To Apply Or Remove A Resilient Article (e.g., Tube, Sleeve, Etc.) Patents (Class 29/235)
  • Publication number: 20150020357
    Abstract: A tool set includes a disassembling tool and an elastic pin having a disassembly end and disposed through first and second parts. The disassembling tool includes a T-shaped rod and a sleeve member having top and bottom ends. The T-shaped rod penetrates the sleeve member and has first and second screw-rod portions and a handle portion. The first screw-rod portion is screwed into a connecting thread in the disassembly end for fixing the elastic pin to the first screw-rod portion. When the sleeve member is pressed to make the bottom end abut against the first and second parts, the handle portion is rotated in a spiral direction of the connecting thread opposite to that of a guiding thread in the top end to make the second screw-rod portion unscrewed from the sleeve member along the guiding thread for rotating the elastic pin out of the first and second parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Zhao-Ping Fu
  • Publication number: 20150007435
    Abstract: The invention includes an inner roller that is mounted on a front portion of the bundle 2 in an insertion direction where the bundle is inserted into a casing and is configured to roll on an inner peripheral surface of the casing, an outer roller 36 that is mounted on a rear portion of the bundle 2 in the insertion direction where the bundle is inserted into the casing and is configured to travel on a rail member 13, a receiving portion 30 that is provided on one of the base surface 11 or the rail member 13 and the bundle 2, and a position adjusting mechanism 40 that is provided on the other thereof and is configured to adjust the position of the bundle 2 in a horizontal direction by applying an adjusting force to the receiving portion 30.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Satoru Yoshida, Toru Yoshimune
  • Patent number: 8925165
    Abstract: The present invention provides an oil seal removing tool including a pivotable hooking element and a location portion. The location portion has a slidable structure and an elastic element pressing against the slidable structure. The slidable structure is able to be engaged to the hooking element, and the elastic element pushes the slidable structure toward the hooking element. Moving the slidable structure can fix or release the engagement between the slidable structure and the hooking element. Thus, adjusting the working angle can be much easier and more efficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Jun Fan Chen
  • Patent number: 8925176
    Abstract: A structure to connect a refrigerant pipe and an air conditioner having the same, the connecting structure enabling a refrigerant pipe to be easily connected to an indoor unit or an outdoor unit of an air conditioner and including a refrigerant pipe through which refrigerant flows, a socket part connected to one end of the refrigerant pipe, and a coupling nut coupled to an outer circumferential surface of the socket part, wherein, a socket part is provided with a grip-ring allowing the refrigerant pipe to move in a first direction in which the refrigerant pipe is coupled to the socket part and preventing the refrigerant pipe from moving in a second direction in which the refrigerant pipe is separated from the socket part, and at least one O-ring configured to prevent refrigerant from leaking at the socket part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sun Muk Choi, Ji Ho Kwak, Sang Yong Lee, Jae Soo Jeong, Seong Ho Kil, Seok Kyun Kim, Eun Soo Jeon
  • Patent number: 8918972
    Abstract: A shaft-sealing device comprising a sealing ring having a seal secured thereto, and a protective member engaged with the sealing ring. The said protective member includes a cylindrical member having a shaft-engaging surface and a seal-engaging surface, and an annular flange extends radially away from the shaft. The shaft-engaging surface is operable to be attached to the shaft during operation of the device, and the seal-engaging surface is operable to be in sealing contact with the seal during operation of the device. The annular flange is operable to engage the sealing ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership
    Inventors: Darin Battles, John A. London
  • Publication number: 20140373325
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly for forming a seal between components (11, 33), which have sealing zones (37,51), said sealing zones facing each other in a functional position of the components. A sealing element (43, 57) is provided on the sealing zone (37, 51) of one component (11, 33) and a sealing surface (51) is provided on the sealing zone (37, 51) of the other component (11, 33) in order to form a radial seal, and the components (11, 33) can be brought into the functional position by a relative movement which is carried out in the axial direction, said sealing element (43, 57) sealingly interacting with the sealing surface (51) in said functional position. The invention is characterized in that the assembly has a third component (61) which is associated with an actuating part (62) that acts on the sealing element (43;57) in the functional position of the components (11, 33) so as to deform said element in order increase the sealing force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Sakraschinsky, Volkmar Klein, Armin Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8914959
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for installing a piston over a lip seal on a shaft includes a cylinder or primary force and a weight member or secondary force. The primary force and secondary force are coupled by a resilient member, which will permit the secondary force to retract from the assembly process when the force needed to complete the assembly is above a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, LLC
    Inventor: Krishna K. Relan
  • Publication number: 20140323985
    Abstract: Described is a syringe carrier comprising a body adapted to receive a barrel of a syringe. The body includes an enlarged distal portion having a diameter greater than a diameter of the body. The enlarged distal portion has one or more resilient barbs adapted to engage a circumferential gap between the barrel of the syringe and a needle shield covering a needle of the syringe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Yannick Hourmand, Douglas Ivan Jennings, Matthew Ekman
  • Patent number: 8869372
    Abstract: A fastening device for preassembling structural members includes a hollow cylindrical body; a bearing ring provided at a proximal end of the hollow body and against which one of the structural members is intended to bear in a fastening position; a pulling threaded rod extending through the hollow body to be inserted into the structural members; a tightening means connected to the pulling threaded rod for maintaining the structural members against each other, the tightening means including a removable tubular end piece for mounting on a proximal threaded end of the pulling threaded rod that can be locally axially compacted under the action of a force applied on the pulling threaded rod in order to form a radial bead for sandwiching the structural members between the latter and the bearing ring; the fastening device including a sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Lisi Aerospace
    Inventors: Etienne Luneau, Bastien Bellavia, Philippe Prot
  • Patent number: 8844106
    Abstract: A kit comprising an installation fixture, a plurality of mechanical fasteners and an embedding tool is provided which allows for an elastomer band to be disposed in a mounting groove around a semiconductor substrate support in a manner that relieves the internal stresses of the elastomer band, leading to an elastomer band with a longer operational lifetime. The installation fixture is secured to a substrate support with mechanical fasteners. An elastomer band is placed around an outer circumference of the installation fixture and rotated back and forth to relieve internal stresses of the elastomer band. The fixture is inverted and the elastomer band is slid vertically off the fixture and into the mounting groove. An embedding tool can be used to completely insert the elastomer band into the mounting groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Rish Chhatre, David Schaefer, Sung Lee, Dan Haber
  • Patent number: 8844113
    Abstract: A medical device includes a polymer stent scaffold crimped to a catheter having an expansion balloon. A process for forming the medical device includes placing the scaffold on a support supported by an alignment carriage, and deionizing the scaffold to remove any static charge buildup on the scaffold before placing the scaffold within a crimper to reduce the scaffold's diameter. The polymer scaffold is heated to a temperature below the polymer's glass transition temperature to improve scaffold retention without adversely affecting the mechanical characteristics of the scaffold when deployed to support a body lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Yunbing Wang
  • Publication number: 20140283349
    Abstract: Described here are devices and methods for crimping self-expanding devices. The crimping devices may be useful for crimping a variety of different self-expanding devices (whether such devices are biodegradable or bio-durable). The crimping devices may have crimping members to engage the self-expanding device to reduce the device from an expanding configuration to an unexpanded configuration. The crimping member may comprise or include a suture, wire, ribbon, guiding hoop, pusher, prong, holding bar, balloon, jaws, combinations thereof, or the like. The crimping devices may also include or comprise a holding structure to hold the self-expanding device in an unexpanded or expanded configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Anthony J. ABBATE, Bin HUANG, Gail M. ZALER, David C. GALE, Richard E. KAUFMAN, Vijaykumar RAJASEKHAR
  • Publication number: 20140283361
    Abstract: The specification discloses a crimping process for crimping a metal ferrule (19) onto a hose (17) including the steps of applying a radially inwardly directed crimping force to die elements (16) adapted to engage the ferrule (19) and increasing said crimping force to a first level over a first period of time, at least partially removing the crimping force from said die elements after said first period of time, and reapplying the radially directed crimping force to said die elements (16) and increasing said crimping force to a second level over a second period of time, said second crimping force level being equal to, higher or lower than said first level, and at an end of the crimping process, removing the crimping force fully from the die elements (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Betaswage Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Frederick Hubert Van Essen
  • Patent number: 8832941
    Abstract: A method for assembling a propshaft assembly. The method can include: providing a tubular member, the tubular member having an annular wall with an inside circumferential surface; pushing a first ram through the tubular member; loading a damper between the first ram and a second ram; twisting the damper between the first and second rams; moving the first and second rams to translate the twisted damper into the tubular member; untwisting the damper in the tubular member; and withdrawing the first and second rams from the tubular member. A machine for assembling a propshaft assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignees: Cardinal Machine Company, American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Pennington, Jeremy Clontz, Britten Coleman, Scott Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8834503
    Abstract: Lancet device including a first housing. A first guide wall is disposed within the first housing. The first guide wall includes an opening. A cap removably mounted to the first housing. A needle holding member for holding a lancet. At least a portion of the needle holding member being able to move within the opening. A first spring for biasing the needle holding member toward an extended position. The first spring surrounding a portion of the needle holding member and being disposed between the first guide wall and a shoulder of the needle holding member. A movable trigger having a first position and a second position. A movable second housing including a proximal end, a distal end and a second guide wall arranged at the proximal end. The second guide wall including an opening. A portion of the needle holding member being able to move within the opening of the second guide wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Stat Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Schraga
  • Publication number: 20140251049
    Abstract: A ball screw device is provided in which a dust-proof member can be simply attached to a nut. The ball screw device (1) is a ball screw device (1) in which a concave portion (6) is formed in an inner circumferential end portion of a nut (4) through which a screw shaft (2) passes and the concave portion (6) is provided with a dust-proof member (5), wherein the dust-proof member (5) is formed of a cylindrical elastic member into which the screw shaft (2) is inserted and includes at least one protrusion (8) protruding in an outward diameter direction from an outer circumferential surface of the dust-proof member (5), and the concave portion (6) has a groove shape to which the dust-proof member (5) is fitted and is provided with a locking portion (7) to which the protrusion (8) is locked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Daisuke Kuroiwa
  • Patent number: 8800133
    Abstract: Gas turbine engine systems involving rotor bayonet coverplates and tools for installing such coverplates are provided. In this regard, a representative turbine assembly for a gas turbine engine includes: a turbine disk operative to mount a set of turbine blades; and a coverplate having an annular main body portion and a spaced annular arrangement of tabs extending radially inwardly from the main body portion with open-ended gaps being located between the tabs, the tabs being operative to secure an inner diameter of the coverplate to the turbine disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph T. Caprario, Daniel J. Griffin
  • Publication number: 20140215798
    Abstract: A system for installing a seal on a work piece includes a stretcher tool having a tapered end, an outer diameter opposite the tapered end, and an axial bore. A collar has an inner diameter greater than the outer diameter, and the collar is adapted to slide over the outer diameter to push the seal over the outer diameter. A method for installing a seal on a work piece includes placing the seal on a stretcher tool, wherein the stretcher tool has a tapered end, an outer diameter opposite the tapered end, and a stretcher axial bore. The method further includes sliding a collar over the tapered end and the outer diameter, engaging the collar against the seal, and sliding the collar over the outer diameter to push the seal into a first groove in the work piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Ellcon National, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip E. Reece, Norman E. Boyter
  • Patent number: 8789570
    Abstract: An apparatus for disposing a tubular covering sleeve for electric-cable joints on a supporting element may include a support for the tubular covering sleeve; a pair of expanders; driving means configured to introduce the expanders into respective ends of the tubular covering sleeve and to cause radial expansion of the tubular covering sleeve; and devices for disposing the tubular covering sleeve in a radially expanded condition on the supporting element. The expanders may be configured to be placed in substantially coaxial positions relative to the tubular covering sleeve at the respective ends of the tubular covering sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Prysmian Cavi e Sistemi Energia S.R.L.
    Inventors: Francesco Portas, Ubaldo Vallauri
  • Patent number: 8782862
    Abstract: An assembly apparatus includes a spline sleeve defining a central hole having an inner surface defining a plurality of first and second sliding grooves, a first connecting member and a second connecting member positioned on opposite ends of the spline sleeve, a sliding member sildably received in the spline sleeve and having at least one first key portion slidably received in the corresponding first sliding groove, a rotation member rotatable relative to the sliding member and including a plurality of second key portions selectively slidably engaged in the corresponding first sliding grooves and interfering with the corresponding second sliding grooves, a first elastic member abutting the first connecting member and the rotation member, a second elastic member abutting the second connecting member and the sliding member, and a knockout pin assembly fixed to the sliding member and slidable relative to the second connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shang-Xuan Song
  • Patent number: 8776347
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, a driver, a plurality of shafts, and a plurality of arms. The body is configured for insertion into a component and the driver is adapted for movement relative to the body. The plurality of shafts extend through the body and are connected to the plurality of arms. The tool is configured such that contact by the driver against the shaft rotates the plurality of shafts to pivot the plurality of arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Scott D. Virkler, Matthew P. Ricker, Gordon Kinkade
  • Patent number: 8763221
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a tool or a family of tools which will provide mechanical force to separate pieces, plates, or parts of machinery or other assemblies which, although de-fastened, still resist separation. This is accomplished by utilizing a bolt-like device and a plurality of gripping inserts, which provide separating force between a plurality of plates or similar structures when the device is operated properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Joseph Boss
  • Patent number: 8763232
    Abstract: Weatherstrips (13, 15) having opposed pile sealing elements (226) are installed in opposed slots in a frame member (14) so that the piles may engage opposite sides of a panel, shutter or screen (203), by insertion apparatus having laterally-movable slotted guides (60, 62). The weatherstrips are driven through the slots in the guides by a drive wheel (42). A laterally reciprocating cutter (48) has openings (107, 109), through which the weatherstrips are driven, and shearing edges (98) for cutting ends of the weatherstrips to facilitate entry of the weatherstrips from the slots in the guide into the slots in the frame member. Metering wheel (44) engages at least one of the weatherstrips moving through the guides, and provides for actuation of the cutter, when the desired length of the weatherstrips is driven through the guides; the length corresponding to the length of the frame member which receives the weatherstrips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Ultrafab, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel W. Richter, Yogesh Borkar
  • Publication number: 20140157571
    Abstract: The present invention provides an automatic shoe-cover machine, including a shoe-cover roller, a blocking device, a cutting device and a sliding pull hook, wherein a plurality of shoe-covers are capable of being wound on the shoe-cover roller, wherein each of shoe-covers has a foot inserting opening, wherein a blocking device, a cutting device and a sliding pull hook are orderly provided with the shoe-cover roller along the radial direction thereof, wherein the sliding pull hook is connected to a driver, wherein the driver is connected with an electric motor and an electric controller. The automatic shoe-cover machine can utilize the action of dragging from a foot and the characteristics of connecting of the coordinating shoe-covers to achieve the object of automatically wearing shoe-covers, generating shoe-covers and is reliable. The present invention further provides an automatic packaging mechanism for an automatic shoe-cover machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: OTO Industry (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Liangjie Xu
  • Publication number: 20140150229
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a jig that does not require an operator to hold a lock ring against the elastic repulsion force of the lock ring that attempts to contract in a radial direction when the lock ring is attached to a rim base, the jig that is safe because there is no need for the operator to support the weight of the lock ring and can maintain a state in which, when the space between the ends of the lock ring is increased, the inside diameter side of the lock ring is a perfect circle or is close to a perfect circle. Thus, a lock ring mounting/demounting jig of the present invention is formed of a pair of jigs, the pair of jigs can be attached at both ends (4a, 4b) of a lock ring (4) and on the radial outside of the lock ring (4), and the angle formed by the direction in which the space between the pair of jigs expands and contracts and the longitudinal direction of each jig is changeable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: TOPY KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kentaro OBA, Yukio NAKAMURA, Etsuro SUGISAKI
  • Patent number: 8713771
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an apparatus for use in the assembly of an elastic sealing element on an electrical conductor as well as a method for sheathing an electrical conductor with an elastic sealing element. The apparatus according to the invention has a first pin which performs a reciprocating movement and at the front end of which is formed a cutting tip which, on penetration through a sealing element positioned in front of the cutting tip in the direction of reciprocation and designed as a solid body, produces a through-opening in the sealing element. Furthermore, the apparatus comprises a second pin for receiving the sealing element which has been provided with a through-opening by the first pin, wherein the outer circumference of the second pin in at least one region is larger than the outer circumference of the first pin for expansion of the through-opening produced in the elastic sealing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Urbaniak, Bernd Eder
  • Patent number: 8701263
    Abstract: A grommet opening/closing apparatus includes one opening/closing device and the other opening/closing device. Both opening/closing devices are arranged oppositely against each other, each having a plurality of hooks and a driving unit to open and close the plurality of hooks. A base portion of the plurality of hooks of the one opening/closing device expands and returns one end of a grommet, and a base portion of the plurality of hooks of the other opening/closing device expands and returns the other end of the grommet. One end of the grommet is held by half-opening the hooks of the one opening/closing device, the closed hooks are inserted in the other end of the grommet. Thereafter, the hooks of both opening/closing devices are completely opened, and the wiring harness is passed through the grommet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Okitsu
  • Patent number: 8697995
    Abstract: A method of coating the junction area between elongated elements, in particular between electric cables. This method includes the steps of: arranging a rigid tubular support having two axially separable tubular halves; mounting an elastic tubular sleeve in an elastically radially expanded condition on an outer surface of the support; interposing a lubricating material between the support and sleeve; arranging a circumferentially continuous sealing element between the halves to prevent the lubricant from percolating between the halves; positioning the support around the junction area; and moving the halves apart from each other to enable the sleeve to collapse on the junction area. A device for coating the junction area between elongated elements and a method of making the device and a joint for electric cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Prysmian Cavi E Sistemi Energia S.R.L.
    Inventors: Ubaldo Vallauri, Francesco Portas
  • Publication number: 20140096358
    Abstract: A device and a method for a field expansion. A support core (30) is inserted into the device by a field expansion apparatus. The field expansion apparatus has a pressure applying means (20) defining a radially expandable inner surface and a flat surface radially outwardly extending from the radially expandable inner surface. The device comprises an elastomeric tubing (10) and an adapter (40). The elastomeric tubing (10) has a forward end opposite a rearward end and an axial bore extending therethrough configured to receive the support core (30). The adapter (40) has a step portion (41) defined by a radial outer surface (42) and a flat surface (43) radially outwardly extending from the radial outer surface (42), and an axial bore (44) extending therethrough. The axial bore (44) has a diameter substantially the same as the diameter of the axial bore (12) of the elastomeric tubing (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Ming Zhang, Jinquan Yang, Zheng Huang, Zhigang Xu, Jiangjiang Ma
  • Publication number: 20140082913
    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: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas Marcouiller, Mandy Lea Trnka, Oscar Fernando Bran de León
  • Patent number: 8677586
    Abstract: A method of installing an elastomer band as a protective edge seal around a portion of a semiconductor substrate support used for supporting a semiconductor substrate in a plasma processing chamber, which includes expanding an elastomer band into a circular shape having a diameter greater than a diameter of a mounting groove within the substrate support; clamping the elastomer band in the expanded shape between a base ring and a clamp ring; placing the elastomer band over the substrate support in the expanded shape; and releasing the elastomer band from between the base and clamp rings, which contracts the elastomer band into the mounting groove of the substrate support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventor: Neal Newton
  • Patent number: 8671533
    Abstract: A gripper device (10) is provided for mounting rubber elastic rings (5) on the inner wall (62) of a workpiece opening and/or on the exterior of a workpiece. The device includes a basic housing (12), forming jaws (14) that are displaced in relation to the basic housing (12) and bearing jaws (16). To displace the plate element together with the jaws that are located on the element in an axial direction, the element is provided with a piston (20) which engages in a piston cylinder (22) in the basic housing. The displacement of the jaws that are located on the plate element (18) is mechanically coupled by a common actuator (24) and the actuator (24) is driven by an actuator piston (25) that is located in the piston (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Schunk GmbH & Co. KG Spann-und Greiftechnik
    Inventors: Matthias Haag, Ralf Winkler, Andre Hermes
  • Patent number: 8661637
    Abstract: Apparatus for removing a sealing plug from a bore, the sealing plug has an outer sleeve and an inner stem retained within the outer sleeve, the removal taking place after a suitable hole has been drilled part-way into the stem, the removal apparatus has a tapered punch for forcible insertion into the hole in the stem to create an interference fit between the punch and the stem and thereafter driving the stem out of the sleeve while also retaining the stem on the punch by virtue of the interference fit, and sleeve-engaging portion engagable with the sleeve after the punch has removed the stem from the sleeve, the sleeve-engaging portion and the punch being thereafter removable from the bore to remove both the sleeve and the stem from the bore while the sleeve and the stem are both retained on the appropriate parts of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Avdel UK Limited
    Inventor: Richard King
  • Patent number: 8656571
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for strong bonded wide joints for cryogenic applications. In one advantageous embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a three-dimensional preform and a plastic matrix. The plastic matrix may be impregnated in the three-dimensional preform to form a softening strip that may be capable of remaining flexible at a temperature at which a gas may have a liquid form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Michael Leslie Hand
  • Publication number: 20140048440
    Abstract: A food or beverage container may include an open-ended expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam body and a stretch sleeve label. The stretch sleeve label may be made of a material which may enable a high quality design to be displayed on the outside of the EPS foam body. The stretch sleeve label may be stretched over the exterior surface of the EPS foam body and released to fit the contours of the EPS foam body. The stretch sleeve label may be affixed to the EPS foam body using an adhesive. The EPS foam body, the stretch sleeve label, and/or the adhesive may comprise compostable or recyclable materials, such that the entire food or beverage container may be compostable or recyclable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: William Lloyd Prickett, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8646176
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method for sheathing an electrical conductor with an elastic sealing element. In the method, first a through-opening is produced in the sealing element with a first equivalent diameter. Next the through-opening which has been produced with a first equivalent diameter is expanded to a second equivalent diameter, in order to be able to introduce an electrical conductor into it. Then contraction of the through-opening which has been expanded to the second equivalent diameter is brought about, in order thus to obtain sealing off of the electrical conductor from the elastic sealing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Urbaniak, Rudolf Maron
  • Patent number: 8647352
    Abstract: A compression ring to grip and compress body structure such as diverticulum, hemorrhoids, and tissue adjacent a hole. A resilient ring-shaped body defines a compression channel, and one or more axially rigid elongated spikes extend from the body into the channel. The body defines a first axial segment surrounding the compression channel and a second axial segment surrounding the compression channel, with the spike being engaged only with the second axial segment. The first axial segment more tightly compresses the body structure than the second axial segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Insightra Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne A. Noda, Stephen Graham Bell
  • Patent number: 8601668
    Abstract: A gasket insertion apparatus and method for inserting a fluid sealing gasket between the bolted connection flanges of adjacent underwater pipe line segments is provided. The gasket insertion apparatus includes of a flat frame having an inner peripheral surface and an outer peripheral surface. The inner peripheral surface of the frame has a plurality of angularly cut teeth. The gasket is mounted within the frame and is held in place by the plurality of angularly cut teeth. The gasket insertion apparatus has a handle with an open geometric ring-shaped grip that is configured so that the gasket insertion apparatus may be gripped by a manipulation arm of an underwater remotely operated vehicle and/or by a diver. The apparatus, with gasket attached, is brought to an underwater location and inserted between adjacent flanges of a bolted flange connection by a diver or an underwater remotely operated vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventors: Andre M. Vidrine, Steve Struble
  • Patent number: 8601660
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing rail tie clips comprises an elongated handle end section and a grasping end section extending from the outboard end of the elongated handle end section. The grasping end section terminates in a tooth oriented generally perpendicularly to the handle end section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Leo Duty
  • Publication number: 20130318758
    Abstract: A hand-held apparatus is provided to allow a user to easily apply the necessary force required to install or remove caps into or from a vial or test tube. The device includes a handle member that is ergonomically shaped to provide a user with maximum comfort and control of a cap while applying pressure to insert caps. The device also includes a coupling portion configured to selectively engage a cap and efficiently disengage a cap. Through this configuration, a user generated force is transferred from the handle member through the coupling portion, and to the cap, thereby causing the cap into an opening of the vial for locking the cap into a sealed and closed position with the vial.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Amy Thrash
  • Publication number: 20130318757
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for manufacturing a duct bank comprising the steps of loading a frame with a series of templates, positioning the frame adjacent a pipe extruder, aligning a set of a plurality of holes with a die of the pipe extruder, extruding a pipe of a first length into the set of holes, repeating the steps of aligning and extruding for each set of holes, thereby forming the duct bank, banding the duct bank, and removing the duct bank from the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Scott Gross
  • Patent number: 8591525
    Abstract: The hemorrhoid ligation apparatus (10) includes a main cylinder (12) to which an O-ring (50) for ligating the hemorrhoid is to be attached on an outer circumferential surface of a front end portion, a sub cylinder (14) air-tightly and slidably provided inside the main cylinder (12), so as to suck the hemorrhoid into the front end portion of the main cylinder (12) upon being drawn toward a rear end portion of the main cylinder (12), an operating fluid loaded inside the sub cylinder (14), and a plunger (16) air-tightly and slidably provided inside the sub cylinder (14), so as to pressurize the operating fluid upon being squeezed toward a front end portion of the sub cylinder (14), to thereby squeeze the O-ring (50) toward the front end portion of the main cylinder (12) with the pressurized operating fluid, thus detaching the O-ring (50) from the main cylinder (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Bakelite Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masao Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8584334
    Abstract: The invention discloses a widening device and a method for applying label sleeves on objects. The inner diameter of the label sleeve is smaller than a diameter of a perimeter of the objects on which the label sleeve is to be applied. The widening device had four articulated widening jaws which engage an inner surface of the label sleeve. The third widening jaw and the fourth widening jaw are movably arranged between the first widening jaw and the second widening jaw. An articulated support carries the third widening jaw and the fourth widening jaw, wherein the articulated support is made up of a first and a second movable lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Hermann Solleder, Bernd Braatz
  • Publication number: 20130283581
    Abstract: A sealant removal tool for removing a sealant plug from the nozzle of a sealant cartridge, the tool comprising a handle, a stem depending from the handle operative to apply a torque to the stem in use, the stem having a tip distal from the stem and being provided with an external screw thread along at least part of its length, the thread tapering inwardly from the handle towards the tip, the handle and stem being arranged such that the tip of the stem can be inserted into the sealant plug in the sealant cartridge nozzle and torque applied to the stem via the handle to drive the thread into the sealant plug, the handle being arranged to enable a user of the tool to subsequently apply a tensile force to the stem via the handle to remove the sealant plug from the nozzle, when a sufficient part of the thread has engaged the sealant plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Malcolm Burr
  • Patent number: 8567028
    Abstract: An injector sleeve removal device including a tapered portion and a ridge. The a tapered portion having a first diameter and a second diameter. The first diameter is relatively smaller than an opening of an injector sleeve and the second diameter is relatively greater than the opening. The ridge is disposed helically about the tapered portion. The ridge is configured to cut into an inner surface of the injector sleeve and draw the tapered portion into the injector sleeve in response to rotation of the sleeve removal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Service Solutions U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Michael Shevela, Edward Magana
  • Publication number: 20130263427
    Abstract: A method of installing an elastomer band as a protective edge seal around a portion of a semiconductor substrate support used for supporting a semiconductor substrate in a plasma processing chamber, which includes expanding an elastomer band into a circular shape having a diameter greater than a diameter of a mounting groove within the substrate support; clamping the elastomer band in the expanded shape between a base ring and a clamp ring; placing the elastomer band over the substrate support in the expanded shape; and releasing the elastomer band from between the base and clamp rings, which contracts the elastomer band into the mounting groove of the substrate support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventor: Neal Newton
  • Publication number: 20130247344
    Abstract: For sealing a threaded connection, a tubular thread seal includes a proximal edge with a specified proximal diameter and a distal edge with a specified distal diameter. The distal edge is inserted over a threaded connection. The tube is disposed between the proximal edge and the distal edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Brody Aycock
  • Publication number: 20130247348
    Abstract: A sunroof drain tube installation assembly and method for installing or replacing a sunroof drain tube in a vehicle includes a drain tube installation tool having an elongated flexible wire with a first end and a second end, and a stopper disposed at the second end of the wire. The wire is threaded through the sunroof drain tube to be installed on the vehicle and then through a sunroof drain tube passageway defined on the vehicle. Optionally, this includes threading the wire through a sunroof drain tube already installed on the vehicle. After threading, the wire is pulled to forcibly install the sunroof drain tube into the sunroof drain tube passageway and, optionally, displacing the previously installed sunroof drain tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshio Kitagawa, Takeshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8528178
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a brush seal assembly is disclosed. The method includes circumferentially arranging bristles about an axis. A plate is arranged adjacent to the bristles. Unwelded ends of the bristles are aligned with a periphery of the plate to provide a flush surface across the plate and bristles. The unwelded ends are laser welded to the periphery at the flush surface to provide a unitary subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Glenn D. Sparks
  • Patent number: 8522433
    Abstract: A low cost and simple seal installation method provides for easy installation of bonded pistons and lip seals in an automatic transmission or other industrial machine. The installation method utilizes a flexible circular disc that can be inserted in a gap between the bore and the shaft and is pressed against the seal lip to flip the seal lip to its desired orientation while the disc is rolled around the circumference of the gap to orientate the entire seal in its proper position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership
    Inventor: Johnny Kinder