Associating Parts By Use Of Aligning Means (e.g., Use Of A Drift Pin Or A "fixture") Patents (Class 29/464)
  • Patent number: 10388307
    Abstract: A recording head has a magnetic write transducer proximate a side of a plasmonic gap waveguide. The magnetic write transducer has a first write pole section that tapers in a crosstrack direction and downtrack direction to form a tapered tip. The first write pole section includes a high-moment, seed layer on one side. A second write pole section is coupled to the first write pole section. The second write pole section extends a second distance away from the media-facing surface less than that of the first write pole section. A tip of the second write pole section is tapered in the crosstrack and downtrack directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Simon Bance, Choon How Gan, Mark Anthony Gubbins
  • Patent number: 10342605
    Abstract: A method of forming a jaw member of an end effector includes providing a metal support base; engaging a plurality of ceramic stops to the metal support base; and coupling an insulative plate and a sealing plate to the metal support base by aligning the plurality of ceramic stops through a plurality of openings defined in the insulative plate and a plurality of openings defined in the sealing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: John J. Kappus, David N. Heard, William Scott Darrow
  • Patent number: 10278623
    Abstract: Sleeves and cases for protecting medical devices against contamination, and methods for cleaning and disinfecting medical devices are provided. The various embodiments enable a single medical device to be used by more than one patient successively while reducing the risk of disease transmission from patient to patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Polytaridis, David J. Carner, Jacob S. Leach, Christina Orsini
  • Patent number: 10222832
    Abstract: A method for adhering a film to a touch pad includes adhering a fixing bracket to a back surface of a touch pad, and aligning a plurality of screw holes of the fixing bracket with a plurality of the screw holes of a front cover of a system body, respectively, and connecting the fixing bracket and the front cover of the system body using screws or bolts that engage the screw holes. A positioning wall of a positioning frame is inserted into a gap between the touch pad and the front cover of the system body from a front surface of the touch pad. A film is aligned with an opening of the positioning frame, and the film is adhered to the front surface of the touch pad. The positioning frame is removed from the front surface of the touch pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chung-Kai Chen, Chen Tseng
  • Patent number: 10167941
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a crankshaft damper cover for a crankshaft damper of a crankshaft in an engine. In one example, a crankshaft damper cover shaped to fit within a cavity of a crankshaft damper and including an inset and an annular ring embedded within the inset, where the annular ring includes tabs adapted to mate with an inner surface of the crankshaft damper. As one example, the inset may be comprised of a damping material, such as plastic or foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chuck Raymond Kvasnicka, Shaji Mathews, Nathaniel David Hansen, Tom Xu, Shashin Shah
  • Patent number: 10168180
    Abstract: An electronic display instrument configured to secure in a desired position over multiple pre-existing instrument holes in a dashboard of an aircraft in place of multiple conventional display instruments, each conventional instrument having a conventional readout. The instrument comprises a display screen having a plurality of readouts corresponding to the conventional readouts of the multiple conventional instruments that the electronic display instrument replaces. The instrument further includes a body having a front and a back opposite the front and a top and a bottom opposite the top. The body is positioned adjacent and connected to the display screen. The instrument also includes an electronics module protruding from the back of the body to position in one of the pre-existing instrument holes in the dashboard panel of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Bethel
  • Patent number: 10132126
    Abstract: A modular top drive for construction of a wellbore includes a rail for connection to at least one of: a floor and a derrick of a drilling rig; and a motor unit. The motor unit includes: a first body; a drive motor having a stator connected to the first body; a trolley connecting the first body to the rail; and a first latch for selectively connecting either a drilling unit or a casing unit to the motor unit. The top drive further includes a bracket for holding any one of the drilling, casing, and cementing units and movable relative to the rail between a standby position and a connection position. The unit held by the bracket is aligned with the motor unit in the connection position and clear of the motor unit in the standby position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Helms, Benson Thomas, Martin Liess, Christian Kiess
  • Patent number: 10052898
    Abstract: A locating pin that is configured to be connected to a dockable member in a printer includes a shaft, first and second ends, and a conical member. The first end has a surface forming a partial ellipsoid and the conical member has a base aligned with the surface of the first end and a tip extending from the surface of the first end. The shaft is configured to engage the dockable member along a portion of the shaft between the second end and the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen B. Williams, Joseph M. Ferrara, Jr., Annie Liu
  • Patent number: 9962114
    Abstract: Sleeves and cases for protecting medical devices against contamination, and methods for cleaning and disinfecting medical devices are provided. The various embodiments enable a single medical device to be used by more than one patient successively while reducing the risk of disease transmission from patient to patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Polytaridis, David J. Carner, Jacob S. Leach, Christina Orsini
  • Patent number: 9872696
    Abstract: A battery-powered, modular surgical device includes an electrically powered surgical instrument operable to surgically interface with human tissue and a handle assembly connected to the surgical instrument. The handle assembly has a removable hand grip and a handle body. The hand grip is shaped to permit handling of the surgical device by one hand of an operator, has an upper portion and a cordless internal battery assembly that powers the surgical instrument. The internal battery assembly has at least one energy storage cell. The handle body is operable to removably connect at least the upper portion of the hand grip thereto and create an aseptic seal around at least a portion of the hand grip when connected thereto and electrically couple the internal battery assembly of the hand grip to the surgical instrument and thereby power the surgical instrument for interfacing surgically with the human tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN AG
    Inventors: Kevin W. Smith, Thomas O. Bales, Matthew A. Palmer, Derek Dee Deville
  • Patent number: 9859769
    Abstract: An end plate for an electric machine includes: a bearing receptacle in which a magnetic bearing which is configured for rotatably mounting a rotor of the electric machine can be accommodated; and a radially outwardly pointing circumferential contour on which a number of at least three supporting elements are provided, which supporting elements each protrude radially beyond the circumferential contour by a determined protruding amount, with the result that the supporting elements define a discontinuous external circumferential contour of the end plate. The respective protruding amounts of the support elements are dimensioned such that the end plate can be fitted in by making a center of the magnetic bearing correspond to at least one of a geometric longitudinal axis of the electric machine and a magnetic longitudinal axis of the electric machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: MAN Diesel & Turbo SE
    Inventors: Gino Kabs, George Kleynhans, Markus Dettwyler, Marcel Vetter
  • Patent number: 9835343
    Abstract: A system for controlling ambient temperatures of exposed structures using phase change materials and/or tempered liquid delivery systems. Phase change materials may be fabricated to hold the surrounding temperature at a desired temperature, such as 70 degrees Fahrenheit/21 degrees Celsius. As the heat load rises above this desired temperature, the heat is absorbed into the phase change material until that material has completely transitioned through its phase change, after which it will no longer absorb heat load. As the temperature then cools off at night, the heat is released from the phase change material, and the material changes back into its original phase. Phase change material may be placed within or on the exterior of stadium chairs. A liquid piping system may also be used to provide ambient heat control, including liquid piping for piping temperature-controlled liquid throughout the stadium while preventing condensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Henderson Engineers, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin W. Schafer, Phillip G. Miller
  • Patent number: 9828083
    Abstract: A method for wing-to-fuselage integration is disclosed. The method includes attaching a fitting to a wing box assembly of an aircraft at an early stage of integration and then attaching the fitting to a stub beam attached to a fuselage panel of the aircraft at a later stage of integration. The fitting eliminates the need to attach the stub beam directly to the wing box assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Charles B. Lockin, Marcus A. Erickson, Oladele A. Adedeji, Kevin R. Puzey
  • Patent number: 9822560
    Abstract: An alignment tool for use with a vehicle having a door moveably secured to a door frame and a door latch assembly defined on the door includes a body having a front surface and a rear surface and a through-hole extending through the body that is sized and configured to receive a striker pin of a vehicle. A first end surface defined on the body is configured to engage the door frame to set a cross-car position of the striker pin. A latch-engaging assembly is engageable with a portion of the door latch assembly to set a vertical position of the striker pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventors: Jonathan F. Wilkens, Mathew J. Freiheit
  • Patent number: 9590263
    Abstract: A system and method for aligning and reducing the relative movement between adjacent fuel cells within a fuel cell stack. The inter-cell cooperation between fuel cells along a stacking dimension is enhanced by one or more datum placed along the edge of a bipolar plate that makes up a part of a cell-containing assembly. The datum is shaped along a thickness dimension that substantially coincides with the cell stacking dimension to promote a nested fit with a comparable datum on an adjacently-stacked bipolar plate. This nesting facilitates an interference fit that enhances the resistance to sliding movement between respective cells that may otherwise arise out of the occurrence of a significant acceleration along the dimension that defines the major surfaces of the plates, cells and their respective assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David A. Martinchek, Robert C. Thompson, Martin Heinzmann
  • Patent number: 9567915
    Abstract: A system according to the principles of the present disclosure includes a pump control module and a fuel vaporization module. The pump control module controls a first pump to deliver fuel from a fuel tank to a second pump through a fuel line. The pump control module controls the second pump to pressurize fuel from the fuel line and to deliver the pressurized fuel to a fuel rail. The fuel vaporization module determines whether fuel at an inlet of the second pump is vaporizing based on an engine operating condition. The pump control module increases an output of the first pump when fuel at the inlet of the second pump is vaporizing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Rafat F. Hattar, Brian L. O'Hear, Phillip J. Baranek, Richard R. Shippy
  • Patent number: 9523328
    Abstract: An assembly method is provided by orienting a cylinder-head at a first orientation. A first plurality of spring caps and a first plurality of retainer keys are installed into the cylinder-head in the first orientation by a first robot. A first plurality of valves is installed into the cylinder-head in the first orientation by a second robot, into engagement with the first plurality of retainer keys. An end effector is provided with an actuator supported upon an adapter plate. A shaft extends from the actuator with a mating surface to engage a spring cap. Porting is provided through the shaft to convey pressurized air upon a plurality of retainer keys within the spring cap. A plurality of gripper fingers extend from the distal end of the shaft to grip a valve spring while retaining a spring cap between the valve spring and the mating surface of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, ABB Technologies AG
    Inventors: Alexander Marrocco, Harry Kekedjian, Isaac Zolotarev, Arnold Bell, Michael Manuszak
  • Patent number: 9408669
    Abstract: Various exemplary drive apparatuses and associated methods are disclosed for driving an elongated member, e.g., a catheter, sheath, or guidewire. An exemplary drive apparatus may include a first component and a moveable component, each configured to selectively grip the elongated member. In some examples, the first and moveable components may each include a gripping device. The moveable component may be configured to selectively move axially and rotationally with respect to a support surface to effect axial movement and rotation movement, respectively, of the elongated member with respect to the support surface within a range of motion of the moveable component. The moveable component may be configured to move the elongated member across a predetermined movement having a magnitude greater than the range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: HANSEN MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Arkady Kokish, J. Scot Hart, Alan Yu, Enrique Romo
  • Patent number: 9375065
    Abstract: Sleeves and cases for protecting medical devices against contamination, and methods for cleaning and disinfecting medical devices are provided. The various embodiments enable a single medical device to be used by more than one patient successively while reducing the risk of disease transmission from patient to patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Polytaridis, David J. Carner, Jacob S. Leach, Christina Orsini
  • Patent number: 9321385
    Abstract: Hungry boards, or spill boards, for mounting about a tip truck load carrying body are formed with a pair of spaced apart vertical bores corresponding to and depending downward from the access cutouts. Vertical bores formed through the hungry board receive the threaded end of an anchor bolt which is welded to lip of the body. The anchor bolt comprises part of a resilient fastening system for attachment of the hungry board the anchor bolt is formed with a flat foot from which a shank extends. The shank terminates upwardly in a threaded upper end. A compression spring is located about the shank and arranged to absorb impact forces directed at the hungry board during use. The hungry boards are made of a light weight resilient material such as a tough synthetic rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: FSP MINING COMPONENTS PTY LTD
    Inventor: Richard Annetts
  • Patent number: 9250150
    Abstract: A turbocharger wheel balance-test jig including a base, a clamp mechanism, and an arm. The arm extends along an axis of rotation. The clamp mechanism includes an actuator actuatable between a locked position and an unlocked position, the locked position rigidly holding the arm with respect to the base. The clamp mechanism includes a stop configured to restrict rotation of the arm around the axis of rotation. In a method for acceptance testing an imbalance level of a turbocharger wheel, an imbalance level of the balance-test jig is measured, and subtracted from a plurality of measurements of a combined imbalance level of the turbocharger wheel balance-test jig and the turbocharger wheel. An estimated indicator of turbocharger wheel imbalance is then formed, and the turbocharger wheel is accepted or rejected based upon whether the estimated indicator of the turbocharger wheel imbalance is within an acceptable indicator range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Park, Dominique Armand, Francis N. Rivot, Gerard H. Dieudonne
  • Patent number: 9080699
    Abstract: A connecting device for mating and connection on the sea bed of first and second pipelines having first and second pipe ends at the connection point, is shown. The connecting device includes a first connecting part retaining the first end; a second submersible connecting part retaining the second end and a connector arranged between the connecting parts for final connection between the pipe ends. A guiding device engages with a guiding structure during a lowering motion of the second connecting part towards the first connecting part and pivots the second connecting part into coarse alignment of the second pipe end in a direction towards the first pipe end such that the first and second pipelines are brought to align with each other. An adjacent ramp structure with abutment surfaces and a guiding mechanism cooperate with the second connecting part and contribute to fine alignment of the pipe ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: AKER SUBSEA AS
    Inventor: Johan Larsson
  • Patent number: 9068945
    Abstract: To provide a surface plasmon-field enhanced fluorescence spectroscopic measurement method and a surface plasmon-field enhanced fluorescence spectroscopic measurement device which are capable of accurately measuring a fluorescent signal regardless of the type of a light detection means even when the concentration of an analyte is high by adjusting the dynamic range of the SPFS device. A surface plasmon-field enhanced fluorescence stereoscopic measurement method wherein an analyte labeled with a fluorescent substance is excited by surface plasmon light generated by applying excitation light to a metallic thin film, and generated fluorescence is received by a light detection means to thereby detect the analyte. The dynamic range is expanded by adjusting the amount of the fluorescence received by the light detection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Naoki Hikage, Masataka Matsuo, Takatoshi Kaya
  • Publication number: 20150143688
    Abstract: A catheter is provided for medical ultrasound imaging that can be effectively used in combination with other imaging modalities to detect medical structures of interest as well as the catheter. Markers are added to the catheter with precision, which provides a means to merge the images from different modalities. Using a template, apertures for marker placement are formed in the catheter after creating the catheter housing. The ultrasound array may be used for accurate positioning of the template. Alternatively or additionally, a rigid insert with markers connects with the array. The insert holds the markers in place and may reduce artifacts in ultrasound scanning due to flexing of the array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Lex J. Garbini, Wilko Gerwin Wilkening, Ricardo Espinosa
  • Publication number: 20150144581
    Abstract: Devices and methods for displaying beauty and other visual products are disclosed. A display system can comprise a frame and a sample portion. Traits such as color and texture of a beauty product can be displayed on the sample portion, and the frame portion can interface with product shelving to align samples with relevant products in the display. The sample portion can be releasably attached to the frame to be removed by a user and be placed above a body part of the user to which a beauty product may be applied, or a body part can be placed in proximity to the sample portion even while it is attached to the frame. The user can advantageously view the beauty product as applied to the body part without applying the beauty product. The system is useful for fingernail polish display, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Allen Ports, Rodney Bennett Miller, Jason Rockford Wheaton
  • Publication number: 20150135535
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine fan stand (40) comprising a base frame (42) and a fan case frame (44) coupled together at one edge by a hinge (46). The fan case frame (44) is arranged to: rotate about the hinge (46) between abutting the base frame (42) and substantially perpendicular thereto; and tilt about a yaw axis (52) perpendicular to the hinge (46) and in the plane of the fan case frame (44). The fan case frame (44) further comprising a coupling arrangement (56) arranged to rotate about a roll axis (60) and to couple a fan case (36) to the fan case frame (44). A gas turbine engine stand assembly (68) comprising a fan stand (40) and a core stand (38). A method of splitting a gas turbine engine (10) and a method of reassembling a gas turbine engine (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher Richard HALLAM, Jonathan Paul TAYLOR
  • Publication number: 20150135659
    Abstract: The present application provides a filtration system for a gas turbine engine. The filtration system may include a holding frame with a positioning element extending therefrom and a filtration unit for mounting within the holding frame. The filtration unit may include a positioning slot therein such that the positioning element extends through the positioning slot when the filtration unit is mounted within the holding frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Etienne Rene Pascal Jarrier, William Keith Eyers, Peter John Duncan Smith, Richard Paul Steele
  • Publication number: 20150129728
    Abstract: A bracket that includes a main body portion having a first portion and a second portion that form a first angle therebetween. The first portion includes opposing front and rear surfaces and the second portion includes opposing upper and lower surfaces. The first portion includes a fastener opening defined therethrough, the second portion includes an insert feature extending from the lower surface, and the second portion includes at least one adhesive opening defined therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Darmo Tandjung, Tyler Smithson
  • Publication number: 20150131957
    Abstract: A cable supporting device includes a first support and a second support. The first and second supports have respective first and second channel members with an inwardly facing opening. The channel members support and retain a cable or fiber optic component, for example a fiber optic cable or drop wire. The supports may be used in an enclosure or suspended from an aerial transmission line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Kyle Bradford Gilbreath, Joseph Forrester, Joshua Charles Wilson
  • Publication number: 20150128403
    Abstract: The apparatus comprises a stationary first part, a movable second part, and a link arm mechanism connecting the first part and the second part. The first and the second link arm are interconnected with a fifth articulated joint. First ends of the link arms are connected with articulated joints movably on the first part. Second ends of the link arms are connected with articulated joints on the second part. The second part is moved with a first actuator in a first direction, with a second actuator in a third direction and with a third actuator in a fourth angular direction around the fourth articulated joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peetu VALKAMA, Harri MÄKINEN, Osmo BJÖRNI
  • Patent number: 9027222
    Abstract: A lens assembly method for assembling a plurality of lenses into a plurality of lens tubes is disclosed. The method includes providing a lens assembly tool comprising a lens receiving frame, a positioning plate, and a pressing plate forming a plurality of pressing punches; positioning a plurality of lens tubes in a plurality of receiving holes of the lens receiving frame; positioning one lens in each of the lens tubes; positioning the positioning plate on the lens receiving frame with the lens tubes extending through a plurality of through holes of the positioning plate; and positioning the pressing plate on the positioning plate with the pressing punches entering into the lens tubes to push the lenses into the lens tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Chun Wang
  • Publication number: 20150122480
    Abstract: A downhole retrieval tool includes a mandrel; an inner sleeve disposed around the mandrel; a plurality of magnets coupled to the inner sleeve; and an outer sleeve disposed around the plurality of magnets, wherein the inner sleeve and the plurality of magnets are rotatable relative to the mandrel. In another aspect, an assembly tool for handling a magnet includes an anchor; a conveyance movable relative to the anchor; and a magnet holder coupled to the conveyance, wherein the magnet holder includes an arm for retaining the magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Michael K. SULLIVAN, Arthur Warren MEEKS
  • Publication number: 20150122851
    Abstract: A rotating mechanism for a computer or similar device cooperates with a case to hold the computer or similar device in a desired position. The rotating mechanism has a cradle to receive the computer or similar device and a mounting disk to attach to the case. The cradle has an aperture to cooperate with the mounting disk to secure the computer or similar device to the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Iordanka Koleva Mulhern, Saharut Sirichai
  • Publication number: 20150115071
    Abstract: There is provided an oil supply nozzle including a micro-needle, and a needle holder to which the micro-needle is inserted and fixed with an adhesive, wherein the needle holder includes a coupling hole formed to allow the needle holder to be inserted into an oil injection apparatus, and an injection hole connected to the coupling hole and having the micro-needle inserted thereinto, and the insertion hole and the coupling hole have a guide hole at a point of connection therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Min Chul Go, Chun Mo Sung
  • Publication number: 20150115686
    Abstract: Disclosed are seating made from pressure vessels, such as cylindrical propane tanks with hemispherical ends, as well as methods for making this kind of seating. The methods involve cutting sections of the reclaimed tanks and placing those sections on a jig that establishes defined, ergonomic positions for seat and back portions of the furniture, and welding appropriate ends or supports to the sections to form the piece of furniture. The pieces of furniture are made without bending, rolling, or otherwise changing the shape of the cut sections from the pressure vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Colin Selig
  • Publication number: 20150114786
    Abstract: A drive assembly comprises a rotatingly drivable housing an output part and a clutch arranged between the rotatably drivable housing and the output part. The clutch comprises a first clutch part held relative to the housing in a rotationally fixed and axially movable way, as well as a second clutch part fixedly connected to the output part arranged in the rotatably drivable housing; a controllable actuator for actuating the clutch; a target element which, upon actuation of the clutch, is axially movable; and a sensor for recording switched positions of the clutch; wherein the first clutch part comprises an annular portion arranged outside the housing, and a plurality of cam elements that extend axially from the annular portion through the apertures in the housing into the interior of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Holger Seidl
  • Publication number: 20150111482
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle HVAC system that provides for installation, serviceability, or replacement of at least one actuator servo without removal of the HVAC assembly from the vehicle. As due to the tight space limitations, the present invention provides for at least one fastener-less mounting element of the servo assembly to be attached to the HVAC assembly, without the need for additional fasteners which would require additional space to access with a tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicants: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Mazzocco, Daniel Okray, Christopher Wisniewski, Kurt Schulz
  • Patent number: 9009952
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a lens module and an image sensor to form a camera module. The apparatus comprises i) a positioning system for adjusting a relative arrangement between the lens module and the image sensor; and ii) an inspection system operative to view fiducials of the lens modules and the image sensor. In particular, the positioning system is configured to align the lens module and the image sensor based on a relative alignment of the respective fiducials of the lens module and the image sensor as viewed by the inspection system. A method of assembling a lens module and an image sensor to form a camera module is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: ASM Technology Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Po Lam Au, Ming Lok Yeung, Tung Yeung Tsoi, Yu Luen Suen
  • Publication number: 20150101293
    Abstract: A cup-shaped housing assembly for a device for separating liquid from air has a cup-shaped housing body having an interior. At least one annular filter element for separating liquid from air is arranged in the housing body. A housing cover closes off an end face of the housing body. The housing cover has an inner side that is facing the interior and an outer side that is facing away from the interior. The housing cover has at least one raw air inlet through which raw air is supplied to the interior. The housing cover has at least one clean air opening though which filtered clean air is discharged from the interior. For sealing the raw air inlet relative to the clean air opening, at least one sealing surface is arranged at the outer side of the housing cover across sections thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Klemens Dworatzek, Bertram Bartelt, Daniela Zinic
  • Patent number: 9003646
    Abstract: Disclosed is a roller hemming system for panels of a vehicle that may include: a marriage jig adapted to load thereon a part having an outer panel and an inner panel joined together; a clamping pad releasably mounted at a front end of an arm of a first handling robot, and adapted to clamp the part loaded on the marriage jig by a plurality of clamping means; a plurality of transfer rails adapted to intersect with each other at a center; a plurality of hemming dies, each being disposed on a predetermined transfer rail, being adapted to reciprocate on the transfer rail between the center and an initial position, and being adapted to receive thereon the part clamped by the clamping pad; and a plurality of hemming robots being disposed corresponding to each hemming die and provided with a hemming roller unit adapted to hem an edge of the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Ki Soon Kim
  • Patent number: 9003625
    Abstract: A shredder feeder has a first receiving post configured to receive a roll of first material, second and third receiving posts respectively configured to receive first and second rolls of second material, and a pair of guideposts that form an outlet of the shredder feeder therebetween. The respective guideposts are positioned to respectively direct the second material from the first and second rolls toward the first material from the roll of first material so that the first material is interposed between the second material from the first roll of second material and the second material from the second roll of second material when the first material and the second materials from the first and second rolls of second material pass concurrently through the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Identisys, Inc.
    Inventors: Debra R. Ferril, David Roman
  • Patent number: 9003630
    Abstract: An assembly plate and a method for arranging at least one module in a housing body, including an assembly side for assembly in the housing body and an opposing module housing side for housing the module. According to the invention, the assembly plate has clip pins by means of which the module can be locked in a position on the assembly side as defined by the clip pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Dorma GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Michael Hufen
  • Publication number: 20150096929
    Abstract: The filter includes: a structure with a C-shaped profile defining side walls and nozzle pipes, each connected to the structure. Each nozzle pipe has a longitudinal axis and an end; a plate connected over a border of the nozzle pipe end to close the nozzle pipe. The plate extends beyond the border. The end of the nozzle pipe is inserted between the side walls of the C-shaped profile. The plate is connected between the side walls of the C-shaped profile. A U-shaped pin defines a first and a second leg, wherein the first leg is inserted in holes of the side walls of the C-shaped profile. The first and the second leg rest on the nozzle pipe and embracing the nozzle pipe. The plate is at an angle (A) greater than 0° with a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the nozzle pipe. The second leg has a protrusion that rests against the plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: ALSTOM Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Anders Erik Martin HJELMBERG, Gunnar Mysjo
  • Patent number: 8998504
    Abstract: An optical fiber connector includes a connector body and a submodule having a user-selectable configuration, such as a splitter or coupler. The connector body has a submodule mounting region. A first end of the connector body has a pluggable optical fiber port. A second end of the connector body has at least one body fiber guide. The submodule is releasably mounted in the submodule mounting region. The submodule has at least one submodule fiber guide aligned with at least one body fiber guide and at least one submodule fiber guide aligned with the pluggable optical fiber port. One or more optical fibers are routed through the connector body in accordance with the submodule configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Nikolaus W. Schunk
  • Patent number: 8997328
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method, wherein a line connector (1), in particular a plug connector, by a fastening device (2) is fastened to a line (3) for liquid and/or gaseous media, wherein during or after the fastening of the line connector (1) to the line (3), a blocking body (4) already present on the line connector (1) and/or on the line (3) is removed from the line connector (1) and/or from the line (3) by means of the fastening device (2), wherein the blocking body (4) prevents a mating connector (5) from being connected to the line connector (1) as long as the blocking body is present on the line connector (1) and/or on the line (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Henn GmbH & Co KG.
    Inventors: Harald Hartmann, Werner Bachmann
  • Patent number: 8997329
    Abstract: A jig assembly is used to manufacture shipping crates essentially functioning to prevent damage to crate-bound material. The jig assembly includes a jig form and magnets. The jig form has a front portion, a rear portion, and a top portion extending between and connecting the front and rear portions. The front portion is parallel to the rear portion such that the front, rear, and top portions together define a board-receiving channel. The front portion has a pair of fastener-aligning slots and a pair of magnet-positioning bores for receiving and positioning the magnets. Fasteners are positioned by the slots and magnets. The board-receiving channel receives a first board of a crate assembly. The properly aligned fasteners may then be driven through the first board into a second board of the crate assembly so as to prevent damage to the crate-bound material. Certain jigging methodology is further supported by the jig assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Michael D. Ingram
  • Publication number: 20150089853
    Abstract: An attachable display device that promotes brand awareness is provided. The device includes a display part having a display area to display an image and a securing portion and a mounting part having an upper portion disposed and secured inside the display part and a lower portion having at least one hole defined therein. The mounting part wraps around an object such that the securing portion engages the at least one hole to secure the display device to the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Stwrap, LLC
    Inventor: Tom Augustine
  • Patent number: 8978230
    Abstract: A beverage bottle handling machine construction method for constructing a beverage bottle handling machine, such as a beverage bottle cleaning machine, a beverage bottle treating machine, and a beverage bottle shrink wrapping machine in a beverage bottling plant and container handling machines corresponding to the beverage bottle handling machine. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Jendrichowski, Ulrich Wiedemann
  • Patent number: 8978237
    Abstract: A method to align an optical device optically with an interference device is disclosed. The method includes steps of: selecting one of arm waveguides, biasing rest of arm waveguides to cause optical absorption thereat, and aligning the optical device optically with the selected arm waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tohru Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20150071704
    Abstract: A hanger is disclosed that has a movable component and a bracket. The movable component has a shaft with a threaded portion, a slider connected to the shaft, and a cap configured to join with the threaded portion. The bracket defines a racetrack aperture and an ingress/egress aperture. The racetrack aperture and the ingress/egress aperture are connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Paul R. Senofonte, Jose E. Ruberte Sanchez