To Apply Or Remove A Resilient Article (e.g., Tube, Sleeve, Etc.) Patents (Class 29/235)
  • Patent number: 8499427
    Abstract: Objects of the present invention provide an attachment for power tools that places and sets expansion anchors. One embodiment of the present invention is directed to a new and improved attachment apparatus for a rotary-hammer type drill, the attachment including a first anchor setting end, a second attachment end, and a handle portion connecting the setting end to the attachment end. The attachment apparatus can be efficiently and easily mounted to the rotary-hammer type drill to simplify the installation of expansion anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Allan Wallek
  • Patent number: 8495806
    Abstract: An expander for concentrically expanding a cylindrical member, the expander with a tapered block, a plurality of segments, each having an inner surface at least partially in contact with the tapered surface of the tapered block and the segments arranged to move in concert with each other relative to the block, and a pair of engaging features being provided for each segment, each pair comprising a first engagement feature on one of the segments and a second engagement feature on the block, the pairs of engaging features being arranged to maintain equal circumferential spacing of the segments around the block and to constrain movement of the segments in a direction that is coaxial with the block, each pair of engaging features being located away from the circumferential edges of their respective segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventor: Robert J. Bradley
  • Patent number: 8490265
    Abstract: A brake includes an annular boot which can be expanded and contracted according to movements of a piston and is assembled to an opening part of a cylinder and to an annular groove on an outer peripheral face of the piston. The boot is assembled by: engaging one end of the boot with the opening part of the cylinder in a state where the piston is contained in the cylinder; moving the piston so that at least a part of the piston is withdrawn from the cylinder and that the other end of the boot is pressed by a pressing face of the piston; and fitting the other end of the boot into the annular groove of the piston, while a movable range of the other end of the boot is restricted by an expanding allowance of the boot whose one end is engaged with the opening part of the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Hashimoto, Masayoshi Kojima, Katsunori Kinno, Mitsuru Sato
  • Publication number: 20130174406
    Abstract: A spring clip that has a first portion and a second portion. The first portion has a base with at least one aperture and a resilient flange portion that extends away from and above the base and faces a first direction. The second portion has at least one tubular extension that extends through the at least one aperture of the first portion beyond the base and engages the first portion. The at least one tubular extension has an aperture such that the at least one aperture in the first portion and the aperture in a second portion have a common axis. In addition, the flange portion can be compressed from a first position to a second position over the base and when the flange portion will move toward the first position when it is released from the second position. An installation tool is provided for inserting the spring clip into a longitudinal cavity of a railing section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: AZEK Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Gori, Michael A. Dotsey
  • Patent number: 8479365
    Abstract: A barrel support device supports a barrel rotationally about an axis of the barrel with the axis being arranged vertically and an opening of the barrel through which a plunger rod is inserted being directed upward. A chuck of a plunger rod support device holds the plunger rod in a first holding state in which the plunger rod is prevented from rotating about and sliding along its axis and inserts it into the barrel. Then, the chuck enters a second holding state in which the plunger rod is prevented from rotating about its axis but is not prevented from sliding along its axis. A load application device places a load acting downward on the plunger rod, and a rotation application device rotates the barrel in a direction in which the plunger rod is screwed into a gasket in the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Kyoto Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobutaka Tubota
  • 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
  • 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: 8458874
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for applying tags with attached elastic anchor bands onto the tops of objects such as bottles in a high speed packaging application. The apparatus includes an infeed assembly for feeding a web, a conveyor assembly that receives a web and conveys it along a path in an upstream direction, a rotating selector wheel, a placement assembly, a pair of rotating jaw assemblies, a vacuum cup of the selector wheel, and stretched elastic bands over the tops of respective bottles being conveyed along a path below the placing assembly. The elastic bands then snap onto the tops of their respective bottles to secure the tags to the bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly Ziegler
  • Patent number: 8453309
    Abstract: In a device or method to change a belt in a machine assembly, a gripper is provided with two flat legs. The legs are held at one end and are free at the other ends. The legs are provided with a respective protective film on side surfaces facing towards one another to protect the belt. A first of the two legs facing towards the machine assembly in an exchange of the belt have a sliding film on its outer surface. The legs are designed such that they exert a gripping force over a width of the belt after sliding onto the belt and grip the belt so that the belt can be slid onto or removed from rollers of at least one of the roller types selected from the group consisting of a drive roller and a deflection roller provided in the machine assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Ocè Printing Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Vizjak, Hans Winter
  • Patent number: 8448320
    Abstract: A clamp for clamping to two tubulars, each of the two tubulars including a component of a top drive system, the two tubulars threadedly connected together, the clamp for inhibiting relative rotation of the two tubulars, each of the two tubulars having at least one tubular projection projecting therefrom, the clamp including a clamp body having an interior surface, a plurality of clamp projections projecting inwardly from the interior surface of the clamp body for holding the at least one tubular projection projecting from each of the two tubulars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Varco I/P, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald W. Yater, Lawrence E. Wells, Neil Edward West, Cliff Swiontek, Howard Ervin
  • Publication number: 20130097830
    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: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Jun Fan CHEN
  • Patent number: 8418336
    Abstract: A system and method for repairing the damaged portion of a flow-line of a Corrugated Metal Pipe is disclosed. A containment mold is created on the interior surface of the CMP using a series of overlapping rigid sheets that are attached to the CMP along the damaged flow-line. This mold is provided with injection ports through which a hydro-insensitive expanding polymer may be injected. External pressure is applied to the rigid sheet during injection and hardening of the polymer. The result is a single monolithic structure forming a patch over the damaged CMP flow-line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Roger Bennett
  • Publication number: 20130081241
    Abstract: A belt attachment jig includes a jig body (10) located along a side surface of a pulley (1), and a belt guide portion (15) which protrudes forward in the pulley rotational direction from a contact portion (11) near one end of the jig body (10). The belt (B) is held between the twisting preventing plate (12) which forms the other end of the jig body (10) and the side surface of the jig-attached pulley (1) such that an inner circumferential surface of the belt (B) faces the jig-attached pulley (1). As the pulley (1) is rotated, the belt attachment jig is moved in the pulley rotational direction together with the belt (B) in a manner that makes the belt (B) fitted in the pulley groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventors: Takashi Kunisada, Takemasa Yoshimi
  • Patent number: 8387237
    Abstract: A device for assembling and disassembling an inner support of a vehicle tire, comprising a supporter, a fastening belt, a retracting device, a securing device, and a gear unit. The retracting device and the securing device are disposed on the supporter. One end of the fastening belt is connected to the retracting device, the other end of the fastening belt is connected to the securing device. The retracting device is connected to the gear unit. The device facilitates assembling and disassembling on demand and allows for a simple and fast disassembling process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Dongfeng Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Song Huang, Ji Chen
  • Publication number: 20130047405
    Abstract: A seal assembling method of a master cylinder for assembling a cup seal for sealing a piston slidably moving in a bottomed-tubular cylinder main body to a seal groove formed in the cylinder main body in an annular shape includes inserting the cup seal into the cylinder main body while inclining the cup seal with respect to an axial direction of the cylinder main body, and assembling the cup seal to the seal groove by moving the cup seal to the seal groove in a state that a position of a center cored bar tool for defining an insertion limit of the cup seal with respect to the cylinder main body is aligned with the seal groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: MASATAKE YAMANAKA, Hideki Hosaka
  • Patent number: 8365374
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of installing an elastomeric element onto a tubular. The method includes, positioning the elastomeric element onto a radially expandable member, radially expanding the radially expandable member and the elastomeric element installed thereon, positioning a tubular coaxially with the radially expandable member, and axially urging the elastomeric element off the radially expandable member thereby allowing the elastomeric element to be positioned coaxially about an outer perimetrical surface of the tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert S. O'Brien, Gerald D. Lynde, Yang Xu, Thomas Mathew
  • Patent number: 8359721
    Abstract: A system and method for loading an endoprosthesis, such as a stent or valve, into an introducer is provided that permits interventionalists to load the endoprosthesis easily at the bedside. The system can include a compressor for compressing the endoprosthesis to a cross-sectional area less than the cross-sectional area of the introducer lumen. The compressor has a funnel portion at one end where the un-compressed endoprosthesis can be introduced and another end where the introducer and sleeves of a split sleeve device are inserted. The sleeves conform to the compressor passage and surround the endoprosthesis to collapse the endoprosthesis. The split sleeve device also includes a mounting device coupled to the sleeves. The endoprosthesis is compressed and loaded into the introducer by the relative movement of the mounting device and the compressor, where the endoprosthesis remains generally stationary while being compressed and loaded in order to avoid potentially compromising the endoprosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Jeffry S. Melsheimer, Grant T. Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20130008010
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for applying tension to a fabric decking on an article of furniture are described. The apparatus includes a cylindrical base having a central axis and that is adapted to be placed in proximity to a frame of the article of furniture. A plurality of spaced needles are coupled to, and extend away from, said base. The needles are aligned in a row parallel to the axis of the cylindrical base. The needles extend away from the base a distance greater than a thickness of the fabric decking material. The apparatus also includes a rotation mechanism coupled to the base and operable to impart a rotational movement to the base about the axis, between a first, ready position for engagement with the fabric decking material, and a second stretched position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: LARRY I. BULLARD
  • Publication number: 20120324687
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an installation method and apparatus for installing a resilient ring-shaped clip into engagement with a recess of a recipient channel. The apparatus generally comprises a clip delivery structure having a delivery channel formed therein and comprising an input for receiving the clip, a converging portion for radially biasing the clip, and an output for delivering the radially biased clip to the recipient channel. A clip stabilization mechanism may also be present for stabilizing the clip in the delivery channel, and for disengaging the clip upon application of an axial force to the clip that results in its passage through the delivery channel. Also disclosed is a clip delivery mechanism for displacing a clip through such a delivery channel and the recipient channel until engagement of the clip with the recess, wherein the clip stabilization mechanism disengages upon axial displacement of the clip by the clip delivery mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Miyajima, David Upshall, Hideki Sadaoka
  • Patent number: 8336177
    Abstract: A tool for the connection of tubes (T) by means of connection sleeves (C), comprising two jaws (2, 3) which are mutually movable between an open rest position, and a closed work position wherein they define an annular reception seat (7) of the connection sleeve (C), and wherein they turn a circumferential series of radial punches (6) towards the sleeve (C); said jaws (2, 3) each comprising at least one punch (6) sliding towards the center of said reception seat (7), and being mutually connected by means of a kinematic system which permits them, when they are found in said open rest position, to confer a generally open-ring shape to said reception seat (7), through whose lateral opening (8) the connection sleeve (C) can be inserted and extracted by lateral movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Autocondizionatori Zani S.R.L.
    Inventors: Ivaldo Vernasca, Carlo Vernasca, Francesco Vernasca
  • Patent number: 8336184
    Abstract: A device capable of smoothly, easily and automatically installing a molding on a door panel for an automobile is provided and includes a molding installation jig and a dynamic sensor located between a jig body and an arm. The dynamic sensor is designed to detect a force applied from the molding installation jig to the molding. A finger is supported on a side of the jig body to contact and hold an end section of the molding. Three suction pads, which communicate with a vacuum device, are provided on a surface of the jig body at equal intervals. A pair of brackets having a C-shaped cross section are provided on a side surface of the jig body, which is perpendicular to the surface on which the suction pads are provided. A first roller, a second roller, and a third roller 19 are rotatably supported in each of the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuhiko Yamamoto, Takahiro Yogoro
  • Patent number: 8322005
    Abstract: A weather strip installation device for mechanically installing weather strip along the opening of a vehicle door is disclosed. The device includes a frame outlining said opening, and a plurality of contact pads enclosing the frame. A selectively movable unit is disposed between the frame and the contact pads, wherein the selectively movable unit is operable to push each of the contact pads outwardly from the frame. In the first preferred embodiment the movable unit is a plurality of expandable bladders disposed between the contact pads and the peripheral edge of the frame. In the second preferred embodiment, the movable unit is an extensible arm rotatably attached to the frame. The extensible arm includes a roller disposed between the frame and contact pads that presses against the contact pads thereby installing the weather strip along the opening of the door as the extensible arm rotates about the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignees: Pow Specialty Equipment Inc., Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sorin Buse, Dragos Racolta, David Pow, John Szentimrey, Andrew Farrow
  • Patent number: 8307524
    Abstract: Weatherstripping is inserted in an extrusion on-line with an extruder which provides the extrusion as it moves towards a station. The extrusion at such station is pulled and cut into sections from which frames of windows are fabricated by fabricators, thereby avoiding the need for insertion of the weatherstrip into the sections offline by the window fabricator. The insertion apparatus includes rollers and an insertion wheel which inserts the weatherstrip into a slot on one side of the extrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Ultrafab, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Bednarz, Stephen P. Coriddi, Douglas C. Lead
  • Publication number: 20120279667
    Abstract: The tire run-flat ring removal and installation machine includes three basic embodiments, each having a tire support table (14) and actuators for removing and/or reinstalling the run-flat ring (R) in the tire (T). The actuators may be hydraulically, pneumatically, or electromechanically powered, and save the technician considerable time and effort in the process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: James R. Carawan, Monica L. Carawan, Al Turner, Jennifer Turner, Dale Hale
  • Publication number: 20120272501
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a machine for delivering supplied hollow bushes and for fitting individual hollow bushes to a cable, and to a corresponding method. The apparatus has a picking apparatus which can pick up hollow bushes and arrange said hollow bushes so as to be axially aligned in front of the fitting tube, and a bush fitting apparatus for fitting individual hollow bushes to a cable, wherein the bush fitting apparatus has a fitting tube which can receive and hold, on the outer surface of said tube, the hollow bushes on the inner surface thereof, and in which the cable for fitting the hollow bushes can be arranged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: Schaefer Werkzeug- und Sondermaschinenau GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Schäfer, Hansjörg Wolff
  • Patent number: 8281469
    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: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Avdel UK Limited
    Inventor: Richard King
  • Patent number: 8273200
    Abstract: A method of disposing a tubular covering sleeve for electric-cable joints on a supporting element may include arranging the sleeve in a rest and not yet expanded condition; causing radial expansion of the sleeve starting from axially opposite end portions; and arranging the sleeve in a radially expanded condition on the supporting element. Radial expansion of the sleeve may be carried out gradually, starting from the end portions of the sleeve toward an axially intermediate portion of the sleeve. The method of may include arranging the sleeve; arranging a pair of expanders, each at a respective end of the sleeve and at a substantially coaxial position relative to the sleeve; introducing the expanders into the respective ends of the sleeve; abutting distal ends of the expanders against each other at an axially intermediate portion of the sleeve; and arranging the sleeve in a radially expanded condition on the supporting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Prysmian Cavi e Sistemi Energia S.R.L.
    Inventors: Francesco Portas, Ubaldo Vallauri
  • Patent number: 8272112
    Abstract: The invention particularly relates to a tool set making it possible to introduce in a sheath (2) a flow-monitoring device (1) comprising a hollow body (11), a valve (12), a cup-type seal member (13), and a plurality of retention elastic legs (14). This tool set comprises three tools (3, 4, 5), whereof the first tool is formed of a contention bushing (31) and an ejecting pusher (32), whereof the third tool (5) receives the sheath (2) and comprises a cylinder (51) wherein a centering piston (51) slides in the sheath, and whereof the second tool (4) shaped like a funnel, is inserted between the first tool (3) and the third tool (5), and makes it possible to radially compress the seal (13) and the legs (14) of the device (1) while inserting them into the sheath (2) while this device is pushed out of the first tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: GDF Suez
    Inventors: David Leme, Amine Dalibey, Didier Mangon
  • Publication number: 20120233845
    Abstract: A tool includes an annular frame portion including a mount portion extending radially from the frame portion, a hook portion arranged on the mount portion, the hook portion sized and shaped to engage a member of a tubular component of a turbine combustor, and a force exertion portion arranged on the mount portion, the force exertion portion operative to engage a portion of the turbine combustor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Mustafa Gerengi
  • Patent number: 8261420
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and apparatus of reducing stress during stent manufacture. Particularly, the invention is directed to a method and apparatus for expanding a stent using primarily radial loads thereby reducing the stresses that are generated due to the axial loads applied during loading of the stent onto a mandrel or other expansion device. The method of the invention provides for the stepwise expansion of shape memory stents, while reducing the overall stresses that the stent encounters, and thereby improving manufacturing yields due to fractured struts during expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Randolf Von Oepen, Travis Richard Yribarren, Richard Roy Newhauser, Rainer Bregulla
  • Patent number: 8220121
    Abstract: An assembly comprising: a protective sheath and a loading device for loading a self-expandable prosthesis into said sheath, the loading device having a conical distal section, which radially compresses the prosthesis and an annular lip that engages with the interior of the distal end of said sheath to guide the prosthesis into the sheath while protecting the sheath from damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Per Hendriksen, Allan G. Hemmingsen, Jacob Lund Clausen
  • Patent number: 8220127
    Abstract: A replacement stretch type boot is applied to the tie rod shaft of a steering rack assembly using an application aid consisting of a sleeve of flexible sheet material which is applied over the tie rod end to provide a smooth surface for passage of the boot over the tie rod end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Ashwood River Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Scott Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20120159755
    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: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: Leo Duty
  • Patent number: 8206428
    Abstract: A structure and method associated with a tabbed stent that facilitates folding of its unconnected crowns over the adjacent connected crowns, to thus minimize the stent's compressed diameter. The middles of tabs and connected crowns are moved radially inwards with respect to unconnected neighbor crowns such that when in a compressed configuration the unconnected neighbor crowns overlap the connected crowns. The tabs of tabbed stent facilitate folding of the unconnected neighbor crowns over the connected crowns connected to the tabs. In this manner, the compressed profile of the tabbed stent and the crossing profile of the catheter containing the tabbed stent is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack Pryor
  • Publication number: 20120153703
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and seating product that include a seat deck assembly with a tensioned fabric decking are described. The seat deck assembly includes one or a pair of frame rails attached along opposite edges of the decking. The decking includes an elastomeric textile. The decking or a first of the frame rails is attached to a first side of the frame. The second of the frame rails is placed in a rigid fixture. A force is applied by an actuator to the frame to move the second side of the frame toward the second frame rail and to stretch the elastomeric fabric. The second frame rail is couple to the second side of the frame and the assembled frame is removed from the fixture. Cushions, padding or an upholstered covering can complete embodiments of the seating product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Jeremy Bogard, Mark Mazza, Bernard R. Simon, Larry I. Bullard
  • Publication number: 20120144643
    Abstract: The object of the invention is to provide a sleeve removal tool that is able to easily remove a sleeve from a tap without damaging the sleeve. The sleeve removal tool has a first fastening member and a second fastening member. The first fastening member has a first contact surface and inner screw section, and is formed in a cylindrical shape. The first contact surface comes in contact with the flange of the sleeve all around one ring shaped surface. An inner screw section is provided such that it protrudes in the axial direction from the first contact surface. The second fastening member has a second contact surface and outer screw section, and is formed in a cylindrical shape. The first contact surface comes in contact all around the other ring shaped surface of the flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: Manabu SAITO, Hideharu TAKAHASHI, Tatsuo NAKAHATA
  • Patent number: 8186267
    Abstract: A tool for compressing a run flat device is provided. The tool contains a spool and a belt. The belt is wrapped around spool and the run flat device, and when the spool rotates, an effective length of the belt decreases to compress the run flat device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Cornell Research Foundation, Inc
    Inventor: Wayne W. Wright
  • Patent number: 8181325
    Abstract: A method for mounting a soft member on a longitudinal member by pressing the soft member against the longitudinal member by a roller. The roller is rotated using a servomotor so that the peripheral speed (V2) of the pressing surface of the roller, which forms the outer peripheral surface of the roller, is equal to a transfer speed (V1) at which the roller is transferred along the longitudinal member or the peripheral speed is larger by 10% max. than the transfer speed (V1) partly in a roller transfer route. The soft member is pulled back in the opposite direction of the roller transfer direction by the rotating force of the roller to prevent the soft member from being loosened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Saeko Komatsu, Toshiyuki Kondo
  • Patent number: 8181326
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for installing a seal into a part. A main body of the apparatus has two wings, and a raised shoulder that extends along the main body and two wings. A bracket is attached to the main body, and has an internally threaded hole for engagement with a threaded knob. An installation member is attached to the main body, and includes an insertion wheel attached to a wheel carrier. The wheel carrier is configured to be slidably attached to the main body. The main body is mounted on a first portion of the part and the seal is at least partially installed in a second portion of the part, such that upon relative rotation between the first portion of the part and the second portion of the part the installation member installs the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: George Rowan Silliman, Mark Steven Pape, Harvey Harmeet Kaura, Richard John Bever
  • Patent number: 8171612
    Abstract: A device for stretching an elastically expandable body, wherein the device includes a stiff tube over which at least part of the elastically expandable body is arranged to be applied when being stretched. The device includes at least one sliding element designed to be located in at least that end of the body where the application of the tube starts, to facilitate the application of the body onto the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: ABB Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Mårten Landaeus
  • Publication number: 20120102698
    Abstract: A fork seal driver tool includes two half-cylindrical pieces and a rotating retaining ring which rotates to hold the half-cylindrical pieces together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventor: Steven Richard Scott
  • Publication number: 20120097053
    Abstract: A banding device includes a frame. A feeding assembly is mounted on the frame for feeding elastic tubing into the frame. A transfer assembly disposed within the frame includes transfer arm and fingers. The fingers receive the rubber tubing as fed. A cutting assembly is disposed between the transfer assembly and the feeding assembly for cutting the tubing into bands. The fingers of the transfer assembly move between a first closed position for receiving the band and a second open position for opening the band. The transfer arm is moveable between a first position for receiving the band and a second position for transferring the band. A banding assembly disposed at the second position receives the band from the transfer assembly. The banding assembly stretches the band and receives an item to be bundled within the band. The banding assembly releases the band about the bundle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: Ben Clements & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: John Corbin
  • Patent number: 8161624
    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: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Ultrafab, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel W. Richter, Yogesh Borkar
  • Patent number: 8151445
    Abstract: A translating radial compression and holding mechanism includes radially movable dies defining a cylindrical cavity with movable radius. Apparatus coupled to the dies for sequenced lateral movement of the dies in a first direction and an opposite direction, substantially parallel to the central cavity to convey the compressed article along the axis of the central cavity. A compliant tube with a central opening larger than an article to be held, a case surrounding the tube along the longitudinal axis, and a plurality of cylindrical bushings positioned between the outer case and the tube. Mechanism associated with the tube for compressing the tube along the longitudinal axis to reduce the diameter of the central opening for gripping a second article residing therein, and the cylindrical cavity of the dies being positioned in axial alignment with the central opening of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventors: Jeremiah J. Warriner, Ed Goff, Justin Knight
  • Publication number: 20120079701
    Abstract: A method for mounting a sheath onto the distal end of a surgical shaft instrument, in particular the tool tip of a dilation instrument. The method makes handling easy and allows the sheath to be fastened on the instrument in a rapid manner sparing of material, characterized by these steps: a) fastening the sheath on an apparatus for mounting a sheath onto the distal end of a surgical shaft instrument; b) radially widening at least the proximal end of the sheath and inserting the distal end of the surgical shaft instrument into the widened sheath c) transferring the sheath from the apparatus to the distal end of the surgical shaft instrument; and d) removing the distal end of the surgical shaft instrument from the apparatus. The invention also relates to an apparatus to perform this method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Martin Blocher, Robin Merz
  • 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: 8119193
    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: October 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Prysmian Cavi E Sistemi Energia S.R.L.
    Inventors: Ubaldo Vallauri, Francesco Portas
  • Patent number: 8112887
    Abstract: A seal shipping system includes a seal having an outer diameter surface and an inner sealing lip. A sleeve member having a cylindrical body and a radially extending flange extending from the cylindrical body engages the inner sealing lip. An annular collar surrounds the radially extending flange of the sleeve member and frictionally engages the outer diameter surface of the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership
    Inventors: John A. London, Patrick Scheib, Peter C. Whitaker, Damian J. Feltner
  • Publication number: 20120005872
    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: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: SHANG-XUAN SONG
  • Patent number: 8082645
    Abstract: A clamp and quick release mechanism for clamping and releasing a cylindrical linkage to a rod-like member comprises a locking ring located on the rod-like member and a clamping ring. The inner surface of the clamping ring and the outer surface of the locking ring are configured such that rotation of the clamping ring in one direction will compress the locking ring and rotation in the other direction will allow expansion of the locking ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Wabtec Holding Corp.
    Inventors: Michael E. Levins, II, Benjamin J. Smith, Michael J. Sette, Roland S. Moore