With Conveying Of Work Or Disassembled Work Part Patents (Class 29/426.3)
  • Patent number: 10409255
    Abstract: To provide a controller for a machining device that controls oscillation of a cutting tool used for oscillating cutting to become capable of reducing a probability of interference between an interfering object existing near a work as a cutting target and the cutting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoto Sonoda
  • Patent number: 9242319
    Abstract: A method of servicing a pipe bundle or riser bundle employs a specially configured hoist having a rail that supports multiple lifts. A selected satellite pipe/conduit of the pipe bundle is both lifted and pulled horizontally in order to remove it from a plurality of supports that hold the satellite pipes together in spaced apart positions. During removal of a satellite pipe, the lifts elevate, then travel with and hold the pipe as it moves horizontally away from the bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Coastal Cargo Company, LLC
    Inventor: Don M. Zemo, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150135636
    Abstract: A portable processing plant for processing granular material is provided. The portable plant includes a plurality of portable processing modules configured to be stacked vertically to allow for a vertically downward progression of the generally granular material through the portable processing plant. Each portable processing module includes a self-supporting independent frame structure and has at least one processing component affixed to the self-supporting independent frame structure. The self-supporting independent frame structures of the plurality of portable processing modules combine to define a structural skeleton of the portable processing plant. Each self-supporting independent frame structure can be removed from the structural skeleton substantially fully assembled while the at least one processing component carried by the self-supporting. Methods of assembling and disassembling the portable processing plant are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Red Flint Group, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Thomas Ayres
  • Patent number: 9032620
    Abstract: Method for laterally replacing a heavy component of a plant assembly, the method including disconnecting the heavy component from other components of the plant assembly and from a base plate to which the heavy component is fixed; lifting the heavy component above the base plate with a lifting system provided within the base plate; connecting at least a pair of rails to the base plate, under the lifted heavy component, such that the at least a pair of rails extends at substantially a right angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the heavy component; lowering the heavy component on crawling mechanisms disposed on the at least a pair of rails; and laterally replacing the heavy component from the base plate and the other components of the plant assembly by actuating the crawling mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Nuovo Pignone S.P.A.
    Inventors: Luca Frassinelli, Stefano Rossin, Daniela Meiattini
  • Publication number: 20150128399
    Abstract: A facility (1) processes multi-core cable (2) having a screening braid and/or foil sheathing, inner conductors (2a), and/or internal filler. The facility (1) includes stations (3, 5-10, 12) each for at least one respective processing step of cable stripping; the opening up, trimming, and folding back of any screening braid present; the removal of any foil present; and the removal of any internal filler present. A transport device transports cut-to-length cables to and from these stations (3, 5-10, 12). The transport system (13) connects stations (3, 5-10, 12). At least one control unit (17) may be provided, whereby all stations (3, 5-10, 12) may be automatically operated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Ivo Meierhans, Carmelo Messina
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8978241
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is described for disassembling a wooden pallet by mechanically and automatically removing a pre-selected damaged board from the pallet, comprising a frame intended to be arranged in close proximity with a conveyor and a bi-directional rotating ram assembly mounted within the frame and carrying spikes thereupon. The invention is configured such that the ram assembly is moved into a board-engaging position to enable the spike to puncture and fasten to a predetermined (damaged) board of the pallet, and to thereafter be moved up and away from the pallet in order to remove and separate the board from the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: CLM Pallet Recycling, Inc.
    Inventors: Derrick L. Smith, Barry J. Davignon
  • Patent number: 8978528
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for cutting a panel substrate and a substrate cutting apparatus. The substrate cutting apparatus comprises a first cutting unit and a second cutting unit. The method comprises the following steps: cutting off a first residual material and a second residual material at two opposite sides of the panel substrate; cutting off a third residual material and a fourth residual material at another two opposite sides of the panel substrate; cutting the panel substrate into a plurality of elongated substrates; and cutting each of the elongated substrates into the panel units. The present invention can reduce a process time for cutting the panel substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Li, Feng She, Cheng-ming Huang
  • Publication number: 20150059145
    Abstract: A material removal method for removing net wrap or twine from the outer surface of a bale of material. The method comprises the steps of cutting the net wrap or twine material along a length of the bale, placing a first spear (62, 162) of a material wind-up system (60, 160) between the bale and the material, rotating the material wind-up system to wind the net wrap or twine material around the first (62, 162) and a second spear (64, 164) and stripping the material from the first and second spears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Poet Research, Inc
    Inventors: Brandon L. McLellan, Todd L. Peterson
  • Patent number: 8961095
    Abstract: A traveling body of a stacker crane is separable into a lower traveling portion and an upper traveling portion by separating a post into a lower post portion and an upper post portion, in which the lower traveling portion in a separated state separated from the upper traveling portion and supporting a lift body is moved in a width direction with its traveling posture being maintained to be taken in or out between a moving space and a take-in/out space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumio Takahara, Shinsuke Kawamura
  • Patent number: 8935842
    Abstract: Methods and systems for use in releasing tubing sleeves coupled to one or more bandoliers are disclosed. In one example, an apparatus for use in releasing tubing sleeves coupled to a bandolier includes a feed system and a dislodge system. The feed system is configured to engage a bandolier and selectively position the bandolier in the apparatus. The dislodge system is configured to dislodge tubing sleeves from an initial position on a bandolier propelled by the feed system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Richard R. Fengler, Mark A. Schmier, II
  • Patent number: 8932431
    Abstract: Disks stuck together in a stack are separated by placing the disks on a shaft of a vibratory apparatus and vibrating the shaft to vibrate the disks by contact of the disks with the vibrating shaft to separate them and also constrain the disks with the shaft as the disks are vibrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Branson Ultrasonics Corporation
    Inventors: Guillermo Coto, Richard K. Buckley, Glenn Doud, Fernando Aguilera Galicia
  • Publication number: 20150008296
    Abstract: A stand is disclosed for supporting a moldboard and a drawbar of a grading machine. The stand may comprise a base frame and a component support unit. The said stand may be configured to support the moldboard, and the component support unit may be configured to support at least a portion of the drawbar. The base frame and the component support unit may be configured to: (a) support a substantial portion of the moldboard above the base frame; and (b) support a substantial portion of the drawbar above the base frame and the moldboard when the moldboard is supported on the stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen Longaphie
  • Publication number: 20140364762
    Abstract: A biopsy device may comprise a probe assembly that has a needle assembly extending distally from the probe assembly. The needle assembly has a needle portion and blade assembly. The blade assembly comprises a blade and a multi-member coupling assembly. The multi-member coupling assembly is configured to couple to the blade and to the needle portion to attach the blade to the needle portion. In one configuration the multi-member coupling assembly comprises two coupling members configure to couple to the blade. The blade may be a flat blade that has a retention channel formed therein, wherein the two coupling members may couple to the blade at the retention channel. The needle portion may comprise a needle and a cutter receiving tube. The needle may be an ovular cross-sectioned tube having a cut-out portion into which a circular cross-sectioned cutter receiving tube may be inserted and coupled thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Edward A. Rhad, Andrew P. Nock
  • Publication number: 20140345103
    Abstract: A method for removal of a hydrate plug (7) in a tube (92) in connection with a petroleum well (9) is described. A hydrate plug remover (2) is included having a collecting container (21).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Espen Osaland, Lasse Haugland
  • Publication number: 20140284260
    Abstract: A chromatography column having a longitudinal axis and comprising a column wall with a first end and a second end, a first end plate assembly removably connectable to said first end of the column wall, a second end plate assembly removably connectable to said second end of the column wall, wherein said first end plate assembly, said column wall and said second end plate assembly are arranged along the longitudinal axis of the column wherein the column wall, and/or first end plate assembly and/or second end plate assembly is/are rotatable about an axis of rotation wherein said axis of rotation is parallel to the longitudinal axis of said column and positioned outside the column
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES AB
    Inventors: PER LOFVING, MATS OLSSON, SVEN WOUNDER, JERKER PERSSON
  • Publication number: 20140237791
    Abstract: A method for replacing a tag tool needle includes securing at least a portion of a tag tool needle coupled to a tag tool in a needle container; and removing the tag tool needle from the tag tool with the needle container. A tag tool needle container includes a first tubular aperture adapted to receive at least a portion of a first tag tool needle therein, where the first tubular aperture has a compression-fit adapted to securely enclose the portion of the first tag tool needle when urged over the first tag tool needle; and a second tubular aperture coupled to the first tubular aperture and adapted to receive at least a portion of a second tag tool needle therein, where the second tubular aperture has a compression-fit adapted to adapted to securely enclose the portion of the second tag tool needle when urged over the second tag tool needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Adco Industries - Technologies, L.P.
    Inventors: Raymond E. Davis, Clifton Glenn Hampton
  • Publication number: 20140236485
    Abstract: A recoverable data acquisition system includes at least one sensor positionable within a tubular of a completion system that is recoverable therefrom
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: James L. Miller, II, Jason Mailand, Elias Pena, James Scott Sanchez, William B. Handy, Christopher Elliott, Daniel Matthews
  • Patent number: 8807189
    Abstract: Implementations and techniques for removing and segregating components from printed circuit boards are generally disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Mark Meloni
  • Patent number: 8763249
    Abstract: A reactor installation tool and method for installing a reactor unit in a reactor tube. A reactor installation tool including a movable assembly and a fixed assembly linked together such that the movable assembly can be adjusted relative to the fixed assembly. The movable assembly including a reactor sleeve attachment means for releasably securing a reactor sleeve loaded with a reactor unit to the tool. The fixed assembly including an expandable clamping unit for releasably securing the tool to a reactor tube. A reactor unit can be installed in the reactor tube by adjusting the movable assembly to extract the reactor unit from the reactor sleeve as the fixed assembly is rigidly secured to the reactor tube. The fixed assembly can be released from the reactor tube and the reactor installation tool can be removed from the reactor tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Catacel, Corp.
    Inventors: William A. Whittenberger, David A. Becker, Randall J. Bartos
  • Patent number: 8756783
    Abstract: An automatic corner lift-off apparatus for a polarizer of a liquid crystal display (LCD) panel is disclosed, which is suitable for use in a process of removing a polarizer during manufacturing of an LCD panel and comprises: a front clip, comprising a long arm and a short arm which intersect with each other to substantially form an “L” shape; a back clip, spaced apart from the front clip and being capable of cooperating with the front clip to perform a clipping action; and at least one sensor disposed on the front clip or the back clip, being configured to sense whether the polarizer has been successfully lifted off. Thereby, the present disclosure allows for fully automatic polarizer removing operations and can reduce work-related injuries and improve the success ratio of and efficiency of removing the polarizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jia-Sheng Lu, De-Sheng Yin
  • Publication number: 20140145389
    Abstract: A clamp assembly that can be installed on and removed from its mounting on an elongated structure (e.g., 2×4) without the need for sliding past an end of the structure is disclosed. The clamp assembly may include a pair of clamp bodies with pads for engaging a workpiece. Each of the clamp bodies includes a clamp mount with a movable member arranged to be moved into forced engagement with an exterior surface (e.g., side) of the 2×4 to fix the clamp body on the 2×4. At least one of or both of the clamp bodies include a releasable connection that, when released, allows for the removal of the clamp body from the 2×4 without the need to longitudinally slide the body past an end of the 2×4.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: Stephen Rowlay, Robert Christie, James Spaulding, Karl Vanderbeek, Nidta Viyakornvilas
  • Patent number: 8732931
    Abstract: A method of servicing a pipe bundle or riser bundle employs a specially configured hoist having a rail that supports multiple lifts. A selected satellite pipe/conduit of the pipe bundle is both lifted and pulled horizontally in order to remove it from a plurality of supports that hold the satellite pipes together in spaced apart positions. During removal of a satellite pipe, the lifts elevate, then travel with and hold the pipe as it moves horizontally away from the bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Coastal Cargo Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Don M. Zemo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8732930
    Abstract: Methods, devices, systems and apparatus of fully knock-down drum fans that can be shipped completely unassembled so that the smallest packaging results in more units per container and lower shipping costs Drum fan design utilizes modular components that can be assembled quickly and easily by the distributor or the end user. Drum fan can include identical shroud curved members, with same number of pie shaped front grill members, and same number of pie shaped rear grill members, and other modular components that are easy to nest, pack, store and ship with one another. The knock-down fan is easy to re-assemble, and can be applied to any size drum fan from approximately 24?, 36?, and 42? to approximately 60? in diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Chien Luen Industries Co., Ltd., Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Bucher, Brian Keith Love
  • Patent number: 8671540
    Abstract: A hypodermic needle extraction device for removing a hypodermic needle from a syringe having a syringe body and a luer, the device including at least one guide rod disposed with the device, a carriage assembly having a carriage slidably mounted on the guide rod, and a needle extraction assembly configured to grasp the needle such that the needle is separated from the syringe body as the syringe body and needle are urged apart. This Abstract is presented to meet requirements of 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b) only. This Abstract is not intended to identify key elements of the apparatus and methods disclosed herein or to delineate the scope thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: Gary E. Miller, Scott Aaron Miller
  • Patent number: 8661658
    Abstract: A lashing platform includes a base frame, a setting plate resiliently supported on the base frame, a plurality of screwing devices for inserting twistlocks into container fittings or removing twistlocks from container fittings, a plurality of magazines for accommodating the twistlocks, and a plurality of transfer devices for transferring a twistlock from a magazine to a screwing device or from a screwing device to a magazine. The lashing platform being characterized by at least two units, which are each formed by at least two screwing devices, at least one transfer device, and at least one magazine and which can be moved relative to each other in the longitudinal direction of the lashing platform within the base frame, at least one drive for moving the units, and a controller for moving the units into positions in which the screwing devices have access to the container fittings of containers of different size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kalp GmbH
    Inventor: Rainer Michael Jörg Kapelski
  • Publication number: 20140044516
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for individually supporting components (20), comprising at least one component (20) each comprising a front face (21) and a back face (22) opposite the front face (21), and a supporting device comprising a member (40) supporting said components (20), characterized in that the supporting member (40) is provided with cells (2) each one being delimited by a wall, with at least a part of the cells (41) each receiving a component (20) by the front face (21) thereof, with the cells (41) including a zone supporting a contact zone of the component (20), with the supporting zone and the contact zone being so configured that the surface of the front face (21) of the component (20) is not in contact with the wall of the cell (41).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Loic SANCHEZ, Laurent Bally, Brigitte Montmayeul
  • Publication number: 20140033495
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is described for disassembling a wooden pallet by mechanically and automatically removing a pre-selected damaged board from the pallet, comprising a frame intended to be arranged in close proximity with a conveyor and a bi-directional rotating ram assembly mounted within the frame and carrying spikes thereupon. The invention is configured such that the ram assembly is moved into a board-engaging position to enable the spike to puncture and fasten to a predetermined (damaged) board of the pallet, and to thereafter be moved up and away from the pallet in order to remove and separate the board from the pallet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: CLM Pallet Recycling, Inc.
    Inventors: Derrick L. Smith, Barry J. Davignon
  • Patent number: 8621738
    Abstract: A glass cutting apparatus (101) includes a pair of cutters (13a, 13b) installed oppositely to each other in such a way as to sandwich, therebetween, a glass plate with surfaces of the glass plate thereof being along a vertical direction; a first pressing unit (14a) which presses one of the cutters to one of the surfaces of the glass plate in a horizontal direction with a pressing force P; a second pressing unit (14b) which is placed oppositely to the first pressing unit and presses the other one of the cutters to the other surface of the glass plate in the horizontal direction with the pressing force P; and a moving unit (20) which moves the pair of cutters pressing the glass plate with the pressing force P.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Iwamoto, Yoshiyuki Tani, Fumio Yamazaki, Takao Hisazumi
  • Publication number: 20130333182
    Abstract: Building panels, especially floor panels are shown, which are provided with a locking system that is configured to lock the adjacent edges by angling and that have a tongue and a strip on the same edge, and a method to divide a board and produce such building panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: DARKO PERVAN, AGNE PALSSON
  • Patent number: 8607837
    Abstract: An apparatus for stripping metal from a cathode plate, the apparatus comprising stripping means adapted for positioning between the metal and the cathode plate in order to separate the metal from the cathode plate, and wherein movement of the stripping means is achieved through movement of a robotic arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Xstrata Technology Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Anthony John Ruddell, Per Ola Eriksson, Jason Cameron Schulte, Gavin Jeffery Tang Sue Yek
  • Publication number: 20130310865
    Abstract: A tool for a medical instrument includes an effecting device, a transmission rod, of which the distal end is coupled to the effecting device, for transferring at least either a force or a torque to the effecting device, and a cutting device, which, to cut tissue, is movable in a channel in the transmission rod and in the effecting device. To cut tissue, the cutting device is movable in a channel in the transmission rod and in the effecting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Robin Merz, Jochen Stefan
  • Publication number: 20130298373
    Abstract: The invention relates to a handling apparatus for handling a roller of a roller crusher. The handling apparatus comprises a movable base, a carrier pivotably attached to said base and adapted to carry the roller, at least one carrier pivoting device pivotably attached to said base and attached to said carrier, said carrier pivoting device being extendable, and at least one roller pivoting device pivotably connected to said base, said roller pivoting device being adapted to releasably engage said roller. The invention also relates to a method for mounting a roller to a roller crusher and a method for dismounting a roller to a roller crusher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: METSO MINERALS INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert C. Croyle
  • Patent number: 8578582
    Abstract: A method for dismantling a furnace having a multilayered refractory structure including: a furnace shell; a containing layer that is formed of a containing refractory that contains asbestos, and covers the inner side of the furnace shell; and a multilayered non-containing layer that is formed of a non-containing refractory that contains no asbestos, and covers the inner side of the containing layer, the method includes: a primary dismantling process; and a secondary dismantling process conducted after the primary dismantling process. In the primary dismantling process, the non-containing layer is dismantled from a furnace-core side thereof but the containing layer and at least one layer of the layers forming the non-containing layer, which is in contact with the containing layer, are left as a remnant. In the secondary dismantling process, the remnant is dismantled while asbestos measures are implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Nippon Steel Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazumi Kurayoshi, Ryo Kato, Katsumi Mori, Yoshihito Doi
  • Patent number: 8567031
    Abstract: A stack of disk-like articles or can ends are transferred in an elongated tubular paper bag supported between opposing shoes, and the bag is removed from the stack by pulling the bag longitudinally or upwardly after a slitting knife blade moves or pivots from a retracted position to an extended position to pierce the bag and to slit the bag progressively and longitudinally. A stream or jet of air is directed against the end or top article in the stack to prevent the articles from moving with the bag or being flipped over in response to pulling the bag from the stack. Preferably, the air jet is directed from an air supply tube attached to the knife blade for movement with the blade between the retracted position and the extended position. The knife blade is shaped like a hawk beak and has a pointed tip and an arcuate knife edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Airtrim, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. DeHart
  • Patent number: 8528191
    Abstract: Provided is a U-shaped iron core transfer/assembling method, by which a first leg iron core, a second-leg iron core and a lower-yoke iron core are housed in a first leg iron core tank, a second leg iron core tank and a lower-yoke iron core tank, respectively, and those iron cores are individually transported in sideways attitude. Next, the lower-yoke iron core is transferred into a lower-yoke iron core assembling tank. While the first leg iron core, the second leg iron core and the lower-yoke iron core being kept in the tilted postures, the first leg iron core tank, the second leg iron core tank and the lower-yoke iron core assembling tank are individually opened at their openings and are jointed to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Masaki Sugihara, Keigo Shibata, Shin Yamada
  • Publication number: 20130231015
    Abstract: A buoy includes a turret coupled to a buoyant body using a bearing assembly; a deckhouse disposed on the buoyant body; and a bearing retainer configured to retain the bearing assembly and to releasably attach to the turret. The buoy may also include a locking mechanism having an inner opening in the turret, an outer opening in the buoyant body, and a locking member configured for insertion through the inner and outer openings. In one embodiment, the inner opening is out of alignment with the outer opening during operation of the buoy. The buoy may further include a detachable cover on the deckhouse, wherein the cover is configured to attach to the bearing retainer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: HENDRICUS HOGEWONING
  • Publication number: 20130200231
    Abstract: An interface and a method for mounting a piece of equipment (5) with a rotary drive source (3). The mounting interface has a first frame (1) fastened to the drive source (3) and a second frame (2) fastened to the piece of equipment (5), the frames (1, 2) being fitted with assembly means (19) for assembling them together. Rails (22, 23) for guiding the piece of equipment (5) are removably mounted on the first frame (1) and co-operate with windows (20, 21) of the second frame (2). The windows (20, 21) are laterally open providing transverse passages for the rails (22, 23) into the windows (20, 21). The piece of equipment (5) can be moved transversely by an operator towards the rails (22, 23) in order to support it and guide it axially towards the drive source (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: EUROCOPTER
    Inventor: EUROCOPTER
  • Publication number: 20130160267
    Abstract: A method takes a sample of a deposit on a secondary side of a pipe base plate of a steam generator of a nuclear power plant, In the method a steam generator pipe is removed from the pipe base plate to expose a hot pipe bore penetrating the pipe base plate. A removal tool of a device for taking the sample is introduced into the hot pipe bore by the primary side of the pipe base plate which is opposite the secondary side. A part of the deposit is removed by the removal tool as the sample. The sample is transported and removed from the steam generator. The removal tool is removed from the steam generator. The device contains the removal tool which can be introduced by a primary side of the pipe base plate in an exposed hot pipe bore penetrating the pipe base plate for removing the sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: AREVA NP GMBH
    Inventor: AREVA NP GMBH
  • Patent number: 8464413
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing and installing a gear reducer from an assembly, such as a Fanuc robot, is provided. The apparatus includes a bracket that is attached to a casing of the robot in a vicinity of a position where the gear reducer is to be removed or installed. The bracket provides a sleeve that is disposed so as to be spaced from and aligned with the gear reducer when the bracket is mounted to the casing. A guide bearing is slidably received through the sleeve and has a first end that attaches to the gear reducer via an attachment assembly. The gear reducer can then be removed by pulling the guide bearing away from the robot or installed by pushing the guide bearing toward the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tom Prater, Mark Roop
  • Publication number: 20130139862
    Abstract: Portable shelters, shelter systems, and methods of deployment of such shelters are described. The shelters or housing units may be deployed in emergency housing situations and may be grouped into systems of shelters. One particular embodiment comprises a rigid top frame structure, a rigid bottom frame structure, and one or more collapsible support arms connecting the top frame structure to the bottom frame structure. The frame structures and the collapsible support arm(s) are sized and configured to form a shelter frame when the collapsible support arm(s) are in a fully extended position, and the top frame structure is brought into proximity with the bottom frame structure when the collapsible support arm(s) are in a collapsed position. Methods of rapid deployment of the shelters and systems of shelters are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Michael D. McDaniel, JR.
  • Patent number: 8440362
    Abstract: A modular fuel cell system includes a base, at least four power modules arranged in a row on the base, and a fuel processing module and power conditioning module arranged on at least one end of the row on the base. Each power module includes a separate cabinet which contains at least one fuel cell stack located in a hot box. The power modules are electrically and fluidly connected to the at least one fuel processing and power conditioning modules through the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Bloom Energy Corporation
    Inventors: Gilbert Richards, David Trevisan, Michael L Lee, Jessica Mahler, Ross Parker, Alex Clarabut, Chad Pearson, Arne Ballantine, David Weingaertner, Jason Hixson, Fred Mitlitsky
  • Patent number: 8434216
    Abstract: Methods and systems for maintaining a machine using an in-situ vehicle (IV) is provided. The IV may be used with a machine that includes a work-piece and an interference body positioned proximate a surface of the work-piece such that a relatively small gap extends between the work-piece and the interference body. The method includes transporting the IV from external to the machine into the gap, positioning the IV in the gap such that at least a portion of the IV circumscribes a work area of the work-piece, locking the IV between the work-piece and the interference body, and manipulating a tool coupled to the IV from external to the machine, the tool configured to transfer a component between the work-piece and a storage cassette on the IV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Waheed Tony Mall, Robert Martin Roney, Jr., Roderick Mark Lusted, Eric Buskirk, James Thaddeus Henley, Paul C. Bagley, Gary Lindsey Stewart, Kenneth John Hatley, Richard Michael Hatley, Peter John McGrath
  • Publication number: 20130105543
    Abstract: A method for replacing a tag tool needle includes securing at least a portion of a tag tool needle coupled to a tag tool in a needle container; and removing the tag tool needle from the tag tool with the needle container. A tag tool needle container includes a first tubular aperture adapted to receive at least a portion of a first tag tool needle therein, where the first tubular aperture has a compression-fit adapted to securely enclose the portion of the first tag tool needle when urged over the first tag tool needle; and a second tubular aperture coupled to the first tubular aperture and adapted to receive at least a portion of a second tag tool needle therein, where the second tubular aperture has a compression-fit adapted to adapted to securely enclose the portion of the second tag tool needle when urged over the second tag tool needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Raymond E. Davis, Clifton Glenn Hampton
  • Patent number: 8371030
    Abstract: A maintenance method is provided for a wind turbine generator including a tower and a nacelle. The maintenance method includes: attaching a pedestal to the tower; attaching a jack to the pedestal; and lifting the nacelle by using the jack to detach the nacelle from the tower, from a state where the nacelle is rotatably connected to the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Shiraishi, Kunikazu Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8366874
    Abstract: Implementations and techniques for removing and segregating components from printed circuit boards are generally disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Mark Meloni
  • Publication number: 20130015687
    Abstract: The invention relates to a seat including a backrest unit which has at least one seat screen unit, which in a ready-for-operation state displays output signals from an image converter unit, wherein the output signals are transmitted by a signal transmission unit between the image converter unit and the seat screen unit. According to the invention, the seat screen unit has at least one output interface which is provided to transmit signals between the image converter unit and the seat screen unit, and the image converter unit is disposed outside the seat screen unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Marco Krämer
  • Publication number: 20130008763
    Abstract: A door transportation method in a vehicle body assembly line, in which the vehicle body is placed and transported on a vehicle body transportation carriage of a floor conveyer, and thereby components are assembled to the vehicle body, includes: placing and transporting the door, which is detached from the vehicle body, on a door placing section arranged on a base stand of the vehicle body transportation carriage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20120284987
    Abstract: A board removal apparatus for a wooden pallet includes a frame, and a carriage carried by the frame. The carriage includes a pair of spaced apart tables with a fixed gap therebetween. The carriage is movable between a pallet receiving position and a board removal position. The pallet is positioned on the carriage when in the pallet receiving position so that a board to be removed overlies the fixed gap. A board removal assembly is carried by the frame and includes a push rod and a board removal foot pad pivotally coupled thereto. The push rod and the board removal foot pad are inserted between adjacent stringers on the pallet when the carriage is in the board removal position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: CHEP TECHNOLOGY PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: STEVE TOWNSEND, Christopher Bertram Anderson
  • Publication number: 20120240375
    Abstract: A method for separating and removing a rigid core when building a tire. When the rigid core body is to be separated and removed from the inside of the tire, the method includes removing a core holding mechanism and upper and lower support plates; transferring the tire to a support table; raising a second core separation/removal mechanism; horizontally pulling a first type of segment groups until separated from the inner surface of the tire; lowering the first type of the segment groups below the support table; lowering a first core separation/removal mechanism to the center of the height position of the rigid core body; horizontally pulling the second type of the segment groups until they are separated from the inner surface of the tire; transferring a second type of the segment groups with a second core separation/removal mechanism, and conveying the tire to the subsequent process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: THE YOKOHAMA RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Noboru Takada