Repairing Patents (Class 29/402.01)
  • Patent number: 10288097
    Abstract: A fiber-reinforced resin member is provided in which a non-conductive sleeve and first and second non-conductive sheets are disposed between a metal fastening member and CFRP laminate, electrical continuity between the metal fastening member and the CFRP laminate is cut off, and corrosion of the metal fastening member due to galvanic corrosion is prevented. A first annular space is formed between a first flange portion of a first member and the first non-conductive sheet, a second annular space is formed between a second flange portion of a second member and the second non-conductive sheet. Therefore, even if frayed carbon fiber sticks out from a gap between the non-conductive sleeve and the first and second non-conductive sheets, due to the first and second annular spaces being formed therein, it is possible to prevent the sticking-out carbon fiber from contacting the first and second members and providing electrical continuity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shotaro Ayuzawa, Yoshikatsu Ohta
  • Patent number: 9731809
    Abstract: A wing skin, which was secured to a wing structure by a plurality of fasteners extending through the wing skin, is removed from the wing and aligned with a template. Template holes are drilled through the template corresponding to each of the fastener holes of the wing skin. The template is then aligned with a new wing skin, and pilot holes are drilled through the new wing skin corresponding to each of the template holes. The new wing skin is then aligned with the wing structure such that the pilot holes permit access to corresponding fastener holes of the wing structure. A mill bit is then positioned through each pilot hole and aligned with the center of the corresponding consumable bushing in the fastener hole of the wing sub-structure, and the skin pilot holes are milled to form fastener holes in the new wing skin aligned with existing sub-structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Kellstrom Defense Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: John Burton Kalisz, Joshua Ryan Werner
  • Patent number: 9586297
    Abstract: A vehicle body component mounting system is provided with, along a conveyance path for a vehicle body, an upstream component mounting work area using a cell production system, a central component mounting work area in which the vehicle body is conveyed by an overhead conveyor, and a downstream component mounting work area using the cell production system in this order. Components other than principal components are mounted to the vehicle body using the cell production system. The cell production system is adaptable by increasing the number of component boxes, and thus an increase in the length of the line is prevented. The increase in the length of the line is prevented by using a line production system as a base and also using the cell production system as a part thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Kozasa, Katsuyoshi Tsutsumida, Hidetoshi Takahashi, Tomonori Iwasaki, Katsutoshi Ebana, Gentoku Fujii, Yoshiki Asano, Yoshio Nagasawa, Kenji Tatsuda, Hitoshi Suzukawa, Koichi Sano, Mamoru Miyamura, Kunihiko Oba, Yuji Kawamura, Tadao Kurosawa, Yohei Yamada
  • Patent number: 9290986
    Abstract: An insulating glazing is described, including a first pane, a second pane, and a circumferential spacer between the first and second panes. The spacer includes a hollow main body, two parallel pane contact walls, an outer wall, a glazing interior wall and a bore opening through the outer wall. The glazing further includes a hollow pressure-equalizing body, having a surrounding outer wall and a gas-permeable and vapor-diffusion-tight membrane fastened inside the outer wall. The pressure-equalizing body and a sealing compound are arranged in an outer pane intermediate space between the first pane and the second pane. The pressure-equalizing body is connected to the spacer through the bore opening, wherein a sealing material is arranged between the bore opening and the outer wall of the pressure-equalizing body. The hollow main body of the spacer contains a desiccant and at least one partition wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Guenther Kotowski, Katrin Frank, Walter Schreiber
  • Patent number: 9070485
    Abstract: In a reactor vessel (20) covered by cooling water (2), a tubular frame (10) with a bottom is hung within the cooling water (2) while still having an air environment in the interior, and the bottom section of the frame (10) is disposed within the reactor vessel (20), thereby achieving an air environment within the reactor vessel (20). Furthermore, since repairs to the reactor vessel (20) are performed by using the frame (10) while still having the air environment in the interior, this leads to the prevention of contamination and achieves improvements in working conditions such as preventing the generation of dust and reducing decontamination work. Accordingly, repairs can be performed in an air environment without draining the cooling water (2) within the reactor vessel (20), even in a state in which the reactor vessel (20) is covered by the cooling water (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamamoto, Kazuhide Yamamoto, Masaya Yamaguchi, Koji Shukutani
  • Publication number: 20150135500
    Abstract: Device and procedure for the adjustment of sight of handguns. This device is used for adjust the front sight and rear sight in handguns when the handgun has a deviation. This invention is featured by a plate with nuts (1), a plate with holes (2), two tightening screw (3), a drift screw (4), an interchangeable tip (5), and a quick reference (6). Also this patent describes the procedure specific for the tool assembly in a handgun. The device in accordance with the invention is particularly designed to do the adjustment of a handgun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Eneko Jorge Gomez
  • Publication number: 20150131298
    Abstract: An ornamental fixture having a support structure and a plurality of ornaments mounted to the support structure in a substantially completely spherical arrangement of ornaments. The ornaments may be glass crystal ornaments, for example, octagonal glass crystals, and a light may be mounted within the fixture. The support structure may include an upper support ring and at least one lower support ring vertically spaced from the upper support ring and a plurality of arcuate sector assemblies removably mounted to the upper support ring and the at least one lower support ring. The sector assemblies retain the ornaments to provide a substantially continuous 360-degree array of ornaments. The sector assemblies can also be disassembled from the support structure for maintenance, servicing, relamping, and cleaning of the fixture. For example, the disassembled components of the fixture may be washed in a dishwasher without damaging the ornaments or the support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Swarovski Lighting, Ltd.
    Inventors: Cyrus MYERS, Timothy PATNODE
  • Publication number: 20150128524
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide clip blow-off pulses of pressurized gas to clip dies using pressurized gas diverted from an onboard knife, gate and/or punch cylinder/valve during a reset or idle period of a clipping cycle and may be particularly suitable for rotating platform systems with circumferentially spaced apart respective clipper stations. Packaging systems include at least one clipper assembly with at least one pulse valve in communication with a pressurized gas (e.g., air) supply configured to generate a respective clip blow-off pulse of pressurized gas across a clip die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Kuo-Raid Grant Chen, Dennis J. May, Ronald H. Neely, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150113784
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a particle-based image display having a plurality of imaging cells is disclosed. The method includes filling the plurality of imaging cells with a plurality of first particles, identifying a defect associated with one or more of the imaging cells, and repairing the defect within a unit corresponding to part of the plurality of imaging cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Jui-Yu LIN, Jen-Ming CHANG, Jiunn-Jye HWANG, Jung-Yang JUANG, Ming-Hai CHANG, Hao-Jan WAN
  • Patent number: 9018560
    Abstract: A turbine component repair apparatus includes: a first die having male and female halves for clamping a first section of a turbine blade with a platform and a root portion of an airfoil, the first die having a recess shaped to receive the root portion and retain a faying surface thereof in predetermined alignment; and a second die having male and female halves for clamping a repair section which defines a tip portion of the airfoil, the second die having a second recess shaped to receive the tip portion and retain a faying surface of the tip portion in predetermined alignment. The first and second dies have mating front faces configured to align their bottom surfaces in a common plane. A alignment device is removably attached to the second die to temporarily align the repair section in the absence of the male half of the second die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Gary Krizansky, Gary R. Peters, Hai Sam
  • Publication number: 20150107940
    Abstract: A car and a counterweight are suspended by a main rope that is wound onto a driving sheave, a car suspending sheave, and a counterweight suspending sheave. A first main rope portion between the driving sheave and the car suspending sheave and a second main rope portion between the car suspending sheave and the car-side rope fastener portion are passed through a common car-side penetrating aperture so as to cross each other when viewed in an axial direction of the driving sheave. A third main rope portion between the driving sheave and the counterweight suspending sheave and a fourth main rope portion the counterweight suspending sheave and the counterweight-side rope fastener portion are passed through a common counterweight-side penetrating aperture that is disposed on the machine room floor so as to cross each other when viewed in the axial direction of the driving sheave.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigenobu Kawakami, Takao Nishida
  • Publication number: 20150108769
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a novel apparatus and way for folding a shipping container in order to improve safety and security of the shipping container. A foldable shipping container is provided having improved locking mechanisms to improve sealing of the container given deformations in container geometry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: JOSHUA J. KRAFT
  • Publication number: 20150110453
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing FTTx, which might include Fiber-to-the-Home (“FTTH”), Fiber-to-the-Building (“FTTB”), Fiber-to-the-Premises (“FTTP”), and/or the like. In some embodiments, a method might include routing an F1 line(s) from a central office or DSLAM to a fiber distribution hub (“FDH”) located within a block or neighborhood of customer premises, via at least an apical conduit source slot. From the FDH, an F2 line(s) might be routed, via any combination of apical conduit main slot(s), cross slot(s), far-side slot(s), missile bore(s), bore hole(s), and/or conduit(s) (collectively, “Apical Conduit Components”), to a network access point (“NAP”) servicing one or more customer premises. An F3 line(s) might be distributed, at the NAP and from the F2 line(s), to a network interface device (“NID”) or optical network terminal (“ONT”) at each customer premises, via any combination of the Apical Conduit Components, which include channels in at least portions of roadways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Thomas C. Barnett, JR., Michael P. Winterrowd, Thomas Schwengler
  • Publication number: 20150108828
    Abstract: A method of remanufacturing a wheel housing flange is provided. The wheel housing flange includes a hole configured to receive a fastener, the hole extending from a first face of the wheel housing flange to a second face of the wheel housing flange. The method includes machining the hole to a machined diameter larger than an original diameter. The method further includes securing a first insert in the hole adjacent to the first face. The method further includes securing a second insert in the hole adjacent to the second face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Donald G. Clark, Kristin A. Schipull, Deven J. Efta, Sheldon Lee David Zick, Jamie Krank
  • Publication number: 20150089734
    Abstract: A two-port (or multi-port) shower fixture that can be hung or otherwise attached to a bathroom ceiling above a tub or wall near a tub. The invention can be added to an existing tub/shower. The invention includes an elongated member with internal plumbing which may be rectangular or circular in cross-section, or have any cross-section. It can be several feet long. The elongated member typically has two or more shower ports on its lower surface typically equipped with normal shower heads. The elongated member has a connection hose that can be attached to a normal wall shower water outlet port. Embodiments of the invention can have an external valve that controls each of the shower ports separately and can include electric motors for raising and lowering the device over a tub. The invention can have optional LED lighting and wireless or wired sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Joshua Berngard
  • Publication number: 20150077909
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with a display mounted in a display frame assembly that includes a plastic structure overmolded over a display frame. A housing midplate may be used to provide the electronic device with mechanical rigidity and strength, and may also be used as a sensor plane. For sensor plane applications, accurate placement and assembly of the midplate in the housing can be critical. The housing midplate may be accurately assembled to the display frame using connections formed using welded tabs, welded and screwed nuts, overmolded plastic heat stake structures, or overmolded plastic structures and adhesive. Rework and repair operations may be performed by disconnecting connections such as welds using cutting equipment, by using solvent to dissolve adhesive, by unscrewing welded nuts, or by removing heat stake structures. Following rework or repair, a fresh midplate and associated components may be attached to the display frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sinan Filiz, Richard M. Corner, Romain A. Teil, Sawyer I. Cohen, Steven J. Martisauskas
  • Publication number: 20150075908
    Abstract: A visual indicator for a ladder is provided which may include a component having a photo luminescent material, a component have a reflective material, or both. In one embodiment, the visual indicator includes a rung plug having a cap portion and a body portion, the body portion being configured to be inserted into the interior hollow of a ladder rung such that the cap portion is visible along the side of an associated ladder rail. The cap portion may comprise a photo luminescent material, a reflective material or both. In one embodiment, the cap portion comprises a photo luminescent material while a separate reflective indicator is placed on the ladder rail at a location adjacent the rung plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: N. Ryan Moss, Joe Bloomfield, Sean R. Peterson, Brian B. Russell, Steve Puertas
  • Patent number: 8978241
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is described for disassembling a wooden pallet by mechanically and automatically removing a pre-selected damaged board from the pallet, comprising a frame intended to be arranged in close proximity with a conveyor and a bi-directional rotating ram assembly mounted within the frame and carrying spikes thereupon. The invention is configured such that the ram assembly is moved into a board-engaging position to enable the spike to puncture and fasten to a predetermined (damaged) board of the pallet, and to thereafter be moved up and away from the pallet in order to remove and separate the board from the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: CLM Pallet Recycling, Inc.
    Inventors: Derrick L. Smith, Barry J. Davignon
  • Patent number: 8979442
    Abstract: A system and method for modifying a gas turbine engine in the field to drill a series of cooling holes in a turbine rotor disk made of a superalloy. A portable field repair system includes a stand configured to receive, support, and position a turbine rotor disk, a drill having a self-feeding spindle and configured to automatically drill a predetermined depth through a superalloy and to automatically stop upon completion, a drill guide configured to coordinate the drill with a plurality of radial axes associated with a precise hole pattern to be cut and a drill mount configured to mechanically couple the drill to the drill guide and to position the drill during the modification of the gas turbine engine turbine rotor disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Solar Turbines Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas C. Schacht, David Rodriguez
  • Publication number: 20150068370
    Abstract: Use of multiple-slope and/or multiple-offset mechanism or equivalent to address the issues with current mechanical clickers that have single-slope spring mechanism. The varying-slope can be a continuously varying-slope non-linear spring, or a combination of discretely varying multiple-slope springs. This invention is useful for clicker type torque wrenches, clicker type torque screw drivers, beam type torque wrenches, beam type torque screw drivers and shock absorbers. The present invention is equally applicable to clickers that click in both the CW (clockwise) and CCW (counterclockwise) directions or clickers that click only in one direction. The invention is generally characterized by placing a non-linear spring or combination of springs in the tool body to achieve multiple slope operation rather than using one single slope spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Anjanappa Muniswamappa, Si Li, Muneer Baig, Ashwini Anjanappa
  • Patent number: 8973237
    Abstract: A method of joining two portions of an underwater pipeline laid on the bed of a body of water to conduct fluid and/or gas, the method including: joining a telescopic sleeve, having a first coupling head, to a first end of a first pipeline portion above the body of water; laying the first end, the telescopic sleeve, and the first coupling head on the bed of the body of water; joining a second coupling head to a second end of a second pipeline portion above the body of water; laying the second end and the second coupling head on the bed of the body of water, close to the first coupling head; roughly aligning the first and second coupling head in the body of water; and clamping the first and second coupling head to each other in the body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Saipem S.p.A.
    Inventor: Massimo Fontolan
  • Publication number: 20150059175
    Abstract: A system and method for automating an assembly process of threading a tube-nut onto a threaded connector. The system includes a robot having a force sensor and a tube-nut runner tool coupled to the robot and having a tool head with a rotatable socket therein. The method includes engaging the socket to the tube-nut under force control using the force signal from the force sensor. The tool controller causes the socket to rotate the tube-nut where the tool controller controls the torque and/or angle displacement of the tool head to tighten the tube-nut on the threaded connector. The method also includes disengaging the tool head from the tube-nut after the tube-nut is properly tightened onto the threaded connector under force control to ensure that the end member is properly disengaged from the tube-nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Muhammad E. Abdallah, Gary L. Villeneuve, Sreten Zakula, Srinivas Chilpuri, Michael S. Cochran
  • Publication number: 20150059141
    Abstract: A coupling capable of adjustably cantilever-mounting a machine such as a labeling machine to a mounting structure, wherein the attitude or inclination of the machine to other machinery such as a conveyor can be precisely adjusted. Also, there is a method a mounting a machine to mounting structure with the capability to adjust the inclination of the machine that requires only one person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Johannes LENKL
  • Patent number: 8967330
    Abstract: A method for repairing a sound attenuation panel is disclosed. The panel includes a structuring skin in metal material, a resistive layer in metal material and a honeycomb structure as acoustic absorption material directly added onto the structuring skin and resistive layer. The method includes a step in which one reinforcing pin is inserted into the thickness of the attenuation panel and a step in which the reinforcing pin is secured by welding in a controlled atmosphere to the structuring skin and resistive layer respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Aircelle
    Inventors: Pierre Comon, Nicolas Herve, Jean-Claude Rivoal
  • Patent number: 8959738
    Abstract: A process of repairing a component, a repair tool for a component, and a component are disclosed. The process includes removing material from a region of the component. The removing forms a through-cut in the component, forms a partial-frustoconical geometry in the component, forms a substantially partial-frustoconical geometry in the component, forms a partial-spherical geometry in the component, forms a substantially partial-spherical geometry in the component, forms a partial-elliptical geometry in the component, forms a substantially partial-elliptical geometry in the component, forms a partial-cylindrical geometry in the component, forms a substantially partial-cylindrical geometry in the component, is in a direction substantially perpendicular to a surface of the component, is in a direction substantially inclined with respect to the surface of the component, or a combination thereof. The repair tool includes a securing mechanism and a cutting portion for removing a region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Yagnesh Dalpatbhai Hathiwala, Howard Gerhard Halverson, Somayajula Kumar, Sabarinath Devarajan, David Christopher Bayer
  • Publication number: 20150047145
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for optimizing a vacuum cleaning system comprising a cylinder vacuum cleaning device and a filter bag, wherein the cylinder vacuum cleaning device comprises a motor-fan unit having a characteristic motor-fan curve, a filter bag receptacle, a hose, a tube, a connection port for the filter bag, and a cleaning head, and wherein the filter bag comprises filter material made of nonwoven material comprising the step of: adapting the motor-fan characteristic curve and the size, the shape and the material of the filter bag and the size and the shape of the filter bag receptacle and the length and the inner diameter of the tube and the length and the inner diameter of the hose and the inner diameter of the connection port for the filter bag and the cleaning head to each other such that the vacuum cleaning system achieves an efficiency of at least 24%, preferably of at least 28%, particularly preferably of at least 32%, when vacuuming according to the Standard on a Standard carpet type
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Jan Schultink
  • Publication number: 20150047267
    Abstract: The present invention provides a high-visibility roof-drain system for inspecting and unblocking roof-drains in a large building having a flat roof and typically multiple high visibility roof-drain covers coupled to multiple internal drainpipes. Each internal drainpipe defines a drainpipe inlet on the roof of the building, and a drainpipe outlet proximate to the level of the foundation of the building. The above-mentioned high-visibility roof-drain system preferably includes a plurality of high-visibility roof-drain covers. Each high-visibility roof-drain cover includes one roof-drain cover, one elongated, marked, reversible flag, and one flag coupler for coupling the flag to the roof-drain cover. The flag defines a first flag end and a second flag end. A first flag end is up when its associated second flag end is mounted to the roof-drain cover. A second flag end is up when its associated first flag end is mounted to the roof-drain cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Linda May
  • Publication number: 20150048065
    Abstract: The invention relates to a single- or multi-wire welding torch (6), more specifically to a laser-hybrid single- or multi-wire welding head provided with the welding torch (6) which can be connected to a welding device via a hose pack and consists of several parts such as a torch handle, a tubular welding torch housing, a contact housing, a contact tube for each welding wire (21a, 21b), a gas nozzle (2) etc., wherein an internal insert (28) for receiving the contact tube(s) (20a, 20b) and the gas nozzle (2) is mounted in an end area of the welding torch housing. A fixing element (30) made at least partially of a flexible material is placed on the internal insert (28) or on the housing (2) for producing as required an, in particular, gas-tight connection between said internal insert (28) and the gas nozzle (2) pushed thereon. This connection can be established by the spatial extension of the fixing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: FRONIUS INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Ewald BERGER, Gerhard MIESSBACHER, Harald NÖBAUER, Manfred RÜHRNÖSSL, Herbert STAUFER, Markus STEINMAURER
  • Publication number: 20150041461
    Abstract: A lightweight cargo container and methods of use, assembly, and repair are disclosed herein. Individual panels, frame components, base, and joints may be customized with composite materials to further improve strength-to-weight ratio. Some embodiments provide for a simplified manufacturing and assembly of cargo container, through standardization, while improving cost, time-to-produce, durability, and strength-to-weight ratios. The embodiments described herein provide a significant weight savings for all cargo containers, modern present-day composite containers included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Leading Lite Composites, LLC
    Inventors: Christian Daoud, Mohammad Naghi (Mehrdad) Ghasemi-Nejhad
  • Publication number: 20150033529
    Abstract: A device and method for maintenance of a grinding mill. The device includes a movable maintenance tool for maintenance inside said grinding mill, and at least one attachment element adapted to be connected to a fixed point (P) in relation to said grinding mill for attaching said device to said fixed point (P).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Metso Minerals Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Charles Allen
  • Patent number: 8943662
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method removes gold plating on an electronic component. The method includes forming a gold and solder mixture on the electronic component via a first incrementally controlled heating procedure; incrementally cooling the electronic component via a first cooling procedure; wicking part or all of the gold and solder mixture from the electronic component to a metallic screen via a second incrementally controlled heating procedure; and incrementally cooling the electronic component via a second cooling procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Paul B. Hafeli, Eli Holzman, Aaron J. Stein, Michael Vargas
  • Publication number: 20150030436
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for protecting downstream engine components from damage in the event of a turbine failure involves positioning a debris trap downstream of a turbo and upstream of an engine. The debris trap includes an outer body with an inlet opening at a first end of a first diameter, an outlet opening, and an interior of a second diameter which is larger than the inlet opening. An inner body extends into the interior of the outer body with air flow openings in the inner body communicating with the outlet opening. An impaction plate is supported by the inner body in axial alignment with the inlet opening. Turbo fragments strike and are slowed by impact with the impaction plate. The turbo fragments collect in the interior of the outer body with air escaping by entering the air flow openings of the inner body and passing to the outlet opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Dean JORDE
  • Patent number: 8938877
    Abstract: A method of retrofitting an existing airfield runway sign with a single LED lamp. Light is produced by a linear array of white-light LEDs. A cylindrical lens is mounted longitudinally adjacent to the LEDs, and collects a central portion of the light emitted from the LEDs. A pair of inclined surfaces extend from the lateral edges of the LEDs to respective lateral edges of the cylindrical lens. The inclined surfaces have a rough surface texture and reflect light diffusely. The inclined surfaces collect a peripheral portion of the light emitted from the LEDs, and direct the reflected light toward the cylindrical lens. The LEDs, cylindrical lens and inclined surfaces are all mechanically supported by a heat sink. The replacement lamp is placed into a runway sign near its top or bottom edge, and illuminates both viewing surfaces of the runway sign simultaneously without a diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Osram Sylvania Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Tessnow, Kim Albright, Ronald E. Boyd, Jr., Aaron Plaza
  • Publication number: 20150020650
    Abstract: A multi-functional hand tool that has releasable tool attachments that affix to a pair of articulating handles that provide for gripping, rotating, twisting, cutting, pounding, and performing other functions commonly done using a number of different tools. The multi-functional hand tool having a locking mechanism that provides for manipulating a workpiece, without damage or marring of the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Scott K. Ford
  • Patent number: 8925168
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for performing repair on the floor or side wall of a swimming pool or of a large body of liquid by creating a workable space without fully draining the water or liquid. The apparatus utilizes a sturdy solid tube to create a separation between the area enclosed within the tube and body of liquid outside. A guiding lid with multiple openings allows a specific tool to be guided into the tube for conducting repairs. A draining assembly drains the liquid enclosed within the tube. A drier assembly creates a dry workable space within the tube. A repair assembly is used to conduct a specific repair operation including spray painting, filling up holes, filling in caulking to cover up cracks, sanding within the workable space. An inspection assembly is used to remotely inspect the surface that needs repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Akshay Srivatsan, Narayanan Srivatsan
  • Patent number: 8925200
    Abstract: An example method of repairing an airfoil includes the steps of securing additional material to a worn airfoil and limiting movement of the additional material with a guide. The method alters some of the additional material to form a desired airfoil contour. Another example method of forming a portion of an airfoil includes the steps of securing additional material to an airfoil, limiting movement of the additional material with a guide, and altering some of the additional material to form a desired airfoil contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy P. Hasselberg, James J. Moor, David A. Gaudreau
  • Patent number: 8918976
    Abstract: An automated pallet inspection station includes a frame, a transport system carried by the frame for transporting a pallet to be inspected, and at least one pallet feature sensing head adjacent the transport system for inspecting the pallet. The at least one pallet feature sensing head includes a downward looking pallet feature sensing head positioned above the transport system for inspecting a top surface of the pallet, and an upward looking pallet feature sensing head positioned below the transport system for inspecting a bottom surface of the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Chep Technology Pty Limited
    Inventors: Steve Townsend, Michael David Lucas
  • Publication number: 20140374204
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to tunable damper embodiments and methods of using the same for damping resonant and non-resonant vibrations present within an object that the tunable damper is secured to. In some cases, the tunable damper may be tuned before, during or after being secured to an object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Vyacheslav M. RYABOY
  • Publication number: 20140366792
    Abstract: A vessel comprising a primary platform (1003) moveably connected to a secondary platform (1029) by one or more legs (1007, 1009, 1011, 1013) is disclosed. The primary and secondary platform (1003, 1029) are moveable along the legs, wherein the secondary platform is moveable independently from the primary platform. The invention has particular application in the repair maintenance, and construction of wind turbines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Amy Louise LINKE
  • Patent number: 8910359
    Abstract: A method of inspecting a component in an assembled gas turbine engine includes inserting a boroscope and a conduit through an aperture in a casing of the engine. The conduit has an applicator tip. The boroscope and conduit are directed to the component to be inspected. A dye penetrant is supplied through the conduit to the applicator tip. The applicator tip is arranged to contact the surface of the component and dye penetrant is supplied onto the surface of the component from the applicator tip such that the dye penetrant enters any defects in the surface of the component. The applicator tip includes a porous and malleable member. Light is directed onto the component and the surface of the component is viewed through the boroscope to determine if any defects are present in the surface of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignees: Rolls-Royce PLC, Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG
    Inventors: Leonard Jones, Holger Litzenberg
  • Publication number: 20140363531
    Abstract: A tire vulcanizer includes a support structure (13) which includes a platen portion (14); a guide member (31) which includes a flanged portion (33) in an end portion thereof so as to cause the flanged portion (33) to be detachably supported by a peripheral edge portion of a through-hole (25) formed in the platen portion (14); and a bag head (37) which is slidably inserted into the guide member (31). The bag head (37) includes a restriction member (70) which abuts on the guide member (31) and restricts displacement of the bag head (37) in an insertion direction in a case where the bag head (37) is inserted to a predetermined position set in advance with respect to the guide member (31). The restriction monitor (70) is detachable mounted on an outer peripheral surface of the bag head (37) to protrude outward from the outer peripheral surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Hideki Fukuda, Mitsuru Morita, Yukihisa Harada
  • Publication number: 20140361853
    Abstract: A structure and method for adjusting the bandwidth of a ceramic waveguide filter comprising, in one embodiment, a monoblock of dielectric ceramic material defining respective steps and respective input/output through-holes extending through the monoblock and the respective steps. In one embodiment, the steps are defined by notches in the monoblock and the input/output through-holes define openings terminating in the notch. The bandwidth of the ceramic waveguide filter may be adjusted by adjusting the height/thickness and direction of the steps relative to an exterior surface of the monoblock and/or the diameter of the input/output through-holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: CTS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Reddy Vangala
  • Patent number: 8904635
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, a method for in situ repair of a turbine part is provided. The method includes the steps of accessing the turbine part while assembled to other turbine components, wherein the turbine part includes a region with a structural flaw near a hole in the turbine part, and wherein the hole is configured to flow a cooling fluid. The method also includes welding the structural flaw without performing a heat treatment of the turbine part, wherein welding the structural flaw includes laser welding that maintains a structure of the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Matthew Paul Berkebile, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Gene Arthur Murphy, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140346419
    Abstract: Provided is a working machine including a device to be maintained and a winch disposed thereover and enabling a maintenance operation. The working machine includes a base machine, at least one device to be maintained installed at the base machine, and a winch which is driven to wind an operation rope. The winch is attached to the base machine to be pivotable, about a winch support shaft, between a use position at which the winch is used while closing at least a part of a maintenance space over the device to be maintained and a maintenance position at which the winch opens the maintenance space upward to enable the maintenance operation to be performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Daisuke MURAOKA, Takanori YAMASAKI
  • Publication number: 20140338807
    Abstract: A bolt assembly provides a reciprocating bolt. The bolt assembly includes a bolt assembly body, a cap affixed to the bolt assembly body, and a base affixed to the bolt assembly body opposite the cap, wherein the bolt assembly body includes a bolt carrier having a cap end disposed proximally to the cap and a bolt receiving end disposed distally from the cap. The bolt assembly also includes a biasing mechanism biasing the bolt carrier in a retracted position relative to the bolt assembly, and an extension actuator including a diaphragm having a center portion disposed between the cap and the bolt assembly body, the center portion of the diaphragm being deflectable to enable the biasing of the bolt carrier in the retracted position, the center portion of the diaphragm being oppositely deflectable to apply an actuation force to the cap end of the bolt carrier so as to move the bolt carrier from the retracted position to an extended position relative to the bolt assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Norman S. Fink
  • Publication number: 20140339282
    Abstract: An improved hand tool for dispensing plastic fasteners having a novel anvil design that reduces inadvertent user needle sticks during operation of the hand tool and a needle having a novel casing that further reduces inadvertent user needle sticks during the replacement of the hand tool needle. The hand tool has a gun shaped casing with a barrel portion and a handle portion. The casing has a needle assembly opening at the front of the barrel portion and a trigger slot at the front of the handle portion. The hand tool further has a hollow needle disposed on one end of a needle assembly. The needle assembly is slidably movable back and forth between a retracted position disposed substantially within casing and an extend position disposed substantially out of the casing through the needle assembly opening. The hand tool further has a trigger that is pivotally mounted within the casing that extends out from the trigger slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel GILBERTSON, David E. HERRING, Jeffrey A. RAYMOND, John ALBERT
  • Publication number: 20140331465
    Abstract: A system for positioning post sleeves is provided including a plurality of post sleeve positioning devices and a spacing mechanism. Each post sleeve positioning device is configured to receive a respective post sleeve and to enable selective adjustment of a position and orientation of the respective post sleeve. The spacing mechanism is coupleable between the pair of post sleeve positioning devices to determine or control the position and orientation of the post sleeve received by one of the pair of post sleeves positioning devices relative to the post sleeve received by the other one of the pair of post sleeve positioning devices. Related systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: N. Eric Knudsen
  • Publication number: 20140332094
    Abstract: A parts washer assembly containing a volume of cleaning solution and a receptacle disposed on top of a tank holding the cleaning solution may comprise a control unit disposed on top of the tank and covering a portion of an opening of the tank and a pump assembly including a motor and extension wherein the motor is located above the control unit and the extension extends into the tank of cleaning solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: SAFETY-KLEEN SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Rudy Publ
  • Patent number: 8881360
    Abstract: An automated pallet inspection and repair apparatus comprises an inspection station and a repair station. The inspection station comprises a laser that illuminates a pallet, a camera that collects the reflected light and a computer system. The computer system analyses the output of the camera and acquires the pallet's geometry and topography. The design of the pallet is determined by the computer software. A decision to repair the pallet is made by comparing acquired pallet data against the design criteria. If the pallet needs repair, a recipe of repair steps is constructed by inspecting each of the pallet's elements. The recipe is transmitted to the automated repair station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Chep Technology Pty Limited
    Inventors: Steve Townsend, Michael David Lucas
  • Publication number: 20140329306
    Abstract: A digester tank has a servicing device that allows access to the interior of the digester tank. The sealing device may have a movable retention wall adapted to resist the pressure of the gas inside the digester by one or more of a) increasing the bending resistance of the retention wall, for example by inflating pockets in the wall, b) forcing the lower edge of the retention wall downwards, for example by weight, a mechanical arm or inflating pockets, and c) providing a mechanical structure within the retention wall, for example a non-moving cage-like structure. A sealing device with a fixed wall has a pipe with an isolation valve between the headspace of the tank and the inside of the sealing device. In operation, a seal may be formed across the separation curtain by raising the level of the liquid contents and closing the isolation valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Michael David Theodoulou, Warren Bruce Lee, Juan Carlos Josse