With Prestressing Of Part Patents (Class 29/446)
  • Patent number: 10518312
    Abstract: A method of incremental autofrettage is taught herein, whereby the cycle life of a metal liner in a pressure vessel is increased. This method serves to increase the yield strength of the metal liner through sequential work hardening due to repeated autofrettage at increasing pressures. By incrementally increasing the internal pressure used in the autofrettage process, the compressive stresses at an inner surface of the metal liner may be controlled so that post-pressurization buckling does not occur, yet the yield strength of the metal liner is substantially increased. The higher compressive stresses in the metal liner mean that higher Maximum Expected Operating Pressures (MEOPs) may be used without detracting from the cycle life of the metal liner, or alternatively, for lower pressures, a longer metal liner cycle life may be obtained. Either internal or external pressures may be used, generated by a pressure source, or a suitable die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SPENCER COMPOSITES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian E. Spencer, Richard L. Grover, Zachary B. Spencer
  • Patent number: 10428892
    Abstract: An antivibration device is equipped with an inner sleeve having a diameter expansion portion, an outer sleeve, an antivibration base body, and an annular stopper. The stopper is equipped with a first portion where a first distance from the center of the attaching hole to an inner peripheral surface of the attaching hole is set to be smaller than a maximum value of an outer radius of the diameter expansion portion, and a second portion where a second distance from the center to the inner peripheral surface of the attaching hole is set to be larger than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuya Oniwa, Hiroto Koba
  • Patent number: 10359052
    Abstract: A discharge head features at least one low-deflection component that substantially does not deflect in response to high piping forces applied in a direction perpendicular to the discharge head; at least one high-deflection component that deflects in response to the high piping forces; and a flexible element configured between the at least one low-deflection component and the at least one high-deflection component to contain pressure and to be highly flexible in the direction perpendicular to the centerline of the discharge head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: ITT MANUFACTURING ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventor: Paul W. Behnke
  • Patent number: 10347224
    Abstract: A key in one aspect of the present disclosure comprises a key body, a hook, a weight, and a stopper. When the weight is accommodated in a hole of the key body, the weight is supported inside of the hole at least at the following two points: a point ? where the stopper is caught on the hook; and a point ? where the weight abuts on a wall surface of the hole, when the weight is rotated about the point ?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: KAWAI MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS MANUFACTURING CO., LTD
    Inventor: Masahiko Iwase
  • Patent number: 10294659
    Abstract: A multidirectional aluminum extrusion connection device includes a direction-change coupling member having two ends respectively forming first and second coupling sections arranged in an angularly-staggered manner to extend in different directions for each connectable with a connection member. A first aluminum extrusion plate is provided to receive one of the connection members to extend therethrough so as to be set at a location corresponding to the first coupling section. A second aluminum extrusion plate is provided to receive the other one of the connection members to extend therethrough so as to be set at a location corresponding to the second coupling section. The first and second aluminum extrusion plates are thus connected in an angularly staggered manner to form a connection module having and defining a corner. The connection members may be additionally connected two pre-prepared aluminum extrusion parts for respectively coupling to the first and second aluminum extrusion plats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Ruei-Hsing Lin
  • Patent number: 10247410
    Abstract: Gas burner of the type having a cup of the burner accommodating at least one injector for fuel gas, a head of the burner coupled to the cup and including at least one distribution chamber for a first circumferential flame spreader, a mixing chamber for mixing primary air and fuel gas to set up a fuel mixture, the mixing chamber being fluidically connected to the cup and an injector, a duct for transferring the fuel mixture from the mixing chamber into the distribution chamber, and inflow duct of the primary air from the outer environment inside the cup of the burner, as well as a separating element of the transferring duct of the fuel mixture from the inflow duct of the primary air, wherein the separating element could be tightly constrained to the head, or cup of the burner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SABAF S.P.A.
    Inventor: Angelo Bettinzoli
  • Patent number: 10208618
    Abstract: An exemplary variable vane actuation system for a gas turbine engine includes a vane arm attachable to a vane stem and configured to rotate the vane stem about a radially extending axis. The vane arm includes a claw feature to be press-fit onto the vane stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene C. Gasmen, Bernard W. Pudvah, Stanley Wiecko
  • Patent number: 10166848
    Abstract: A soft top assembly which includes lift assist with improved fabric management and a lift assist locking mechanism. The soft top is rotatable between a closed, open sunroof position, and open position. When a cam of the lift assist locking mechanism is in a locked position, the soft top is prevented from moving from the open sunroof position to the open position. When a release mechanism of the lift assist is actuated, the cam is moved to an unlocked position allowing the soft top to be moved rearward into the open position. A handle lockout of the lift assist locking mechanism selectively positions a cam lockout to prevent the soft top from moving/rotating back to the open sunroof position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Bestop, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Lewis, Tavis Lutzka
  • Patent number: 10100656
    Abstract: A coated seal slot system for turbomachinery includes a first turbine component comprising a first groove having at least one first coating attached to at least a portion of the first groove of the first turbine component, a second turbine component comprising a second groove having at least one second coating attached to at least a portion of the second groove of the second turbine component. The first and the second turbine components are disposable adjacent to each other with the first groove having the first coating and the second groove having the second coating together forming a coated seal slot extending across a gap between the first turbine component and the second turbine component. A seal is disposable in the coated seal slot and extendable across the gap between the first and the second turbine components and engageable with the first coating and the second coating to inhibit leakage of gas through the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Stephen Francis Bancheri, Venkat Subramaniam Venkataramani, Glen Harold Kirby, Neelesh Nandkumar Sarawate, Nicholas Edward Antolino, Edip Sevincer, Anthony Christopher Marin
  • Patent number: 10041366
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a sliding seal between two components. The sliding seal includes a substantially radially extending rail and a substantially axially extending leg, such that the seal has a substantially J-shaped cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy M. Davis, Paul M. Lutjen, Jeremy Drake
  • Patent number: 9909457
    Abstract: A method for assembling a section of a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The method involves aligning a vane ring with a first rotor hub such that a row of vanes on the vane ring is adjacent a first row of blades of the first rotor hub, and aligning a second rotor hub with the vane ring such that a second row of blades of the second rotor hub is adjacent the row of vanes and the row of vanes is axially between the first row of blades and the second row of blades. The first hub and the second hub are then non-mechanically bonded together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nelson DaCunha, Jesse R. Christophel
  • Patent number: 9822680
    Abstract: An exhaust gas treatment device for an exhaust gas flow path of an internal combustion engine, includes a tubular carrier body (12) extending along a longitudinal axis (L) of the carrier with a first axial end area (18) and with a second axial end area (20) and at least one exhaust gas treatment element (34) carried in the carrier body (12) with the interposition of at least one fiber material layer (36). The carrier body (2) includes carrier elements (14, 16) connected to one another in a first connection area (22) and in a second connection area (24) that extend from the first axial end area (18) to the second axial end area (20). At least one connection area (22, 24) does not extend in parallel to the longitudinal axis (L) of the carrier from the first axial end area (18) to the second axial end area (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Eberspächer Exhaust Technology GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Marcel Ferencak
  • Patent number: 9629619
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical sealing device (1) for the sealing of a puncture hole in a vessel wall, and comprises an inner member (2), which is adapted to be positioned at an interior surface of the vessel wall, and an outer member (3), which is adapted to be positioned outside the vessel wall, the inner member (2) and the outer member (3) being held together by a retaining member (4), wherein at least one of said inner member (2), outer member (3) and retaining member (4) is made from at least one shape memory polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: TERUMO EUROPE N.V.
    Inventor: Lars Tenerz
  • Patent number: 9546723
    Abstract: A housing for a bevel gear includes a pinion bearing seat configured to support a pinion bearing for a driveshaft having a drive pinion. The housing also includes an attachment structure configured to attach a support bearing seat to the housing such that the position of the support bearing seat with respect to the pinion bearing seat is variable in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: AKTIEBOLAGET SKF
    Inventors: Padelis Katsaros, Volker Wendt
  • Patent number: 9157462
    Abstract: Joint parts of joinable plates to be joined to each other are joined by a plurality of joining bolts. The joining bolts are arranged in a direction of a tensile load F. The joint parts of the plate members have four sections T1 to T4 that vary in elastic modulus. The elastic modulus (E1 to E4) of these sections T1 to T4 have a relationship of E1(T1)>E2(T2)>E3(T3)>E4(T4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nonaka, Masahiro Kashiwagi, Toshio Abe
  • Patent number: 9121402
    Abstract: A pump body is pre-compressed by expanding a displacement plug in a cavity to pre-compress a portion of a pump body comprising a piston bore, an inlet bore and an outlet bore spaced from said cavity, and connected in a pump assembly. A fluid pump assembly is made up of a plurality of pump bodies connected side by side between opposing end plates with a plurality of fasteners tightened to compress the pump bodies between the end plates, wherein each pump body comprises a piston bore, an inlet bore, an outlet bore and an expanded displacement plug in a cavity; and wherein the expanded displacement plug applies a pre-compressive force at the cavity on each of the pump bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: William Marshall, Rod Shampine, Edward Leugemors, Hubertus V. Thomeer
  • Publication number: 20150145387
    Abstract: An example method for stabilizing a sensor component includes: positioning a portion of the sensor component relative to a support with a plurality of retaining members in contact with the portion of the sensor component, the plurality of retaining members including at least a first one of the retaining members being a resilient biasing member and a second one of the retaining members being an adjustable retaining member; adjusting the adjustable retaining member to reposition the portion of the sensor component relative to the support and deform the resilient retaining member; immobilizing the portion of the sensor component relative to the support with an additional, rigid retaining member in contact with the portion of the sensor component; and filling a space between the portion of the sensor component and the support with a glue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Beckey, Neal Andrew Schumacher, Wade David Oberpriller
  • Publication number: 20150135883
    Abstract: In accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the invention, an adjustment assembly for allowing or preventing adjustment of a component is provided. The adjustment assembly includes a first bracket at least partially surrounding the component, a second bracket at least partially surrounding the first bracket, and a piezoelectric device biasing against one of the first bracket or the second bracket in a first position, the piezoelectric device configured to contract and release the bias against one of the first bracket and the second bracket in a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Richard P. Nash, Ravi Ravindra
  • Publication number: 20150134052
    Abstract: An implantable prosthetic valve, according to one embodiment, comprises a frame, a leaflet structure, and a skirt member. The frame can have a plurality of axial struts interconnected by a plurality of circumferential struts. The leaflet structure comprises a plurality of leaflets (e.g., three leaflets arrange to form a tricuspid valve). The leaflet structure has a scalloped lower edge portion secured to the frame. The skirt member can be disposed between the leaflet structure and the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ilia Hariton, Netanel Benichou, Yaacov Nitzan, Bella Felsen, Diana Nguyen-Thien-Nhon, Rajesh A. Khanna, Son V. Nguyen, Tamir S. Levi, Itai Pelled
  • Publication number: 20150128427
    Abstract: A scissors tool having removable replacement blades and bearings in an arcuate bearing path disposed to stiffen the pivot and bias the blades together with greater inter-blade pressure at the cutting point. In some embodiments, the scissors tool has flexible arms which increase said cutting point edge pressure and provide that little to no gap forms between the blades proximate to and behind the cutting point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Eric P. Linn, Justen L. Bock
  • Publication number: 20150130142
    Abstract: A seal ring assembly for use with a rotary machine that includes an axis of rotation includes a seal housing comprising a secondary sealing surface and a secondary seal assembly coupled to the seal housing. The secondary seal assembly includes a seal ring coupled to the seal housing, wherein the seal ring is configured to form a secondary seal with the secondary sealing surface. The secondary seal assembly also includes at least one protection ring positioned upstream from the seal ring. The secondary seal assembly is configured to be biased along the axis such that biasing the at least one protection ring facilitates removing debris from at least a portion of the secondary sealing surface over which the seal ring travels during biasing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Xiaoqing Zheng, Rahul Anil Bidkar, Karimulla Shaik Sha, Azam Mihir Thatte
  • Publication number: 20150112378
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a release mechanism, method of manufacturing, and method of releasing a medical device. The mechanism comprises a generally elongate shaft, an actuating member receivable in the elongate shaft, the actuating member having an interlocking position and a releasing position, and at least two opposed arms at a distal end of the elongate shaft, biased to open relative to each other, each arm comprising a gripping portion at a distal end, and at least one interlocking member. The gripping portions of the arms may define a hollow space for holding a device. The interlocking member of each arm is longitudinally spaced from the interlocking member of any other arm and extends circumferentially around the actuating member. The actuating member is longitudinally retractable from the interlocking position to the releasing position to enable the arms to open for releasing a medical device from the gripping portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Allan Torp
  • Publication number: 20150101171
    Abstract: An assembly for collapsing a prosthetic heart valve includes a compression member and a pusher member. The compression member has a first open end with a first diameter, a second open end with a second diameter less than the first diameter, and a tapered wall between the first open end and the second open end. The pusher member has a base adapted to engage an end of the valve. The pusher member and the compression member are movable relative to one another between an initial position in which the base of the pusher member is relatively far from the first open end of the compression member and an operative position in which the base of the pusher member is relatively close to the first open end of the compression member. Movement of the pusher and compression members from the initial position to the operative position radially compresses the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: ST. JUDE MEDICAL, CARDIOLOGY DIVISION, INC.
    Inventors: Michael A. Johnson, Valerie J. Glazier, Huisun Wang
  • Publication number: 20150105850
    Abstract: A stent assembly includes support rings each having interconnected circumferentially alternating inner prongs and outer prongs. The inner prongs define an inner diameter around a longitudinal axis. The outer prongs define an outer diameter greater than the inner diameter. A graft engages the support rings and follows a waving peripheral path. The graft may be a billowing graft. A second graft may surround the first graft such that tunnels are defined between the first graft and second graft. A method of making a stent assembly includes diametrically expanding the support rings onto a mandrel, engaging a graft with the support rings, and removing the support rings and graft from the mandrel permitting the stent assembly to contract to a neutral state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Ali Shahriari
  • Patent number: 9003626
    Abstract: A docking station formed of a tray having a clamping portion coupled to a receiver portion for motion along a travel axis therebetween. A lever is coupled for moving the clamping portion between an expanded position spaced away from the receiver portion, and a retracted position adjacent to the receiver portion. The lever includes a preload portion that is adapted for preloading the clamping portion in the retracted position, and a latching portion that is coupled for retaining the clamping portion in the retracted position. The preload portion of the lever is a resiliently bendable member, such as a spring. Optionally, the lever is a second class lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Publication number: 20150096117
    Abstract: A shower rod mounting assembly is provided with a flexible substrate having a first side and a spaced apart second side. A reversible dry adhesive layer at least partially covers the first side of the substrate to attach the flexible substrate to a surface and leave the underlying surface unmarked after removal. The reversible adhesive retains an adhesion property for a plurality of adhesion cycles. A receptacle is mounted to the second side and is adapted to receive an end of a shower rod. A boss extends from the substrate with a track formed therein with an opening to receive an end of a shower rod. A biasing member extends from the substrate adjacent to the opening to retain the end of the shower rod after installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: LIBERTY HARDWARE MFG. CORP.
    Inventors: Earl David Forrest, Kelly Kovacs, Rick Roetken
  • Publication number: 20150100029
    Abstract: An injection device includes a housing for receiving a syringe or cartridge for containing a medicament; a rotary driveshaft mounted for rotation relative to the housing; and an elongate coiled torsion spring having respective formations at opposite ends thereof, with a first formation being anchored in a seat on the rotary drive shaft and a second formation being anchored in a seat on a reaction component. In use relative rotation of the rotary driveshaft and the reaction component in one angular direction strains the torsion drive spring, and release of the strained torsion drive spring causes expression of medicament from the syringe or cartridge. The torsion spring is longitudinally resiliently compressible between its end formations whereby during assembly of the injection device, the torsion spring may be longitudinally compressed and then rotated, thereby urging the end formations of the torsion drive spring into engagement with the respective seats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: OWEN MUMFORD LIMITED
    Inventors: Toby Cowe, Simon Reitter
  • Publication number: 20150089788
    Abstract: A method is provided for retaining a stack of sheets in a post-processing unit which improves retaining capabilities of a retaining element while retaining a stack of sheets. This method comprises the steps of forming a stack of sheets, providing a wire from a wire source, the wire being plastically-elastically deformable, selecting a retaining element type from one of a clip element type and a stapling element type, determining a wire deforming program for forming a retaining element of the selected retaining element type, forming the retaining element according to the wire deforming program by bending the wire at a number of positions along the wire and cutting the wire, and applying the formed retaining element to the stack of sheets, thereby retaining the stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: OCE-TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventor: Theodorus A.G. HEEREN
  • Publication number: 20150088241
    Abstract: A medical device includes a polymer scaffold crimped to a catheter having an expansion balloon. A sheath pair is placed over the crimped scaffold after crimping to reduce recoil of the crimped polymer scaffold and maintain scaffold-balloon engagement relied on to hold the scaffold to the balloon when the scaffold is being delivered to a target in a body. The sheath pair is removed by a health professional before placing the scaffold within the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Annie P. Liu, Jason Phillips, Mark C. Johnson, Brenna Hearn Lord, Jeremy Beer, Travis Yribarren, Steve Saville, Marc L. Speck
  • Publication number: 20150074974
    Abstract: Disclosed are alkali aluminosilicate glasses having unexpected resistance to indentation cracking. The glasses obtain this high resistance as a result of a high level of surface compression accompanied by a shallow depth of layer. The advantaged glasses show greater resistance to radial crack formation from Vickers indentation than glasses with the same compressive stress, but higher depths of layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jonathan David Pesansky, Chandan Kumar Saha, Trevor E. Wilantewicz
  • Publication number: 20150074975
    Abstract: A method of crimping a stent on a balloon of a catheter assembly is provided. A polymeric stent is disposed over a balloon in an inflated configuration. The stent is crimped over the inflated balloon to a reduced crimped configuration so that the stent is secured onto the balloon. The balloon wall membrane is wedged or pinched between the strut elements of the stent for increasing the retention of the stent on the balloon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Bin Huang, David C. Gale, Daniel Castro
  • Publication number: 20150068044
    Abstract: An edge beveling tool for working leather including a handle; a cutting member comprising an arm with first and second ends, cutting surface(s) being provided on the second end, and a spring assembly for removably engaging the cutting member with the handle. The first end of the cutting member is inserted into a slot defined in the handle and is engaged by the spring assembly. The spring assembly is a spring clip which urges the first end of the cutting member into contact with an interior wall of the handle. When it is desired to replace the first cutting member with a second cutting member having a different cutting profile, the first cutting member is grasped and pulled out of the slot. A first end of the second cutting member is then inserted into the slot where the spring clip urges it contact with the interior wall of the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Weaver Leather, LLC
    Inventor: James Jeremiah Ian Watt
  • Patent number: 8973238
    Abstract: Medical device components and processes are disclosed. For example, tube-shaped catheter components and processes of making tube-shaped catheter components are disclosed. Devices and systems, including medical devices and systems, such as catheters, containing tube-shaped catheter components are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Schoenle, Daniel James Horn, Yiqun Wang, Lixiao Wang
  • Publication number: 20150066132
    Abstract: A balloon catheter is disclosed, which includes an elongated shaft body, a dilatable balloon in which a distal end portion and a proximal end portion form a dilation chamber inside of the dilatable balloon by being away from each other and being individually bonded to an outer periphery of the shaft body, and a stretch regulation member that connects the outer periphery of the shaft body or an inner periphery of the balloon of the distal end portion of the balloon and the outer periphery of the shaft body or the inner periphery of the balloon of the proximal end portion of the balloon with each other inside the dilation chamber while regulating a stretch occurring between the distal end portion and the proximal end portion of the balloon during dilation of the balloon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Shinya Sawada
  • Publication number: 20150050068
    Abstract: In one aspect, an elastically averaged alignment system is provided. The system includes a first component comprising an alignment member and a second component comprising an inner wall defining an alignment aperture. The alignment aperture is configured to receive at least a portion of the alignment member to couple the first component and the second component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Morris, Jennifer P. Lawall, Joel Colombo
  • Publication number: 20150040550
    Abstract: A cover assembly for a torque converter is also provided. The cover assembly includes a front cover and a drive plate connected to an outer surface of the front cover for coupling to the front cover to an engine crankshaft. The drive plate includes elastic preloading elements pressing against the outer surface of the front cover. A method of forming a cover assembly for a torque converter is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: John Volcansek
  • Patent number: 8950071
    Abstract: During the manufacturing of heat-insulated pipes (1) with an inner duct (3) and an outer duct (2) and a foamed insulation (14) arranged in between, the inner duct is placed on a tension member (10). The latter is tensioned between tensioning means by means of a tensile force, such that it runs straight and that the inner duct is held straight. The latter is held on centering elements (16, 17) which are spaced from one another in a defined way by means of spacers (18). In this straight position the inner duct may be surrounded with foam inside of the outer duct, without needing spacers between the ducts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Brugg Rohr AG Holding
    Inventor: Karl Knecht
  • Patent number: 8943658
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a tampon includes a pushing-member inserting mechanism that inserts a pushing member into an accommodating cylinder through a leading-end opening; and a tampon main body inserting mechanism that inserts a tampon main body into the accommodating cylinder from side including a cord through the leading-end opening; a drive section connecting the guide tube and the accommodating cylinder by moving one of the guide tube and the accommodating cylinder towards other one and thus contacting the guide tube and the leading-end part of the accommodating cylinder; a pressing part pressing the tampon main body inserted into the guide tube so as to insert the tampon main body into the accommodating cylinder connected to the guide tube; and an air suction device sucking air from rear-end side of the accommodating cylinder in a case where the tampon main body is inserted into the accommodating cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Shinobu Seki, Hideki Onishi, Masashi Hosokawa
  • Publication number: 20150020368
    Abstract: A swimming pool cleaner including a body having a debris inlet and a debris outlet and defining an elongate slotted cavity pivotably holding proximal ends of flap members forming a segmented skirt which forms with the pool surface a plenum from which water and debris are drawn into the inlet. The slotted cavity is configured for strain-free insertion of the flap-member proximal ends into the cavity. A removable nozzle within the debris inlet and retaining the flap-member proximal ends in the cavity. A method for inlet to control debris-laden water flow. The cleaner further including a tool-free nozzle-mounting structure at the debris inlet removably retaining the nozzle within the debris inlet and a tool-free wheel-mounting assembly. a plurality of removable nozzles are interchangeably secured within the debris inlet, each nozzle having a flow opening sized differently from flow opening(s) of the other nozzle(s) to control debris-laden water flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: POOLVERGNUEGEN
    Inventors: Dieter J. Rief, Hans Rainer Schlitzer
  • Publication number: 20150020871
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a framing structure for a solar panel made from a polymer composition (C) comprising at least one polyamide polymer [polyamide (A)], and at least one reinforcing filler [filler (F)], the framing structure being characterized by having a top surface and a bottom surface, said top surface having a depressed central portion sized for receiving a solar panel. It also relates to a method for manufacturing the same, to a method for assembly a solar panel into said framing structure, to a solar panel assembly comprising the same, and to a method for fixing said solar panel assembly onto a support (e.g. a roof).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS USA, LLC.
    Inventors: Vincent Pierre Meunier, Jeffrey A. Hrivnak, Glenn P. Desio, Philippe Brasseur
  • Publication number: 20150014503
    Abstract: A apparatus and method for mounting an object are provided. The apparatus includes a clamp configured to attach to a strut, and a bracket coupled to the clamp. The bracket includes a first arm having a first end disposed proximal to the clamp and a second end disposed distal to the clamp, and a second arm having a first end disposed proximal to the clamp and coupled to the object, and a second end coupled to the second end of the first arm. The second arm is positioned between the first arm and the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Earl Owen
  • Publication number: 20150014869
    Abstract: A fill assembly for evaporative cooling includes a plurality of splash bars, a grid to support the plurality of splash bars, and a pivot connection at an intersection between the grid and a splash bar of the plurality of splash bars. The fill assembly is configured to translate from an upright conformation to a compact conformation in response to the plurality of splash bars pivoting relative to the grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: William M. Roth
  • Patent number: 8918983
    Abstract: A method for reinforcing, baffling or sealing a vehicle structure by providing a sealing body with an integrated fastening tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd R. Deachin, Gary Vanlerberghe, Jeffery C. Viaene
  • Patent number: 8920484
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a transluminal delivery system for a self-expanding luminal prosthesis, the system comprising an inner catheter component (30) and a retractable sheath (12) to surround the component thereby to define an annular space to receive the prosthesis (10), the component exhibiting an anti-sliding component, for abutting a luminal surface portion of the prosthesis (10) to restrain the prosthesis from sliding with the sheath (12), and relative to the inner catheter (30), while the sheath retracts relative to the prosthesis to release the prosthesis progressively into the target bodily lumen characterized in that the anti-sliding component is or includes at least one sleeve (36, 50, 66, 76) having a length direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the annular space and having at least one bound portion (33, 52, 64, 65, 74) of its length that is not free to slide on the inner catheter, and at least one unbound portion of its length with a capability to slide axially on the inner catheter (
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Wübbeling, Daniel Dietrich, Erhard Elsasser, Beate Walter
  • Publication number: 20140376071
    Abstract: A micromechanical component includes a mounting, and a mirror plate which is adjustable with respect to the mounting about at least one rotational axis and which has a mirror side and a rear side which faces away from the mirror side. The mirror plate is connected to the mounting at least via four springs. Each of the four springs extends partially along the rear side of the mirror plate and is connected to the mirror plate via one support post each, which in each case contacts an anchoring area situated on the rear side. Also described is a micromirror device, as well as a manufacturing method for a micromechanical component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Simon ARMBRUSTER, Helmut GRUTZECK, Joerg MUCHOW, Frederic Njikam NJIMONZIE, Johannes BAADER, Stefan PINTER, Rainer STRAUB, Zoltan LESTYAN
  • Publication number: 20140373415
    Abstract: An ammunition magazine including a housing having a base, a follower spring-biased in the housing against the base, a chain coupled to the follower for pulling the follower towards the base to permit loading of cartridges into the magazine, and a mechanism for collecting a loose portion of the chain mounted on the follower, the chain being coupled to the mechanism for collecting a loose portion of the chain, the mechanism being configured to collect a loose portion of the chain after the follower has been pulled towards the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: SAGI FAIFER
  • Publication number: 20140366326
    Abstract: An elastically deformable retaining hook for matable components includes a first component having a body portion extending from a first end to a second end. Also included is a second component extending from a first end to a second end. Further included is a slot disposed in the first end of the second component and defined by a first, second, third, and fourth slot wall. Yet further included is a hook portion disposed proximate the first end of the body portion. The hook portion includes a first segment extending angularly from the body portion. The hook portion also includes a second segment extending angularly from the first segment and configured to fittingly engage the slot of the second component, wherein the second segment is formed of an elastically deformable material and configured to elastically deform upon engagement with the first slot wall and the second slot wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Joel Colombo, Jeffrey L. Konchan, Steven E. Morris, Steve J. Briggs
  • Publication number: 20140366360
    Abstract: A kit comprising an installation fixture, a plurality of mechanical fasteners and an embedding tool is provided which allows for an elastomer band to be disposed in a mounting groove around a semiconductor substrate support in a manner that relieves the internal stresses of the elastomer band, leading to an elastomer band with a longer operational lifetime. The installation fixture is secured to a substrate support with mechanical fasteners. An elastomer band is placed around an outer circumference of the installation fixture and rotated back and forth to relieve internal stresses of the elastomer band. The fixture is inverted and the elastomer band is slid vertically off the fixture and into the mounting groove. An embedding tool can be used to completely insert the elastomer band into the mounting groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Rish Chhatre, David Schaefer, Sung Lee, Dan Haber
  • Publication number: 20140367196
    Abstract: A system and method for covering a scaffold end with a scaffold cover. The system includes a cap or scaffold cover having a closed end for providing a force-absorbing surface, and an open end for receiving a scaffold end. The open end includes a lip and a lip notch working cooperatively with a spring and rest notch to securely lock the scaffold cover in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Dawson
  • Publication number: 20140363226
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a method includes positioning a tolerance ring (102) between a bearing assembly (100) and an actuator arm (104). The tolerance ring (102) is compressed so that the tolerance ring buckles at predetermined weak points (106) to position the bearing assembly (100) relative to the actuator arm. In certain embodiments, an assembly includes a tolerance ring (102) buckle-fitted between first (100) and second (104) annular surfaces, the tolerance ring (102) buckled at designated weak points (106) to position the first annular surface (100) to the second annular surface (104).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Joompondej Bamrungwongtaree, Prapan Aparimarn, Piriyakorn Jirawattanaksem