By Deforming Patents (Class 29/283.5)
  • Patent number: 11453083
    Abstract: Disclosed is a friction stir welding tool with an adjustable probe length and shoulder groove depth, wherein a support shaft, made of a material having low thermal conductivity so as to inhibit thermal conduction between a probe and a shank, is coupled to the center of an upper locking member together with the shank, the probe and inner and outer shoulders are coupled inside a lower part of the upper locking member, and a lower locking member is fastened and fixed to the lower part of the upper locking member, and a washer and a locking nut are fastened to an upper part of the lower locking member, whereby the locking nut pushes the lower locking member via the washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Sung Jong Choi, Ho Chan Kim
  • Patent number: 11407059
    Abstract: Disclosed is a friction stir welding tool with an adjustable probe length and shoulder groove depth, wherein a support shaft, made of a material having low thermal conductivity so as to inhibit thermal conduction between a probe and a shank, is coupled to the center of an upper locking member together with the shank, the probe and inner and outer shoulders are coupled inside a lower part of the upper locking member, and a lower locking member is fastened and fixed to the lower part of the upper locking member, and a washer and a locking nut are fastened to an upper part of the lower locking member, whereby the locking nut pushes the lower locking member via the washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Sung Jong Choi, Ho Chan Kim
  • Patent number: 11098616
    Abstract: A camshaft and method of producing a camshaft for an internal combustion engine. The camshaft includes a base shaft and an external toothing extending at least in certain portions axially along the base shaft. The camshaft includes a hub with an internal toothing which correlates with the external toothing of the base shaft such that the hub is connected rotationally conjointly and axially non-displaceably to the base shaft. The external toothing has at least one form-fit subregion that extends axially at least in certain portions along the base shaft, or one force-fit subregion in order for the hub to be arranged at least in a form-fitting or force-fitting manner. At least the form-fit subregion or the force-fit subregion is adjoined by at least one alignment region which extends at least in certain portions axially along the base shaft and which serves for the angular alignment of the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventor: Volker Junge
  • Patent number: 11090709
    Abstract: Techniques for implementing and/or operating a system that includes a swage machine and a pipe fitting to be secured to a pipe segment. The pipe fitting includes a fitting jacket to be conformally deformed around tubing of the pipe segment. The swage machine includes a grab plate that interlocks with the pipe fitting; a die seat implemented in a die plate of the swage machine; a die set loaded in the die seat, in which the die set is to be passed over the fitting jacket of the pipe fitting to facilitate conformally deforming the fitting jacket; another die seat implemented farther from the grab plate than the die seat; and another die set loaded in the other die seat, in which the other die set is to be passed over the fitting jacket of the pipe fitting to facilitate conformally deforming the fitting jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Trinity Bay Equipment Holding, LLC
    Inventor: John Paul Leger
  • Patent number: 11084079
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a wheel rim straightening device. The wheel rim straightening device includes a lifting platform; the lifting platform is symmetrically provided with a left horizontal sliding table and a right horizontal sliding table; the left horizontal sliding table and the right horizontal sliding table are each provided with a vertical sliding table; and the two vertical sliding tables are provided with an inner pressure head which extends outwardly and corresponds to an outer pressure head, and a first runout detecting gauge corresponding to a second runout detecting gauge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Huiying Liu, Junmeng Li
  • Patent number: 10787888
    Abstract: An expansion tool and method for expanding a tubing is disclosed. The expansion tool includes a rear portion, an opposite leading end and an expansion piston within the expansion tool. The expansion piston includes an expansion cone and radially movable expansion elements forming a circumferential expansion body. The rear portion is adapted for engaging a power source positioned at the rear portion. The expansion tool further includes a plurality of expansion arms surrounding the expansion piston. Each expansion arm is on an outer side provided with an expansion element, and a wedge portion between the expansion element and the expansion cone. The wedge portion abuts the expansion cone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Altus Intervention (Technologies) AS
    Inventors: Kristian Andersen, Rune Hansen, Anders Gronnerod
  • Patent number: 10737462
    Abstract: A method for coating a surface of a moving part of a vehicle may include a coating preparation process of disposing a screen having a plurality of meshes to be distanced from a surface of the moving part of the vehicle to be coated depending on a predetermined spaced distance; and a coating layer deposition process of forming a coating layer having a pattern having a shape in which a plurality of embossings corresponding to the mesh shape is repeated on the surface of the moving part of the vehicle by a vacuum deposition scheme and forming the coating layer so that the adjacent emboss is connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, DONGWOO HST CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jeong Uk An, Won Ki Chung, Jun Seok Lee
  • Patent number: 10589682
    Abstract: This invention relates to a view angle adjustment mechanism that causes a view element tilting section holding a view element to be supported by a tilting support section via a forcible fitting-type pivot to perform view angle adjustment. A pivot is assembled by forcible fitting between a pivot convex and a pivot concave. The pivot convex includes a spherical surface. The pivot concave includes a surface formed by arranging two conical surfaces so as to face in respective directions opposite to each other along a center axis X of the pivot concave. The spherical surface of the pivot convex is inscribed in the two conical surfaces of the pivot concave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Naomi Sugimura, Yasushi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10500919
    Abstract: Methods for fastening or coupling dissimilar materials to each other may include providing a first component with a first through hole and a second component with a second through hole that is at least partly aligned with the first through hole. A mixture including a first material and a second material may be injected into the aligned through holes of the first component and the second component. The mixture of the first material and the second material may expand in the through holes, e.g., due to a chemical reaction, thereby connecting the first component and the second component together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Yu-An Lo
  • Patent number: 9919356
    Abstract: A punch-riveting die comprises a basic body, which has a recess for forming an underside of a punch-rivet joint, the recess having a base and an annular wall. In a central region of the base, the die includes an annular radial-flow inhibiting device, which inhibiting device limits a radial material flow out of the inner region of the annular radial-flow inhibiting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: NEWFREY LLC
    Inventors: Paul Bartig, Marco Wiessner
  • Patent number: 9809019
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to apparatus and methods for dismantling a hermetically sealed chamber. In one embodiment, an apparatus facilitating the opening of a hermetically sealed chamber in a device comprises a fixture configured to hold the device, and a system configured to create sufficient tensile or shear stress at a bond interface of the seal to open the seal under controlled conditions. In one embodiment, a method for opening a hermetic seal between first and second elements forming a chamber in a microfluidic chip comprises using a release technique creating sufficient tensile or shear stress at a bond interface of the seal to open the seal under controlled conditions. The release technique comprises introducing a tool to the vicinity of the interface without any contact between the tool and any material within the chamber. The breaking of the seal results in the complete separation of the first and second elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Raymond Miller Karam, Thomas Wynne, Anthony Thomas Chobot
  • Patent number: 9303947
    Abstract: A multi-function archery tool includes first and second handle members, and first and second sets of jaws. The first set of jaws includes first and second jaw members movable toward each other to clamp a nock point upon moving the first and second handle members toward each other. The second set of jaws includes third and fourth jaw members movable away from each other to tighten a bowstring string loop upon moving the first and second handle members toward each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Clinton Jay Warner
  • Publication number: 20150140255
    Abstract: A method is provided for joining textured sheet materials. Complementary edges of two sheets of textured sheet material are aligned in an adjacent fashion. A joining element is positioned along at least a portion of the textured surfaces of the two sheets so as to cover at least a portion of the exposed piercing elements and so as to at least partially bridge the gap between the edges of the two pieces. By rolling or pressing on the joining element to force the piercing elements of the textured surfaces into the joining element, the joining element thus connects the two sheets to form a joint. The method can also be used with laminated sheets or to form a laminate after the sheets are joined. A kit for joining is also provided. A method for joining continuously-fed textured sheet material is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Ray Arbesman
  • Publication number: 20150107083
    Abstract: Provided in one embodiment is a method, comprising: providing a first part comprising a protruding portion, wherein the protruding portion comprises an alloy that is at least partially amorphous; providing a second part comprising an opening; disposing the second part in proximity of the first part such that the protruding portion traversed through the opening; and mating the protruding portion and the opening at a first temperature to shape the protruding portion into an interlock joining the first part and the second part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Matthew S. Scott, Stephen P. Zadesky, Richard W. Heley, Dermot J. Stratton, Joseph C. Poole
  • Publication number: 20150101170
    Abstract: A clinch punch including a core and an sleeve that includes a plurality of teeth for forming an enhanced clinch joint. The core includes a first cam surface that engages cam surfaces on the teeth that drive the teeth into the sides of the clinch joint. In an alternative embodiment, the core acts upon jaws that are driven into engagement with the sides of the clinch joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Amanda Kay Freis
  • Patent number: 9003623
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming an inclined-blade blower wheel is provided. A plurality of blades are initially positioned between first and second end caps, and a first engagement member mates with the first end cap, while a second engagement member mates with the second end cap. First and second end motors are configured to independently rotate the first and second engagement members. A crimping roller coupled to a crimping motor contacts and compresses a circumference of the first and second end caps to a plurality of blades. A controller is configured to rotate the first engagement member a predetermined amount with respect to the second engagement member, a then circumferential speed of the first and second end caps and the crimping roller is synchronized, therein fixing a desired longitudinal pitch of the plurality of blades between the first and second end caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Beckett Air Incorporated
    Inventors: Kenneth Joseph Behner, Joseph H. Andulics, Mark Stuart Resar, Stephen Joseph Amerla
  • Publication number: 20150082605
    Abstract: A method and an end effector for installing an element over a member associated with an object. An end effector may be attached to the object. The element may be loaded onto an element installer by an element loader of the end effector. The element may be installed onto the member associated with the object by the element installer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Edward John Batt
  • Patent number: 8959743
    Abstract: An example retaining ring removal tool includes a shaft extending along an axis from a first end to a second end, and at least one tapered tab extending axially from the first end of the shaft at a radially outer perimeter of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Mariano, Christopher M. Juh, Ronnie J. S. Vezzetti
  • Publication number: 20150047110
    Abstract: Helmets and methods for manufacturing a helmet are described. An example helmet includes a shell and a shock absorbing liner attached to the shell. The shock absorbing liner includes a cavity. The helmet a shock absorbing insert formed of a material different than the material of the shock absorbing liner. The cavity is configured to retain the shock absorbing insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Smith Optics, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Chilson
  • Patent number: 8950071
    Abstract: During the manufacturing of heat-insulated pipes (1) with an inner duct (3) and an outer duct (2) and a foamed insulation (14) arranged in between, the inner duct is placed on a tension member (10). The latter is tensioned between tensioning means by means of a tensile force, such that it runs straight and that the inner duct is held straight. The latter is held on centering elements (16, 17) which are spaced from one another in a defined way by means of spacers (18). In this straight position the inner duct may be surrounded with foam inside of the outer duct, without needing spacers between the ducts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Brugg Rohr AG Holding
    Inventor: Karl Knecht
  • Patent number: 8919174
    Abstract: A crimping tool for applying a seal to strap material includes a tool head having pairs of jaws disposed in the tool head and operably mounted thereto, each pair including opposingly oriented jaw elements. Each pair of jaws is spaced from its adjacent pair and includes an upper and lower pivot openings. A shear is positioned between adjacent pairs of jaw elements. The shears extend between the jaw elements and include opposing openings that align with the jaw element upper openings. A pair of handles, each having a terminal end having first openings that align with the jaw element lower openings and are operably connected to one another at respective pivot openings. The tool includes at least one side plate having a pair of upper openings each aligned with the jaw element upper openings and the shear openings. The plate includes a centrally disposed notched opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Signode Industrial Group LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Schurder, Michael T. Schmitt, Walter L. Boss, Daniel R. Pearson, Wayne J. Skonieczny, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8910366
    Abstract: The invention provides a press-fitting method of a member and a press-fitting apparatus in which press-fitting errors can be reduced, without using a dummy pin. The pressing jig 45 includes a main body 46 having a guide pin containing part 47 which is open downward, a compression coil spring (a resilient member) 48 which is contained in an upper part of the guide pin containing part 47, a guide pin 49 which is contained in a lower part of the guide pin containing part 47 with its lower end portion projected downward from a lower face of the main body 46 by an urging force of the compression coil spring 48, and a permanent magnet 50 in an annular shape which is fixed to the lower face of the main body 46, as attracting and holding unit for attracting and holding the press-fitting member 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventor: Masaru Fuse
  • Publication number: 20140345113
    Abstract: In order to reliably ensure a press-in connection between joining elements, in particular a press-in nut and a pre-punched component, a press-in device contains a die which has a die ring and a die mandrel. The die mandrel is mounted counter to a spring force in the manner of a pilot pin. In addition, the die ring is also mounted counter to a spring force such that a two-stage press-in operation is carried out. Preferably, during a first press-in stage an anti-rotation lock is formed between the press-in nut and the component and in a second press-in stage an axial pull-out prevention measure is formed. To this end, the die mandrel deforms a nut flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: KLAUS DEHLKE
  • Patent number: 8894080
    Abstract: A method of press-forming a tubular part having a cross section of an irregular shape crushes a steel tube between an upper die and a lower die in order to form a V-shaped cross section. When the curvature radius of a tip of the upper die is defined as R1, the curvature radius of a bottom portion of the lower die corresponding to the tip of the upper die is defined as R2, and the wall thickness of the steel tube is defined as t; R1, R2, and t satisfy R1+2t=R2 and 1.5t?R1?3t.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
    Inventors: Takaaki Fukushi, Isao Anai, Yasushi Yamamoto, Hideyuki Nakamura, Yoshiaki Kadoma, Naoki Hori
  • Publication number: 20140325813
    Abstract: A system for distortional clamping of a flexible member may include a dimensional reader and a positioning fixture. The dimensional reader may have a plurality of reader pogos that may be axially movable into contacting relation with a detail to measure a detail contour. The positioning fixture may have a plurality of positioning pogos and at least one clamping finger configured to mechanically clamp a flexible member between the positioning pogos and the clamping finger. The positioning pogos may be axially movable to deflect the flexible member into a contour that may be complementary to the detail contour.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 8826507
    Abstract: When a press-in part 81 is pressed-in to a press-in hole 93, a vertex of the press-in part 81 deformed to a form along the inner surface of the press-in hole 93 comes into contact with the inner surface of the press-in hole 93 and a press-in force when the press-in part 81 is inserted into the press-in hole 93 or a pull-out force when the press-in part 81 is pulled out from the press-in hole 93 is set in according with the length of an intersecting line that a surface on which the outer surface of the press-in part 81 comes into contact with the inner surface of the press-in hole 93 and a section intersecting orthogonally to the axial direction of the press-in part 81 intersect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Yuusuke Aono, Shigeki Totsuka
  • Publication number: 20140223714
    Abstract: A handheld pressing tool, which is suitable in particular for crimping press fittings and/or cable lugs, has at least two pressing elements which can move in relation to one another. These can be closed by a hydraulically operated piston element. To this end, the piston element is connected to at least one actuation element for moving at least one of the pressing elements. When the piston element is being returned to a short-stroke starting position, a brake element acts on the piston element and/or the actuation element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Gunnar Gottschaldt
  • Publication number: 20140216814
    Abstract: A swaging structure for metallic members includes a metallic plate having a hole portion, and a disc-shaped conductive member which is fitted in the hole portion and fixed to the metallic plate by swaging a circumference of the hole portion. The metallic plate includes a groove portion provided in at least one surface side of the metallic plate about the hole portion of the metallic plate, and the conductive member includes a vertical flange provided on an outer circumference of the conductive member and protruding from the at least one surface side. The conductive member is fitted in the hole portion of the metallic plate, and when the conductive member is swaged onto the metallic plate, the vertical flange of the conductive member is deformed, and the groove portion of the metallic plate is filled with the deformed vertical flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Takafumi Suzuki
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8776352
    Abstract: A heart valve prostheses crimping apparatus and method for deducing the diameter of stents containing heart valve prosthesis. A medical prosthesis catheter loading apparatus, including a crimping assembly for reducing the diameter of a prosthesis; and a catheter clamp for holding a catheter adjacent to the prosthesis. Also disclosed is an apparatus for reducing the diameter of a medical prosthesis, including a base, a crimp head connectable to the base, and an actuation mechanism connected to the base and connectable to the crimp head to actuate the crimp head. Also disclosed is a method of loading a medical prosthesis into a catheter, including the steps of reducing the diameter of a prosthesis from its normal deployed state to a diameter less than that of the lumen of the catheter; holding a catheter adjacent to the reduced diameter prosthesis; and moving the prosthesis into the catheter lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Machine Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin Sokel
  • Patent number: 8763228
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for inserting and crimping a ring on an attachment rod in a hole, comprising a robot, a monitoring and control system and an end tool designed to crimp the ring on the rod. The end tool includes a crimping device and a ring installation device which are solidly connected to a fine-positioning device, by means of which the end tool is attached to an end element of the robot. A ring insertion subassembly of the ring installation device and a crimping nose of the crimping device can move on the end tool so as to be positioned alternatively on an axis of an attachment to be installed, with no controlled movement of the robot when the end tool has been pre-positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: European Aeronautic Defence And Space Company EADS France
    Inventor: Philippe Le Vacon
  • Publication number: 20140165365
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for crimping an implant (30), in particular an intraluminal endoprosthesis, which can adopt either a compressed state or an expanded state, at least over part of its length including a roll arrangement comprising at least three rolls (1, 2, 3) for clamping the implant (30) therebetween, wherein the spacing of at least one roll (1) of the roll arrangement relative to each of the other at least two rolls (2, 3) can be reduced in such a way that an implant (30) clamped between the rolls (1, 2, 3) can be transferred from the expanded state into the compressed state, at least over part of its length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: BIOTRONIK AG
    Inventor: Amir Fargahi
  • Publication number: 20140159412
    Abstract: An elastic tube alignment system for the mating of components utilizing the principle of elastic averaging. A plurality of geometrically separated elastic tube (male) alignment features are disposed on a first component, while a plurality of one-to-one corresponding aperture (female) alignment features are provided on a second component. During the mating of the components, each elastic tube and its respective aperture provide elastic deformation, which, on average, precisely aligns the components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Steven E. Morris
  • Patent number: 8739379
    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 deliver device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Dirk Pacetti
  • Publication number: 20140144000
    Abstract: A crimping tool includes a housing portion defining a funnel segment and a suture locking mechanism positioned to lock sutures therein. One or more sutures can be coupled with a prosthesis and secured to the suture locking mechanism. The suture locking mechanism can be operated to draw the prosthesis through the funnel segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Marian Creaven, Alfonso D'Alessandro, Niall Duffy, John Gallagher, Devin Gosal, Scott Janis, Karan Punga, Glenn Stante, Dick Yokota, Misha Young
  • Publication number: 20140115866
    Abstract: A chain-like pressing device and a method of using same for press joining a tubular or hose-shaped workpiece with a fitting and/or a ferrule is provided. The device at least two pressing members interacting over the circumference in the radial direction. The pressing members can move relative to each other in the circumferential direction at their interacting surfaces that transmit the pressing force. The interacting surfaces enclose an angle of less than 180° therebetween. The pressing device includes a plurality of pressing members forming a first linkage for enclosing the workpiece, at least one of the pressing members transmits pressing force only by pressure or tension application through a further first pressing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Gustav Klauke GmbH
    Inventor: Egbert Frenken
  • Patent number: 8706369
    Abstract: A closed loop shift control apparatus and method based on estimated torque in friction elements controls a torque transfer phase when shifting from a low gear configuration to a high gear configuration for an automatic transmission system. When pressure actuated friction elements are selectively engaged and released to establish torque flow paths in the transmission, estimates of torsional load exerted on the off-going friction element are used to predict the optimal off-going friction element release timing for achieving a consistent shift feel. The estimated torque is preferably calculated by using estimated torque signals generated as a function of speed measurements represented either the engine speed and turbine output speed or transmission output speed and wheel speed under dynamically changing conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Diana Yanakiev, Yuji Fujii, Eric Tseng, Gregory Michael Pietron, Joseph F Kucharski
  • Patent number: 8667668
    Abstract: A method of sheathing a stent including the steps of providing a stent assembly including a catheter member and a stent member disposed about the catheter member; placing a first sheath film adjacent one side of the stent assembly; placing a second sheath film adjacent an opposite side of the stent assembly, and compressing the stent assembly, whereby the first and second sheath films move toward each other and substantially surround the stent assembly. The first and second sheath films are provided in rolls. Compressing is implemented by a radial compression mechanism. The first and second sheath films pass through the radial compression mechanism. Compressing sheaths the stent assembly and crimps the stent onto the catheter. As an alternative to two sheath films, a single film may be used, whereby compressing surrounds the stent assembly with the single sheath film. Also disclosed is an apparatus for sheathing a stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Machine Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Seyler, Thomas Motsenbocker, James L. Battaglia
  • Publication number: 20140047697
    Abstract: An alignment system includes first, second and third components. A plurality of upstanding elastic tubes, each having a tube wall, extending from the first component. A plurality of apertures, each having an aperture wall, is formed in the second component and the third component, the plurality of apertures are geometrically distributed in coordinated relationship to a geometrical distribution of the plurality of elastic tubes such that each elastic tube is receivable into a respective aperture. When each elastic tube is received into its respective aperture an elastic deformation occurs at an interface between the tube wall and the aperture wall. The elastic deformation is responsive to each tube wall having a diameter larger than a cross-section of its respective aperture. The elastic deformation is elastic averaged over the plurality of elastic tubes such that the first component is precisely located relative to the second component and the third component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Steven E. Morris
  • Publication number: 20140041200
    Abstract: A method and a device for producing a crimp are described. A crimp blank is plastically deformed by a forming tool. In particular when the forming tool is retracted, the force which the forming tool exerts on the crimp blank as well as the distance x by which the forming tool is displaced are measured. A change in the distance x between a position at maximum force Fmax and a position that for the first time is free from forces provides an indication of an elastic recovery, i.e., a spring-back, of the crimp blank. This indication represents a measure of the quality of the produced crimp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Werner Hofmeister
  • Patent number: 8635752
    Abstract: A stent crimping and coating apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes a plurality of crimping blades positioned in a radial array and collectively forming a central crimping lumen, wherein the plurality of crimping blades radially movable to alter the diameter of the central crimping lumen. Each of the crimping blades includes a first surface configured to at least in part define the central crimping lumen. One or more of the crimping blades includes a fluid channel extending therein and a plurality of openings in fluid communication with the fluid channel. The plurality of openings are located at the first surface of the one or more crimping blades and adapted to discharge a fluid into the central crimping lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Tracee E. J. Eidenschink, Matt Heidner
  • Patent number: 8631553
    Abstract: A tube splicing machine is provided which includes a frame on which a die holder is located. A swaging die is removably mounted in the die holder, and the die holder includes a main plate and a top plate that is removably connected to the main plate. A die holding opening is defined through a portion of the main plate and the top plate in which the swaging die is inserted. The swaging die includes two die parts that together define a die opening and are separable along a mid-line of the die opening. A splice fitting engagement plate with a splice fitting engagement portion is located on the frame, with the splice fitting engagement plate having an opening or an openable top to allow removable connection to a splice fitting. An actuator is connected between the splice fitting engagement plate and the die holder for moving the splice fitting engagement plate relative to the die holder from an initial position to a swaged position, in order to swage the splice fitting onto a length of hose or tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Polyflow, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Gleim
  • Patent number: 8631563
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing a dry tube assembly includes a mounting structure configured to mount the apparatus to a top guide of a reactor vessel, a clamping assembly configured to engage the dry tube assembly, and a positioning assembly that is configured to position and rotate the clamping assembly relative to the dry tube assembly. The dry tube assembly is buckled and removed without exercising a joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC
    Inventors: C. Alan Peet, James E. Burner, Edward L. Chaney, William L. Goldsworth
  • Publication number: 20140013561
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing pillow-shaped hollow bodies which are formed by the division of hot wafer tubes that are plastically deformable in the warm-baked state. In the frame of the device there is provided at least one crimping device which revolves along a circular orbit which is configured as a mechanically actuatable tongs and separates the wafer tubes into pillow-shaped hollow bodies. A horizontally disposed rotatable mounting is provided in the frame of the device which contains the crimping device configured as tongs and moves this along the circular orbit from an upper receiving position provided for receiving the wafer tubes to a lower dispensing position provided for dispensing the pillow-shaped hollow bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Johannes Haas, Josef Haas, Stefan Jiraschek, Johann Sachsenhofer, Josef Hogl
  • Patent number: 8615863
    Abstract: An insertion tool for inserting a fitting into a hose including a handle with a trigger parallelly disposed relative to an elongated translation rod movable in one direction including a fitting holder releasably mounted on the translation rod. A bell crank and linkage system connects the trigger to the translation rod for longitudinal movement and enhances the mechanical advantage to facilitate the insertion of the fitting into the hose. The hose holder is adjustable to accommodate different diameter hoses and the fitting holder can be changed to accommodate different shaped and sized fittings. The insertion tool can be used to insert the fitting into the hose while these units are in the ground or it can be oriented and changed to accommodate insertions at various attitudes. A knife is attached to the translation rod to allow the translation rod to be positioned to remove the hose from its fittings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Donald A. Hope
  • Publication number: 20130333176
    Abstract: As a result of fashions and improved methods, increasing numbers of users are choosing to renovate or redecorate property. The renovation work typically focuses on repairing existing surfaces and buildings rather than building from scratch. In addition frequently walls may be redecorated or stripped of wallpaper, as users tend towards painted plaster as decoration. As a result, plasterwork may be exposed which is damaged, or cracked. Repairing these cracks is time consuming, and often is ineffective long-term, as some cracks will return when movement pulls apart filler used. A user will need to cut back the plaster, and to prevent reoccurrence of the crack will need to bind the crack together, typically with plaster repair tape. The present invention provides a device and associated crack repair system; said device cutting a crack surround channel, and said system providing a multi-stage process for sealing said channel enclosing said crack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
  • Publication number: 20130305532
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a tubular structural part by means of hydroforming. An assigned end of a supporting tube (1) is inserted into an opening in an end piece (2) and then widened by a pressurized fluid being applied to it and is connected to the end piece (2) with a press fit. The opening (9) has a first portion (10a) with a first inner cross section, which is greater than the outer cross section of the assigned end of the supporting tube (1). According to the invention, the first portion (10a) is adjoined by a second portion (10b), in a step-shaped manner so as to form an edge (11). The inner cross section of the second portion (10b) is smaller than the outer cross section of the assigned end of the supporting tube (1). In the method according to the invention, the supporting tube (1) is first inserted with its corresponding end into the first portion (10a), before the edge (11) cuts into the material of the supporting tube (1) in a further pushing-in movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Rico Demuth, Jens Gentzen, Juergen Meusel, Alexander Paul, Daniel Paul, Robert Reichelt, Frank Schieck
  • Publication number: 20130298401
    Abstract: Provided are a manufacturing method for a blade material and a manufacturing device for a blade material, by which a long blade material can be manufactured without using a large-sized press forging machine. A manufacturing method for a blade material, in which hot forging is sequentially performed by molds from the root side to a blade (vane) tip, wherein when a root-side portion is grasped and a material to be forged is restrained by a mold, twisting is performed on a region between the grasped portion and the restrained portion. A manufacturing method for a blade material, in which hot forging and twisting are repeated, is preferable, and a manufacturing method for a blade material, in which hot forging is performed while molds are sequentially changed, is more preferable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Sato, Takashi Toga, Yoshihiro Wakazono, Hideki Matsumoto, Yusuke Shigihara
  • Patent number: 8572833
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for retaining an ornament, for example, an ornamental crystal, on a frame or plate is provided. The method includes providing a pin having a first end and a second end, opposite the first end, the second end comprising a projection, for example, a head; inserting the first end of the pin through an aperture in the ornament and through a hole in the frame wherein the projection obstructs the aperture in the ornament; deforming, for example, twisting, the second end of the pin to provide a deformation of the second end that obstructs passage of the second end through the hole in the frame; and retaining the ornament on the frame by the projection of the first end of the pin and the deformation of the second end of the pin. Aspects of the invention facilitate the mounting of ornaments to ornamental fixtures, for example, chandeliers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Swarovski Lighting, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tho Ly, Andrew Schuyler
  • Publication number: 20130283596
    Abstract: A crimping device used with a medical device can include at least one force-applying surface configured to compress the medical device by applying a force to a surface of the medical device. The crimping device also includes at least one protruding element extending from the force-applying surface and arranged to least partially extend into one of the openings defined by frame struts while the medical device is being crimped. The extension of the at least one protruding element at least partially into one of the openings prevents at least a portion of the soft layer of the medical device from protruding between struts of the outer frame of the medical device while the device is being crimped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Medtronic Vascular Galway Limited
    Inventors: Saar Golan, Tal Gollan, Daniel Glozman