nanya Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Ming Fa Tsai, Chia Chi Lin, Shih Hsien Hsu, Chih-Feng Wang, Hong-wei Chen
  • Patent number: 6821638
    Abstract: Shaped, contoured crushable structural members and methods for making the same are described. The contoured structural members comprise composite or metal materials sandwiching a support or stabilizing structure. The structural members are made crushable by incorporating an initiator into the structural members. The structural member crushes at the location of the initiator by absorbing the energy of an exerting load. The shaped structure is provided by bending the generally straight shape of the structural member. With a shaped, contoured, crushable, and generally non-flat structure, applications and uses for the structural members of the present invention are nearly limitless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale Francis Obeshaw
  • Patent number: 6769161
    Abstract: A stent crimper comprising a plurality of crimping members extending between a first support and a second support. The first and optionally the second supports has an opening therethrough sized to allow a stent therethrough. The first and second supports extend from a base. The crimping members are disposed about the circumference of a circle everywhere along the length of the members. Finally, the flexible members extend through a bore in a die. The die is movable in an axial direction along the flexible members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: SciMed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry V. Brown, Andrew J. Dusbabek, Louis G. Ellis, Scott M. Hanson, Leo M. Klisch, Christopher R. Larson, Linda R. Lorentzen Cornelius, Justin E. Plessel, Lawrence W. Ulanowski
  • Patent number: 6751834
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for automatically inserting a cable into a protective jacket. A longitudinal cut is made in the protective jacket and the cable is inserted into the longitudinal cut. The cable and jacket are transported through the apparatus along an arcuate guide path formed by a friction wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven J. Gordon
  • Patent number: 6745445
    Abstract: A stent compression method for particular use in pre-surgical securing and conforming of a vascular stent upon an angioplasty balloon. One variation of the stent compression method comprises inflating an agioplasty balloon inside a vascular stent in order to secure the vascular stent upon the balloon; applying uniform compression pressure around the balloon/stent unit; and adjusting the internal balloon pressure and the compression pressure so that the balloon/stent unit is compressed. A pressure chamber with an elastic cylindrical membrane mounted inside the chamber may be used to provide the compression pressure. The inflated balloon provides the balancing pressure from inside the stent. The maintenance of internal balloon pressure during the stent compression process may provide uniform distribution of pressure along the stent and even radial compression rate around the circumferential surface of the stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.
    Inventor: David G. Spilka
  • Patent number: 6694586
    Abstract: The invention relates to press tools for the connection, by cold forming, of tubular workpieces (2, 3) whose connection regions are provided with circular external cross-sectional shapes and are pushed one into the other. The press jaws (10) of the press tool have, in the closed state, approximately the external cross-sectional shape of the workpieces and can be provided with recesses (13, 17). Such a press tool may also have only two press jaws (10) and one bearing bolt (4). As a result of drive forces (F) introduced into the tool, cold-forming forces are exerted on the workpieces (2, 3) via said tool. Depending on manufacturing tolerances of the workpieces (2, 3), the distance (A) between the press jaws (10) varies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventor: Hans-Joerg Goop
  • Patent number: 6687991
    Abstract: A process for cutting and removing a portion of an outer sheath having spaced apart insulation covered wires and a core member containing an uncovered ground wire there-between. The sheath is cut by plier jaw members having cutting edges which define en opening configured to the sheath. On closing the sheath is cut circumferentially without significantly cutting the insulation on the wires or the unsheathed ground wire. The cut portion of the sheath is then removed in one continuous process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Stride Tool Inc.
    Inventor: Leonard R. Murg
  • Patent number: 6586110
    Abstract: Contoured metal-containing structural members and methods for making the same. The contoured structural members comprise metal-containing materials sandwiching a support or stabilizing structure. The contoured structure can be provided by tube rolling (or roll wrapping) the metal-containing materials and the support structure together and then, if necessary, bonding them or connecting them. With a contoured and generally non-flat structure, applications for the structural members of the present invention are nearly limitless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale Francis Obeshaw
  • Patent number: 6550137
    Abstract: The device is a tool for placing a split sheath around elongated items such as bundles of electronic cables. It comprises a guide bush which makes possible the opening of the sheath, a duct for the cables to be sheathed, lateral grooves for guiding the open sheath and is characterized by the presence of a lateral opening which allows the introduction or extraction of cables possibly already fixed at their two extremities during the use of the tool, as well as by the angle which there is between this opening and the duct for the cables in a manner to keep them in position in the tool be their own rigidity. The tool may have a handle for manipulation and for setting the tool in relative motion along the cables to be sheathed. The invention is also directed at the method for using the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Systems Protection Group S.A.S.
    Inventor: Jean Henri Ferrand
  • Patent number: 6393683
    Abstract: A masking device that masks the fitting on a tube assembly. The masking device includes a clamping assembly that supports the fitting of the tube assembly once it is inserted into the device. The masking device also includes an extension assembly that moves relative to the clamping assembly and has a plurality of stretching members that stretch an elastic sleeve to a diameter equal to or greater than the fitting. The masking device also has a drive assembly that moves the extension assembly relative to the housing and the clamping assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Randolph E. Howard
  • Publication number: 20010011419
    Abstract: Apparatus for removing the metal layer from a metal-plastic multilayer pipe (20) where the pipe has a plastic inner pipe (30), a metal layer (32) around the plastic inner pipe (30), the metal layer (32) of uniform thickness and is applied to the plastic inner pipe (30) so that it completely encircles the plastic inner pipe (30), with the feature that the apparatus has: a pipe holding post (70); a blade (52) secured to the post and positioned with the cutting-edge (51) thereof along the post; means (80) for guiding insertion of the post into the end of the pipe (20) so that the blade (52) cuts into the metal layer (32) down to the inner plastic pipe (30); and means (60) enabling rotating the post (70) and blade (52) with respect to the pipe (20) or rotating the pipe with respect to the post and blade in a direction so that the metal layer (32) thereon is peeled from the end of the tube down to the plastic inner pipe (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2001
    Publication date: August 9, 2001
    Inventor: Franz Viegener
  • Patent number: 6240612
    Abstract: A method of lining installed pipework which includes the steps of taking a length of liner pipe made from a memory retaining plastics material of external diameter greater than the internal diameter of the pipework to be lined, drawing the liner pipe through a swaging die which is attached directly or indirectly to the pipe to be lined using pulling means under tension attached to the leading end of the liner pipe and threaded through the pipework to reduce the external diameter of the liner pipe by up to 15%, the tension applied by the pulling means being such as partially to restrain the radial expansion of the outer surface of the liner pipe after its emergence from the die, drawing the liner pipe after its emergence from the die, drawing the liner pipe through the installed pipework with its outer diameter reduced to and/or maintained at a dimension less than that of the inner diameter of the pipework and thereafter allowing the liner pipe to expand within the pipework by relaxation of the said tension fo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: British Gas plc
    Inventor: Brian Edward McGuire