Peripheral Joining Of Opposed Mirror Image Parts To Form A Hollow Body Patents (Class 29/463)
  • Patent number: 10697261
    Abstract: Particulate dispenser can include a housing enclosing a receiving space. The housing having a fluid inlet aperture and a particulate input aperture, and a fluid outlet aperture. A hopper can be disposed above the housing and coupled to feed particulate from the hopper to the particulate input aperture. A wheel disposed within in the receiving space having at least one distribution aperture extending from the top surface to the bottom surface. The apertures being disposed at respective positions so that rotation of the wheel alternately aligns the distribution aperture with the particulate input aperture to feed particulate from the particulate input aperture into the distribution aperture and then aligns the distribution aperture with the fluid input aperture and the fluid output aperture to feed the particulate from the distribution aperture into the fluid flowing through the distribution aperture as the wheel rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Wayne Henry, Courtney Pierre Robinson
  • Patent number: 10677222
    Abstract: Provided herein is a shear web support for wind turbine blade. Particularly, the present disclosure provides a frangible shear web support element that is designed to fail under certain specific conditions. The frangible support(s) enhance the structural rigidity of the shear web, allow for one-step mold closures, and rupture or disconnect once a predetermined condition (e.g. load threshold, load orientation/vector) is applied to the support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TPI COMPOSITES, INC.
    Inventor: Nicholas Warchol
  • Patent number: 10638739
    Abstract: A fishing line guide member is formed in a ring shape, and has a curve surface curved from an inner circumferential side toward an outer circumferential side in a cross-sectional view with respect to a cross-section of the fishing line guide member taken along a cut plane including an axis line of the fishing line guide member. In an inner circumferential side part of the curve surface, R1 is larger than R2, in which R1 denotes a curvature radius of an axial center side part of the curve surface and R2 denotes a curvature radius of an axial end side part of the curve surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: KYOCERA Corporation, Fuji Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazunori Takenouchi, Kazuaki Takigawa, Yuki Sonoda, Kazuhito Omura
  • Patent number: 10584712
    Abstract: An impeller in which blades and a shroud are bonded in a stable manner. The impeller is provided with a plurality of blades disposed on a base, and a shroud disposed facing the base across the blades. The shroud has a curved shape, wherein the shroud has a flat part in the outer periphery, protuberances are provided to flat surfaces of the blades, through-holes are provided to the flat part of the shroud, and, after the protuberances are inserted through the through-holes, the flat surfaces of the blades and the flat part of the shroud are bonded together by deforming the tips of the protuberances into thermally caulked parts larger in diameter than the opening diameters of the through-holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ishikawa, Shinzo Urushidani, Yoshinori Tsurugai
  • Patent number: 10539205
    Abstract: A gear mechanism for an anti-roll stabilizer of a vehicle, having at least one planetary gear mechanism stage with a sun gear, an internal gear and at least two planetary clears, at least one planetary gear having a first planetary part and a second planetary part which are mounted coaxially and are connected to one another via a spring apparatus. The spring apparatus loads the two planetary parts with a prestressing force in an opposed manner in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignees: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft, Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thorsten Koch, Igor Illg, Wilfried Breton, Ramon Jurjanz, Tomas Smetana
  • Patent number: 10415393
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an aerofoil blade includes the steps of providing: an aerofoil sub-assembly having a pair of aerofoil skins, wherein at least one of the skins is formed to have on its outer face an outer primary relief feature formed proud of the adjacent region of the outer face and an outer secondary relief feature projecting from the outer primary relief feature; arranging the aerofoil sub-assembly in a cavity die mould; and performing a hot forming process to form an internal cavity between the respective aerofoil skins by inflating the sub-assembly to conform the outer faces of the respective skins to the cavity die mould, whereby in conforming the respective outer faces of the skins to the cavity die mould, the outer primary and secondary relief features are transferred to the inner face of the respective skin to form respectively inner primary and secondary relief features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: John Mason, Keith Whittingham
  • Patent number: 10406573
    Abstract: A method of forming a car battery tray, the method includes continuously roll-forming a first sheet of metal into a bottom tray, the bottom tray having a first compartment with side walls and to receive a first battery, and the bottom tray having an opening formed into one of the side walls; and continuously roll-forming a second sheet of metal into a top tray, the top tray having a protrusion to engage with the opening of the bottom tray; the bottom tray and top tray connect to secure the first battery in place; the bottom tray and top tray form the car battery tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Francis G. McNulty
  • Patent number: 10370817
    Abstract: A single different-thickness plate (18) is formed by performing double-side welding from both sides in a plate thickness direction of a first front lower plate (17A) having a plate thickness equal to a plate thickness of a lower joining plate (33F) of an arm-side mounting member (33) and a second front lower plate (17B) having a plate thickness equal to a plate thickness of a third front lower plate (17C). As a result, one-side welding can be performed by using a backing material (23) from an outer side of a box-shaped structural body (12) to the lower joining plate (33F) of the arm-side mounting member (33) and to the first front lower plate (17A) constituting the different-thickness plate (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10276299
    Abstract: The invention relates to an isolating element for a toroidal core inductor, comprising a first isolating web part and a second isolating web part, which isolating web parts are provided with latching apparatuses which match one another and in each case with at least one retaining projection, wherein the retaining projections, in the mounted state of the isolating element, rest on a respective top side of the toroidal core inductor, and wherein, in the mounted state of the isolating element, the two isolating web parts extend at least in sections into a passage opening in the toroidal core inductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Würth Elektronik eiSos GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Hassan Aarab
  • Patent number: 10265936
    Abstract: A method of joining components of a wind turbine blade involves the use of an adhesive arrestor rail positioned at the side of a joining surface of a first member of a wind turbine blade, the rail arranged to form an acute angle to a second opposed joining surface of a second member of a wind turbine blade. The arrestor rail acts to retain flowable adhesive within the bonding area between two joining surfaces, ensuring a full and complete bond is provided between the blade members. The rail provides a valve action, deflecting to allow for excess adhesive to extrude past the rail, indicating that the bonding area between the joining surfaces is filled with adhesive. The arrangement of the arrestor rail results in a tapering edge of the adhesive bond layer between two members. The arrangement provides a reduced likelihood of substantial crack formation in the adhesive bond layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LM WP PATENT HOLDING A/S
    Inventor: Lars Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10253786
    Abstract: This blower apparatus includes an air blowing portion including a plurality of flat plates arranged with an axial gap defined between adjacent ones of the flat plates; a motor portion arranged to rotate the air blowing portion; and a housing arranged to house the air blowing portion and the motor portion. The housing includes an air inlet and an air outlet. At least one of the flat plates includes, in at least one of an upper surface and a lower surface thereof, a plurality of guide portions each of which is a protruding portion or recessed portion arranged to extend in a radial direction. An air flow traveling radially outward is generated between the flat plates by viscous drag of surfaces of the flat plates and a centrifugal force. Since the air flow is generated between the flat plates, the air flow does not easily leak upwardly or downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: NIDEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuko Hino, Seung-Sin Yoo, Tomoyuki Tsukamoto, Akihiko Makita
  • Patent number: 10247448
    Abstract: A method of producing refrigeration includes compressing a refrigerant composition including R1233zd in a compressor having a magnetic bearing, within a chiller system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: DAIKIN APPLIED AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Kenichi Masaki, Md Anwar Hossain, Hiromune Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10130043
    Abstract: The chainsaw for trimming palm trees is a mechanical cutting device. The chainsaw for trimming palm trees operates in the manner of a chainsaw. Specifically, the chainsaw for trimming palm trees is a chainsaw blade that is powered by and electrically powered motor. The electrically powered motor is mounted in a housing. Unlike a traditional chainsaw, the chainsaw blade is mounted with an offset angle relative to the housing such that the center axis of the chainsaw blade is not parallel to the center axis of the housing. This offset angle is optimized for the purpose of cutting one or more palm fronds off the palm tree from a direction of attack that is below the one or more palm fronds of the palm tree. The chainsaw for trimming palm trees comprises a chainsaw blade and a drive and safety system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Larry McNamara
  • Patent number: 10118442
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a rear axle includes: a brake flange press-fitting step of press-fitting a brake flange to an outer peripheral surface of a rear axle housing; a brake flange welding step of welding the rear axle housing and the brake flange; an axle end press-fitting step of press-fitting an axle end to an inner peripheral surface of an end portion of the rear axle housing; and an axle end welding step of welding the rear axle housing and the axle end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hino Motors, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Katsuragi, Tomonori Kato, Shingo Sugamata, Satoshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 10072669
    Abstract: A centrifugal impeller for a blower has a base plate, a cover plate, and a plurality of curved blades mounted between the base plate and the cover plate. The base plate and the cover plate have blade mounting portions including a plurality of mounting holes. Cover plate mounting portions and base plate mounting portions project from each blade and engage with the mounting holes of the cover plate and base plate, respectively. The mounting holes of the cover plate include first mounting holes arranged outwardly from a central region. The first mounting holes have a circular shape. The cover plate mounting portions of each blade include first mounting protrusions engaged with the first mounting holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Electric S.A.
    Inventors: Jun Feng Shen, Ching Hang Leung, Siu Chun Tam
  • Patent number: 10024190
    Abstract: A ceramic core used to cast and cooling circuit in a thin wall turbine airfoil, where the ceramic core includes a row of metering and impingement forming pieces that discharge into a radial plenum, followed by a row of pedestals and a row of diffusion channels that then flow into a single discharge slot. The ceramic core has bumpers of both sides to position the core in a wax mold. The metering and impingement holes are offset from the cooling passage in the airfoil wall so that impingement of the hot surface of the wall occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L Memmen
  • Patent number: 9995145
    Abstract: A process for providing cooling fluid holes in an airfoil portion of a turbine engine component comprising: positioning a first core with metering/tripping features that form a row of protrusions, and teardrop features that form a fluid passageways, the teardrop features including a central teardrop feature having a trailing edge, a first teardrop feature located on a first side of and spaced from the central teardrop feature, the first teardrop feature having a longitudinal axis and being non-symmetrical about the longitudinal axis, and a second teardrop feature located on a second side of and spaced from the central teardrop feature, the second teardrop feature having a longitudinal axis and non-symmetrical about the longitudinal axis; joining the core to a ceramic core; forming the turbine engine component; removing the core, forming a cooling microcircuit with fluid outlets; and drilling a central portion of the cooling microcircuit forming a converging/diverging outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Tracy A Propheter-Hinckley, Stephanie Santoro
  • Patent number: 9919559
    Abstract: An axle carrier housing for a beam axle assembly having at least one continuous transversely extending support rib with a portion of the support rib swept longitudinally rearward of a pair of axle tubes. The support rib has end portions initiating adjacent where the axle tubes connect to the housing and a central portion extending offset from the axle tubes. The central portion of the support rib provides a portion of an access cover attachment surface. The housing may define a pair of support ribs substantially mirroring each other on lower and upper portions of the housing. The support ribs provide for a structural member substantial enough to handle the loads of the axle assembly while also minimizing both the weight of the housing and fluid volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Gerald Stephen Szczepanski
  • Patent number: 9840041
    Abstract: A stiffening element including at least a first stiffening profile and at least a second stiffening profile. The first stiffening profile includes a profile member. At least one structural flange is connected to the profile member. A through-passage extends through the profile member. At least one support flange is connected to the profile member. The second stiffening profile includes a bottom portion and at least one support side portion connected to the bottom portion. A method for manufacturing a stiffening element. A method for manufacturing a reinforced structure, where the reinforced structure includes at least one structural element and at least one stiffening element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SAAB AB
    Inventors: Per Hallander, Anders Lundberg, Tonny Nyman, Mikael Petersson
  • Patent number: 9828990
    Abstract: A bearing support design configured to provide increased resistance to deflection of a crankshaft within a power end. The bearing support design is contoured in the shape of a figure eight and provides an increased surface area for supporting the crankshaft and gearing. The support may be integrally formed in the frame plate of the power end or may alternatively be retrofitted into an existing frame plate and thereby be welded in. The power end having a bearing support at each end of the crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: FORUM US, INC.
    Inventor: Michael David Marette
  • Patent number: 9816764
    Abstract: An inexpensive heat exchanger is disclosed, wherein the heat exchanger is made up of a plurality of plates and each plate has at least one channel defined in the plate. The plates are stacked and bonded together to form a block having conduits for carrying at least one fluid and where the exchanger includes an expansion device enclosed within the unit. The plates include construction to thermally insulate the sections of the heat exchanger to control the heat flow within the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Phillip F. Daly, Kurt M. Vanden Bussche
  • Patent number: 9815220
    Abstract: A chainsaw apparatus has a body having a handle formed thereon or attached thereto, a motor, a saw blade coupled to the body so as to be extendable in transverse relationship to the longitudinal axis of the body, and a chain movably positioned on the saw blade. The motor is drivingly connected to the chain so as to cause the chain to move around the saw blade. The saw blade is adjustably coupled to the body so as to be movable between the position transverse to the longitudinal axis of the body to a position aligned with the longitudinal axis of the body. An angle adjustment mechanism is connected to the saw blade into the body. The angle adjustment mechanism is adapted to fix an angular position of the saw blade relative to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Dane Curtis Madson
  • Patent number: 9744491
    Abstract: An in-line modular air filtering system for ductwork. A housing formed as a body and one or more caps has an intake opening at a first end and an outflow opening at a second end. The cap and body may attach to one another at a junction containing a seal with a stepped cross-sectional configuration. A set of retaining clamps may be used to secure the cap on the body. One or more replaceable filter assemblies may be retained in the housing for filtering air passed therethough. A filter assembly may include a seal having the stepped cross-sectional configuration for securing in the housing and sealing the cap and body junction. Filter assemblies may have differing porosities and/or different filtering mechanisms and may be stacked for applying multiple treatments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Eric A. Cordova
  • Patent number: 9687901
    Abstract: Hydroforming into a hollow structural component by pressing a joined plate member outwardly. A largest width is set to an area of a blank portion of the joined plate member extending to between outer peripheral portions of the recessed spaces from a longest constant portion of an internal space formed by the recessed spaces, the longest constant portion being constant in its inner circumferential length and extending the longest in the internal space. A width of an area of the blank portion extending to between the outer peripheral portions from a portion shorter than the longest constant portion is set such that the smaller the length of the portion which is shorter than the longest constant portion is compared to the longest constant portion. The smaller the width of the area extending from the shorter portion is compared to the width of the area extending from the longest constant portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hajime Yamada, Eri Nishikata, Yasuhiro Takada
  • Patent number: 9644731
    Abstract: A harmonic damper for use in vehicular accessory drive systems. The harmonic damper includes a one-piece inertia ring manufactured from a sheet metal blank using a cold forming process to define a series of interconnected folded ring sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA POWERTRAIN, INC.
    Inventor: Dejan Vukojicic
  • Patent number: 9617902
    Abstract: An exhaust device for a combustion engine includes a collecting pipe to which downstream end portions of two exhaust pipes are connected. The downstream end portions of the exhaust pipes are aligned in a lateral direction perpendicular to an axial direction thereof. The downstream end portions of the exhaust pipes have insertion sections that are inserted into an upstream end portion of the collecting pipe. The upstream end portion of the collecting pipe has a cover section that covers the entirety of circumferences of the insertion sections. Outer circumferential surfaces of the insertion sections of the exhaust pipes and an inner circumferential surface of the cover section of the collecting pipe are joined over the entirety of circumferences thereof at a collecting pipe joining region. The collecting pipe joining region has a displacement portion having its position shifted in the axial direction C toward the lateral direction W.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kiyohito Takano
  • Patent number: 9273773
    Abstract: A harmonic damper for use in vehicular accessory drive systems. The harmonic damper includes a one-piece inertia ring manufactured from a sheet metal blank using a cold forming process to define a series of interconnected folded ring sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Magna Powertrain, Inc.
    Inventor: Dejan Vukojicic
  • Patent number: 9015919
    Abstract: A method for sealing surgical instruments, particularly reusable electric surgical instruments sterilized using an autoclave process, is disclosed. The method having the steps of providing at least two body shells having a runner system on the mating surfaces, aligning the body shells, securing the body shells in position relative to each other, inserting an injection device into the runner system, injecting an elastomer material from the injection device into the runner system, removing the injection device from the runner system, and curing the elastomer material. The elastomer material seals the housing chamber of the instrument. The elastomer material may bond the body shells together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: John W. Beardsley
  • Publication number: 20150096175
    Abstract: A rigid coupler for use in electrically isolating an electrically conductive fluid conveyance system is described. The rigid coupler includes a nonconductive liner having a first end configured to couple to a first adjoining section of the fluid conveyance system, and a second end, opposite said first end, configured to couple to a second adjoining section of the fluid conveyance system. A reinforcing structure circumscribes the nonconductive liner and is coupled to a portion of the nonconductive liner extending between the first and second ends of the nonconductive liner. The reinforcing structure includes a multi-axial braided fiber material impregnated with a matrix material. A fiber overwrap is hoop wound about at a least a portion of the reinforcing structure between the first and second ends of the nonconductive liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: David Cohen, Arvid J. Berg, James P. Irwin
  • Patent number: 8991029
    Abstract: A beam structure of the present disclosure includes a baffle plate. A plurality of lap strips are attached around outer edges of the baffle plate. An adhesive layer is applied to outer surfaces of the lap strips. A plurality of sidewalls are assembled together around the adhesive layer, the lap strips and the baffle plate, thereby forming the beam structure. In an embodiment, the beam structure may be used as a boom assembly for a machine, such as an excavator machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Alexei P. Yelistratov, James A. Forck
  • Patent number: 8978251
    Abstract: The invention relates to a compressed air tank for utility vehicles, comprising a tubular or cylindrical jacket sealed at both ends by way of welded outer bases. At least one outer base and/or the jacket is provided with a hole. A sleeve is welded onto the hole. At least the inside of the compressed air tank is provided with an inner coating. The contact surfaces between the jacket and the outer bases are adapted such that the contact surfaces abut one another and such that the contact surfaces can be welded together without using any weld material through laser welding. The sleeve is welded onto the hole by way of laser welding or CD welding. The inner coating of the tank is manufactured by powder coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Erhard & Soehne GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Petzendorfer, Alexander Koegel, Steffen Zanek
  • Patent number: 8979103
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tubular structure (1) that can form part of a motor vehicle axle, comprising at least one first tubular élément (15), at least one second tubular élément (16) and a Connecting piece (61, 62) fixing the first and second tubular éléments (15, 16) by welding, such that the Connecting piece (61, 62) is welded to one (15) of the two tubular éléments (15, 16) by at least one weld bead extending along a line forming said tubular élément (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Peugeot Citroën Automobiles SA
    Inventors: Christophe Cazenave, Francois Le Gourvellec
  • Publication number: 20150047623
    Abstract: An oven appliance is provided. The oven appliance includes a top panel, a bottom panel, a back panel and a pair of side panels. The top panel, the bottom panel, the back panel and the pair of side panels are mounted to one another with a plurality of fasteners. The top panel, the bottom panel, the back panel and the pair of side panels define a cooking chamber for receiving food items for cooking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Byron Wiggins, Bryan Keith Lawler, Deandre Laron Strong, Michael David Gallant
  • Publication number: 20150008217
    Abstract: A plastic container includes a first portion including an outwardly extending peripheral flange and a second portion including an outwardly extending peripheral flange. The first portion and the second portion define a container volume. The plastic container also includes a hinge joining the peripheral flange of the first portion and the peripheral flange of the second portion. The hinge includes a pivot line and two arcuate segments proximate to respective ends of the pivot line. The pivot line is tangent the peripheral flange of the first portion and tangent to at least a portion of each arcuate segment. The flange of the first portion can extend further than the flange of the second portion proximate each end of the pivot line to create a seamless periphery about the hinge relative to a periphery of the first portion when the container is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Steven Pham, Thomas Iaquinto
  • Patent number: 8905440
    Abstract: A grooved-ended resilient expansion joint is disclosed. The expansion joint has a resilient expansion member with a central resilient portion and two resilient axially disposed cylindrical ends. Each cylindrical end has a radially outwardly raised distal cylindrical gasket portion with at least one inside shoulder having an inner diameter sized substantially the same as an outer diameter of a pipe to be joined. Each cylindrical end also has a neck portion between the central portion and the gasket portion that is sized to receive a grooved-ended pipe nipple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Howard Hagiya
  • Publication number: 20140331476
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fluid reservoir shell that provides protection for the fluid reservoir of a personal hydration system. The fluid reservoir shell is rigid and does not collapse easily under external pressure. The fluid reservoir shell is sized to contain the fluid reservoir but still fits in a personal hydration system pack. The shell protects the fluid reservoir and prevents the fluid reservoir from leaking due to excessive external pressure. The fluid reservoir shell disclosed includes a shell top piece and a shell bottom piece, which couple together to enclose the bladder of the fluid reservoir. The fluid reservoir shell provides ready access to the fill port and the drink tube of the fluid reservoir when the fluid reservoir is contained in the fluid reservoir shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Leonard B. Wood
  • Publication number: 20140259618
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for manufacturing a pressure vessel component. The pressure vessel component may be made from a metal that is cast to produce a gross pressure vessel component. Casting the metal may comprise sintering the metal followed by a hot isostatic press (HIP) process. In other embodiments, casting the metal may comprise pouring molten metal into a mold. Portions of the gross pressure vessel component may have an increased thickness located at predetermined positions on the gross pressure vessel component. These portions may include bosses or other designed features intended for the finalized pressure vessel component. The gross pressure vessel may be indexed to select the portions, and these selected portions may then be machined to produce the final pressure vessel component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: HADAL, INC.
    Inventors: Robert S. Damus, Dylan Owens, Richard J. Rikoski
  • Patent number: 8789276
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sanitary fitting having a housing element and a functional unit which comprises water-conducting components and is housed in the housing body of the sanitary fitting, wherein the housing element comprises at least two shell-shaped individual parts. The shell-shaped individual parts are produced from a metal alloy or a plastic in a diecasting process and are adhesively bonded to each other or connected to each other by means of material bonding to form a hollow element surrounding the functional unit by means of a joining process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Grohe AG
    Inventor: Karl Thomas
  • Patent number: 8777697
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gun for spraying liquid at a very high pressure, referred to as a focusing gun, and to a method for manufacturing same, according to which two elongate parts (2) are manufactured to be assembled so as to form the focusing gun. Each of said parts includes an assembly surface (J) comprising a central groove (3) for forming the duct of the focusing gun once the parts have been assembled, and a gluing tank (9) for being filled with an adhesive substance. Further, at least one of said parts (2) has a centering rib (6), projecting relative to the assembly surface thereof, while the other part has, for each centering rib (6), a centering cavity (7), the size of which is suitable for tightly housing said centering rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Jedo Technologies
    Inventor: Michel Deleris
  • Patent number: 8756784
    Abstract: A seal protector assembly is provided. The seal protector assembly includes a cavity for encasing a seal. A plug or cap is removably attached to the protector seal. After shipment of the transmission, the plug or cap is removed. Once any potential damage to the seal during assembly has passed, the protector is then removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Caleb G. Harmon, Edward J. Billings, Kelly Pietras
  • Patent number: 8745833
    Abstract: Provided is a method of partially replacing a shell plate of a tower or a vessel, capable of partially replacing the shell plate of the tower or the vessel in a short construction period at low construction cost. The method of partially replacing a shell plate of a main distillation tower is a method for replacing a cylindrical shell plate portion 2 serving as one portion of the shell plate 1 of a main distillation tower, wherein two facing parts located in the circumferential direction of the cylindrical shell plate portion 2 to be replaced are partially cut off and removed, new partial shell plates 3 are respectively attached to openings 6 generated by the removal, and the removal and the attachment are repeated, so that the cylindrical shell plate portion 2 is replaced. The new partial shell plate 3 is obtained in a case where the cylindrical shell plate portion 2 is substantially equally split into a plurality of sections in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Chiyoda Corporation
    Inventors: Ryujitsu Son, Toshihiko Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8678765
    Abstract: A method for the production of a rotor blade (1) for a wind power plant, wherein the produced rotor blade (1) in its longitudinal extension, which extends from a rotor blade root (2) essentially to a rotor blade tip (3), has at least one area, in which the rotor blade has an aerodynamic blade section (4, 4?, 4?), which has a leading edge (5) and a trailing edge (6), which are connected via a suction side (7) and a pressure side (8) of the blade section (4, 4?, 4?), wherein at least a first and at least a second molded part (11, 12) manufactured in the longitudinal direction of the rotor blade (1) are provided for a suction side (7) and a pressure side (8) of the rotor blade (1), which are to be connected with each other in the areas of the leading edge (5) and the trailing edge (6). A corresponding rotor blade (1) for a wind power plant and a wind power plant with a corresponding rotor blade (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Repower Systems SE
    Inventors: Urs Bendel, Lenz Simon Zeller
  • Patent number: 8671536
    Abstract: An apparatus for installing a turbine casing including a first drive subassembly and a member coupled to the first drive subassembly configured for engaging a first segment of the turbine casing. The apparatus may also include a second member coupled to the second drive subassembly configured for engaging the first segment of the turbine casing. The apparatus may be provided with a first retainer connected to the first member and configured for engaging a second segment of the turbine casing, and a second retainer connected to the second member and configured for engaging the second segment of the turbine casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Charles V. Spanos, John William Herbold, Kevin Scott Peterson
  • Patent number: 8661827
    Abstract: A plate-like-object manufacturing method, plate-like objects, a gas-turbine combustor, and a gas turbine, in which degradation in the cooling performance can be suppressed, the time required for manufacturing a gas-turbine combustor can be shortened, and deterioration of the working environment can be prevented are provided. A plate-like-object manufacturing method includes a step of forming a plate-like object by stacking a plurality of plates and arranging a plurality of channels, through which a cooling medium flows, side-by-side between the plurality of plates; and a step of arranging a plurality of the plate-like objects side-by-side in a direction in which the channels are arranged, butting the plurality of plate-like objects against each other, and performing welding at an abutment section. The channels adjacent to the abutment section extend along the abutment section and have a greater dimension in the direction in which the channels are arranged, as compared with that of other channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Morimoto, Hidenori Kanki, Tatsuo Ishiguro, Hiroki Shibata, Tetsu Konishi, Kenji Sato
  • Publication number: 20130312865
    Abstract: A double-wall pipe for a transportation means which includes an outer pipe and an inner pipe extending therein. The outer pipe has two pipe segments which are formed like half-shells and are joined together to form the outer pipe along the longitudinal edges thereof. In this way, it is possible to make both the outer pipe and the inner pipe of metal, such that the wall thickness of the inner pipe can be relatively small.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Alexander Baur, Christoph Heimerdinger, Roland Lang, Thomas Langer, Heinz Meister, Josef Messner, Dirk Schwarze
  • Patent number: 8561281
    Abstract: The subject invention relates to a precision injection molding of multi-piece parts and the subsequent handling and assembly of those parts produced from the mold. In an exemplary embodiment, a surgical suture package with a top part and a bottom part is molded and assembled. In such a method and system, the top parts and bottom parts are first molded utilizing a family mold and then are transferred to a stacker. The stacker is able to stack the top part and bottom part on top of one another on a pallet. The parts are then transported to a welder in order to weld the top part and bottom part together. The completed surgical suture packages are then transferred to a magazine for storage and shippage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Alltrista Plastics, LLC
    Inventors: William Torris, Glynn Clements, Lynn Howe
  • Publication number: 20130121766
    Abstract: A floating device is disclosed. The device comprises a first cup member and a second cup member, each having a base and an open end, the first cup member being formed with an opening at a center of a respective base. In some embodiments of the present invention the device comprises a connector member having a peripheral wall fittingly connected to the open ends and enclosing a barrier. The peripheral wall is preferably formed with openings arranged between the barrier and the first cup member such that, when the floating device contacts a liquid, the liquid enters through the openings into the first cup member to submerge the first cup member and to impart a restorable upright orientation to the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: TOP-IT-UP LTD.
    Inventor: Zeev Birger
  • Patent number: 8424912
    Abstract: A composite bar for the chassis of a vehicle; the composite bar consists of at least two extruded elements which are internally hollow and are butt jointed at a junction area; each extruded element has a trapezoidal cross section having a major base, a minor base parallel and opposite to the major base, and two side walls; a first end of a first extruded element arranged in the junction area has no major base; and a second end of a second extruded element arranged in the junction area is interference fitted into the first end through the missing major base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Ferrari S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fabrizio Favaretto
  • Patent number: 8402656
    Abstract: A method of producing a diaphragm damper 1 having a high pressure chamber 3 comprised of two diaphragms 2 with flanges 6 welded together and charged inside with a high pressure gas. The diaphragms 2 are made of magnetically attractable thin metal sheets. A pair of jigs 30, 40 provided to face each other inside the pressure vessel 20 hold the diaphragms 2 by magnetic force. The pressure vessel 20 is sealed and evacuated, then the pressure vessel 20 is charged and pressurized by a mixed gas including helium. After this, the pair of jigs 30, 40 are made to approach each other to make the flanges 6 of the pair of diaphragms 2 come into close contact. Inside the pressure vessel 20, the jigs 30, 40 are simultaneously rotated to rotate the pair of diaphragms 2 and a laser beam is fired at the flanges 6 of the diaphragms 2 to weld the flanges 6 over their entire circumferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Eagle Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuji Matsuki, Masahide Shimada
  • Patent number: 8376411
    Abstract: A conduit fitting that comprises a first shell, a second shell, and a cover, wherein the first shell comprises top and bottom edges and the second shell comprises top and bottom edges, with the edges mating along a common plane to form a conduit fitting body, the body defining a cavity; the first and second shells further comprising attachment members to facilitate mating along a common plane; the first and second shells together defining at least one proximate opening and at least one distal opening to the cavity; the conduit fitting defining a cover opening for access to the cavity; and a cover that removably seals the cover opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Newby