Tube, Sleeve Or Ferrule Patents (Class 29/282)
  • Patent number: 10258746
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of automatically and safely removing a needle from a syringe assembly while retaining a syringe hub as part of the syringe assembly is generally described. A needle containment device is provided, which may include a needle handling apparatus and a shutter mechanism assembly. The needle handling apparatus is configured for receiving at least a portion of a syringe assembly including at least a needle and a syringe hub, wherein a first clamping mechanism is configured to clamp the syringe hub and a second clamping mechanism is configured to clamp the needle, so that the needle is safely and automatically removed from the syringe hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Inventive Medical Devices, LLC
    Inventors: Reza Radmand, Ali Moghadam
  • Patent number: 10220574
    Abstract: A composite housing and a method of assembling a composite housing for a scanning assembly. A body of the housing defines an opening of a first perimeter. A polymethylpentene scanning plate is provided which has lip with a marginally larger perimeter than the first perimeter. During assembly of the composite housing, at least a part of scanning plate is thermally contracted to allow it to be positioned within the opening such that the peripheral side surface of the scanning surface faces the edge of the body. When the scanning plate returns to ambient temperature and expands at least a portion of the side surface of the scanning plate engages the edge of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CapeRay Medical (Pty) Ltd
    Inventor: Raphael V Smith
  • Patent number: 10182910
    Abstract: A system and a method for crimping a heart valve prosthesis onto a catheter shaft. The system comprises two components (1, 2) which receive the heart valve prosthesis (12) and are inserted into one another in the direction (14) in order to crimp the heart valve prosthesis (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Biotronik AG
    Inventors: Andreas Jahn, Eugen Hofmann, Markus Hepke
  • Patent number: 10088077
    Abstract: A gasket insertion cradle with a bottom frame portion configured to align a gasket between opposing flanges of a flange assembly and capable of being removed from the flange assembly by simply rotating the frame portion free once the gasket is within ring grooves of the opposing flanges. Gasket insertion devices may have a top portion hinged to the cradle and configured to secure a gasket between the top portion and the cradle during installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Flange Skillets International, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Leary, Margaret Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 9944358
    Abstract: A method of transporting a rigid tie-in connection across a body of water for installation underwater is disclosed. The method includes the step of supporting the tie-in connection in the water by buoyancy acting on a frame that supports the tie-in connection until installation. The buoyancy-supported frame is lowered and the tie-in connection into a sub-surface transit configuration. The method further includes in the transit configuration, towing the buoyancy-supported frame and the tie-in connection behind a towing vessel toward an installation site. Also disclosed is a system for implementing the method. The system includes a towable frame arranged to support the tie-in connection until installation and an external buoyancy attached to the frame by an extensible suspension link arranged to suspend the frame from the buoyancy in water in use. The link is extensible to lower the frame from a raised surface-tow configuration into a lowered sub-surface transit configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Acergy France SAS
    Inventor: Brice Viellard
  • Patent number: 9718157
    Abstract: A die for use with a cold-formed joint tool such as a clinching tool or clinch punch or self-piercing rivet punch. A split die made of a plurality of partial cup-shaped segments is disposed within a collar that defines a recess. The recess includes a forming area in which the cold-formed joint is formed and a relieved area in which the partial cup-shaped segments are shifted radially outwardly after forming to permit removal of the cold-formed joint tool from the cold-formed joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Amanda Kay Freis
  • Patent number: 9707025
    Abstract: A system, devices and methods are provided for facilitating stabilization of periarticular fractures. The system includes a compression plate and one or more of a cerclage cable for encircling the bone and securing the compression plate to the bone, a crimp lug for securing the cable in tension relative to the bone and/or a plate, and a supplemental plate coupled to the compression plate and adapted to receive bicortical or unicortical bone screws to further secure the compression plate relative to the bone. In addition, the system includes a cable tensioner for temporarily retaining the cable in tension and then applying a tension to the cable until a desired compression is effected between a plate and bone and while a cable retaining structure is secured to the cable to retain the applied tension on the cable. Also provided is a jig for use with plates for minimally invasive fracture stabilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet C.V.
    Inventor: Cesare Cavallazzi
  • Patent number: 9642696
    Abstract: A dilatation or fatigue tester for a stent-graft prosthesis includes a sample holder having a compressible member that defines a chamber for receiving a stent-graft prosthesis in an expanded state, a bearing assembly disposed to contact and act on an exterior surface of the compressible member of the sample holder, and an actuation assembly operably coupled to the bearing assembly for rotating the bearing assembly relative to the sample holder. Rotation of the bearing assembly cyclically compresses the compressible member of the sample holder to thereby provide cyclical radial loading and unloading of a stent-graft prosthesis received therein for simulating physiologic loading conditions of a stent-graft prosthesis within a vasculature due to a beating heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery Argentine, Mark Rowe
  • Patent number: 9631731
    Abstract: A valve for diverting the flow of fluid has a housing with an inlet and a plurality of outlets arranged in spaced relation around the housing. A body is positioned within the housing. The body is rotatable relatively to the housing and has an intake port and an exhaust port joined by a void space. The intake port is aligned with the housing inlet and both the intake port and the housing inlet are coaxially aligned with the axis of rotation of the body. The exhaust port is positioned eccentric to the axis and may be aligned with any one of the plurality of housing outlet ports upon rotation of the body relatively to the housing. A seal is positioned between the body and the housing. The seal surrounds the outlets and the exhaust port to prevent leakage when the exhaust port is aligned with an outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Victaulic Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Davis, Kerry L Dewitt, Steven A Wortmann, William J Reilly
  • Patent number: 9616530
    Abstract: A heat exchanger tube inserting apparatus includes a roller conveyor section and a pushing section. The roller conveyor section includes a roller that advances the heat exchanger tube to thereby insert the heat exchanger tube into the insertion holes of the fins and to a first position by rotation of the roller. The pushing section pushes the heat exchanger tube, which has been moved to the first position by the roller conveyor section, to a second position located further inside than the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Kondou, Kimitoshi Satou, Tomonari Sera, Takayuki Takahashi, Yoshikazu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9597139
    Abstract: A system, devices and methods are provided for facilitating stabilization of periarticular fractures. The system includes a compression plate and one or more of a cerclage cable for encircling the bone and securing the compression plate to the bone, a crimp lug for securing the cable in tension relative to the bone and/or a plate, and a supplemental plate coupled to the compression plate and adapted to receive bicortical or unicortical bone screws to further secure the compression plate relative to the bone. In addition, the system includes a cable tensioner for temporarily retaining the cable in tension and then applying a tension to the cable until a desired compression is effected between a plate and bone and while a cable retaining structure is secured to the cable to retain the applied tension on the cable. Also provided is a jig for use with plates for minimally invasive fracture stabilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet C.V.
    Inventor: Cesare Cavallazzi
  • Patent number: 9523564
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a method of determining a height of an upper surface of an insert relative to a top deck surface of a cylinder block. The method includes detachably coupling a fixture to the top deck surface of the cylinder block. The method also includes disposing a dial gauge on the top deck surface adjacent to each of a plurality of notches defined in the fixture. The method includes inserting a probe of a dial gauge through each of the plurality of notches to contact each of corresponding portions of the upper surface of the insert. The method also includes determining local heights of the upper surface of the insert relative to the top deck surface at the corresponding portions of the upper surface. The height of upper surface of the insert relative to the top deck surface is determined based on the local heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Curtis J. Graham
  • Patent number: 9512724
    Abstract: A method for repairing a flange of a rotor, to a transverse surface of which a disk of a fan in an upstream turbo-fan engine is attached. The flange includes, in a form of a ring, openings for connecting to the disk and intermediate discharge openings. Wear marks are formed by friction of the fan blades on the flange. The method includes machining spot facings onto the flange, in areas with wear marks; placing anti-wear slugs in the discharge openings that can be covered by the blades during friction; and the spot facings extend between the connection openings and are circumferentially limited by clamping surfaces of the connection between the disk and the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Michael Delapierre, Eric Gvozdenovic, Christian Manuel Planas, Patrick Jean-Louis Reghezza
  • Patent number: 9492274
    Abstract: An assembly for collapsing a prosthetic heart valve includes a compression member and a pusher member. The compression member has a first open end with a first diameter, a second open end with a second diameter less than the first diameter, and a tapered wall between the first open end and the second open end. The pusher member has a base adapted to engage an end of the valve. The pusher member and the compression member are movable relative to one another between an initial position in which the base of the pusher member is relatively far from the first open end of the compression member and an operative position in which the base of the pusher member is relatively close to the first open end of the compression member. Movement of the pusher and compression members from the initial position to the operative position radially compresses the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Johnson, Valerie J. Glazier, Huisun Wang
  • Patent number: 9421677
    Abstract: An adaptable device for tensioning safety cable to a predetermined tension limit, crimping a ferule onto the cable, cutting the excess cable and ejecting the device from the crimped ferrule-cable assembly. The device compromises a tool body, a cable tensioner and an elongated nose. The cable tensioner comprises a handle for applying tension to a cable inserted into the tension gripper mechanism and a one-way clutch to prohibit movement in a direction which would unwind the cable or lessen the tension applied. The elongated nose has a ferrule receiving aperture for receiving a ferrule and passing the safety cable there through. A plunger is reciprocally operative in the nose piece to crimp the ferrule onto the cable, cut the excess cable and eject the device from the crimped ferrule-cable assembly. The Plunger is actuated either manually or by means of an attached power assisted tool. The elongated nose piece is removable so it can be interfaced with different tool bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: K Square Machine Works, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Herbert Koehler
  • Patent number: 9011801
    Abstract: The invention provides for fluidic connections to be established between tubes, ports, fluidic components and fluidic devices. The leak-tight connections are formed through controlled, compressive forces and can be used for both low and high pressure applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Corsolutions LLC
    Inventors: Thomas N. Corso, Colleen K. Van Pelt
  • Publication number: 20150074966
    Abstract: An electro-mechanical machine for fusing small diameter polyolefin pipe includes a carriage and controls. The carriage has fixed and travelling jaws that grip a pipeline and a pipe stick and electrically driven screws that bring the jaws into and out of close proximity for performance of fusion process tasks. The controls include an electrical closed loop circuit that controls operation of the screws to transfer the travelling jaws to a base axial distance from the fixed jaws and an electrical load cell feedback circuit that controls operation of the screws to reciprocate the travelling jaws in relation to the base axial distance in response to feedback from the load cells so as to maintain a predetermined force between the pipes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: McElroy Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Porter, Paul John Donaldson, Justin W. Eskridge, Kean C. Chin
  • Publication number: 20150063945
    Abstract: A cap (10) for sealing a mechanical fastener (200), method for making the cap, and driver and method for applying the cap is disclosed. The cap includes a shell having an exterior surface (14) and an interior surface (16) defining a cavity (18), an opening (19) extending through the shell between the interior and exterior surfaces, and a sealant (13) at least partially filling the cavity. A package and a holder for holding a plurality of cap assemblies are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: PRC-DeSoto International, Inc.
    Inventors: George C. Obuhowich, Soccorso Rizzello, Russell Shellenberger
  • Publication number: 20150047165
    Abstract: A diverting system includes, a first tubular, a second tubular receptive to the first tubular having at least one lateral extending therefrom, the first tubular is runnable into the second tubular as well as into the at least one lateral, an engaging device in operable communication with both the first tubular and the second tubular, and a diverting tool in operable communication with the engaging device configured to selectively divert the first tubular into the at least one lateral.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Michael A. Carmody, John J. Johnson, Bryan P. Pendleton, John P. Roach, Joseph Sheehan, Barton Sponchia, Thomas J. Zweifel
  • Publication number: 20150000092
    Abstract: A dismantling device including a main body, a driving member and an insert is provided. The main body includes a through hole. The driving member is rotatably assembled to the main body. The insert is rotatably disposed in the assembling hole of the first portion. Whereby, an object to be dismantled can be placed in the hole to abut against the insert. A tool is used to drive the driving member to rotate. A protrusion of the driving member is inserted into the through hole for holding the object so that the object can be rotated to be dismantled. As a result, the object can be hold stably by the insert so that the dismantling device can be used for dismantling objects in different sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Jun-Fan CHEN
  • Publication number: 20140373328
    Abstract: Device for mounting flexible, profiled hollow cylinders onto cylindrical elements. Profiled hollow cylinders which are mounted onto a cylindrical element form excellent modules for irradiating fluid media with electromagnetic radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Martin POGGEL, Jörg KAULING, Sebastian SCHMIDT, Erhard BECKERS
  • Publication number: 20140331475
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for crimping a medical device are disclosed. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to devices, systems, and methods for reducing the diameter of a collapsible heart valve prosthesis to be loaded onto a delivery device. The devices, systems, and methods using at least one funnel to crimp the heart valve prosthesis and load it onto the delivery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Medtronic Vascular Galway
    Inventors: Niall Duffy, Marian Creaven, Philip Haarstad, Frank Harewood, Igor Kovalsky, Jason Quill, Daniel Gelfman, Ana Menk, Darren Janzig, Shyam Gokaldas, Kenneth Warnock
  • Patent number: 8875365
    Abstract: A tongs system and method for making and breaking threaded joints of a string of tubing for an oil well involves, in some examples, the use of a set of tongs with a two-speed transmission and a hydraulic system selectively operable in a high-pressure mode and a low-pressure mode. During an initial tightening period, the tongs system operates in high-gear and high-pressure for maximum speed. During a subsequent final tightening period, the tongs system operates in low-gear and low-pressure to controllably tighten the joint to a predetermined target torque. In some examples, to allow the transmission to shift speed without jamming gears, the tongs system pauses for an instant between the initial and final tightening periods. In some examples, the tongs system is interlocked with a hoist and/or other tube-holding and handling equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventors: Jonathan V. Huseman, Kasia L. Robnett, Frederic M. Newman
  • Patent number: 8869371
    Abstract: Profiled hollow cylinders attached to a cylinder-shaped body as modules for radiating fluid media with electromagnetic radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Poggel, Joerg Kauling, Sebastian Schmidt, Erhard Beckers
  • Publication number: 20140259593
    Abstract: A method is disclosed. The method provides an assembly that comprises a first drum-cylinder having an inner periphery surface and a gear assembly, wherein a portion of the gear assembly is in contact with the inner periphery surface; and decouples the gear assembly from the first drum-cylinder by crushing at least a portion of the first drum-cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Wazana Brothers International, Inc. d/b/a Micro Solutions Enterprises
    Inventor: Joda Paulus
  • Patent number: 8819916
    Abstract: A plurality of tubes are connected in a bundle that is bent to follow a curved tortuous path. The method includes providing a plurality of individual tubes and then encapsulating the tubes within a molded or extruded encapsulating material so that the tubes are joined and supported together in a tube assembly. Connectors are provided on the ends of the tubes, either before or after the encapsulating of the tubes. The tube assembly is then bent to the desired bent tortuous shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Readwin, Richard E Bartos
  • Publication number: 20140238293
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed including a workspace for receiving a stent and a delivery device for the stent; a source for exposing the stent in the workspace to a plasticizing agent, vapor, or moisture, wherein the stent can be reduced in diameter in the workspace while under exposure of the plasticizing agent, vapor or moisture; and a device for reducing the diameter of the stent in the workspace to position the stent on or within the delivery device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventor: Stephen D. Pacetti
  • Publication number: 20140237788
    Abstract: A disassembling device for lens module which has a lens barrel and at least one optical component received in the lens barrel. The disassembling device includes a carrying platform, a cylindrical cutting tool, a cutting tool holder, and a driving device. The carrying platform includes a carrying surface for placement of the lens module. The cutting tool is arranged onto the cutting tool holder and is collinear with the lens barrel. A diameter of the cutting tool is greater than an inner diameter of the lens barrel and is less than an external diameter of the lens barrel. The driving device is connected to the cutting tool holder and moves the cutting tool holder along a central axis of the lens barrel, thereby the lens barrel can be cut and thinned by the cutting tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHIEN-CHUN WANG
  • Publication number: 20140237789
    Abstract: The device for stabilising drain and/or fill valves for a flexible container for conveying liquids or pulverulent materials is characterised by use of a non-strictly cylindrical valve comprising at least one of the following three members: a lug in a low position formed by an extension of a through valve key, a polygonal proximal flange or a partially polygonal protuberance, and in that a stabilising plate has both a recess corresponding to and following the shape of the said chosen member, and two pads of loops and hooks stuck to the proximal surface and intended to co-operate with pads of loops and hooks sewn and/or stuck to the outer surface of the flexible container opposite the said first pads, the resulting device, when assembled, preventing the valve from rotating on itself when a drain pipe and/or fill pipe is screwed to or unscrewed from the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: CODEFINE S.A.
    Inventors: Piero Schinasi, Stephane Levy
  • Patent number: 8793855
    Abstract: A method of feeding a stud to a joining head including a stud shank clamp and operable to join the stud to a workpiece, and wherein the method of feeding the stud comprises the steps of providing a stud holding device including a securing sleeve and a plurality of collet arms; feeding the stud into the stud holding device to a first position wherein the flange is arranged above the free end of the plurality of arms and below the securing sleeve; and securing the stud in the first position by engaging the securing sleeve behind the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Jochen Hain, Alexander Schug, Karl Briel, Markus Feierabend, Michael Schneider, Frank Rosemann, Wolfgang Werner, Harald Knetsch
  • Patent number: 8782863
    Abstract: A press tool, such as a press sling for pressing in particular tubular workpieces, comprises a plurality of articulated press elements connected to one another in the form of a chain. The press tool is open between two end press elements for forming a closing site between two end press elements. In order to unlatch the press tool from a closed position in which the closing site is substantially closed, a handling element is provided according to the disclosure. Said tool alternatively also serves for releasing a press jaw mounted on a press jaw carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Novopress GmbH Pressen Und Presswerkzeuge & Co. KG
    Inventor: Heinrich Pfeiffer
  • Publication number: 20140182121
    Abstract: An assembly mechanism for assembling an annular workpiece to a fixture, includes a base seat, a fetching assembly, a guiding assembly, and a releasing assembly. The base seat defines a feeding hole and an uploading groove. The fetching assembly includes a first driving member and fetching subassembly. The fetching subassembly includes a sliding member and a fetching member, the handing member defines a fetching hole. The guiding assembly includes a guiding rod. The releasing assembly latches with the handing member. Wherein the first driving member drives the sliding member to slide from the uploading groove to the feeding hole, thereby fetching the workpiece from the uploading groove to the feeding hole, the guiding rod extends into the workpiece to position it, the releasing assembly releases the workpiece, then the workpiece is blown away from the guiding rod and is positioned on a top of the fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: KAI-MIN GUO
  • Patent number: 8763249
    Abstract: A reactor installation tool and method for installing a reactor unit in a reactor tube. A reactor installation tool including a movable assembly and a fixed assembly linked together such that the movable assembly can be adjusted relative to the fixed assembly. The movable assembly including a reactor sleeve attachment means for releasably securing a reactor sleeve loaded with a reactor unit to the tool. The fixed assembly including an expandable clamping unit for releasably securing the tool to a reactor tube. A reactor unit can be installed in the reactor tube by adjusting the movable assembly to extract the reactor unit from the reactor sleeve as the fixed assembly is rigidly secured to the reactor tube. The fixed assembly can be released from the reactor tube and the reactor installation tool can be removed from the reactor tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Catacel, Corp.
    Inventors: William A. Whittenberger, David A. Becker, Randall J. Bartos
  • Patent number: 8756780
    Abstract: Apparatus to connect a flexible tube to a spigot on bio-disposable systems. The apparatus comprises a support for a spigot and jaws for gripping and holding a flexible tube. The jaws open and close for insertion of the flexible tube either under manual or pneumatic force. The jaws also include a front section that is openable against a resistance. In use, the end of the spigot is place inside the end of the flexible tube, the spigot is then positioned on the support, and the tube clamped into the jaws. Either on manual or pneumatic action, the spigot is advanced into the flexible tube within the jaws. The front section of the jaw opening slightly to accommodate the spigot, while the back section of the jaw holds the tube firmly in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: BioPure Technology Limited
    Inventor: Roy Peter Maunder
  • Patent number: 8752261
    Abstract: A system for mounting a stent on a balloon catheter includes two positioning and alignment stations, which are used to prepare a stent and catheter for crimping using the same crimping head. The system is configured for automated assembly of the stent and catheter prior to crimping. A catheter and stent are placed on a computer-controlled carriage that delivers the stent and catheter to the crimper head. Before placing the stent and catheter into the crimper head, an automated alignment system locates the stent between balloon markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Van Sciver
  • Patent number: 8745869
    Abstract: A screwed pipe connection for connecting a pipeline including a connection end having a formed wall region. The screwed pipe connection includes a connection part and a union joint part. Proceeding from the end face of the connection end of the pipeline, an outside cross-section of the pipeline increases and is larger than the nominal outside cross-section, then decreases again. Proceeding from the end face, a clear inside cross-section of the connection end is larger than the nominal inside cross-section and decreases to the nominal inside cross-section. The wall thickness on the end face is smaller than the nominal wall thickness, and wherein an inner material difference, resulting from the deviation of the inside cross-section from the nominal inside cross-section, and an outer material difference, resulting from the deviation of the outside cross-section from the nominal outside cross-section, deviate from one another by a maximum of 30 percent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: VOSS Fluid GmbH
    Inventors: Gerd Berghaus, Harald Pott
  • Publication number: 20140137389
    Abstract: A device for aiding working of large mechanical parts includes a first flange and a second flange for holding in position a first part and second part. Each flange includes a support and actuators that can be controlled individually and each includes a mobile portion. The actuators are mounted on their respective supports such that their mobile portions are displaceable substantially in a same plane to project from the supports. The actuators of the second flange are mounted on the second support in an equivalent manner to the actuators of the first flange. The first flange and the second flange are connected to one another with possibility of relative displacement under action of additional actuators. The displacement includes a component of translation substantially perpendicular to the same planes of the mobile portions of the actuators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: SERIMAX
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Dagenais
  • Patent number: 8713776
    Abstract: An installation tool and method are disclosed for installing a combustion liner within a combustor. The installation tool comprises a frame and a pusher block. The frame includes a substantially horizontal member and a plurality of side members. The pusher block is disposed between the side members and may be configured to push against the combustion liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: John William Herbold
  • Patent number: 8713782
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and kit for reinforcing the distal end of a lateral in an irrigation system, typically in which the distal end of the lateral receives a head with a barbed neck. The method includes placing a crimp ring around the lateral, the crimp ring being large enough to encircle a bulge in the lateral created by insertion of the barbed neck into the end of the lateral. The crimp ring is positioned over the bulge and compressed to sheath and reinforce the bulge. The compression imparts a longitudinally convex profile upon the crimp ring, reducing its inner and outer diameters without increasing its length. This compression may cause projections, made of material from the crimp ring, to form on the outer surface of the crimp ring. A kit includes a crimp tool having a crimp die shaped to impart the longitudinally convex shape upon the crimp ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Beau Ralphs
  • Publication number: 20140115775
    Abstract: There is provided a monobloc tap apparatus (201) for securely mounting to a sink (202). The apparatus comprises a monobloc unit (301) for positioning above the sink, a fastening plate (303) for positioning underneath the sink, the plate having three holes in a linear arrangement, and a securing bolt (305) insertable through the monobloc unit (301) and into the middle hole (603) of the fastening plate (303). The monobloc unit (301) comprises two locating collars (302) configured to pass through the two outermost holes (602) of the fastening plate (303), and the securing bolt (305) is configured to be tightened from above the sink (202).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Anthony McNicholas
  • Publication number: 20140090721
    Abstract: A pipe system for a fluid, in particular a gas of an intake system (10) or a turbocharger of an internal combustion engine is disclosed. Also disclosed is a method and an apparatus for connecting at least one duct part (12) of a pipe system (10). The pipe system (10) has at least one blow-molded duct part (12) made of plastic and at least one fitting (18) for connecting the at least one blow-molded duct part (12) with another part (20) of the pipe system (10). The fitting (18) is inserted tight in the at least one blow-molded duct part (12). The at least one blow-molded duct part (12) is shrinked onto the at least one fitting (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: MANN+HUMMEL GMBH
    Inventors: Dominique Girard, Maxime Sarrazin
  • Patent number: 8661643
    Abstract: A portable hand operated hose fitting swaging device preferably includes a swaging frame, the pair of swaging die halves, a hydraulic cylinder, a hand hydraulic pump and a support base. The swaging frame includes a cylinder support, a pair of support straps and a die base. The two swaging die halves are retained in the die base. The swaging die halves include a bore to receive a hose end of a hose fitting. A fitting ram is attached to an end of the cylinder rod of the hydraulic cylinder. The hand hydraulic pump includes a pump, an accumulator and a pump relief valve. The pump includes a removable actuator rod. The removable actuator rod is pulled to generate an output of pressurized hydraulic fluid. The pump forces hydraulic fluid through an output opening. The output opening is connected to the hydraulic cylinder through at least one hydraulic line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: Peter W. Utecht, Richard D. Dresang
  • Publication number: 20140047692
    Abstract: A method for working on a defective heating element of a pressuriser comprising a tank lying flat along a longitudinal axis and elongate heating elements extending within the tank, and at least one spacer plate through which the heating elements pass and which is capable of maintaining a transverse spacing between the heating elements is provided. The method includes cutting at least one spacer plate around the heating element so as to detach said heating element from said spacer plate, and then extracting the heating element from the tank in one single piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: AREVA NP
    Inventors: Jerome Ambacher, Brice Massazza, Denis Pollier
  • Patent number: 8646165
    Abstract: A method of joining pipe elements in end to end relation using mechanical pipe couplings. The couplings have a plurality of segments attached end to end surrounding a central space. The segments have arcuate surfaces adapted to interface with the outer surfaces of the pipe elements. The method includes inserting end portions of the pipe elements into the central space and then drawing the coupling segments toward one another so as to engage the arcuate surfaces of the segments with the outer surfaces of the pipe elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Victaulic Company
    Inventors: John Gibb, Douglas R. Dole, Michael S. Pigott
  • Publication number: 20140034334
    Abstract: A stop collar is assembled using a method including the steps of receiving a bore of a base having a set of fingers extending along an exterior of a tubular, receiving a bore of a sleeve onto the tubular adjacent the set of fingers, and receiving the sleeve onto the set of fingers in an interference-fit. In alternate embodiments, the base comprises a plurality of angularly distributed fingers and/or the base comprises a gap to permit conformance of the base to the tubular. A fingerless base may cooperate with one or more separate fingers to form a base. In an embodiment of the method, the sleeve may be thermally expanded prior to the step of receiving the sleeve onto the set of fingers. The sleeve may be heated to expand the bore prior to being received onto the set of fingers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: ANTELOPE OIL TOOL & MFG. CO., LLC
    Inventors: Ira Eugene Hining, Jean Buytaert, Eugene Edward Miller
  • Publication number: 20140020226
    Abstract: A swage tool includes a first die coupled to a portion of a first die block and a second die coupled to a portion of a second die block. A cylinder moves the second die toward the first die. The first die block rotates about a longitudinal axis of the first die block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: DESIGNED METAL CONNECTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: May DANHASH, Luis Arturo CHAVEZ, Jeffrey Adam Lloyd AKERMANN
  • Patent number: 8558700
    Abstract: An electric seal includes a lock member having a compartment and an orifice communicative with each other and having a spring blade, a latch device engaged in the lock member, an antenna device having a segment engaged with the spring blade, a lock shaft engageable through the orifice and into the compartment of the lock member and lockable to the lock member with the latch device, and a circuit board attached to the lock shaft and having an RFID chip coupled to an electric circuit, the electric circuit includes a contact for selectively engaging with the upper segment of the antenna device and for electrically connecting the electric circuit to the antenna device when the lock shaft is engaged into the orifice of the lock member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Chih Chuan Chen
  • Publication number: 20130247355
    Abstract: A system for securing a first tubular to a second tubular including a housing having at least one group of at least one window therein. A gripping assembly is disposed in the housing and has at least one member operatively arranged for selectably extending through the at least one window for internally gripping the first tubular. A coupling unit is included having a first clamping mechanism and a second clamping mechanism. The first clamping mechanism is operatively arranged for externally clamping the housing, and the second clamping mechanism is operatively arranged for externally clamping the second tubular component. A method of securing together two tubular components is also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Gareth D. Sonnier, Stewart Barker
  • Patent number: 8533922
    Abstract: A holding device for holding a stud, which includes a radially projecting flange in a securing position, comprises a collet component including a hollow tubular insertion section defining an insertion axis, and a clamping section operable to exert a radially inwardly directed clamping force for clamping the stud. A securing device is arranged on the insertion section and includes a securing sleeve formed of plurality of separate securing-sleeve sections that are radially movable relative to one another. A clearance space is defined between a bottom end of the securing-sleeve sections and a top end of the clamping section, and the clearance space is operable for holding a flange of a stud in the securing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Jochen Hain, Alexander Schug, Karl-Heinz Briel, Markus Feierabend, Michael Schneider, Frank Rosemann, Wolfgang Werner, Harald Knetsch
  • Patent number: 8522414
    Abstract: A portable hand operated hose fitting swaging device preferably includes a swaging frame, a pair of swaging die halves, a hydraulic cylinder and a hand hydraulic pump. The swaging frame includes a cylinder support, a pair of support straps and a die base. The two swaging die halves are retained in the die base. The swaging die halves include a substantially conical bore to receive a hose end of a hose fitting. The hydraulic cylinder includes a cylinder rod. A fitting ram is attached to an end of the cylinder rod. The hand hydraulic pump includes a pump, an accumulator and a pump relief valve. The pump includes an actuator rod, which is pulled to generate pressurized hydraulic fluid. The pump forces hydraulic fluid through an output opening. The output opening is connected to the hydraulic cylinder through at least one hydraulic line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Peter W. Utecht, Richard D. Dresang