With Testing Or Indicating Patents (Class 29/407.01)
  • Patent number: 11027843
    Abstract: A payload retrieval system including a UAV having a payload receptacle positioned within the UAV, a payload coupling apparatus positioned within the payload receptacle, a tether having a first end secured within the UAV and a second end attached to the payload coupling apparatus, and a payload guiding member positioned on an underside of the UAV for guiding at least part of a payload into the payload receptacle during retrieval of a payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Wing Aviation LLC
    Inventors: Andre Prager, Trevor Shannon, Zhefei Li
  • Patent number: 10985539
    Abstract: An unmanned vehicle line and cable string apparatus is provided and the method of use thereof. A small drone has a shot line canister loaded with an inside wound shot line string spool. Shot line is strung between power line towers wherein the inside shot line string end is attached to a remotely controlled released shot line sinker. The sinker is deployed near the proximate tower, the drone is directed to the distal tower deploying shot line from the shot line canister. The shot line canister, having a remotely controlled jettison mechanism and an end of shot line detection mechanism, is jettisoned at the distal power line tower. As shot line is dispensed, the vehicle loses weight thereby extending the flying time, distance, and maneuverability particularly as the vehicle approaches the distal tower. Because the shot line is deployed and not dragged, the impact of inclement weather conditions is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: William Thomas
  • Patent number: 10940524
    Abstract: A method for connecting a first component to at least one second component by at least one joining element which is introduced into the components at a joining point. The joining element is pushed into the components by an industrial robot at a speed of less than five meters per second.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Daniel Kohl, Holger Schubert, Matthias Wagner
  • Patent number: 10935967
    Abstract: Provided is a machining equipment system including machining equipment that performs machining of a workpiece; a control device that controls the machining equipment on the basis of a machining condition; a state obtaining device that obtains a state of the machining equipment during the machining; an inspection device that inspects the workpiece after the machining; and a machine learning device that performs machine learning on the basis of a result of inspection by the inspection device and the state of the machining equipment, obtained by the state obtaining device, wherein the machine learning device modifies the machining condition on the basis of a result of the machine learning so as to improve the machining accuracy of the workpiece or so as to minimize the defect rate of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Akiyuki Kuwabara, Norio Takei
  • Patent number: 10895585
    Abstract: Device and system for characterizing samples using multiple integrated tips scanning probe microscopy. Multiple Integrated Tips (MiT) probes are comprised of two or more monolithically integrated and movable AFM tips positioned to within nm of each other, enabling unprecedented micro to nanoscale probing functionality in vacuum or ambient conditions. The tip structure is combined with capacitive comb structures offering laserless high-resolution electric-in electric-out actuation and sensing capability and novel integration with a Junction Field Effect Transistor for signal amplification and low-noise operation. This “platform-on-a-chip” approach is a paradigm shift relative to current technology based on single tips functionalized using stacks of supporting gear: lasers, nano-positioners and electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Xallent, LLC
    Inventor: Kwame Amponsah
  • Patent number: 10850036
    Abstract: A user-powered medicament injector including a reusable, user-powered automatic injection assembly including a user energizable medicament injection subassembly and a medicament module removably insertable into the reusable, user-powered automatic injection assembly and including a module housing adapted to receive a syringe having a barrel, a needle engaged to said barrel, and a removable needle cap covering the needle; a needle shield configured to be moveable with respect to the module housing and a needle cap remover associated with the needle shield. The medicament module is configured for energizing the user energizable medicament injection subassembly by insertion of the medicament module into the reusable, user powered automatic injection assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Dmitri Sarkorov, Lior Raday, David Daily, Menachem Zucker
  • Patent number: 10822167
    Abstract: A storage system having crash barriers is described. The crash barriers are mounted on separate structures, the structures being mounted adjacent the storage system. The separate structures include tracks such that robotic load handling devices operating on the storage system may over run without causing damage to the main part of the storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew John Ingram-Tedd, Martyn Lee Bates, Jaroslaw Malinowski
  • Patent number: 10798859
    Abstract: A component mounting method includes independent mounting and cross lane alternate mounting. The independent mounting performs an operation of mounting a component on a first board carried in a first board transport lane from a first component supplier, and an operation of mounting a component on a second board carried in a second board transport lane from a second component supplier. The cross lane alternate mounting alternately performs an operation of mounting the component on the first board carried in the first board transport lane from the second component supplier, and an operation of mounting the component on the second board carried in the second board transport lane from the first component supplier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Hideki Sumi
  • Patent number: 10706640
    Abstract: A system for identifying a type of a power tool, the system comprising: a power tool having an electric motor; and a usage attachment configured to couple to the power tool, the usage attachment having a vibration sensor that generates vibration data when the power tool vibrates, a memory that stores the vibration data generated by the vibration sensor, and an identification subsystem that receives the vibration data from the memory, and identifies the type of the power tool by comparing the received vibration data to predetermined vibration data of a known type of power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Wenger, Oleksiy P. Sergyeyenko, Steven J. Phillips, David C. Campbell, Renee Pie, Leisa Glispy, Jennifer Bloomer, Renee Folger
  • Patent number: 10675726
    Abstract: A base configuration of a processing machine line including a machine tool loaded on a base provided with a processing module that performs specified processing on a work, and an auto loader that transfers the work between processing modules, the base being configured such that a rail member of the auto loader that has a length to match the width of the base is assembled on a front section of the base, and, when multiple bases are arranged next to each other in an adjacent position at which rail members can be connected, an additional rail member is able to be attached to and removed from an additional base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Shuichi Hirata, Daisuke Fukuoka
  • Patent number: 10668623
    Abstract: A method for robotic adaptive production includes modifying program instructions online while performing production activities in response to detecting a change in the production environment. A robotic adaptive production method includes modifying program instructions online while performing production activities to minimize a production task cycle time or improve a production task quality. A robotic adaptive production method includes estimating a relationship between a control parameter and a sensor input; and modifying the control parameter online to achieve an updated parameter based on the estimating. A robotic adaptive production method includes receiving sensor input relating to robotic performance during the performance of production tasks and online optimizing a process parameter based on robotic performance during the performance of the production tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: ABB Schweiz AG, Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: George Q. Zhang, David P. Gravel, Soenke Kock, Thomas A. Fuhlbrigge, Heping Chen, Sangeun Choi, Arnold Bell, Biao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10556346
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for inspecting a clearance size between a hole and an object inserted in the hole, includes: controlling a robot arm so that the robot arm performs a predetermined motion to move the object inserted in the hole; monitoring a response to the predetermined motion from the hole and the object; and calculating information on the clearance size between the hole and the object using the response to the predetermined motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Giovanni De Magistris, Tadanobu Inoue, Asim Munawar
  • Patent number: 10371211
    Abstract: A bearing structure comprises: two bearings arranged in an axis direction and having outer rings and inner rings; and a spacer interposed between the bearings. The spacer comprises: a ring-like outer ring spacer interposed between the outer rings of the two bearings arranged in the axis direction, and having an insertion hole penetrating the outer ring spacer in a radial direction RD and into which a jig is to be inserted; and a ring-like inner ring spacer interposed between the inner rings of the two bearings arranged in the axis direction, and having an engagement part to make engagement with the jig inserted into the insertion hole. The one bearing is capable of being pulled out together with the spacer from a rotary shaft supported by the inner rings by pulling the jig in the axis direction inserted into the insertion hole and engaged with the engagement part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Takeshi Saitou
  • Patent number: 10324426
    Abstract: Every junction part for an airplane wing is manufactured with overmaterial. Each part is measured with a laser based interferometer or other scanning technique and the “as built” measurements are compared with a model to generate a new trajectory milling program to fill or prevent gaps between parts using a points cloud and B-Spline algorithm to generate a new surface to be milled. Once the program is generated (new trajectories) and post processed, it is sent to a milling machine to perform overmaterial milling on already milled parts with overmaterial. This technique can be used to eliminate gaps between junction parts and the corresponding need for shims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Embraer S.A.
    Inventors: Megumi Nakashima, Erik Spada Da Silva, Lincoln José Lepri, Pércio Roiz Saito
  • Patent number: 10261940
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed, which permit filling containers with a product. A filling arm is disposed within a chamber and an optical sensor is configured to sense openings of the containers within the chamber. Locations of the sensed openings are used to guide the filling arm to fill the containers with a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher Procyshyn, Ross M. Gold
  • Patent number: 9937620
    Abstract: A robot control device which controls a robot includes a sensor coordinate system calculation unit which calculates a position and an orientation of a sensor by making the robot perform a predetermined operation. The sensor coordinate system calculation unit comprises an operation parameter optimization unit which is configured to obtain a combination most suitable for calculating the position and orientation of the sensor, from a plurality of combinations of modified values of a predetermined type of operation parameters, by making the robot perform the predetermined operation, successively using each of the combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Nobuaki Yamaoka, Wenjie Chen, Kaimeng Wang
  • Patent number: 9899559
    Abstract: An automated system provides automated manufacturing of photovoltaic standard power modules for utilization in a space solar array, in both rolled blanket and z-folded configurations. The automated system provides robotically controlled systems for CIC-ing, glassing, stringing, laydown and acceptance testing of interconnected photovoltaic devices. A method of manufacturing the photovoltaic standard power modules includes the steps of robotic positioning of diodes, interconnects and busbars onto a SPM stringing tray followed by the robotic positioning of bare cells into position adjacent to the diodes, interconnects and busbars to form strings. The SPM stringing tray is thereafter robotically positioned adjacent to an integral welder for welding of the front side of the string. Cover glass is thereafter robotically placed over the cells. The string is flipped and the backside of the string is robotically positioned for welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Brian J Spence, Stephen F White, Tiffany N Allmandinger, Paul Cronin
  • Patent number: 9853448
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes a coordinated distribution optimization (CDO) system. The CDO system includes a processor configured to coordinate execution of a plurality of independent electrical network applications. Each of the plurality of independent electrical network applications is configured to alter one or more operational parameters of a power grid based on one or more respective objectives and based on power grid operational data, and the execution of the plurality of independent electrical network applications is coordinated by the CDO system to block the power grid from entering an abnormal state. The CDO system further comprises a network interface configured to receive the power grid operational data from a controller of the power grid, and wherein the power grid operational data comprises current values for the one or more operational parameters of the power grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hua Fan, Jiyuan Fan, Paul Backscheider, John Douglas McDonald
  • Patent number: 9740800
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for designing a composite tool to manipulate a specific set of known fasteners in a product, the fastener(s) having a constrained access and specific torque requirements. The system comprises a display screen, a database, a means for scanning and a computing device executing at least an operating system configured to operate the display screen, the database and the means for scanning. The computing device is further configured to electronically select a virtual socket that is configured to properly engage the fastener at its driving end, virtually position at the fastener in a pre-secure and a post-secure position within a virtual constrained access, and electronically determine the existence of an interference condition at either or both of the pre-secure or post-secure position. When an interference condition exists, computing device electronically selects another socket with a different dimension and repeating the virtual positioning and electronically determine steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Krishna P. Suryanarayan
  • Patent number: 9638037
    Abstract: A method of balancing a gas turbine engine rotor, including axisymmetrically removing an annular portion of the balancing flange exceeding that required to provide the unbalance correction, and creating the unbalance correction by non-axisymmetrically removing material from the balancing flange. In one embodiment, the configuration of a theoretical notch in the balancing flange that would create the unbalance correction is determined. The unbalance correction is created by removing material from the balancing flange to create a protuberance protruding radially from a remainder of the balancing flange, the protuberance having a height corresponding to the depth of the theoretical notch, a circumferential width corresponding to the arc angle of the theoretical notch, and a circumferential position diametrically opposed to the circumferential position of the theoretical notch. A gas turbine engine rotor is also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventors: Paul Stone, Richard Ivakitch
  • Patent number: 9523624
    Abstract: A freezeless hydrant maintenance system for testing, troubleshooting, and repairing the functionality of a freezeless water hydrant prior to the seasonal freezing temperatures, the system comprising a pressure vessel adapted to receive and hold a fluid under pressure, an actuator adapted to release the pressurized fluid upon the user's command, at least one display and an adapter hose adapted to engage a hydrant and seal to prevent pressure loss, whereby the system is attached to a freezeless hydrant, the user opens hydrant pressurizing the vertical pipe and hydrant with water and air, observes the display determining if the freezeless hydrant drain hole is block, then operates the system applying additional pressure to clear blockage, and identifies a hydrant that needs replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Chantry Davis
  • Patent number: 9453934
    Abstract: Non-visible objects which differ in their physical properties from their surroundings by association with a variable strength magnetic field may be detected by a suitable array of sensors which can be moved relative to the object in question. By analyzing the signals from the plurality of the sensors in the array, the position of the object can be deduced relative to the array and the array moved to enable a machining guide thereon to be aligned with the non-visible object. The system is of particular value in locating apertures in wing spars when attempting to fix the skin of the wing on to them where it is important to be able to locate the correct point at which to drill a hole through the skin to coincide with the hole in the spar. By defining a magnetic field in the vicinity of the hole to identify the hole magnetically and using an array of magnetic field sensors in a base with an aperture, it is possible to shift the array so that the aperture is precisely aligned with the non-visible hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: TT Electronics Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Richard David Hughes
  • Patent number: 9444004
    Abstract: An automated system provides automated manufacturing of photovoltaic standard power modules for utilization in a space solar array, in both rolled blanket and z-folded configurations. The automated system provides robotically controlled systems for CIC-ing, glassing, stringing, laydown and acceptance testing of interconnected photovoltaic devices. A method of manufacturing the photovoltaic standard power modules includes the steps of robotic positioning of diodes, interconnects and busbars onto a SPM stringing tray followed by the robotic positioning of bare cells into position adjacent to the diodes, interconnects and busbars to form strings. The SPM stringing tray is thereafter robotically positioned adjacent to an integral welder for welding of the front side of the string. Cover glass is thereafter robotically placed over the cells. The string is flipped and the backside of the string is robotically positioned for welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Deployable Space Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R Spence, Stephen F White, Tiffany N Allmandinger, Paul Cronin
  • Patent number: 9409269
    Abstract: A positioning apparatus and a working system which can position a workpiece with better accuracy at a lower cost and in a reduced space even when the workpiece is heavy are provided. The positioning apparatus has 3 robot arms (1)-(3) each having an arm and an actuator which drives the arm, a mounting platform (5) which is supported by the ends of the three robot arms (1)-(3), a securing jig (6) which secures a workpiece W which is mounted on the mounting platform (5) to the mounting platform (5), and a controller (9) which controls the operation of each of the actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventors: Manabu Okahisa, Yusuke Kinoshita, Takashi Suyama, Atsushi Tomizawa, Shinjiro Kuwayama, Mitsusato Hara
  • Patent number: 9254560
    Abstract: An ergonomic auto emergency tool for alternatively functioning as a flashlight, an illuminating distress signal, a sonic alarm, a tire depth gauge, a tire air pressure gauge, a seat belt cutter and a motor vehicle window glass breaker. The auto emergency tool includes a main portion and a projecting portion extending from a joining portion and being integral with the main portion, and defining a seat belt-receiving notch therebetween. A knife blade extends across the notch proximate the joining portion. An inner main portion-facing upper surface of the projecting portion is configured to facilitate the movement of the tool towards and through a seat belt, and the bottom outer surface of the projecting portion is curved for both easy handling and for enabling a firm grip when the tool is used to break window glass. The window-breaking mechanism includes a depressible plunger cover for releasing a spring-loaded impact member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: InterDesign, Inc.
    Inventors: Bennett S. Rubin, Richard C. Adamany
  • Publication number: 20150136630
    Abstract: An improved drinking can enables a user to have fluid return into the can after drinking The improved drinking can comprises a can body comprising a contoured bottom edge immediately adjacent to a bottom recess. The can body further comprising a can top mechanically coupled to a spout. Where the spout is shaped to funnel fluid back into the can body. The bottom recess is shaped to enable a first improved drinking can to sit upon a second improved drinking can where bottom recess covers can top. This protects the drinking area from becoming contaminated during shipment, storage, and display. The can body is covered with a mural where the mural is covered by a mural cover comprising a tab such that the mural cover can be removed by applying force to the tab displaying the mural.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: DERRICK T. MILLER, JR.
  • Patent number: 9032602
    Abstract: A method for assembling a structure is described. The method includes locating a position in an assembly stack-up where a one-sided fastener is to be installed, drilling a hole through the assembly stack-up at the position, countersinking the hole to a specified depth, operating a calibrated probe to determine at least parameter associated with one or more of the hole and the stack-up proximate the hole, inserting the one-sided fastener into the hole, applying a rotational torque to the one-sided fastener to complete installation of the one-sided fastener, and comparing a measurement of angular displacement required to complete installation of the one-sided fastener to a range of angular displacement indicative of correct installation of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark A. Woods, John A. Davies, Jr., Edward E. Feikert, John E. Inman, Elizabeth Denise Blahut, Jeffry G. Bickford
  • Publication number: 20150128623
    Abstract: A method for adjusting pressure at an inlet of a blast freezer. The method includes positioning an airfoil proximate to the inlet, the inlet having a perimeter. The airfoil includes a strip of material having a length and being attached to the freezer along at least one side of the inlet, the strip of material being spaced from the perimeter of the inlet by an offset distance. The offset distance at any location along the length of the strip of material is the closest distance between the strip of material and the perimeter at that location. The offset distance varies substantially along at least a portion of the strip of material. Cold air is flowed in the blast freezer past the inlet and over the airfoil so that the flow of air past the inlet is disrupted and creates a resultant adjustment to the air pressure at the inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: COLD CHAIN, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Mark Aragon, Peter James Wachtell
  • Patent number: 9027218
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for finding part position relations of parts of mechanical and opto-mechanical machining and quality control systems, and for recognizing these parts, is disclosed. The present invention relies on optical contactless sensing technology, with recording of optical fiducial patterns and therefrom determining positions close to the work positions without physical contact. Part positions of machines are determined by associating or mechanically integrating fiducial patterns (1) with key parts, and optically detecting the images of these patterns. Part positions and displacements according to given part position finder (6) strategies are found, by associating fiducial pattern images (14) and machine position data (17) to parts that are members of a part geometry relation (15), and under part displacement constraints (16), finding given part positions or displacements (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Gudmunn Slettemoen
  • Patent number: 9027988
    Abstract: A striker device for a motor vehicle door lock having a striker and an element made of a plastic material and equipped with a plate, which is suitable for being placed against a wall of the motor vehicle and is coupled to the striker in fixed relative position; the element has a plurality of tongues, which protrude from the plate in the opposite direction to the striker and are arranged in positions so as to engage, in use, the edges of two apertures in the wall of the motor vehicle, to keep the plate in a fixed reference position during a first fitting step; the tongues are breakable to enable changing the position of the striker device with respect to the wall of the motor vehicle in a possible second fitting step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.
    Inventors: Carlo Olivieri, Marilisa Quaresima
  • Patent number: 9009941
    Abstract: It is intended to make it possible to, even in a situation where a program and/or data to be written to a memory device of an electronic control unit provided in an automatic transmission become different in content, depending on a specification of a vehicle to be mounted with the automatic transmission, manage the electronic control unit while distinguishing only by a difference in hardware configurations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Mitani, Keiichiro Sueshige, Tsuyoshi Kiyooka
  • Publication number: 20150101165
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for evaluating characteristics of components of a mechanically attached connection are disclosed. Characteristics that may be evaluated include, but are not limited to, the position of a conduit gripping device on a conduit, an amount of axial compression or stroke of the conduit gripping device, and an amount of clamping force applied to the conduit gripping device as the conduit gripping device is axially compressed or stroked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Peter C. Williams, Jeffrey S. Rayle, Dale C. Arstein, Kennan Joseph Malec, William J. Menz, Cal R. Brown, Mark A. Clason, Jeffrey Michael Rubinski, Raymond Scott Milhoan, Michael Mussig
  • Publication number: 20150101166
    Abstract: A polarizing film cutting knife includes a body portion extending in a first direction, and a knife portion connected to the body portion. The knife portion includes a first surface and a second surface. The first and second surfaces form a first angle. The first angle is about 21.8 to 22.2 degrees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Dong-Wook KIM, Hyun-Hun JANG, Sung-Ho KANG
  • Publication number: 20150096974
    Abstract: A domestic cooking appliance includes a plurality of bays adapted to receive a plurality of different types of modules; a module connected to a bay of the plurality of bays; and a controller, wherein the controller is adapted to determine the bay in which the module is connected and a type of the module of the plurality of different types of modules. A method of controlling a domestic cooking appliance includes connecting a module of a plurality of different types of modules to the domestic cooking appliance; determining a type of the module; determining a position where the module is connected out of a plurality of possible positions; and displaying the type and the location of the module on a display of the domestic cooking appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: John Freeman, Samuel Harward, Jeremiah Nash
  • Publication number: 20150089784
    Abstract: A torque relief system dissipates a torque in a marine cable section to be used for seismic data collection. The system includes a bench having a deadman unit; a tensioning element connected to the deadman unit; a swivel bearing unit connected to the tensioning element and configured to receive a first end of the marine cable section; and at least one bearing unit configured to support the marine cable section with reduced friction so that when the tensioning element tenses the marine cable section, the marine cable section and the first end rotate freely until the torque is dissipated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: SERCEL, INC.
    Inventors: Michael MAPLES, Chuck WILLIAMS, Mark TURCOTTE, Vu KHUC
  • Patent number: 8991025
    Abstract: A method for bedding a brake disc and/or pad includes monitoring the temperature of the brake disc and/or brake pad throughout the bedding process wherein the monitored temperature is utilized for adjusting the force of the brake pad on the brake disc including the steps of: raising the temperature of the brake pads and/or discs at a controlled rate to a desired bedding temperature; and maintaining the brake pads and/or discs at the bedding temperature. A machine for bedding a brake disc and/or pad is adapted to conduct the method by including at least one temperature sensor monitoring the temperature of a brake disc and/or brake pad throughout the bedding process. The machine regulates the speed of the motor, the pressure of the caliper, or a combination thereof, based on the temperature monitored by the temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Essex Parts Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Terrence O'Neil
  • Publication number: 20150082615
    Abstract: A method of mounting at least one pressure port in a skin of an aircraft, where the port is made with a hollow tube implanted in the skin, optimizes conditions whereby each of the tubes is made flush with the skin so that static or dynamic pressure measurements are accurate and reliable. The method includes a step of leveling each of the tubes and a step of painting the skin. To achieve satisfactory leveling conditions for the tubes on each occasion, the leveling step is independent of the layer of paint deposited on the skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Michel Bacou, Christophe Arruti
  • Publication number: 20150084330
    Abstract: A seal (100) for connecting to a tube (110) having a wall, the seal comprising: •an elongated cavity (130) for receiving an end of the tube (110); •a first elastic ring (140) in the cavity (130); and •a fluid inlet (150) for radially pressing the first elastic ring (140) against the wall of the tube (110) inserted in the cavity (130).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Vladimir Sizikov, Viktor Dubovsky
  • Patent number: 8984731
    Abstract: The application provides methods for providing a surgical guide for placement on an anatomical part wherein the guide is provided with one or more dedicated push features that can be used as pressure points for applying force onto the surgical guide. The application further provides guides comprising one or more push features which can be used as a pressure point for applying force onto said guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Materialise N.V.
    Inventors: Joyce Van Den Broeck, Nele Daemen, Katerina Nikonenko, Maryna Stepanenko
  • Publication number: 20150062575
    Abstract: A method of measuring the performance of a spectroscopy system including obtaining a plurality of component spectra for each component of a set of components that are to be identified by the system, the component spectra obtained for variations of at least one factor that affects the component spectrum. Sample spectra and then simulated, each sample spectrum simulated for a corresponding potential sample using at least one different component spectrum and/or a different amount of at least one of the component spectra to that used to simulate the other sample spectra. The sample spectra are analysed to obtain, for each sample spectrum, a measured quantity and/or quality for a characteristic of the corresponding potential sample and a measure of performance generated based upon the measured quantities and/or qualities. The invention also concerns apparatus for carrying out this method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Thurston, Ian Bell, Brian Smith, Andrew Woolfrey, Julie Green
  • Publication number: 20150052723
    Abstract: Methods and systems for fabricating platelets of a monochromator for X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) are disclosed. For example, a method of fabricating a platelet of a monochromator for X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy involves placing a crystal on a stage of an X-ray measuring apparatus, the crystal having a top surface. The method also involves measuring, by X-ray reflection, an orientation of a crystal plane of the crystal, the crystal plane beneath the top surface of the crystal and having a primary axis. The method also involves measuring a surface angle of the top surface of the crystal by measuring a light beam reflected from the top surface of the crystal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Fanton, Rodney Smedt, Bruno W. Schueler, David A. Reed
  • Publication number: 20150041354
    Abstract: The within disclosure provides devices, methods and systems for use in authenticating hydrogen fuel tanks or cartridges utilizing unique identifier elements, physical conformations and combinations of same. A user may place a hydrogen cartridge with a hollow body and a shaped body and/or dispensing end in a carriage having a fluid communication means and said fluid communication means matching said shaped body and/or dispensing end, whereby a tank mating to the carriage is limited to matching shaped cartridge and carriage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Philip Mitchell, Anand Chellappa
  • Publication number: 20150026945
    Abstract: An apparatus for fabricating a substrate includes a chamber providing a space in which processes are performed, a contaminant measurement substrate including a base material configured to collect contaminants, and laser marks on the base material and defining coordinates of the base material, a first stage disposed inside the chamber, and upon which the contaminant measurement substrate is seated during collection of the contaminants of the chamber, a second stage disposed outside the chamber, and upon which the contaminant measurement substrate is seated during measurement of the contaminants of the chamber collected on the contaminant measurement substrate, and a contaminant measurement light source disposed on an upper portion of the second stage and configured to irradiate the contaminant measurement substrate seated on the second stage with light during the measurement of the contaminants of the chamber collected on the contaminant measurement substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chong Jin PARK
  • Publication number: 20150020358
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method of motor vehicle sheet blanking and a system of the same, wherein the blanking method comprises: firstly, nesting for motor vehicle sheet material, and cutting it into group sheets with a shape and size confirmed by the multi length of the sheet; next, designing a backing die depending on scraps to be cut from the group sheet, and hollowing in areas corresponding to blanking openings in the backing die, in which the dimensions of the blanking openings are greater than that of the actual scraps to be cut; then, placing a group sheet onto the backing die; laser cutting the group sheet based on the shape of motor vehicle sheet, the cut scraps dropping through the blanking openings in the backing die onto a scrap conveyor belt underneath; stacking the cut sheets. The present invention can effectively process scraps cut from sheets and improve the blanking efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: BAOSHAN IRON & STEEL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ruimin Wu, Wenhai Jin, Qi Yan, Chengguo Jin, Saidan Yang, Yuming Wang, Junliang Qiao, Shengbo Pan, Changqing Lv
  • Publication number: 20150013134
    Abstract: A lifting connector to facilitate the lifting of wear parts used on earthmoving equipment is mechanically secured to a hole in the wear part. The wear part has a latching formation to maintain the head of the connector in a preferred orientation so that it is in the proper service position for connecting the lifting connector to a lifting device. The wear part can be safely maneuvered onto and off of the earthmoving equipment while secured to the lifting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Scott Zenier, Christopher M. Carpenter, Kevin S. Stangeland
  • Publication number: 20150014507
    Abstract: A vibration isolation apparatus includes a support unit that elastically supports an object to a mounting surface, a measurement sensor that measures a displacement of the object relative to the mounting surface, a drive unit that drives the object, and a storage unit. The storage unit stores data indicating a relationship between the displacement of the object and information that indicates a non-linear force produced by an elastic element including a support unit and that corresponds to the displacement. The drive unit drives the object in accordance with the displacement of the object and the data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Yugo Shibata
  • Publication number: 20150013135
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a lighting device comprising a body of headlamp or rear light of a motor vehicle that comprises a housing enclosing a transparent cover wherein: 1) the body is clamped in a fixture and a set of actual positions of control points of the cover or housing are measured; 2) the measured actual positions of the control points are compared in a three-dimensional model with a respective calculated tolerance space of control points bounded by permissible deviations from nominal positions; 3) if the actual positions of all the control points do not match up within the respective calculated tolerance space of control points, a set of corrected positions is identified and selected; 4) determining corresponding corrected positions of the associated locating elements for attachment of the lighting device from the corrected positions of the control points; and 5) joining the locating elements in the corrected positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Petr Mecner, Jindrich Chylek, Daniel Martincik, Dieter Niessen, David Janecek
  • Publication number: 20150000095
    Abstract: An ultrasonic flaw detection method to detect flaws on an inner surface of a metallic pipe using ultrasonic waves includes a waveform hold step that acquires and holds waveform data of an echo signal when an ultrasonic probe that generates ultrasonic signals toward the inner surface and the metallic pipe are moved relative to each other, a signal analyzing step that calculates a path length up to receiving an echo signal from the inner surface and a change rate of the path length based on the waveform data held, and a flaw detecting step that detects flaws on the inner surface based on the path length and the change rate of the path length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Yukinori Iizuka, Takafumi Ozeki, Yutaka Matsui
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8914961
    Abstract: A method is provided for evaluating a crimp procedure in a manufacturing process. In one embodiment, the method includes, but is not limited to, completing a crimp procedure on a single wire. The method further includes, but is not limited to, evaluating a quality of the crimp procedure based on time-domain reflectometry. The method still further includes, but is not limited to, generating reporting data based on the evaluating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Timothy D. Julson, Gary W. Taraski, Khara D. Pratt, Kimberley R. Will