Having Means To Permit Support Movement While Work Is Thereon Patents (Class 29/281.4)
  • Patent number: 10792719
    Abstract: A frameless dump trailer is provided. The frameless dump trailer includes a forward body portion and a rear body portion. Each body portion is formed from two or more panels joined together with butt-joint welds. The forward portion is first formed by welding planar sections together. After the body portion is formed from the plurality of planar panels, the larger planar portion is rolled in a rolling system to define the arcuate shape of trailer body. Then, the forward and rear body portions are welding together with a transversely extending butt-weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Mac Trailer Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Maiorana
  • Patent number: 10785889
    Abstract: A fan wire trimming module includes a lower moldboard, an upper moldboard and a base plate. One side of the lower moldboard is formed with a depression and multiple locating bosses. One side of the upper moldboard is formed with multiple locating holes. A periphery of the upper moldboard is formed with at least one fixing split. The locating bosses are fitted in the locating holes. A fixing member is assembled in the fixing split. The upper moldboard is formed with a stator receiving space and at least one hollow section. An inner circumference of the stator receiving space is formed with at least one rib. The hollow section is formed around the stator receiving space. A stator assembly is received in the stator receiving space. Multiple windings are wound on the stator assembly. One end of each winding is engaged in the fixing split.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Asia Vital Components Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Wei Sun, Hai-Yang Xiong, Sixi Dong
  • Patent number: 9828052
    Abstract: A system for use in testing the installation of an airbag module in a vehicle is provided. The system includes a jig and an instrument coupled to the jig. The instrument includes a contact assembly and a linear actuator coupled to the contact assembly such that, when the contact assembly is seated adjacent to the airbag module, the contact assembly is selectively moveable towards the airbag module relative to the jig via the linear actuator for testing the installation of the airbag module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: David Edward Schludecker, Ryo Nakajima, Derek Alan Davish, Junichi Kakuda, Junnosuke Sakai, Adam William Meyer, Joseph Lawrence Beck, Andrew Kent Hittle
  • Patent number: 9709119
    Abstract: A compliance compensator apparatus provides a mechanically compliant coupling between, e.g., a robot arm or robotic tool and a mechanical load. The compliance compensator apparatus comprise a base component and a compliance component attached to the base component and independently moveable in several aspects. The compliance component may move, with respect to the base component, axially, transversely, rotationally, and skew, in response to mechanical force from an engaged load. When the load is disengaged, the compliance compensator apparatus returns to a reset position wherein the compliance component is spaced apart from, but parallel to, the base component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ATI Industrial Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Baron Kendrick
  • Patent number: 9656696
    Abstract: A device for attaching a cross-member of a dashboard to a front pillar lining, the device including: a reinforcing element including a first positioning element for cooperating with a second positioning element secured to the dashboard such that they occupy a relative determined position. An attachment element is used to immobilize the assembly in the determined position. The attachment element is configured such that the connection between the first positioning element and the reinforcing element includes a position regulating mechanism configured to vary between an unlocked state in which the position of the first positioning element is adjustable in relation to the reinforcing element, and a locked state in which the first positioning element is fixed in relation to the reinforcing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Luis Filipe De Almeida, Olivier Duong
  • Patent number: 9015917
    Abstract: A tool is provided for moving a first clamping or gripping member toward or away from a second facing clamping or gripping member, the tool having a double threaded drive shaft coupled to opposed threaded linkage driving members for causing the threaded linkage driving members to be driven toward or away from each other. As the threaded linkage driving members move closer, the resulting angle of the links becomes steeper, thus increasing the mechanical advantage of the clamping tool, enhancing clamping forces. A beneficial result is a clamping apparatus that requires less manual energy than a traditional clamp. Another beneficial result is provided if the same amount of energy is applied to the driveshaft as in a traditional clamp, the resulting clamping force is significantly higher. If the second clamping member is adjustable, it accommodates wide variations in thickness of an object positioned between the first and second clamping members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel A. Norton
  • Publication number: 20150107075
    Abstract: A process and tool for installing and removing various kinds of wear parts used with earth working equipment. The process and tool allows the operator to remove and install the wear parts at a safe distance so that the operator is physically remote from the potential risks of the removal and installation process. The tool may be manually operated via an operator or the tool may be a semi-automated or fully automated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: ROD CLARKE, RYAN J. CARPENTER, NOAH COWGILL, TAYLOR M. FINLEY, JOSEPH E. BLOMBERG, CHRISTOPHER M. CARPENTER, ERIC L. BEWLEY
  • Patent number: 9003622
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for assembling a front panel, a plurality of side panels, a back panel, and a roof panel in a complete body assembly line for various vehicles. The complete body assembling apparatus realizes a new type of a coupling apparatus by which hangers for vehicle models are held in a post buck in a complete body line for a vehicle and the post buck is flexibly movable depending on the changes in various vehicle models. This in turn, allows various vehicle models to be produced in a single process by flexibly coping with various vehicle models and enhancing the efficiency of an entire complete body assembling process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Seon Woo Kweon, In Hyup Im
  • Patent number: 8984730
    Abstract: A system for rotating a turbine shell includes a first platform and a first trunnion rotatably connected to the first platform. A second platform is separated from the first platform, and a second trunnion is separated from the first trunnion and rotatably connected to the second platform. The system further includes structure for rotating the first trunnion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Bradford Holmes, Randall Stephen Corn
  • Patent number: 8914958
    Abstract: Upper and lower support members, supporting a valve, are lowered toward a valve guide with at least the lower support member vibrated by a vibrating device. When a lower-end chamfered surface of the valve has failed to be brought into contact with the opening edge of the guide through the lowering, not only the upper support member is caused to gradually move away from an umbrella section of the valve but also the position of supporting, by the lower support member, of a shaft section of the valve is displaced downward after the lower end of the shaft section of the valve contacts the upper end surface of the guide, so that vibrating movement of the lower end of the shaft section is reduced to allow the chamfered surface to contact the opening edge. Then, the valve is inserted into the guide by a pressing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadahiro Shinohara, Satoru Kato, Hideo Kubo
  • Publication number: 20140366353
    Abstract: A device for assembling a railway wheel with brake discs, the brake discs arranged to face each other across a railway wheel web and a center-deviation prevention key penetrating the web, includes a disc support supporting an internal hole of one of the brake discs; a wheel support provided concentrically with the disc support within the disc support, and supporting a hub's bore of the railway wheel on the brake disc supported by the disc support; and a bolt support provided concentrically with the disc support and the wheel support outside of the disc support, and supporting the bolt to correspond to bolt holes formed in the brake discs and the web of the railway wheel. The disc support and the wheel support are individually rotatable about a railway wheel central axis. The disc and wheel supports and the bolt support move up and down relatively to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
    Inventors: Toru Iwahashi, Naoto Kouchi
  • Patent number: 8898877
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and a mounting device for installing a vehicle door hinge. More specifically, the mounting device f includes a jig frame, at least one clamping unit which is mounted to the jig frame and fixes the jig frame to a side panel and at least one mounting unit which is connected to the jig frame and is configured to install a door hinge which may be mounted to the side panel. In particular, the mounting unit is rotatable based on a slope dispersion of the side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Junyoung Lee, Sung Chul Kim
  • Publication number: 20140345138
    Abstract: In this manufacturing method, when a plurality of planetary shaft main bodies are arranged at even intervals around a sun shaft main body, a state in which a sun threaded section is engaged with each of planetary threaded sections is referred to as a regular assembled state, and an assembly formed by a combination of the sun shaft main body and the planetary shaft main body in the regular assembled state is referred to as a first assembly. The first assembly is assembled in a state in which the relationship of the planetary shaft main body and the sun shaft main body is in correspondence with the relationship of the planetary shaft main body and the sun shaft main body in the regular assembled state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuo KINOSHITA, Masakazu KURIHARA, Hideo SAITO, Motohiro TSUZUKI
  • Patent number: 8881358
    Abstract: A method for assembling a bone anchoring device includes inserting a bone anchoring element in a first holder of a tool and inserting a receiving part in a second holder of the tool, actuating the tool from a first configuration towards a second configuration to insert a head of the bone anchoring element into the receiving part; continuing actuation of the tool towards the second configuration to move a locking ring and a receiving part body of the receiving part relative to each other until the locking ring assumes a second position with respect to the receiving part body in which the locking ring is latched to the receiving part body in a position where the locking ring compresses a portion of the receiving part body to compress the head, such that the head is held in and cannot be removed from the receiving part body and the bone anchoring element is held adjustably at a first angular position relative to the receiving part, and removing the attached bone anchoring element and receiving part from the tool
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Biedermann Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis, Berthold Dannecker
  • Publication number: 20140310939
    Abstract: A mask assembly fabrication apparatus includes a first dustproof apparatus formed on a base surface, a first surface plate formed on the first dustproof apparatus, stages formed on the first surface plate, a mask frame placed on the stages, a second dustproof apparatus formed on the base surface to be separate from the first dustproof apparatus, a second surface plate formed on the second dustproof apparatus to be separate from the first surface plate, and a driving unit formed on the second surface plate and configured to move a mask.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hee-Seak Noh
  • Publication number: 20140310943
    Abstract: The described embodiments relate generally to methods of assembly of electronic devices. In particular, a rotationally induced pressure is used to activate a securing mechanism positioned between a component and an enclosure. The component and the securing mechanism may be located in an inaccessible region of the enclosure such that traditional, direct, assembly processes may not be feasible. The securing mechanism may take the form of a layer of pressure sensitive adhesive or a fastener between the component and an interior surface of the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Fabio T. Campos, Keith J. Hendren, Laura M. DeForest, Michelle R. Goldberg, Kelsey J. MacMillan, Bryan J. Licata
  • Patent number: 8857023
    Abstract: An apparatus for replacing or changing a shaving blade secured or securable to a blade holder beam of an ice resurfacing machine via a plurality of screws, and including a blade carrier. For each of the screws, the blade carrier is provided with a respective fixing element configured to cooperate with a head of that screw. The fixing elements reliably fix these screws in a prescribed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 8839515
    Abstract: A contribution is made to the assembly of a wind turbine intended to comprise, in a final assembly condition, a tower (2) surmounted by a nacelle (4) cooperating with a rotor (5) receiving a plurality of blades (3a-3c). To this end, a temporary association is made between at least some blades from said plurality of blades and the tower, so that said blades extend substantially in the longitudinal direction of the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Soletanche Freyssinet
    Inventors: Jean-Daniel Lebon, Charles-Emmanuel Ferrand De La Conte, Erik Mellier
  • Patent number: 8813340
    Abstract: An arrangement for mounting a substantially vertical mechanical element, as a technical front surface, on a structural transverse element of bodywork of a vehicle such as an upper crossbar, the mechanical element including at least one substantially horizontal portion or structural nozzle bearing on an upper surface of the crossbar. The arrangement includes at least one carrier plate for the mechanical element which is slid under the bodywork of the vehicle and then mounted vertically. The plate includes a yoke for receiving the vertical mechanical element and which is capable of holding the element between at least one vertical position inclined towards the front and a vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Francois Combe, Michael Flandin, Nicolas Pietu
  • Publication number: 20140230230
    Abstract: A reconfigurable interface assembly includes, but is not limited to, a first sub-assembly that is adapted for attachment to a work-piece supporter. The first sub-assembly includes a first brake. The reconfigurable interface assembly further includes a second sub-assembly attached to the first sub-assembly. The second sub-assembly is adapted for attachment to a work-piece manipulator. The second sub-assembly includes a second brake. The first sub-assembly is configured to move the second sub-assembly in a first direction with respect to the first sub-assembly and the first brake is configured to inhibit movement of the second sub-assembly in the first direction with respect to the first sub-assembly. The second sub-assembly is configured to move the first sub-assembly in a second direction with respect to the second sub-assembly and the second brake is configured to inhibit movement of the first sub-assembly in the second direction with respect to the first sub-assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: DALONG GAO, LANCE T. RANSOM, RICHARD C. JANIS, RODNEY L. SMITH
  • Patent number: 8806730
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting rail (8) for mounting and positioning a seal, having attachment devices (12) disposed on a longitudinal side (15) of the mounting rail and each separated from each other by an interruption (13). In order to propose a mounting rail comprising high flexibility allowing simple insertion of the seal even after a long period of use and allowing more uniform pressure distribution when pressing on the seal, the invention proposes that the mounting rail (8) comprises a web (19) running through on the other longitudinal side (16), and at least one opening (1ha-c) is disposed in the mounting rail between the web and each attachment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Grohmann Engineering GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Grohmann, Lothar Thommes
  • Publication number: 20140208557
    Abstract: A joining device for joining substrates together includes a first holding member configured to vacuum-suck a first substrate to draw and hold the first substrate on a lower surface thereof, and a second holding member disposed below the first holding member and configured to vacuum-suck a second substrate to draw and hold the second substrate on an upper surface thereof. The second holding member includes a body portion formed into a size larger than the second substrate when seen in a plan view and configured to vacuum-suck the second substrate, a plurality of pins provided on the body portion and configured to make contact with a rear surface of the second substrate, and an outer wall portion annularly provided on the body portion at an outer side of the plurality of pins and configured to support an outer periphery portion of the rear surface of the second substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Shintaro SUGIHARA, Naoto YOSHITAKA, Shigenori KITAHARA, Keizo HIROSE
  • Publication number: 20140165397
    Abstract: Various embodiments include an apparatus for installing or removing a transition piece (TP) in a gas turbine. The apparatus can include: a control arm assembly sized to rest within an opening in the gas turbine; a guide system coupled to the control arm assembly, the guide system for transporting the TP within the opening in the gas turbine; and a counter balance coupled to the guide system, the counter balance for countering weight of the TP during the installing or the removing of the TP in the gas turbine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: James Bradford Holmes, James Robert Hollis, Wayne David Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20140165387
    Abstract: A device for aligning door hinges of an automatic system that mounts door hinges to a vehicle automatically mounts a plurality of door hinges within a hinge box to upper and lower seats on pillars of a vehicle body conveyed by a conveying unit. The device includes at least one stand frame and a tilting plate that is coupled to the stand frame to tile the tilting plate in an upward and downward direction. In addition, the device includes a tilting cylinder that is vertically disposed with one side hinged to the stand frame and the other side hinged to the tilting plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicants: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Taeheun Jin
  • Publication number: 20140165364
    Abstract: An assembly device is provided for the assembly of a holding element for attachment parts on a motor vehicle. The assembly device includes, but is not limited to a linkage with three-dimensional multi-point fixing on the motor vehicle. The linkage includes, but is not limited to a number of reference elements for placing against reference surfaces on the motor vehicle and a mounting for the holding element connected to the linkage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Klaus LABBE, Frank HOELZER
  • Publication number: 20140157588
    Abstract: A single piece pulsed flow wing assembly method providing for horizontal wing manufacture is accomplished using synchronized automated vehicles guided in a predetermined manner to move and, locate wing structure in a plurality of assembly positions. Multi-axis assembly positioning systems (MAPS) are used at each assembly position to support and index components in the wing structure and determinant assembly techniques are used for indexing of the components. Modular automated manufacturing processes employing magnetic assembly clamping, drilling, fastener insertion, and sealant application are employed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Philip W. Boyd, John W. Hall, Clayton L. Munk, James C. Roberts, Michael J. Fant, Richard D. Fiedler, Barry A. Lewis, Samuel R. Dobbs, Gary E. Mansell
  • Patent number: 8745839
    Abstract: A method for installing a measuring tape on a circumferential surface of a holder. The method including wrapping the circumferential surface of the holder with the measuring tape and bracing the measuring tape such that the measuring tape extends spaced apart from the circumference of the holder. When the measuring tape extends spaced from the circumference of the holder due to the bracing, exerting a tensioning force on the measuring tape so that the measuring tape is held with low friction above the circumference, wherein the tensioning force is distributed at least nearly uniformly over the circumference. The method includes undoing the bracing of the measuring tape beginning at a fixation point at which a portion of the measuring tape is affixed to the circumferential surface. The method also includes applying the measuring tape to the circumferential surface of the holder while maintaining the tensioning force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Dr. Johannes Heidenhain GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Pucher, Dirk Ahrendt, Stefan K├╝hnhauser
  • Patent number: 8677626
    Abstract: An installation device for installing a windshield in a vehicle. The device includes a pivot assembly including a pair of suction cups that attach to the door glass of a vehicle door, and a depending member that extends upwardly and forwardly adjacent a windshield opening. A support assembly includes a pair of suction cups that attach to a windshield, and a support rod that is axially and rotatably moveable with respect to the suction cups. The support rod includes an end that pivots on the depending member of the pivot assembly. The device moveably supports the windshield such that a single technician can install the windshield on a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Aegis Tools International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Adas, Steve Coyle
  • Patent number: 8661668
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for assembling a rotor of a wind turbine at sea. The device has a support structure that is provided with a rotating table for rotating the hub of a rotor around the hubs longitudinal axis. The support structure is further adapted to be connected to an offshore platform such that the rotating table may be positioned outside the periphery of the platform. The invention also relates to an assembly of an offshore platform and the device, connected thereto. The invention further relates to a method for assembling a rotor of a wind turbine at sea, and to a method of assembling a wind turbine at sea, using the device and assembly. The device and method provide a more efficient assemblage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: GeoSea N.V.
    Inventors: Luc Vandenbulcke, Koen Vanderbeke
  • Patent number: 8613584
    Abstract: A system for transferring and moving elements removably associable with a packaging machine comprises at least a transferring unit provided with a movement arrangement suitable for receiving and supporting the elements, the movement arrangement being movable for transferring and/or removing the elements to and/or from the machine; a method for transferring and moving elements removably associable with a packaging machine provides supporting and conveying the elements using at least a transferring unit and transferring and/or removing the elements to and/or from the packaging machine using the movement arrangement of the transferring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: IMA Life S.R.L.
    Inventors: Claudio Trebbi, Alessandro Bisi, Francesco Sanmartin
  • Publication number: 20130305507
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in handling windscreens for example for installation in a vehicle, includes a windscreen anchor assembly comprising a windscreen anchor device and a support arm extending away from the windscreen anchor device. A mount assembly is provided for supporting the windscreen anchor assembly. The mount assembly includes a mount structure for engaging with the support arm such that the support arm can slide bodily in its longitudinal direction with respect to the mount structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Belron Hungary KFT - Zug Branch
    Inventor: Belron Hungary KFT - Zug Branch
  • Publication number: 20130283584
    Abstract: An assembly tool apparatus includes a manipulator having a range of motion defined by a plane and an axis that is substantially normal to the plane, a jig having an assembly surface operative to move from a first orientation relative to the axis to a second orientation relative to the axis, a first tool tip operative to engage with and be positioned by the manipulator, and a second tool tip operative to engage with and be positioned by the manipulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tymon Barwicz, Bing Dang
  • Publication number: 20130199009
    Abstract: A system for rotating a turbine shell includes a first platform and a first trunnion rotatably connected to the first platform. A second platform is separated from the first platform, and a second trunnion is separated from the first trunnion and rotatably connected to the second platform. The system further includes structure for rotating the first trunnion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: James Bradford Holmes, Randall Stephen Corn
  • Patent number: 8484833
    Abstract: An automated device facilitates the assembly a surgical instrument that includes a knife with a high aspect ratio. The automated device includes a fixture for restraining a subassembly of the surgical instrument that includes the knife. A blade grip on the device is movable relative to the fixture, and is configured to urge the knife into a restrained position in the subassembly suitable for the subsequent assembly of an additional instrument component. A grip actuator is provided to move the blade grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: James S. Cunningham, James J. Crawford, Paul Guerra
  • Publication number: 20130174409
    Abstract: An installation device for installing a windshield in a vehicle. The device includes a pivot assembly including a pair of suction cups that attach to the door glass of a vehicle door, and a depending member that extends upwardly and forwardly adjacent a windshield opening. A support assembly includes a pair of suction cups that attach to a windshield, and a support rod that is axially and rotatably moveable with respect to the suction cups. The support rod includes an end that pivots on the depending member of the pivot assembly. The device moveably supports the windshield such that a single technician can install the windshield on a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: AEGIS TOOLS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: AEGIS Tools International, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130152397
    Abstract: A facility for assembling aircraft fuselages comprises a plurality of movable cradles. Each cradle is configured to support a fuselage keel structure and assemble a panelized fuselage in a single upright build position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, Blair P. Nelson, Alan S. Draper, Charles Y. Hu, Randall Matthewson, Branko Sarh
  • Patent number: 8464413
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing and installing a gear reducer from an assembly, such as a Fanuc robot, is provided. The apparatus includes a bracket that is attached to a casing of the robot in a vicinity of a position where the gear reducer is to be removed or installed. The bracket provides a sleeve that is disposed so as to be spaced from and aligned with the gear reducer when the bracket is mounted to the casing. A guide bearing is slidably received through the sleeve and has a first end that attaches to the gear reducer via an attachment assembly. The gear reducer can then be removed by pulling the guide bearing away from the robot or installed by pushing the guide bearing toward the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tom Prater, Mark Roop
  • Publication number: 20130139368
    Abstract: A transition piece assembling apparatus according to the disclosure includes a pair of rails which is provided to be in the direction parallel with an axis of a combustor transition piece, and to be spaced at intervals and in a plane perpendicular to the axis of a combustor transition piece, support portions which are connected to the combustor transition piece and support the member to be movable in longitudinal directions of the rails, a trapezoidal screw which is disposed in parallel with the axis of the combustor transition piece between the pair of rails, a female screw block which is threaded onto the trapezoidal screw, and a sliding member which is provided between the female screw block and the combustor transition piece and connects the female screw block and the combustor transition piece to be movable relative to each other in a plane perpendicular to a female screw axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8418354
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for frame fabrication includes at least one nail gun (15) adapted to fire nails substantially in a selected plane of the frame (2). The nail gun (15) translates vertically and is configured with a control input device (19) activated by an operator which extends substantially across the width of the frame fabrication apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Paslode New Zealand
    Inventor: Graeme Laurence Young
  • Publication number: 20130074337
    Abstract: A multifunctional platform includes a platform frame including a base having an annular center hole and two parallel arms, a hoist mechanism including traction devices and moves the platform up and down, tower clamping mechanisms around the circumference of the annular center hole and preventing the platform frame from rotating, a moving dolly sliding on the two arms, two blade adjusting pedestals respectively provided on the protruding ends of the two arms, two set of blade drawing mechanisms, one end of each set of blade drawing mechanism is respectively connected with one blade adjusting pedestal. The blade disassembling method includes lifting the multifunctional platform to an appropriate height of the tower by the hoist mechanism, tying sling ropes at three positions of a blade, disassembling the blade and lowering it to a transport ship by a crane ship, and a fan maintenance crane, and the blade drawing mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: SINOVEL WIND GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xianshun Tan, Baonian Jin, Libin Yao
  • Patent number: 8402625
    Abstract: A system for modifying a slot in a rotor includes a drill, a clamp connected to the drill and configured to engage with an interior surface of the slot, and means for supporting the drill from a stationary platform adjacent to the rotor. A method for modifying a slot in a rotor includes connecting a coupling to a stationary platform adjacent to the rotor, connecting a drill to the coupling, and locating the drill proximate to the slot. The method further includes inserting a clamp into the slot, engaging the clamp with an interior surface of the slot, and operating the drill to create a cavity in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Bradford Holmes, John William Herbold, Jason Matthew Clark
  • Patent number: 8393064
    Abstract: An installation device for installing a windshield in a vehicle. The device includes a pivot assembly including a pair of suction cups that attach to the door glass of a vehicle door, and a depending member that extends upwardly and forwardly adjacent a windshield opening. A support assembly includes a pair of suction cups that attach to a windshield, and a support rod that is axially and rotatably moveable with respect to the suction cups. The support rod includes an end that pivots on the depending member of the pivot assembly. The device moveably supports the windshield such that a single technician can install the windshield on a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Aegis Tools International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Adas, Steve Coyle
  • Publication number: 20130047399
    Abstract: There is provided a biochip stamping device. The biochip stamping device includes a stamping jig in which a first biochip is aligned; an inverting mechanism vertically inverting a second biochip; and a movement mechanism transferring the vertically inverted second biochip on the stamping jig to combine the first biochip and the second biochip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Sang Youl JEON, Bo Sung Ku, Hee Ju Son
  • Publication number: 20130036587
    Abstract: An apparatus for replacing or changing a shaving blade secured or securable to a blade holder beam of an ice resurfacing machine via a plurality of screws, and including a blade carrier. For each of the screws, the blade carrier is provided with a respective fixing element configured to cooperate with a head of that screw. The fixing elements reliably fix these screws in a prescribed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 8347501
    Abstract: Within the field of wind turbine generators (WTG), to provide a consistent way of manufacturing a WT blade there is disclosed a blade mould and a blade spar fixture to support the spar in the mould so as to provide a fixed predetermined relative position, and preferably also orientation, between at least a root end, such as a bushing in the root end of the blade spar, and a root end of the mould. Overall consistency is also obtained in that hereby a blade with anticipated aerodynamic and strength characteristics is provided, among others in that at least adjacent to the root of the spar there is substantially the same distance for a cured adhesive between an innermost surface of each of blade shells and an outermost surface of the spar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Leif Kappel Petersen, Olav Davis
  • Patent number: 8312608
    Abstract: An installation and removal system for a toilet unit is provided. The system includes a base having floor engaging wheels coupled thereto. At least one of the floor engaging wheels is adjustable to maintain the base substantially level relative to the floor. An actuator is disposed on the base. A pair of spaced apart support elements are coupled to the actuator and adapted to engage an underside of the toilet unit. An angle of the support elements relative the base is adjustable. The system includes a retaining system coupled to the spaced apart support elements and adapted to couple with the toilet unit. The retaining system militate against an undesired movement of the toilet unit relative the support elements. A kit and method for using the system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: John Head
  • Publication number: 20120240374
    Abstract: In this manufacturing method, when a plurality of planetary shaft main bodies are arranged at even intervals around a sun shaft main body, a state in which a sun threaded section is engaged with each of planetary threaded sections is referred to as a regular assembled state, and an assembly formed by a combination of the sun shaft main body and the planetary shaft main body in the regular assembled state is referred to as a first assembly. The first assembly is assembled in a state in which the relationship of the planetary shaft main body and the sun shaft main body is in correspondence with the relationship of the planetary shaft main body and the sun shaft main body in the regular assembled state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuo KINOSHITA, Masakazu KURIHARA, Hideo SAITO, Motohiro TSUZUKI
  • Publication number: 20120137503
    Abstract: The present invention provides a common fender mounting jig apparatus for use with multifarious vehicles including a plurality of common clamping units for clamping fender panels of multifarious vehicles by using, selectively, a plurality of fixing blocks processed in compliance with the shape of a fender panel associated with each vehicle model. Additionally, the common fender mounting jig may also include a clamp movement unit for moving the common clamping unit upwardly and downwardly, forwardly and backwardly; a fender mounting jig mounted on its upper face with the common clamping unit and loading the fender panel clamped by the common clamping unit on a body-in-white; and a jig movement unit for moving and rotating the fender mounting jig. By using only one common clamping unit, the present invention is able to comply with various shapes of fender panels of multifarious vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicants: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Joon Seo Park
  • Patent number: 8171614
    Abstract: An assembly system for use in assembling a lattice tower section is provided. The system comprises a platform, a first mounting assembly coupled to the platform, and, a second mounting assembly coupled to the platform, the first and second mounting assemblies are configured to secure opposite ends of a plurality of leg members used in assembling the lattice tower section such that each of the plurality of leg members is suspended a distance from the platform, at least one of the first and second mounting assemblies is configured to selectively rotate a leg member of the plurality of leg members suspended therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Stephen Bertram Johnson, Danian Zheng
  • Patent number: 8171609
    Abstract: The invention relates to a robotic workstation (1), comprising at least one multiple-axis parts-handling robot (7) having an arm (9) with a free end that is provided with a parts support (10), and first and second operational units (5, 6) for co-operating functionally with the support, and wherein the support comprises a body (11) provided with locations (14) for receiving parts, said locations being arranged so that each of them is accessible simultaneously by one of the operational units. The invention also provides a method of controlling the station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: ABB France
    Inventors: Daniel Demit, Fabrice LeGeleux, Fran├žois Malatier