Assisting Assembly Or Disassembly Patents (Class 29/407.1)
  • Patent number: 10272530
    Abstract: A method for assembly manufacturing may include the steps of: (1) positioning, by a material-handling system, an unassembled workpiece in a first assembly position within a tacking cell, (2) performing, by a first plurality of fastening machines, a tack fastening operation on the unassembled workpiece to form a partially assembled workpiece, (3) transferring, by the material-handling system, the partially assembled workpiece from the tacking cell to a fastening cell, (4) positioning, by the material-handling system, the partially assembled workpiece in a second assembly position within the fastening cell, and (5) performing, by a second plurality of fastening machines, a final fastening operation on the partially assembled workpiece to form an assembled workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eric M. Reid, Matthew R. Desjardien, Edward J. Batt, Antonio C. Micale
  • Patent number: 10162323
    Abstract: In a component mounting system having an inspection device performing a mounting inspection after component mounting, a correction value for correcting a mounting program is calculated based on board inspection information including fed-back component position deviation information, a component is mounted on a board in accordance with the mounting program corrected based on the calculated correction value, and a “present value” based on most recent board inspection information and a “pre-correction evaluation value” are displayed together on an evaluation value display screen as evaluation values representing accuracy at a time of the mounting based on the board inspection information during this component mounting work, the “pre-correction evaluation value” being calculated based on a temporary position deviation amount pertaining to a case where it is assumed that no correction based on the calculated correction value has been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Taniguchi, Masafumi Inoue, Satoshi Furuichi, Masahiro Kihara
  • Patent number: 9706099
    Abstract: Disclosed is a camera module and a camera apparatus having the same. The camera apparatus includes: a substrate; and a camera module passing through the substrate, and including a lens disposed forward of the substrate and a sensor unit disposed rearward of the substrate. An optical axis is not bent in the camera apparatus so that the accuracy of an image signal is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ki Seok Jung
  • Patent number: 9669919
    Abstract: Highly integrated infused box made of composite material with two skins (3), several ribs (4), several stringers (5), a front spar and a rear spar, comprising a first semibox (1) and a second semibox (2) joined by connecting means, in which the first semibox (1) comprises one skin (3) and the ribs (4), and the second semibox (2) comprises one skin (3), the front spar, the rear spar and the stringers (5). A manufacturing method is also provided, which comprises forming processes for the first semibox (1), the second semibox (2) and an assembly process of the first semibox (1) with the second semibox (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.L.
    Inventors: Diego García Martín, Lara Barroso Fernández, Pablo Cebolla Garrofe, David Alfonso Cerezo Arce, Ignacio José Márquez López
  • Patent number: 9576078
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods of generating an interior surface of a vehicle compartment. A selection from the user is received for one of a plurality of identifiers of the general template and a selection from the user is received for a desired location of an exterior surface of a specific vehicle to associate general criteria for the selected one of the identifiers with exterior surface data of the selected desired location. Interior surface data of the selected desired location is determined as a function of the general criteria of the selected one of the identifiers and the exterior surface data of the selected desired location. The interior surface representing the interior surface data of the configuration of the specific vehicle corresponding to the general criteria of the selected one of the identifiers and the exterior surface data of the selected desired location is displayed on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Tasie N. Backos
  • Patent number: 9515469
    Abstract: A vacuum feed-through assembly and a method for manufacturing the same including a conductor having a threaded outer diameter end, a plastic seal having a threaded inner diameter matching the threaded outer diameter end of the conductor, and an epoxy to epoxy bond the threaded inner diameter of the plastic seal to the threaded outer diameter end of the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Evangelos Trifon Laskaris, Gene Conte, Susumu Mine
  • Patent number: 9452500
    Abstract: A system for assembly manufacturing may include at least one tacking cell configured to perform at least one tack fastening operation on a workpiece, at least one fastening cell configured to perform at least one final fastening operation on the workpiece and a material-handling system linking the tacking cell and the fastening cell, wherein the material-handling system positions the workpiece within the tacking cell and wherein the material-handling system transfers the workpiece from the tacking cell to the fastening cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eric M. Reid, Matthew R. Desjardien, Edward J. Batt, Antonio C. Micale
  • Patent number: 9423010
    Abstract: In this manufacturing method, when a plurality of planetary shaft main bodies are arranged at even intervals around a sun shaft main body, a state in which a sun threaded section is engaged with each of planetary threaded sections is referred to as a regular assembled state, and an assembly formed by a combination of the sun shaft main body and the planetary shaft main body in the regular assembled state is referred to as a first assembly. The first assembly is assembled in a state in which the relationship of the planetary shaft main body and the sun shaft main body is in correspondence with the relationship of the planetary shaft main body and the sun shaft main body in the regular assembled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuo Kinoshita, Masakazu Kurihara, Hideo Saito, Motohiro Tsuzuki
  • Patent number: 9420074
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of installing a component in an electronic device is described. A light source shines a light through an aperture of on one end of the electronic device. A light sensor positioned on the opposite end moves with a fixture having the component. When the light sensor determines a central portion of the light, the fixture and the component may be aligned with the aperture of the electronic device, and the fixture installs the component. In another embodiment, a method of detecting proper installment of the component is described. A microphone may be used to detect sound transmission from a speaker which transmits sound through the aperture. If the microphone detects sounds from an interface region between the component and the housing, the component is not properly installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Colin M. Ely, David Glenn Havskjold, Emery A. Sanford, Tyson Benner Manullang
  • Patent number: 9340244
    Abstract: A zero flush system includes a body provided with a plurality of transfer paths, a plurality of solenoid bars movably inserted into the transfer paths and a solenoid bar in the plurality of solenoid bars having one end closely adhered to a vehicle body panel or a door panel, a plurality of solenoids disposed in the transfer paths and transferring the solenoid bars at a time of applying power to the solenoids and a control device controlling the transferring of the solenoid bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Sang Kyu Park
  • Patent number: 9126470
    Abstract: In an aspect, the invention is directed to a door assembly for a vehicle, that includes an outer panel, an inner panel and a carrier/intrusion member assembly. The outer panel and the inner panel are connected together to form a door panel structure, and together define a door cavity. The carrier/intrusion member assembly includes a carrier and an intrusion member connected to the carrier and mounted to the door panel structure. The carrier/intrusion member assembly further includes a plurality of door hardware components mounted to at least one of the carrier and the intrusion member. The hardware components extend into the door cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventors: Eric V. Kaliomaki, Raymond Edward Fortin, James J. Ferri
  • Publication number: 20150147151
    Abstract: Methods for the positioning of equipment are disclosed. One method of the present disclosure can include substantially aligning an equipment support structure with an equipment fixture point of a casing structure; adjusting the equipment support structure to have a selected height and a selected angle; sliding the equipment support structure across a platform having the selected height and the selected angle to reach the equipment fixture point; and coupling a piece of equipment to one of the equipment support structure and the equipment fixture point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Alan Mogle, II, Kyle Joseph Conger, Michael Alan Davi, Stuart Craig Hanson, Robert Joseph Rohrssen
  • Publication number: 20150145231
    Abstract: The present invention provides a bicycle that includes a frame that is specifically design to accommodate different axle configurations. The bicycle includes a wheel including a wheel axle and a bicycle frame comprising a wheel support including an axle opening having a first width and an axle slot contiguous with the axle opening and having a second width less than the first width. Preferably, a portion of the wheel axle positioned in the axle opening has a diameter that substantially matches the first width. The present invention also provides a method of changing an original wheel of a bicycle. The method comprises removing the original wheel from the wheel support, positioning a converter in the axle opening, providing a replacement wheel having a replacement hub that has a replacement axle, and sliding the replacement axle through the axle slot and into the receiving area defined by the converter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason S. McDonald, Jeremy Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150135430
    Abstract: The invention relates to a waste fitting including a waste pan means into which waste can flow, at least one part of the waste pan means allowing visual inspection therethrough. During installation, an opening of the waste outlet can be located by visual inspection through the or each at least one part of the waste pan means, enabling a suitable position to be determined for forming and or positioning of at least one aperture in the waste pan means. The at least one aperture is formed such that, in use, waste that flows into the waste pan means can exit through the or each at least one aperture towards the opening in the waste outlet. The invention also relates to a method of installing a waste fitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Philip John Muirhead
  • Patent number: 9032633
    Abstract: A portable device is used to aid a semi-truck driver in the repositioning of a tandem axle assembly of a trailer. The portable device may be easily attached and removed from the trailer's sub-frame during operation. The device will signal the driver visually when reaching the desired position during adjustment of the tandem axle assembly to a new location. The device may reduce time and increase safety for the driver during the tandem axle assembly repositioning operation. The device may be positioned at or near the desired tandem axle assembly position. A flap may pivotally hang in a position where a tire from the tandem axle assembly may deflect and pivot the flap when the tandem axle assembly reaches its desired position. A driver may see this flap deflection and know, with certainty, that they have achieved the desired tandem axle assembly position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Steven C. Pittman
  • Patent number: 9032603
    Abstract: While a second component is brought into contact with a first component, the first component and the second component are rotated with respect to each other around a specific rotation axis, and rotation of the first component and the second component is stopped when a moment created around the rotation axis exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9027243
    Abstract: A method of replacing a wind turbine blade includes suspending the wind turbine blade from support hub of a wind turbine, connecting one or more cable climbing members between the support hub and the wind turbine blade, and lowering the one or more cable climbing members and the wind turbine blade from the support hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ulrich Werner Neumann, Charles Van Buchan, Blake Allen Fulton, Vishan Rashmi Kulasekera, Bradley Graham Moore, Esat Sadi Yenigun
  • Publication number: 20150121674
    Abstract: There is described a method for terminating an optical fiber within a proximal portion of a guidewire tubing. The guidewire tubing has an outside diameter and comprises a lumen. The method comprises centering the optical fiber relative to the outside diameter of the proximal portion of the guidewire tubing. The optical fiber and the inside of the lumen define an average gap there between. The average gap around the optical fiber is between 1 ?m and 100 ?m for allowing a substantial displacement of the optical fiber inside the lumen during the centering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Claude Belleville, Sébastien Lalancette, Alain Proulx
  • Publication number: 20150121673
    Abstract: A device for effecting and verifying a full mating operable engagement between a slidable coupler and a complementary corresponding socket. The coupler and the complementary corresponding socket are received into a receiving region defined between first and second opposing sidewall portions which squeeze the coupler and the complementary corresponding socket together to effect the full mating operable engagement from a partial mating engagement relationship. A method for use of the device to verifying a full mating operable engagement between a slidable coupler and a complementary corresponding socket is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gavin Victor Charles Richards, Scott Alexander Baker
  • Patent number: 9016284
    Abstract: A cutting apparatus and an associated method for slitting a tobacco sheet material into cut pieces used to form smoking articles are provided. The cutting apparatus includes a rotatable cutter assembly having a drum member configured to rotate about an axis defined thereby. The cutter assembly includes a plurality of knife members disposed about the periphery of the drum member and extending radially therefrom. A fixed counter-knife assembly is disposed adjacent to the periphery of the drum member and is configured to interact with the rotatable cutter assembly during rotation thereof about the axis. The counter-knife assembly includes a ledger member having a plurality of cutting insert members removably engaged therewith. The cutting insert members are configured to interact with the knife members during rotation of the cutter assembly with respect to the counter-knife assembly so as to slit the tobacco sheet material received therebetween into cut pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Timothy Franklin Tilley, James Phillip Hollandsworth, Terry Leonard Bullins, Mark Allen Vernon
  • Publication number: 20150110553
    Abstract: A carrier assembly for attaching a magnet to a shaft of a valve assembly includes a carrier housing having a magnet holder portion, a shaft holder portion, and a plurality of fingers extending from the shaft holder portion. The carrier assembly includes a locking collar wherein the collar is installed over the carrier housing and moved from a open position to a closed position. The collar is further moved to a locked position to lock the carrier assembly to the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Salvador Hernandez-Oliver, Suraj K. Alva
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8978224
    Abstract: The invention relates to a prosthetic socket for a residual limb of the lower extremity or upper extremity of an individual person. The residual limb has particular dimensions and anatomical contours; the prosthetic socket has dimensions and contours that fit the dimensions and contours of the residual limb. The prosthetic socket may also fit in a manner that is biomechanically particularly appropriate for the individual. The prosthetic socket is an assembly of components from groups of components that include (a) struts arranged longitudinally with respect to the residual limb, (b) proximal brim members arranged proximally to the struts and connected thereto; and (c) distal socket members disposed at the distal base of the prosthetic socket. The socket components within these groups may be modular in that they can vary with respect to dimensions and/or contours, and yet have common connecting features that permit assembly of the components together to form the prosthetic socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Lim Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Garrett Ray Hurley, Jesse Robert Williams
  • Patent number: 8973244
    Abstract: A pipe processing tool that is configured to deform the end of a pipe so that the circumferential shape of the end of the pipe generally matches the circumferential shape of an adjacent pipe end. Matching the circumferential shapes of the pipe ends is advantageous during a pipe attachment process. The pipe processing tool can include a deformation ring with a plurality of pipe deformation members. Each pipe deformation member faces radially inward and is actuatable in a radial direction toward and away from the center of the deformation ring in order to permit engagement with the pipe. Each pipe deformation member is individually and separately actuatable from the other pipe deformation members so that the circumferential shapes of the pipes can be altered by controlling suitable ones of the pipe deformation members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Lavalley Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Jason LaValley, Daniel Larson, Jesse Kilde
  • Publication number: 20150052724
    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: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Sang-Shin LEE
  • Publication number: 20150040365
    Abstract: A zero flush system includes a body provided with a plurality of transfer paths, a plurality of solenoid bars movably inserted into the transfer paths and a solenoid bar in the plurality of solenoid bars having one end closely adhered to a vehicle body panel or a door panel, a plurality of solenoids disposed in the transfer paths and transferring the solenoid bars at a time of applying power to the solenoids and a control device controlling the transferring of the solenoid bars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Sang Kyu Park
  • Publication number: 20150033532
    Abstract: A method for connecting a first component to a second component having a through hole includes the following steps: bringing the two components against one another and positioning them relative to one another, detecting the spatial position of the hole by a position detection electronic unit, positioning a connecting element at a location within the hole as a function of the spatial position of the hole or as a function of position data determined by the position detection electronic unit, connecting the connecting element to the first component, with the result that the connecting element projects into or through the hole, and clipping onto the connecting element a clip element which holds the two components together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Johann VAN NIEKERK, Eva VIETZE, Erik MARTIN
  • Publication number: 20150033531
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a product including an installation device having a plurality of pillars which are constructed and arranged to accept a passenger airbag housing; wherein at least one sensor or switch is attached to the installation device which may physically engage at least one tab during the installation process and which may provide electronic feedback of the installation results. A number of variations may include a method including placing a passenger airbag assembly having at least one lock feature onto an instrument panel chute having at least one tab feature; placing the installation device having at least one sensor or switch attached to it onto the passenger airbag assembly; pressing down on the installation device to engage the at least one lock feature with the at least one tab feature; and wherein the at least one sensor or switch provides electronic feedback of the installation results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Kaphengst, Robert J. Scheuerman, Craig A. Rodriguez
  • Publication number: 20150021476
    Abstract: A magnetic lens for focusing a beam of charged particles traveling along an optical axis includes an axial bore disposed around said optical axis; magnetic field generating means; and magnetic yoke, to guide and concentrate said magnetic field toward said optical axis so as to form a focusing region, wherein Said yoke has a composite structure, comprising an outer primary portion and an inner secondary portion; Said secondary portion is mounted as a monolithic insert within said primary portion so as to be disposed around said focusing region; Said secondary portion comprises a waist region surrounding said bore and acting as a magnetic constriction, configured such that said magnetic field undergoes saturation in said waist region, thereby causing magnetic flux to exit the waist region and form a focusing field in said focusing region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: FEI Company
    Inventor: Ondrej Shanel
  • 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: 8904615
    Abstract: A fastening device includes a rotational drive portion that rotationally drives a socket, an advance/retract drive portion that causes this socket to advance or retract along a rotational axis thereof, a magazine that retains a plurality of heads that retain bolts, and a switching portion that moves this magazine to selectively position one of a plurality of heads ahead and on the rotational axis of the socket. One of the heads is selected and positioned on the rotational axis of the socket by the switching portion, then the socket is advanced by the advance/retract drive portion and the head thus selected is retained by the socket, then the socket is advanced further by the advance/retract drive portion and the head to detach is detached from the magazine, and then the head is rotated by driving the rotational drive portion, thereby fastening a bolt retained in the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Ohno, Mitsutaka Igaue, Kenichiro Ono, Takeshi Nakamura
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140354856
    Abstract: The present application provides a micromechanical (MEMS) based zoom lens system, for use in miniature device applications, such as miniature electronic imaging devices. The MEMS-based zoom lens system comprises at least four optical elements, or two Alvarez or Lohmann lenses, that are configured for passage of optical signals therethrough along an optical signal path. Each optical element is MEMS-driven and displaceable in a direction substantially transverse to the optical signal path. In use, the transverse displacement of the optical elements vary an overall focal length of the MEMS zoom lens system such as to provide an optical zoom function. A method of manufacturing a MEMS zoom lens system is also provided in a further aspect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Guangya Zhou, Hongbin Yu, Fook Siong Chau
  • 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: 20140333711
    Abstract: An optical scanning device includes a deflector configured to deflect a plurality of light beams emitted from a plurality of light emitters that are mutually spaced apart in a sub-scanning direction; an incident optical system configured to steer the plurality of light beams so as to be incident on the deflector; an imaging optical system configured to steer the plurality of light beams so as to be obliquely incident on a surface to be scanned and to form images of the plurality of light emitters on the surface to be scanned; and a correction unit configured to correct a jitter of at least one of the plurality of light beams in a main scanning direction on the basis of irradiation position information, in the sub-scanning direction, of at least one light beam among the plurality of light beams at a point corresponding to the surface to be scanned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yu Miyajima, Yuichi Tomioka
  • Publication number: 20140331468
    Abstract: An adjustable bed system includes first and second end boards. A first height adjustment mechanism is secured to the first end board via a first mounting member and a second height adjustment mechanism is secured to the second end board via a second mounting member. The second height adjustment mechanism is independent of the first height adjustment mechanism. An external housing member is engagable with one of the first and second mounting members. A transition box is operatively engagable with one of the first and second height adjustment mechanisms. The transition box is positioned within the external housing such that the transition box is substantially inhibited from rotation during height adjustment of the bed system. A drive shaft interconnects the transition box, at a first end thereof, and the other of the first and second height adjustment mechanisms, at a second end thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Serhan
  • Patent number: 8863371
    Abstract: A system for aligning and connecting components including a support structure and a measuring apparatus coupled to the support structure. The measuring apparatus is arranged to spatially analyze a first tubular component with respect to a second tubular component for determining an adjustment vector therebetween. An alignment apparatus is coupled to the support structure and in data communication with the measuring apparatus. The alignment apparatus includes a plurality of actuators operatively arranged in parallel for moving at least one of the first or second tubular components relative to the other for coaxially arranging the first and second tubular components in accordance with the adjustment vector. A connection apparatus is coupled to the support structure and operatively arranged for connecting the first and second tubular components together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Dominik Brouwer, Joerg Lehr, Berend Denkena, Hans-Christian Möhring, Kai Litwinski
  • Publication number: 20140304963
    Abstract: A compound optical assembly is constructed from a plurality of stacking elements for spacing, aligning, and retaining optical elements within the assembly. Stacking faces of the stacking elements are measured and low-order surface errors are extracted, represented by mathematical approximations having a primary angular frequency. The stacking elements including the optic holders are relatively oriented to promote complementarity between the low-order surface errors of mating stacking faces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert Dennis Grejda, Todd Robert McMichael
  • Publication number: 20140305692
    Abstract: A terminal block cover includes a rectangular top portion with an inner surface, an outer surface and overall length; retention portions connected to the top portion; and a plurality of barriers extending from the inner surface. The cover has a barrier spacing length between each of the plurality of barriers, and the ratio of overall length to barrier spacing of at least 5.124:1. The terminal block cover can cover a terminal block with terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Derek R. Hochstetler, Jan Henry Abels
  • Publication number: 20140304964
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses are provided for using a calibration fixture adapted for use with a measurement instrument having a sample probe needle. The calibration fixture can be used for calibrating a maximum depth the sample probe needle will travel to for optimal aspiration of samples within the wells of one or more of multiple different microplates. The calibration fixture can include multiple cavities to calibrate the sample probe needle height for each of multiple different microplates. Each cavity has a cavity height that corresponds with a known depth of the wells disposed within each different microplate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Yeck
  • Publication number: 20140306564
    Abstract: A standpipe assembly to connect to a starter/generator housing includes a standpipe with a first end that sits within the housing and a second end that connects to the standpipe base; and one or more brackets to secure the standpipe to the housing. The housing includes a standpipe base formed integral to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Derek R. Hochstetler, Jan Henry Abels, Timothy R. Welch
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8857061
    Abstract: A system and method for mounting a bearing assembly on a shaft includes an internal flange, external flange, and a sleeve. The internal flange is securable to the bearing assembly and has a displacement pin extending outward that defines an initial position of the bearing assembly relative to the shaft. The external flange is secured to the internal flange via fasteners passing through elongated holes. The external flange has an opening configured to receive the displacement pin. The external flange may be rotated when coupled to the internal flange with the fasteners between a first position where the external flange opening is not in register with the displacement pin and a second position where the external flange opening is in register with the displacement pin. A sleeve has a tapered outside diameter and is engageable with the external flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Baldor Electric Company
    Inventor: William Gregory Hewitt
  • Publication number: 20140298634
    Abstract: According to the present invention there is provided a component handling assembly, comprising, an index table which comprises one or more nests each of which is configured to cooperate with a component to hold the component as the index table is indexed, wherein the one or more nests are configured such that a component which cooperates with a nest is supported above the nest so that the one or more nests can cooperate with components of various sizes, and an alignment means operable to move a component into a predefined orientation before a component co-operates with a nest on the index table. There is further provided a corresponding method of handling a component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: ISMECA SEMICONDUCTOR HOLDING SA
    Inventors: Giovanni Palmisano, Jacques André Matthey Junod, Pascal Dromard, Philippe Roy
  • 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: 20140290784
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a reinforcement stack of a spoolable pipe composed of a plurality of laminates stacked to form the reinforcement stack. At least one of the plurality of laminates includes an alignment feature configured to align adjacently stacked laminates. In another aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method to manufacture a reinforcement stack of a spoolable pipe. The method includes providing an alignment feature on at least one laminate of a plurality of laminates and arranging the plurality of laminates using the alignment feature to form the reinforcement stack. In another aspect, the present disclosure relates to an armor layer of an unbonded flexible pipe. The armor layer includes a plurality of laminates stacked to form a reinforcement stack of the armor layer in which each laminate of the plurality of laminates comprises an alignment feature to align adjacent laminates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: DeepFlex Inc.
    Inventor: David Michael McCall