With Aligning, Guiding, Or Instruction Patents (Class 29/407.09)
  • Patent number: 9701171
    Abstract: A camber adjustment apparatus is provided for alignment of a vehicle wheel. The camber adjustment apparatus includes: a plate member configured to be bolted to the vehicle wheel; an adjuster plate member coupled to a bottom surface of the plate member and comprising a first end and a second end; an adjuster bolt coupled to the first end and the second end of the adjuster plate member; and an adjusting body movably coupled to the adjuster bolt and at least partially disposed between the first end and the second end of the adjuster plate member. The adjusting body is configured so that rotation of the adjuster bolt moves the adjusting body between the first end and the second end of the adjuster plate member such that the plate member is adjusted to a predetermined camber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Alin Marinescu
  • Patent number: 9656182
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an ornament includes: providing a pair of continuous regions facing one another in a flexible sheet; forming a plurality of slits between the pair of continuous regions to form a plurality of ornament strips, wherein the plurality of ornament strips are separated from each other while both ends of the plurality of ornament strips are integrally formed with the pair of continuous regions; and reversing the plurality of ornament strips with respect to the pair of continuous regions such that the plurality of ornament strips radiate to form into an arc between the pair of continuous regions, while coupling each of the pair of continuous regions to be formed into a ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA PRODIA
    Inventor: Yoshiyasu Kojima
  • Patent number: 9551790
    Abstract: A method including placing first and second measurement devices proximate first and second aircraft doors, respectively, and determining a first position of the second measurement device relative to a second position of the first measurement device. The method includes placing first and second pluralities of reflective devices inside the aircraft proximate the first and second doors, respectively. The method includes measuring first and second distances from the first and second measurement devices to the first and second pluralities of reflective devices, respectively, and measuring second distances from the second measurement device to the second plurality of reflective devices. Based on a determined position of the second measurement device and further based on the first distances and second distances, third distances are determined between each of the first and second pluralities of reflective devices. The third distances provide a measurement baseline for points on a fuselage and wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Bobby Joe Marsh, Michael Anthony Lazar, Kinson D. Vanscotter, Barry Theophile Cooke, Leonard S. Bodziony, Richard M. Coleman, Michael Marcus Vander Wel, Andrew S. Olson, Douglas V. Dorsey, Orval Marion Nobles
  • Patent number: 9476859
    Abstract: A calibration method for calibrating a phased array probe that is used for testing girth welds for defects. The method utilizes a calibration device on which is defined a series of reflectors that correspond to a series of target zones. The phased array probe is placed via a wedge relative to the calibration device and the phased array probe is configured with an initial set of acoustic parameters which define at least a transmitting aperture, a receiving aperture and a beam steering angle. Using a Full Matrix Capture (FMC) acquisition process and a ray-tracing module, the values of the initial set of acoustic parameters are optimized to evolve a final set of acoustic parameters which the phased array probe utilizes for testing actual devices for weld defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS NDT, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Habermehl, Benoit LePage, Guillaume Painchaud-April
  • Patent number: 9428924
    Abstract: An exit device includes a rail having opposite first and second ends and a rear portion with a first opening adjacent the first rail end for attachment to the door surface, the first rail end further having a front portion that inhibits access to the first rail opening in a direction normal to the rail rear portion. The method for installing the rail includes securing a mount having a cantilevered portion extending therefrom to the door at the surface first end such that the mount cantilevered portion provides a space between the cantilevered portion and the door and placing the rail against the door surface such that the mount extends through the first rail opening, sliding the rail to engage the rail rear portion adjacent the first rail opening between the mount cantilevered portion and the door and securing the second rail end to the door surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Harris, David Eveland, John F. Kelly, III
  • Patent number: 9409242
    Abstract: A machine for machining materials in blocks or slabs includes: a) a tool-holder unit displaceable above an external working surface, in a parallel and orthogonal directions with respect to the working surface; b) a manipulator unit which is coupled to the tool holder unit, and includes gripping means of a material in block or slab to be worked; wherein the gripping means are moveable between a first inoperative position, which is distal with respect to the working surface, and a second operative position, which is proximal with respect to the working surface. The gripping means are rotatable between the first inoperative position and the second operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: GMM S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luigi Guazzoni
  • Patent number: 9102019
    Abstract: A process for joining parts together is provided by positioning and temporarily clamping parts to be joined together. A number (n) of pilot holes may then be drilled through the temporarily clamped parts (e.g., by means of Cleco fasteners), wherein the number (n) of pilot holes is less than a total number (N) of holes required to be drilled to allow the parts to be joined together by permanent fasteners and to receive temporary fasteners therein. A remaining number (?) of holes to achieve the total number (N) of holes required for the parts to be joined together by permanent fasteners may thereafter be drilled so that permanent fasteners may be installed both, by automated system, in the number (n) of pilot holes and the remaining number (?) of holes that have been drilled to thereby permanently join the parts together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignees: EMBRAER S.A., ITA-INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO DE AERONÁUTICA
    Inventors: Daniella Yada Negroni, Luis Gonzaga Trabasso
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150121683
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of manufacturing an optical communication device is disclosed. An optical sub-assembly and optical platform can form the optical communication device. Pre-defined break lines are placed on a carrier wafer. The wafer can accommodate a modulator sub-mount and a laser sub-mount. A tooling process is used to place the modulator sub-mount on an optical platform and the laser sub-mount adjacent to a thermo-electrical cooler. The laser sub-mount can be hermetically enclosed and aligned to communicate with the modulator sub-mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Stefan Pfnuer, Ravi Kachru, John Fangman, Utpal Chakrabarti
  • Patent number: 9009952
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a lens module and an image sensor to form a camera module. The apparatus comprises i) a positioning system for adjusting a relative arrangement between the lens module and the image sensor; and ii) an inspection system operative to view fiducials of the lens modules and the image sensor. In particular, the positioning system is configured to align the lens module and the image sensor based on a relative alignment of the respective fiducials of the lens module and the image sensor as viewed by the inspection system. A method of assembling a lens module and an image sensor to form a camera module is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: ASM Technology Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Po Lam Au, Ming Lok Yeung, Tung Yeung Tsoi, Yu Luen Suen
  • Patent number: 8997325
    Abstract: The present application discloses methods and apparatus for installing fitting components, such as a conduit gripping device, on a conduit to form an assembly. The assembly is joinable with at least one other fitting component to form a fitting. The present application also discloses methods and apparatus for evaluating characteristics of components of a mechanically attached connection. 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, an amount of clamping force applied to the conduit gripping device as the conduit gripping device is compressed, and an amount of torque applied to members that compresses the conduit gripping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Swagelok Company
    Inventors: Peter C. Williams, Kennan J. Malec, William J. Menz, Cal R. Brown, Mark A. Clason, Jeffrey M. Rubinski, Raymond Scott Milhoan, Michael Mussig, Jeffrey S. Rayle
  • Patent number: 8997469
    Abstract: An engine with an exhaust treatment device (2) wherein a rotation moment of a side support stay (12) is generated by a load of a side portion (50) received by side support stay fastening tool (13) via an edge portion (21) of a cutout groove (20). As a result, a load of the side portion (50) of the exhaust treatment device (2) can be supported by the side support stay (12). A one-side temporary mount portions (22) is provided in a one-side support stay (10). The one-side support stay (10) can be temporarily mounted on the one-side temporary mount portions (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: KUBOTA Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsugu Okuda, Kozo Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20150052725
    Abstract: An elastic averaging alignment system includes a first component having at least one wall member defining a thickness between opposing faces thereof, and a second component having a component surface with at least one receiver protruding therefrom, each of the at least one receiver having a first receiver wall with a first engagement surface and a second receiver wall with a second engagement surface, the first and the second engagement surfaces are positioned a distance apart less than the thickness such that at least one of the first and the second receiver walls elastically deform in response to having the at least one wall member positioned between the first and the second receiver walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Morris, Jennifer P. Lawall
  • Patent number: 8959740
    Abstract: Systems which may be employed to adjust the shape of a computer housing are provided. The systems may include a measurement apparatus that measures the positions of points on the housing. A determining apparatus may determine an offset between the position of the points and reference values. An adjustment apparatus may apply force to the computer housing with actuators based on the offset at each of the points. This process may be repeated or otherwise continued until the offset is within a predetermined range of acceptable values. Related methods, assemblies, and a non-transitory computer readable medium are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Shravan Bharadwaj, Derrick Tek-Kien Jue
  • Patent number: 8959753
    Abstract: A catheter is provided for medical ultrasound imaging that can be effectively used in combination with other imaging modalities to detect medical structures of interest as well as the catheter. Markers are added to the catheter which allow more precise location identification of the catheter in the merging of the images from different modalities. Using a template, apertures for marker placement are formed in the catheter after creating the catheter housing. The ultrasound array may be used for accurate positioning of the template. Alternatively or additionally, a rigid insert with markers connects with the array. The insert holds the markers in place and may reduce artifacts in ultrasound scanning due to flexing of the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Lex J. Garbini, Wilko Gerwin Wilkening, Ricardo Espinosa
  • Publication number: 20150037493
    Abstract: A stent-graft, including a generally tubular vascular graft of biocompatible material, and a plurality of bio-resorbable discrete annular members spaced apart along a longitudinal axis of the vascular graft and attached thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: JOHN D. MCDERMOTT
  • Publication number: 20150013402
    Abstract: An exemplary lock includes an outer spindle, a center spindle, and a lock control assembly selectively coupling the outer and center spindles. In one embodiment, the lock control assembly includes a cam coupled to the center spindle, a locking bar slidingly coupled to the outer spindle, a cam follower positioned between the locking bar and the cam, and a biasing element urging the locking bar into engagement with the cam follower. Engagement between the cam and the cam follower may be configured to move the cam follower longitudinally in response to relative rotation between the cam and the cam follower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Nathanael Silas Murphy
  • 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: 8914973
    Abstract: A method for installing a heated piston into a cylinder sleeve that is initially smaller than the piston includes: receiving the engine block at a heating station, heating the engine cylinder sleeve with heated air for a predetermined time at a predetermined temperature such that a temperature of the cylinder sleeve is equal to or greater than a temperature of the piston, and inserting the piston into the heated cylinder sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brent C. Rankin, Michael Bergman, Phillip Ford
  • Patent number: 8904618
    Abstract: A method of tensioning park cables of a park brake system includes positioning a tension indicating device between an adjuster and an adjusting nut when the park brake system is disposed in a slack position. The tension indicating device includes an axial spacing length between the adjuster and the adjusting nut that is equal to a desired adjustment distance of the park cables when the park brake system is disposed in the slack position. The adjusting nut is then tightened until the tension indicating device indicates that the park cables include a tension equal to a target tension level of the park cables when the park brake system is disposed in an applied position. The tension indicating device is then removed from between the adjuster and the adjusting nut, thereby introducing slack into the park cables that is equal to the axial length of the tension indicating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robbie D. Cannon, Karen F. Sieradski, Cheryl A. Garrison
  • Patent number: 8904616
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a crimping process is disclosed, which determines whether an actual force stroke progression (Fa)/force-time progression is, a) above, or, b) below an ideal force stroke progression (Fi)/force-time progression in at least one point. The method shifts an upper border (Bu) and/or the lower border (Bl) of a tolerance band upwards in case a) and downwards in case b), utilizing four zones (Z1-Z4) of determined force progression. Additionally, there are is an absolute upper limit (Lu), at which an upward shifting of the upper border (Bu) is inhibited, and an absolute lower limit (Ll), at which a downward shifting of the lower border (Bl) is inhibited. Moreover, a crimping press and a computer program product embodying the method are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Schleuniger Holding AG
    Inventors: Mustafa Ayabakan, Witali Janzen
  • Patent number: 8904617
    Abstract: A method of running a first tubular within a second tubular includes running the first tubular into the second tubular past at least one lateral extending from the second tubular, running a diverting tool at the first tubular with the running of the first tubular, withdrawing the first tubular from the second tubular until an end of the first tubular is beyond a junction between the at least one lateral and the second tubular and, running the first tubular into the at least one lateral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael A. Carmody, John J. Johnson, Bryan P. Pendleton, John P. Roach, Joseph Sheehan, Barton Sponchia, Thomas J. Zweifel
  • Patent number: 8898878
    Abstract: There is provided a method for attaching an exterior component. When attaching an exterior component to a bumper, an attachment member for a first attaching hole of the bumper fixed to the vehicular main body is detached, and then the attachment member is inserted into a first through-hole of the exterior component and the first attaching hole and fixed, thereby temporarily fixing the exterior component. A marking is put on a temporarily fixed portion where a second through-hole faces the bumper, and the exterior component is temporarily detached. A third attaching hole is formed by boring a hole in the marking of the bumper, and then a well nut is fitted into the exterior component, enabling the exterior component to be attached through the first and second through-holes. Accordingly, the marking and positioning of the exterior component can be easily performed without detaching the bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 8893364
    Abstract: A method for setting a wheel hub assembly having a spacer therein, mounted on an axle, shaft or spindle or includes a cap a shaft is disclosed. The method is used on a wheel hub assembly having a spacer and bearings therein mounted on the axle, shaft or spindle. A retaining nut on the wheel hub assembly is tightened to the manufacture's specified torque for a particular wheel hub assembly for securing said assembly together. The wheel hub of the hub assembly is rotated when the nut is torqued to set the bearings. The retaining nut is loosened after rotating and the endplay within the wheel hub assembly is measured using an endplay measuring tool. The torque on the retaining nut is then adjusted to obtain a desired endplay measurement for the wheel hub assembly. The resultant torque on the nut at the desired endplay measurement is different from the manufacturer specified torque for the wheel hub assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: John E. Rode
  • Publication number: 20140342296
    Abstract: A heater proofer cabinet includes a head cover board secured to left and right side cabinet boards with a fastener and the adhesive. A bottom board is secured to the left and right side cabinet boards with a fastener and the adhesive. A back panel is secured to the left and right side cabinet boards, head cover board and bottom board with a fastener and the adhesive. A heater proofer unit and a wind deflector are positioned so as to be operative within the heater proofer cabinet. A front door is attached to the left side cabinet board or the right side cabinet board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: ADMIRAL CRAFT EQUIPMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: RICHARD D. POWERS, RONALD D. POWERS
  • 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: 20140312036
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method (1) of producing a deflector devices for fuel tank systems comprising the following steps: production (2) of a deflector device prototype (14) from prefabricated components (10, 11, 12) of a construction kit (9), performance (3) of fuel-refilling tests using the deflector device prototype (14), possible modification (4) of the deflector device prototype (14), creation (5) of a construction model for the deflector device prototype (14), production (6) of a deflector device according to the construction model, optional performance (7) of fuel-refilling tests with the deflector device produced according to the construction model and preferably series production (8) of the deflector device according to the construction model. The invention further relates to a construction kit (9) with prefabricated components (10, 11, 12) for producing a prototype (14) of a deflector device for fuel tank systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Simon Aubreville
  • Patent number: 8857029
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus includes a substrate; an optical component having a first surface on which light from the substrate is incident and a second surface from which the incident light goes out after the incident light is refracted; an adjustment unit that adjusts a position of the substrate and a position of the optical component by moving the substrate and the optical component relatively with the first surface of the optical component and the substrate being opposed to each other; an imaging unit that is arranged in an optical path of the light that goes out from the second surface; and a control unit that controls an amount by which the adjustment unit moves the substrate and the optical component relatively according to image data which is captured by the imaging unit, and that mounts the optical component on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Motohara
  • Publication number: 20140299644
    Abstract: An exemplary radar mounting device for attaching a component to a vehicle body may include a resilient grommet secured within an opening formed in the component. The device may also have a stud for attachment to the vehicle body. The stud may have a ball portion received within the resilient grommet for attaching the component to the stud. In addition, the device may have a nut fastened to the stud to secure the component to the stud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Muhammad Azhar Aleem, Scott Howard Gaboury, Brian Fath, David James Lawor
  • Patent number: 8850693
    Abstract: An assembly tool for assembling a lens tube in a lens base includes a support base, a fastening unit, a first height sensor, and a second height sensor. The support base defines a positioning groove for receiving the lens base. The fastening unit includes a fastening pole and a torque meter connected to an end of the fastening pole. The fastening pole forms a plurality of connecting portions for engaging with the lens tube. The first height sensor is positioned on the support base to detect a height of the lens base. The second height sensor is positioned on the support base to detect a height of an optical lens formed by the lens tube and the lens base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Chun Wang
  • Patent number: 8850680
    Abstract: A threaded element in the shape of a wire thread insert with a specific geometric design is disclosed. This threaded element contains, in particular, a narrowed helical winding of at least two helical winding sections that enclose one or a plurality of sequential secants. Based on this geometric design of the threaded element, a matched installation process is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Böllhoff Verbindungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Marxkors, Francisco Tovar, Ralf Dörr
  • Patent number: 8851009
    Abstract: An alignment master glass for aligning a plurality of openings of a vapor deposition mask for tensioning the vapor deposition mask, the alignment master glass includes a transparent substrate, and reflective film patterns on at least one surface of the transparent substrate, the reflective film patterns being only at locations corresponding to the plurality of openings of the vapor deposition mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-Shin Lee
  • Publication number: 20140284312
    Abstract: A consumable set is provided that is usable in a plasma arc torch to direct a plasma arc to a processing surface of a workpiece. The consumable set comprises a nozzle and an alignment surface. The nozzle includes: 1) a nozzle body defining a longitudinal axis extending therethrough, and 2) a nozzle exit orifice disposed in the nozzle body for constricting the plasma arc. The nozzle exit orifice defines an exit orifice axis oriented at a non-zero bevel angle relative to the longitudinal axis. The alignment surface is generally parallel to the longitudinal axis and substantially planar. The alignment surface is dimensioned to orient the nozzle exit orifice such that the plasma arc impinges on the processing surface of the workpiece at the bevel angle while the plasma arc torch is substantially perpendicular to the processing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Carey Chen, Peter Twarog
  • Patent number: 8839499
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a continuous sucker rod coil, wherein the method includes the step of selecting a plurality of input coils, each input coil having the same uniform hardness, and each input coil having two free ends. The method further includes the step of fusing adjacent free ends of adjacent input coils together to form one continuous length of rod, the fusing creating fused areas and a heat-affected zone at each fused area. The method also includes the step of treating each of the heat-affected zones to alleviate irregularities induced during fusing. Additionally, the method includes the step of winding the continuous length of rod into a finished coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Weatherford Canada Partnership
    Inventors: David LaBonte, Ricky Gereluk
  • Publication number: 20140265174
    Abstract: A sports board has a board body having a top surface and an opposed bottom surface, a binding attachment structure formed on or in the board body, and a plurality of ribs collectively having longitudinal portions and transverse portions each having a thickness and a height that are predetermined to provide the sports board with a preselected longitudinal, transverse, and torsional stiffness desirable for sliding on the snow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Rosenberger
  • Publication number: 20140261477
    Abstract: A processing machine for rod-shaped articles includes a base frame including a back plate extending upward from the base frame; and a plurality of function modules each adapted to perform a manufacturing function on a rod-shaped article. Each function module includes a mounting plate adapted to removably attach the function module to the back plate as a unit, and a dedicated drive motor supported on the mounting plate and adapted to move at least a portion of the function module. The plurality of function modules includes at least one of a rod infeed module, a hopper module, a drum module, a knife module, and a gluing module. A method of configuring a modular processing machine for rod-shaped articles is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Hauni Maschinenbau AG
    Inventors: Peter Mueller, Falk Abel, Wilfried Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20140252678
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a grain bin sensor cable including a plurality of mold members defining a mold cavity. A pre-formed cable with wires disposed therein is placed into the mold cavity, heated, and formed into a post-formed cable. The post-formed cable includes a recessed portion and a pair of end caps. Apertures are created within the recessed portion so as to expose a portion of the wires. The end caps are generally cone-shaped and include vertical walls. The post-formed cable is removed from the mold cavity and a sensor package is coupled to the wires exposed in the recessed portion and captured between the vertical walls of the end caps. A housing is coupled about the sensor package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: CTB, Inc.
    Inventor: Brent J. BLOEMENDAAL
  • Publication number: 20140240960
    Abstract: A display is disclosed. The display has a backplane with a top surface and an edge surface. The edge surface makes an angle ? with respect to the top surface. An optical system is used to create a collimated light beam that is coupled to the edge surface. The collimated light beam makes an angle ? with respect to the top surface. The optical axis of the light beam has a refracted angle ?? with respect to the top surface. Angles ? and ? are selected such that ?? is no smaller than ?.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David A. Fattal, Marco Fiorentino, Zhen Peng
  • Patent number: 8813334
    Abstract: A torque transmitting device in a drive train of a vehicle, which has an assembly on the engine side and an assembly on the transmission side. A geometrically defined installation position of the torque transmitting device between the assemblies can be set by inserting a compensating element, such as an adjustment disk. A thickness of the compensating element depends on the air gap of the torque transmitting device to be set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Marcus Adolph, Klaus Dussel, Bernhard Wolf
  • Patent number: 8813340
    Abstract: An arrangement for mounting a substantially vertical mechanical element, as a technical front surface, on a structural transverse element of bodywork of a vehicle such as an upper crossbar, the mechanical element including at least one substantially horizontal portion or structural nozzle bearing on an upper surface of the crossbar. The arrangement includes at least one carrier plate for the mechanical element which is slid under the bodywork of the vehicle and then mounted vertically. The plate includes a yoke for receiving the vertical mechanical element and which is capable of holding the element between at least one vertical position inclined towards the front and a vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Francois Combe, Michael Flandin, Nicolas Pietu
  • Patent number: 8793856
    Abstract: An alignment tool for a pitch link comprises first and second pitch link retainers, wherein the distance between the retainers is adjustable to accommodate the length of the pitch link; and a measurement system for measuring the displacement of a rod end from an adjustment member of the pitch link, comprising first and second measurement reference points fixedly associated with the first and second retainers, respectively. Another alignment tool for a pitch link comprises first and second retainers having an adjustable distance there between; and a stabilization mechanism for stabilizing the tool on a surface. A method for adjusting and aligning a pitch link, in part comprising the steps of securing the pitch link to the alignment tool; measuring and recording a baseline length displacement of the pitch link; loosening the pitch link jam nuts; and adjusting the pitch link on the alignment tool to match the previously recorded displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Amanda Werner, Dominic Przano, Geoffrey Latham
  • Publication number: 20140210200
    Abstract: An optically variable security element for securing valuable articles has an optically variable color layer. The optically variable color layer includes a plurality of microcapsules, each of which exhibits a capsule shell, a carrier liquid enclosed in the capsule shell, and at least one optically variable and magnetically alignable pigment that is substantially freely rotatable in the microcapsule and reversibly alignable by an external magnetic field, and that is developed to be multilayer having at least one magnetic layer and having at least one non-magnetic layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Bornschlegl, Christoph Mengel
  • Publication number: 20140211310
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for improving visibility of an image display device which is capable of providing an image display device excellent in anti-reflection properties and bright-field contrast even using an optical layered body including a light-transmitting substrate having in-plane birefringence, such as a polyester film. The method of the present invention is a method for improving visibility of an image display device that has an optical layered body including a light-transmitting substrate having in-plane birefringence and an optical functional layer disposed on one surface of the substrate. The method includes the step of disposing the optical layered body such that the slow axis showing a greater refractive index of the light-transmitting substrate is in parallel with the vertical direction of a display screen of the image display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Takashi Kuroda, Makoto Honda
  • Publication number: 20140206457
    Abstract: A mounting bracket includes a substantially planar panel defining a first edge, a second edge opposite the first edge, a first surface, and a second surface opposite the first surface. The substantially planar panel defines a tapered slot open at the first edge, extending from the first edge toward the second edge, and terminating in a slot apex opposite the first edge. A bracket receptor includes an annular projection and a shaft extending from the annular projection. The annular projection extends beyond one or more sides of the shaft. The shaft of the bracket receptor is selectively positioned within the slot apex of the mounting bracket such that the annular projection of the bracket receptor is positioned adjacent the first surface of the substantially planar panel and the shaft of the bracket receptor extends beyond the second surface of the substantially planar panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: IGT
    Inventors: Mindy V. EUSTAQUIO, Patrick J. NOHR, John L. BEADELL, Bradley A. HEMERICK
  • Publication number: 20140205237
    Abstract: A mechanically aligned optical engine includes an optoelectronic component connected to a first side of a bench substrate and a transparent substrate bonded to a second side of the bench substrate. The transparent substrate comprises a mechanical feature designed to fit within an aperture of the bench substrate such that a lens formed onto the transparent substrate is aligned with an active region of the optoelectronic component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Sagi Varghese Mathai, Michael Renne Ty Tan, Paul Kessler Rosenberg, Wayne V. Sorin, Georgios Panotopoulos, Susant K. Patra
  • Patent number: 8782874
    Abstract: The invention is an apparatus for pre-plating railway ties, including switch ties of varying lengths. An infeed deck and singulator feeds individual ties, each provided with identifying indicia, to a pre-scanner. Using the scanned indicia, a control system accesses stored data to determine a preliminary drill pattern. A scanning and drilling station positions, secures and scans the tie. The scan results are combined with the stored data to produce a corrected optimal drill pattern, which is used to drill the tie. The drilled tie moves to a plate and screw loading station, where the proper plates and fasteners are attached. A fourth station inspects the assembled tie. If it is properly assembled, the screw spikes are tightened and the plated tie moves to an outfeed deck, where it is marked for identification and removed for storage and shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: voestalpine Nortrack Inc.
    Inventor: Allen J. Tuningley
  • Patent number: 8782867
    Abstract: A device (1; 20; 51) for assembling pre-bored (15) elements (2; 3), the elements together having a reference thickness (18) that may vary up to an actual maximum thickness (40), may include a male element (4; 21; 52) having a shank (6; 22; 54) extending in a thread (11; 27) or swaging grooves (59), an external surface (12; 28; 60) having a height (13; 61) equal to a height (14) of the shank, chosen so as to correspond to at least the actual maximum thickness (40) of the elements to be assembled, wherein the external surface has a visual reference mark (16; 35; 63), located at a distance (17) of a lower limit (9; 34; 57), or extending over a distance (17) from a lower limit up to an upper limit (42A; 42B; 65) toward the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Lisi Aerospace
    Inventor: Florent Verdier
  • Patent number: 8782878
    Abstract: A fastener automation system for assembly of fasteners to a substrate, includes a projection system for projecting an image on a substrate of a predetermined location of a correct fastener to be installed in the substrate and data relating to the correct fastener and the substrate, and a computer operably associated with the projection system storing data regarding the correct fastener and the predetermined location on the substrate where the correct fastener is to be installed. An automated method of installing a fastener in a substrate at a predetermined location includes using a projector system to identify a predetermined location for installation of a correct fastener to the substrate, collecting data regarding the correct fastener installation at the predetermined location and storing the data in a computer, and installing the correct fastener in the substrate at the predetermined location based upon the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Nikon Metrology NV
    Inventors: Jarrad V. Morden, Robert S. Underhill, Charles S. Campbell, Christopher J. Cartile
  • Patent number: 8769792
    Abstract: A media player according to the invention is provided. The media player may include a scroll wheel and a housing including a retention ledge. The retention ledge may maintain the position of the scroll wheel with respect to the housing. A flexible printed circuit may also be included in the media player. The flexible printed circuit may include a first face and a second face. The first face may contact the scroll wheel. The second face may include tactile dome switches. Compressible shims may also form a portion of the media player and may be adjacent the second face. The compressible shims may control the distance between the scroll wheel and the retention ledge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Pinida Jan Moolsintong, Douglas J. Weber, Stephen P. Zadesky
  • Publication number: 20140173873
    Abstract: Disclosed is a deconstructable water storage tank assembled using modular components including wall panels, a base ring and a membrane for use in large volume fluid transfer operations such as hydraulic fracturing. Also disclosed are methods and tools for assembling the tank for use at a first hydraulic fracturing site, and disassembling and transporting the tank components for redeployment at a second hydraulic fracturing site. A fluid management system is also disclosed utilizing the deconstructable storage tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventor: Albert Eugene Butterfield, IV