Having Fluid Operator Patents (Class 29/252)
  • Patent number: 10724385
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to the installation or removal of turbine blades at a turbine blade base thereof. An apparatus according to the present disclosure can include: an operative head configured to engage an axial sidewall of a turbine blade base; and a mount removably coupled to a portion of a turbomachine assembly by a coupler, wherein the operative head is slidably coupled to the mount such that the operative selectively engages the axial sidewall of the turbine blade base, and wherein the operative head is shaped to impart an axial and a circumferential force against the turbine blade base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hubert Karol Wojtowicz, Adrian Adam Klejc, Sandra Beverly Kolvick
  • Patent number: 10711612
    Abstract: The invention relates to the manufacturing of a rotor (23) of a high-pressure compressor. Various installation constraints are proposed in terms of temperature, angle and unevenness and/or runout defects to be considered. For example, when installing the sealing disk (25) on the first drum (27) of the rotor and/or the intermediate disk (29) on the first drum assembled with the sealing disk, axial packing (X1) is applied with a pressure ranging from 40 to 60×105 Pa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Arnaud Hachard, Jérémy Marchand
  • Patent number: 10691110
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a transfer apparatus that can shorten a cycle time and improve processing capability. [Solving Means] A transfer apparatus according to an embodiment of the present technology includes a work table, a transfer robot, and at least one mounting unit. The work table supports at least one electronic device. The transfer robot transfers a work to be mounted to the electronic device. The mounting unit includes a support and a driving unit. The support supports the work transferred by the transfer robot. The driving unit transfers the support toward the electronic device on the work table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuji Kobori, Ibuki Tamura
  • Patent number: 10688972
    Abstract: A stabilizing system includes a plurality of jacks, each operated by a corresponding hydraulic actuator. A hydraulic fluid transfer pump provides supplies hydraulic fluid to and receives hydraulic fluid from one or more pressure chambers of the actuator. A pilot-operated check or directional valve may be provided in fluid communication with one or more of the pressure chambers and configured to regulate the flow of hydraulic fluid to and from the pressure chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: LIPPERT COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Kinder, Robert L. Tiedge, Nicholas Cornett
  • Patent number: 10456896
    Abstract: A compact pulley puller includes a hollow cylindrical barrel with a gland at each end, a hub clamp formed on each gland, a rod and a piston. Each hub clamp grips a particular size hub of a pulley to be removed or installed. The rod of the puller extends against the shaft of a pulley to remove the pulley. To install a pulley, the rod is threadedly secured to the shaft of the pulley, and the rod of the puller is retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Roy McGriff
  • Patent number: 10436277
    Abstract: A device for a rotary haptic interface including: a rotary button and an interaction member interacting with a magnetorheological fluid, the rotary button and interaction member being secured to a shaft for rotation therewith, a chamber defined by walls and containing the fluid and the interaction element, and a mechanism generating a variable magnetic field. The element for interaction with the fluid includes a skirt surrounding the shaft, the skirt being secured to a longitudinal end of the shaft opposite the end to which the rotary button is secured, and extending from the first end towards the rotary button. The shaft passes through a single wall of the chamber and a sealing mechanism is arranged between the shaft and the wall. A mechanism for guiding the rotation of the shaft is arranged around the shaft between the sealing mechanism and the rotary button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Moustapha Hafez, Gwenael Changeon, Jose Lozada, Laurent Eck
  • Patent number: 10100468
    Abstract: A tamper tool is provided for use in adjusting railroad ballast and constructed and arranged for use with a tamper tool holder attached to a railroad tamping machine. Included on the tool is a shaft with a first portion, a second portion, and a central portion disposed between the first and second portions, and a front surface, a rear surface, and two side surfaces. The first portion has through bores extending from the front surface to the rear surface, and the central portion has a first cross-section at an upper end, a second cross-section at a lower end. An area of the first cross-section is greater than an area of the second cross-section, and the shaft tapers between the first cross-section and the second cross-section. A paddle for tamping is attached at a free end of the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NORDCO INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Mark Henke
  • Patent number: 10100872
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing a load on a bearing mounted to a shaft which includes an attaching member releasably connectable to a shaft and a press mechanism coupled to the attaching member. The press mechanism is configured to provide a compressive load to the bearing. The press mechanism includes a wrench engageable with the lock nut on the shaft and the wrench is configured to engage and rotate the nut when the attaching member connects to the shaft. The wrench is moveable axially relative to an axial dimension of the press mechanism between a proximal non-engaged position and a distal engaged position such that the wrench engages the nut in the distal engaged position and the wrench avoids engaging the nut in a proximal non-engaged position. An aligning ring may be located around the attaching member and may be configured to engage a shaft slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TEMPLER AXLE PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventors: John E. Rode, Matthew Townes
  • Patent number: 10088167
    Abstract: A flow sleeve removal tool including: a shaft having an axis; a bracket attached to the shaft including a ring configured to abut and be releasably attached to an end of a flow sleeve of a gas turbine engine; a shaft attached to the bracket and coaxial with a flow sleeve of a gas turbine engine; a counter balance attached to the shaft, and a cable connector mounted to the shaft between the counter balance and the flow sleeve, wherein the cable connector is configured to attach to a cable connected to an overhead support structure and the cable connector is at a position on the shaft at which the flow sleeve is substantially balances the counter weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Alan Mogle, Wayne Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10047772
    Abstract: A single acting hydraulic cylinder comprises a cylinder housing and a piston rod arranged within the cylinder housing, where the piston rod can be actuated in response to a hydraulic pressure acting on said piston rod. The piston rod comprises an axially extending through hole and a pulling portion having an internally threaded section partly extending into the axially extending through hole in order to engage a threaded portion of a pulling rod. When in the pulling mode the single acting hydraulic cylinder further comprises the pulling rod having the threaded portion, and when in the pressing mode the single acting hydraulic cylinder further comprises a pressing rod having a threaded portion. Also, when in the pressing mode, the piston rod further comprises a pressing portion having an internally threaded section partly extending into the axially extending through hole, in order to engage the threaded portion of the pressing rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: WALLMEK I KUNGALV AB
    Inventors: Niklas Wallman, Kim Lindblad
  • Patent number: 9981704
    Abstract: A track changing apparatus for changing a track on an armored vehicle includes a plurality of moveable elements. The plurality of moveable elements of the track changing apparatus allows a track to be manipulated from loose or unmounted state, to a tensioned state wherein the track is located on the track changing apparatus, and finally, to a fully mounted state wherein the track has been transferred onto the armored vehicle. In at least one embodiment, the track changing apparatus may be used to remove a track from an armored vehicle. Methods of using a track changing apparatus are also described, including a method of mounting a track onto an armored vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: DEW ENGINEERING AND DEVELOPMENT ULC
    Inventors: Colin Campbell, Guy Carrier, Camil Giguere, Michael Harris, Neil Hutton, John Beattie, Ian Marsh
  • Patent number: 9970486
    Abstract: Improved systems and methods facilitate precise adjustment of wheel-end tapered roller bearing preload force on an axle spindle with a diameter, a longitudinal groove or flat, and a thread pattern to receive a hexagonal adjustment nut with six outer edges. A system may include a flat inner washer, an inner adjustment nut, a flat outer washer having an outer tab extending from the outer edge and a plurality of markings on the outer surface or the outer edge of the outer washer, each marking indicating the amount of rotation needed to cause a predefined lateral movement of the inner adjustment nut as a function of the diameter and thread pattern of the axle, and an outer adjustment nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: George A. Hagelthorn
  • Patent number: 9878513
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a decorative material rolling mill having an adjustable roll gap, which includes: a left frame and a right frame connected to each other; and an upper roll and a lower roll, two ends thereof being axially disposed on the left frame and the right frame; and a driving mechanism for driving the upper roll and the lower roll to rotate; and further includes: a rolling gap adjustment mechanism for driving the upper roll or the lower roll to move vertically along the left frame and the right frame, thereby adjusting a rolling gap between the upper roll and the lower roll according to the thickness of a shearing die. The present invention uses a rolling gap adjustment mechanism to adjust a rolling gap between an upper roll and a lower roll, thereby accommodating thickness differences among die sheets, upper rolling plates, and lower rolling plates from different manufacturers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SHANGHAI YINSHENG RUBBER & PLASTIC COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Hailin Lu, Jiahua Zhang
  • Patent number: 9850943
    Abstract: A method of adjusting preload on a bearing assembly of a wheel mounted on an axle or spindle with a lock nut includes mounting a preload adjustment tool onto a threaded axle or spindle. The load on the bearing assembly is increased using the tool. The wheel on the axle or spindle is rotated to set the bearing assembly. The load on the bearing assembly is decreased to a desired maximum preload on the bearing. After decreasing the load on the bearing assembly to a desired maximum preload, the lock nut is tightened by hand until the lock nut cannot be further tightened. The lock nut is loosened by rotating the lock nut to a preferred location where a guide mark on the tool aligns with one mark on the lock nut located closest to the guide mark wherein a resultant preload on the bearing assembly is within a preset range from the desired maximum preload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: TEMPER AXLE PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventor: John E. Rode
  • Patent number: 9837873
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided that allow for easy replacement of a motor assembly in a fuel dispensing unit. In one embodiment, a protective end cap for use with a motor assembly is provided and includes a junction box housing having a sealed end that can couple to a motor, and an opposite open end that can couple to an end plate. The junction box housing can be configured to house a junction box that allows electrical wires extending through the end plate to couple to electrical wires extending from the motor through the sealed end of the junction box housing. A motor assembly having a junction box housing and methods for replacing a motor assembly in a fuel dispenser are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems LLC
    Inventors: Bengt I. Larsson, Mattias G. Martensson
  • Patent number: 9796439
    Abstract: A method for coupling a sunroof glass apparatus includes the following steps: (a) moving a fixture toward a roof portion of a vehicle body in order to insert a plurality of pins of the fixture into locating holes formed in the vehicle body; (b) coupling net plates to the arms of an actuating mechanism of the sunroof assembly; (c) decoupling the fixture from the net plates while maintaining the net plates coupled to the arms of the actuating mechanism; and (d) coupling the flanges of the sunroof glass apparatus to arms of the actuating mechanism via the net plates in order to movably couple the sunroof glass apparatus to the vehicle body. In another embodiment, the presently disclosed method may additionally include coupling the net plates to the fixture before moving the fixture toward the roof portion of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gerald M. Bojanowski, James A. Forbes, Craig D. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 9797441
    Abstract: A method for preloading a bearing includes releasably, threadably, and directly attaching an attaching member to a circumferential outside surface of an exposed end of a threaded shaft of an axle or spindle. A plurality of extensions extends from a frame and is moved axially toward a wheel hub assembly to apply the preload to the bearing in a distal direction past the attaching member toward the wheel hub assembly. The extensions are configured to contact at least one of a wheel hub or a bearing of the wheel hub assembly when the attaching member is directly attached to the threaded shaft. An automated adjustment mechanism is configured to move the frame and the plurality of extensions axially towards the wheel hub assembly to apply a preload to the bearing within the wheel hub assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Temper Axle Products Corporation
    Inventor: John E. Rode
  • Patent number: 9772103
    Abstract: An enhancing device for piercing plugs in a steam generator is provided. The enhancing device includes a main body, and a bit, borne by the main body and extending along a longitudinal axis. The bit may be driven into rotation around its longitudinal axis, in order to perform an action for piercing a plug. The device includes a hollow tubular element, extending along the longitudinal axis, while surrounding the bit and coaxially with this bit, the tubular element including an outer surface having a screwing thread, intended to be screwed onto the plug prior to the piercing. The tubular element may be driven into rotation around the longitudinal axis, independently of the rotation of the bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: AREVA NP
    Inventors: Eric Manneveau, Jean-Claude Simonato
  • Patent number: 9636789
    Abstract: Various embodiments include methods adapted to displace turbomachine components from a location within a turbomachine. In some embodiments, a method of displacing a turbine bucket from a turbomachine wheel slot using a displacement apparatus, includes: detachably engaging an engagement arm of the displacement apparatus to the turbine bucket, the engagement arm attached to a linear actuator coupled to a body of the displacement apparatus, and the engagement arm adapted to be actuated in a first axial direction by the linear actuator; contacting the turbomachine wheel with at least two contacting portions of the body of the displacement apparatus; and displacing the turbine bucket from a position within a slot of the turbomachine wheel in the first axial direction by linearly actuating the engagement arm with the linear actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Bradford Holmes, James Robert Hollis, David Randolph Spracher, Wayne David Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9618049
    Abstract: An apparatus for preloading a bearing includes an attaching member, a frame, a plurality of extensions, and an adjustment mechanism. The attaching member is releasably attachable to a threaded shaft of an axle or spindle of a wheel hub assembly. The frame is axially separated from, and coupled to, the attaching member to allow the frame to move relative to the attaching member in an axial direction along the longitudinal axis. The plurality of extensions is configured to contact at least one of a wheel hub or a bearing of the wheel hub assembly when the attaching member is attached to the threaded shaft. The adjustment mechanism is configured to move the frame and the plurality of extensions axially towards the wheel hub assembly to apply a preload to a bearing within the wheel hub assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Temper Axle Products Corporation
    Inventor: John E. Rode
  • Patent number: 9604323
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing a steam turbine low-pressure or medium-pressure module deflector, said deflector comprising an internal ring and an external ring as well as vanes, said method comprising a step of welding said vanes to said rings. The main characteristic of a method according to the invention is that the welding step is preceded by a step of automatically machining the ends of each vane to create a peripheral recess around each of said ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Arnaud Buguin, Dominique Travers
  • Patent number: 9593777
    Abstract: A mechanical seal is disclosed having a rotatable sealing face and a stationary sealing face that are in opposed relation and arranged to be urged, into contact to form a seal. One of the sealing faces is mounted on a support assembly that includes a biasing device operative to move that sealing face into contact with the other sealing face. In one form of the invention, the biasing device comprises one or more resilient members that in use are deformed to provide the biasing force. In a second form of the invention, the support assembly forms part of a fluid barrier of the seal and the biasing device is fluid impervious and forms part of the barrier. In a third form of the invention, the biasing device is exposed to fluid pressure in the chamber and the biasing force increases on increasing the fluid pressure in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Vulco S.A.
    Inventors: Ricardo Abarca Melo, Rodrigo Guzman Castro, Osvaldo Quiroz Venegas
  • Patent number: 9574612
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for preloading a bearing are provided. These methods and apparatus include preload monitoring devices whereby the mechanic can accurately monitor and regulate the preload on a bearing or bearing assembly. Aspects of the invention may also be used to adjust the endplay on a bearing or a bearing assembly. In one aspect, the preload on the bearing is transmitted through a housing having a fluid pressure that can be detected and monitored. An apparatus for precisely rotating a nut and a tool for precisely rotating a nut are also provided. A bearing retaining nut arrangement that permits the loading or evaluating of a bearing inner race is also provided. The bearing retaining nut arrangement includes a first load-setting nut, a lock washer, and a second jam nut that secures the arrangement to a shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: TEMPER AXLE PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventor: John E Rode
  • Patent number: 9511488
    Abstract: A king pin removal tool for displacing a king pin comprises a drive plate defining a drive opening, an anchor plate, a first drive member, a spacing system, and a stabilizing system. The spacing system supports the drive plate and the anchor plate relative to the king pin such that the first drive member is aligned with the king pin axis. The first drive member engages the drive plate such that rotation of the first drive member relative to the drive plate displaces the first drive member through the drive opening and along the king pin axis to displace the king pin along the king pin axis relative to the axle member and the knuckle assembly. The stabilizing system supports the drive plate to prevent rotation of the drive plate relative to the axle member when the first drive member is rotated relative to the drive plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Tiger Tool International Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Andrews, Kirk Jansen
  • Patent number: 9512719
    Abstract: A cutting tool holder extraction devise comprising a cup, having a back portion having a rearward socket and a front portion having a forward tool socket, and a spacer section having an axial bore with a back orifice opening in the bottom of the rearward socket and a front orifice opening in the bottom of the tool socket; an expandable jack, the jack having an axial bore, and a front face; the front face of the jack is removably engageable with the rearward socket of the cup; a threaded bolt, the bolt having a front end and a rear end, the bolt removably disposable through the cup bore and through the jack bore; and at least one nut, removably attachable to the threaded bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: KENNAMETAL INC.
    Inventors: Jeremiah L. Jonsrud, Eric Paul Helsel
  • Patent number: 9505112
    Abstract: A pin puller is revealed. The pin puller includes a cylinder mounted with an actuating rod therein. A front end of the actuating rod is connected to and fixed on a pin connection unit. The pin connection unit is fitted over and connected to one end part of a positioning pin while a binding sleeve is disposed around the pin connection unit. The other end part of the positioning pin is mounted and connected to a fixing unit for pin-disassembling or a fixing unit for pin-assembling for driving the cylinder to move the actuating rod. The positioning pin is further pulled to be disassembled or assembled by the pin connection unit. Thereby the pin puller has simpler structure. Thus the manufacturing cost is lowered and the pin puller is having simpler structure and more convenient in operation and use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Gu Siant Tools Develop Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sheng-Pin Huang
  • Patent number: 9490037
    Abstract: A clamper (23) includes a clamp mechanism (231) which inserts an insertion portion (2311a) into a tube member and clamps the tube member and a lifting and lowering mechanism (232) which lifts and lowers the clamp mechanism (231) in the insertion direction of the insertion portion (2311a). The clamp mechanism (231) includes a clamp body (2311) which has the insertion portion (2311a), a cotter (2312) which protrudes from the insertion portion (2311a) to come into friction-contact with the tube member and is movable in a reciprocating manner in the insertion direction of the insertion portion (2311a), a piston rod (2313) which presses the cotter (2312) so that the cotter protrudes from the insertion portion (2311a) when being pulled toward the opposite side to the insertion direction of the insertion portion (2311a), and a rod cylinder (2315) which is integrated with the clamp body (2311) and pulls the piston rod (2313).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Kamiyoshi, Jun Fujita, Hidekazu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9463537
    Abstract: For positioning a workpiece when a pin is to be press-fit, via a press-fitting device, into a pin hole formed in advance radially through the thickness of a cylindrical section of the workpiece, a workpiece positioning apparatus includes: a center axially movable toward the workpiece in such a manner that a distal end section of the center is introduced into the cylindrical section of the workpiece; and a projecting member accommodated in the center. With the distal end section of the center introduced in the cylindrical section of the workpiece, the projecting member projects through a through-hole of the center into engagement with the pin hole, and the projecting member is retracted from the pin hole when the pin is to be press-fitted into the pin hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: MUSASHI SEIMITSU INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsutomu Numao
  • Patent number: 9440280
    Abstract: A portable crimping device preferably includes a support base, a hydraulic cylinder, a hand hydraulic pump, a crimping device and a pair of mounting brackets. The pair of mounting brackets are attached to the support base. An output of the hand hydraulic pump is connected to an input of the hydraulic cylinder. The hand hydraulic pump and the hydraulic cylinder are retained by the pair of mounting brackets. The crimping device preferably includes a base yoke member, a die pivot member and an actuation base. A pair of crimp dies are retained in the base yoke member and the die pivot member. The actuation base is slidably retained in the base yoke member. The die pivot member is engaged with the die pivot member. Pumping of the hand hydraulic pump causes the actuation base to crimp an object placed between the pair of crimp dies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventors: Peter W. Utecht, Peter W. Utecht, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9429977
    Abstract: A relief spring stop bolt assembly for shallow bowl coal pulverizing mills and a method of using the same to smooth operation of such a pulverizer during low load operation is described. The subject relief spring stop bolt assembly is sized to be used with or for “retrofit” within existing journal space and existing journal opening cover space of a shallow bowl mill to effectively smooth rough operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: ALSTOM TECHNOLOGY LTD
    Inventors: Lawrence Scott Farris, Todd G. Williams
  • Patent number: 9415666
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the presently disclosed method for coupling a sunroof assembly to a structural frame of a vehicle includes the following steps: (a) moving a sunroof module and a bond frame of the sunroof assembly through a windshield opening of the structural frame and toward a roof portion of the structural frame; (b) securing the sunroof module to the roof portion of the structural frame; (c) moving a locating fixture downwardly toward the roof portion of the structural frame; (d) inserting the frame pins of the locating fixture in frame pockets of the structural frame; (e) applying a first clamping force to the structural frame and the locating fixture; (f) inserting the sunroof pins of the locating fixture in the sunroof pockets of the bond frame; (g) applying a second clamping force to the bond frame; and (h) securing the bond frame to the sunroof module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gerald M. Bojanowski, James A. Forbes, Craig D. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 9404559
    Abstract: Fixtures, maintenance assemblies, and methods for maintaining a wind turbine gearbox are provided. The gearbox includes a sun pinion and a bull gear surrounding the sun pinion. The sun pinion and the bull gear each define a central aperture therethrough and have a central axis. The gearbox further includes a casing, at least a portion of the casing coupled to the bull gear. The fixture includes a frame member and a shaft extending from the frame member. The shaft is insertable through the central aperture of the sun pinion. The fixture further includes an attachment mechanism removably attachable to the sun pinion. Upon attachment of the attachment mechanism to the sun pinion, the fixture is configured for moving the sun pinion along the central axis of the sun pinion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Charles Van Buchan, Gregory Thomas, Forrest Christopher Hach, Richard Arland Ohl, Jr., Cody Gregory
  • Patent number: 9381602
    Abstract: Various embodiments include apparatuses adapted to displace turbomachine components from a location within a turbomachine. In some embodiments apparatuses for displacing a turbine bucket from a turbomachine wheel slot include a body having at least two contacting portions for contacting the turbomachine wheel, a linear actuator coupled to the body, and an engagement arm for engaging the turbine bucket, the engagement arm coupled to the linear actuator and adapted to be actuated in a first axial direction by the linear actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Bradford Holmes, James Robert Hollis, David Randolph Spracher, Wayne David Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9321138
    Abstract: A device for removing a set of springs from a mattress box spring including a mattress box spring support, a pushing block support frame secured to the mattress box spring support, a pushing block supported by the pushing block support frame adjacent to the mattress box spring support, a cylinder for extending the pushing block over a mattress box spring positioned on the mattress box spring support belt, wherein the cylinder is operable to extend the pushing block transversely over the mattress box spring to separate springs attached to a frame of the mattress box spring from the frame, and wherein a plurality of forks extend in front of the pushing block transversely to the mattress box spring support for helping to prevent the springs from folding underneath a bottom of the pushing block when the pushing block is extended over the mattress box spring to separate the springs from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Environmentally Conscious Recycling, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Paul Gilbert, Vernon L. Brown, Denny G. Miller, Edward R. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9188007
    Abstract: A gas turbine shaft bearing system (bearing and/or seal component) service method and service tool that applies biasing force between a gas turbine shaft and a bearing system component supporting the shaft, so that the bearing system component can be removed or installed. The bearing system service tool is coupled directly to the bearing system component and the shaft, preferably without the need for external fixtures. A biasing force generator, such as a hydraulic unit applies a force on the bearing system component to cause component movement on or off the shaft. Counter-biasing forces are resisted by the fixed position turbine shaft. By exerting biasing force directly between the turbine shaft and bearing system component the service tool can be constructed of smaller, man portable components that are more easily maneuvered within relatively confined turbine service spaces, which are common in field installations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: James B. Edwards, Cezar Cisloiu
  • Patent number: 9175536
    Abstract: An open-ended pipe engagement device with a saddle portion that attaches around an open pipe, a structural platform comprising a tapering plug, support bars to prevent dislodgement of the device and threaded rods to winch the platform and plug onto the pipe end to be sealed. The device provides a means to safely cap and plug a leaking pipe end and allow the pipe to resume normal activity thereafter. The saddle portion provides a structural a base from which the plug and associated platform are positioned and winched into place, counteracting any fluid pressure exiting the leaking pipe. The plug comprises a tapering and conforming structure with a centrally located through hole for which to direct fluid as the platform is lowered and once the plug is engaged. Above the plug and through the platform is a section of pipe for which to direct the leaking fluid after the apparatus has been secured to the end of the pipe, effectively controlling the leak and allowing normal operation of the well to resume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Francis Walls
  • Patent number: 9114507
    Abstract: A holding apparatus for holding an object, includes a support mechanism, a driven mechanism slidably coupled to the support mechanism and slidable between a first position and a second position, a driving mechanism slidably coupled to the support mechanism and adapted to drive the driven mechanism to slide between the first position and the second position, and a clamping mechanism rotatably secured to the driven mechanism and the support mechanism. When the driven mechanism is slid to the second position, the clamping mechanism moves inwards to clamp the object, and the driven mechanism clamps the support mechanism to prevent the driven mechanism from moving relative to the support mechanism so the clamping mechanism can hold the object firmly. When the driven mechanism is slid to the first position, the clamping mechanism expands out to allow the object to be released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hua-Yong Wang
  • Patent number: 9070923
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electric vehicle battery attaching/detaching device including a battery having incision recesses formed on lateral portions, respectively, each incision recess having a lower engaging ledge; a battery mounting unit adapted to detachably mount the battery, the battery mounting unit having grasping holders formed on a bottom portion and adapted to engage with or disengage from the lower engaging ledges of the battery incision recesses; and a controller adapted to rotate the grasping holders in response to an electric signal so that the grasping holders engage with or disengage from the lower engaging ledges of the battery incision recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignees: MOTEX PRODUCTS CO., LTD., INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION OF KOREA AEROSPACE UNIVERSITY, KOOKMIN UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY ACADEMY COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Chi-Man Yu, Joo-Sub Sim, Yong-Geu Park, Woong-Sung Jang, Yun-ha Kim, Jun-Seok Park, Woong-Chul Choi, Jay-Il Jeong, Won-Kyu Kim
  • Patent number: 9032599
    Abstract: A component removal apparatus for use with a turbine engine is provided. The apparatus includes a main body and at least one alignment member that extends from the main body, wherein the alignment member is configured to position the apparatus relative to at least a portion of a component of the turbine engine. At least one leg member extends outwardly from at least one end portion of the main body. At least one lifting member is coupled to the leg member and is configured to apply a force to the leg member and/or the main body to facilitate the removal of the component from the turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Charles Vaughan Spanos, Randall Stephen Corn, John William Herbold
  • Publication number: 20150128417
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing a turbine blade, the apparatus including a main body having a front plate including at least one securing opening for receiving a securing bolt, a rear plate having a fixture groove, and first and second side plates, and a base block configured to slide along the fixture groove of the rear plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS AMERICAS, INC.
    Inventor: Tobin Laborde
  • Publication number: 20150128395
    Abstract: A cutting tool holder extraction devise comprising a cup, having a back portion having a rearward socket and a front portion having a forward tool socket, and a spacer section having an axial bore with a back orifice opening in the bottom of the rearward socket and a front orifice opening in the bottom of the tool socket; an expandable jack, the jack having an axial bore, and a front face; the front face of the jack is removably engageable with the rearward socket of the cup; a threaded bolt, the bolt having a front end and a rear end, the bolt removably disposable through the cup bore and through the jack bore; and at least one nut, removably attachable to the threaded bolt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Kennametal Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah L. Jonsrud, Eric Paul Helsel
  • Publication number: 20150107073
    Abstract: In a wheelset press for pressing or pulling wheels, brake disks or the like on/off axles of rail vehicles, two piston/cylinder units are directed toward one another and stationarily arranged on a common straight line, wherein said piston/cylinder units serve for exerting the required pressing power and, if applicable, for displacing the axle in its longitudinal direction to bring about the pressing-on or pulling-off process. Pressure pistons are provided on the piston/cylinder units to transmit the pressing power onto the facing end of the axle. At least one press abutment for supporting a wheel, a brake disk or the like during the pressing process is designed in such a way that it can be transferred into its support position by means of a relative movement of the axle transverse to its longitudinal direction and otherwise situated outside the press area. The at least one press abutment can be fixed in different positions along the axle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Manfred Mitze
  • Publication number: 20150059139
    Abstract: Tool for semiautomatic application and removal of multiple temporary fasteners, consists essentially of a pneumatic tool (1), semi-automated, used to apply and remove temporary fasteners (2) placed in a feeding clip (3), with a retention system, in a cavity (4) in the front, and aligned with the clip (5) of the cylinder (6) activated by compressed air in the direction of pushing the fixation element against a (7) reaction base and from there to the pieces (P) t be drilled and riveted, while also having a collection container (8) when removing the temporary fasteners (2) using the same tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Rafael Francisco Furlan Dantas
  • Patent number: 8967593
    Abstract: In a wheelset press for pressing or pulling wheels, brake disks or the like on/off axles (RA) of rail vehicles, two piston/cylinder units are directed toward one another and stationarily arranged on a common straight line, wherein said piston/cylinder units serve for exerting the required pressing power and, if applicable, for displacing the axle in its longitudinal direction to bring about the pressing-on or pulling-off process. Pressure pistons are provided on the piston/cylinder units to transmit the pressing power onto the facing end of the axle. At least one press abutment for supporting a wheel, a brake disk or the like during the pressing process is designed in such a way that it can be transferred into its support position by means of a relative movement of the axle transverse to its longitudinal direction and otherwise situated outside the press area. The at least one press abutment can be fixed in different positions along the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: MAE Maschinen-und Apparatebau Gotzen GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Mitze
  • Patent number: 8970341
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electric vehicle, a battery charging station, and an electric vehicle battery exchange reservation system including the same. The electric vehicle includes a power level detection unit adapted to detect a power level of a battery mounted on the electric vehicle; a communication unit adapted to communicate with a battery charging station; and a control unit adapted to determine a battery charging station, in which the battery of the electric vehicle is to be exchanged, based on the power level of the battery and a route of travel of the electric vehicle and transmit a battery exchange reservation command to the determined battery charging station. Based on the battery power level of the electric vehicle, a battery charging station existing along the route of travel is requested to provide battery information, and battery exchange is reserved accordingly, so that batteries can be exchanged more efficiently and conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kookmin University Industry Academy Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Jun-Seok Park, Won-Kyu Kim, Hee-Jeing Park, Hee-Seok Moon, Wong-Chul Choi, Jay-Il Jeong, Chi-Man Yu, Do-Yang Jung, Yong-Hark Shin, Jae-Hong Park
  • Publication number: 20140373327
    Abstract: A press-fit assembly apparatus for pressing to join two frames includes a base, a moving mechanism, and a rolling-and-pressing device. The base is used for supporting the two frame stacked thereon. The moving mechanism includes a movable mount. The rolling-and-pressing device includes a fixed mount and a roller. The fixed mount is fixed on the movable mount. The roller is connected to the fixed mount. During a movement of the movable mount in a direction relative to the base, the roller can keep moving apart from the base substantially by a distance. Thereby the roller can touch one of the frames corresponding to two engagement portions of the two frames and roll and press the one frame for achieve the purpose of joining the two frames. Therefore, the invention improves the yield of the joining process for the two frames by the above rolling and pressing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chun-Kai Wang, Hsueh-Yen Lai
  • Patent number: 8904613
    Abstract: A power structure of a hydraulic tool contains a base including an outer thread section, a first passage, a second passage, a first hole, a second hole, and a first groove; a first connecting unit including a first tap, a first adapter, a first joint, and a first check nut; a second connecting unit including a second tap, a second adapter, a second joint, and a second check nut; a cylindrical tube including a receiving space, first external screws, first internal screws, and second internal screws; a first spindle including a first path and a second groove; a second spindle including a second path, two orifices, second external screws, third internal screws, and a third groove; a retaining loop; a fitting loop; a plug; a paw unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Jung-Liang Hung
  • Patent number: 8904646
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing a load on a bearing mounted to a shaft includes an attaching member and a press mechanism. The attaching member is releasably connected to the shaft. The press member is coupled to the attaching member and is configured to provide a compressive load to the bearing. The press mechanism includes an aligning arm configured to engage a shaft slot of the shaft to align the press mechanism relative to the shaft when the attaching member connects to the shaft. A lock nut is engageable with the shaft and has a plurality of engaging teeth configured to engage a plurality of keeper teeth of a keeper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: John E. Rode
  • Patent number: 8899133
    Abstract: A hydraulic puller device for pulling bearings, gears, wheels and pulleys from objects such as shafts and axles and other machine parts. The hydraulic puller device includes a mobile base assembly, a jaw assembly being mounted to the base assembly and including a plurality of jaw members, a press assembly being mounted to the base assembly for urging against an object to facilitate the removal of a press fitted work piece, and a control assembly being in fluid communication with the base assembly, the jaw assembly and the ram assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Dean S. Somerville
  • Publication number: 20140338165
    Abstract: An alignment tool (100) aligns a first opening (416A) in a first member (30A) with a second opening (417A) in a second member (30D) to receive a fastener to couple the members. First (102) and second (103) lugs extend from a back plate (101). A first pin (104) is received within a first lug opening (102C) and within a third opening (408A) in the first member (30A). Similarly a second pin (108) is received within a second lug opening (103A) and within a fourth opening (409A) in the second member (30D). The third (408A) and fourth (409A) openings are proximate respective first (416A) and second (417A) openings. Reducing the distance between the back plate (100) and the first pin (104) displaces the third opening (408A) toward the back plate (100) to align the first (416A) and second (417A) openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: JAMES B. EDWARDS, CEZAR CISLOIU