Associating Parts By Use Of Aligning Means (e.g., Use Of A Drift Pin Or A "fixture") Patents (Class 29/464)
  • Publication number: 20140270904
    Abstract: A system for connecting and aligning pieces of a catwalk trough that prevents sagging of the catwalk trough at a connection point between at least two pieces of the catwalk trough by applying a force to the pieces to counteract any separation forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: FORUM US, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory David SWANSON, Joe Rodney BERRY
  • Patent number: 8832915
    Abstract: An apparatus for connecting adjacent ends of first and second conduits including a frame assembly including a mounting point for mounting the end of the first conduit in a fixed position, a guide connected to the frame assembly and including first and second guide formations for receiving guide arms attached to the end of the second conduit and a moveable carrier mounted on the frame and including slots for engaging the guide arms. The carrier is moveable between a first position in which the slots align with the guide formations so that the guide arms can pass into the slots, and a second position in which the end of the second conduit is held against the end of the first conduit so as to allow a connection to be formed to secure the ends together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Verderg Connectors Limited
    Inventor: John White
  • Patent number: 8832918
    Abstract: A device that includes a frame having a first part and a second part and a plurality of first suction devices connected to the first part of the frame, the first suction devices positioned so as to contact a glass plane. Also included in the device is a plurality of second suction devices connected to the second part of the frame, the second suction devices positioned so as to contact a body having an opening to receive the glass plane. A plurality of positioning components that position the frame with respect to the opening in the body, the positioning components connected to the first part of the frame and a plurality of shimming elements that move down between the glass plane and the opening and shift the glass plane forward, the shimming elements connected to the first part of the frame are as included in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Raza Ali
  • Publication number: 20140255114
    Abstract: A portable adjustable multiple end drill device comprises a rotary power source communicating with a plurality of end drill units. The device includes restraints for holding the rotary power source and a hearing rigidly attached to the restraints for rotating the device. The device includes two end-caps, each of which is connected to a respective arm directly or via at least one modular extension of a respective arm. The end-caps are also connected to guide bars and a splined power transmission shaft. The device imparts a set of rectilinearly aligned work areas of a work piece, which work areas are respectively and simultaneously drilled by the respective drill bits. A rectilinear position of each end drill unit can be adjusted mechanically. Each drill bit holder, or base, holding a respective drill bit or fastener bit is rotated by a system of bearing-journaled drive gears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin Diamond
  • Publication number: 20140252836
    Abstract: A seating system adapted for use in stadium, auditorium, and/or theater-type settings. The system utilizes seat back pins, support beams, and anchors for installing seat backs in series and without requiring custom components to account for variability in dimensions. A method for installing seat backs provides the installer with multiple degrees of freedom when adjusting the position of a seat back being installed, including lateral positioning and rotational orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Alvaro Mauricio Olarte
  • Publication number: 20140247333
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an objective optical system fixed in an observation window provided in a distal end portion main body of the endoscope, an imaging optical system configured to form an image of light incident via the objective optical system and to cause the light to be incident on an imaging element, a ring-shaped member whose outer periphery is circular and in which at least a part of the imaging optical system is arranged on an inner periphery of the ring-shaped member, with an optical axis of the imaging optical system being eccentric with respect to a central axis of the outer periphery, and a frame body in which a through hole that has a long hole shape having a diameter in a minor axis direction thereof equal to an outer diameter of the ring-shaped member is provided and the ring-shaped member is fitted into the through hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventor: Masahiro MIZUNO
  • Publication number: 20140245590
    Abstract: A system and method for guiding a motor into alignment with a transmission during assembly. The system may allow the motor to be placed into engagement with a motor mount in a first position, wherein in the first position, the position of the motor is constrained by guide structures such that the gear teeth of the drive gear and the gear teeth of a driven gear are not fully intermeshed, and a rotation axis of the drive gear is not parallel to a rotation axis of the driven gear. The motor may then be manipulated in the motor mount while constrained by the guide structures along a motion path until the gear teeth of the drive gear and the gear teeth of the driven gear are more fully intermeshed, and the rotation axis of the drive gear is substantially parallel to the rotation axis of the driven gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Jason Ableitner, Nathan Carlson, Tom Bakken
  • Patent number: 8819913
    Abstract: A method of assembling an optical relay assembly including forming a line of optical components within an optical component aligning groove of a first base member and directing the line of optical components from the optical component receiving groove into a cylinder covered by a shrinkable tube. The cylinder, line of optical components and shrinkable tube are then positioned within a cylinder receiving groove of a second base member and the line of optical components are extruded from the cylinder into the shrinkable tube. The line of optical components and shrinkable tube are advanced along the cylinder receiving groove and through a heating area for shrinking the shrinkable tube about the line of optical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Integrated Medical Systems International, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Pal Bodor, Zoltan A. Bodor, Oscar Jerome Williams, Gordon P. Schoolden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8819938
    Abstract: A panel positioning apparatus is provided with an outer panel supporting device 20 adapted to support the outer panel 11 from a lower side of the outer panel 11 and an inner panel supporting device 30 adapted to support the inner panel 12 from an upper side of the inner panel 12. The outer panel supporting device 20 has a lower-surface contact section 23 adapted to abut against a lower surface of the outer panel 11. The inner panel supporting device 30 has an upper-surface contact section 344 adapted to expose below the inner panel 12 and to abut against an upper surface of a part of the outer panel 12 against which the lower-surface contact section 23 abuts. The outer panel 11 and the inner panel 12 are overlaid with each other, and a bending part 112A of the outer panel 11 is bent by pinching the outer panel 11 by the lower-surface contact section 23 and the upper-surface contact section 334.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eisaku Hasegawa, Nobuhiro Kozasa, Shunsuke Ishii, Hitoshi Yoshimichi, Koki Sanada
  • Publication number: 20140237836
    Abstract: Described are various embodiments of a method and apparatus for outlining recessed installation of a component within a surface material. In one embodiment, the apparatus generally comprises two or more template or alignment modules adjacently disposable against the surface material and each comprising opposed edges that can be aligned with adjacently disposed edges so to define a substantially continuous spacing along these adjacently disposed edges. This spacing is generally dimensioned so to accommodate a corresponding component dimension such that, the aligned edges guide removal of surface material along the spacing to accommodate recessed installation of the component within the surface material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Axis Lighting Inc.
    Inventors: Howard YAPHE, Christianne LEBLANC, Sebastien BIRE, Andrew MILES, Pascal LANOUE
  • Publication number: 20140239136
    Abstract: A modular portable stand that can be quickly and easily assembles and disassembles by one person without using any tools or hardware. Unassembled, the stand includes two base members, two side members, and four legs. Interlocking the components at each corner provides a stiff and sturdy perimeter frame when assembled, that becomes more rigid when loaded with plant propagation trays, fish tanks, or other heavy items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Ortega
  • Patent number: 8813340
    Abstract: An arrangement for mounting a substantially vertical mechanical element, as a technical front surface, on a structural transverse element of bodywork of a vehicle such as an upper crossbar, the mechanical element including at least one substantially horizontal portion or structural nozzle bearing on an upper surface of the crossbar. The arrangement includes at least one carrier plate for the mechanical element which is slid under the bodywork of the vehicle and then mounted vertically. The plate includes a yoke for receiving the vertical mechanical element and which is capable of holding the element between at least one vertical position inclined towards the front and a vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Francois Combe, Michael Flandin, Nicolas Pietu
  • Publication number: 20140233894
    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: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20140223753
    Abstract: Described are various embodiments of a method and apparatus for outlining recessed installation of a component within a surface material. In one embodiment, the apparatus generally comprises two or more template or alignment modules adjacently disposable against the surface material and each comprising opposed edges that can be aligned with adjacently disposed edges so to define a substantially continuous spacing along these adjacently disposed edges. This spacing is generally dimensioned so to accommodate a corresponding component dimension such that, the aligned edges guide removal of surface material along the spacing to accommodate recessed installation of the component within the surface material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Howard YAPHE, Christianne LEBLANC, Sebastien BIRE, Andrew MILES
  • Patent number: 8800128
    Abstract: A workpiece clamping jig configured to clamp a workpiece is provided with a baseplate, a fixed abutting member, and a movable abutting member. The baseplate has a pocket, which forms an air intake passage on the reverse side of a workpiece mounting surface, and a suction through-hole internally connecting the workpiece mounting surface and the pocket. The fixed abutting member is disposed on the baseplate and has a fixed abutting surface corresponding to the shape of the workpiece, and the movable abutting member has an abutting surface movable relative to the workpiece caused to abut against the fixed abutting surface of the fixed abutting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Masakawa
  • Publication number: 20140215800
    Abstract: A device for installing and removing a component, preferably a burner or a transition pipe of a gas turbine, on or in a stationary gas turbine, is provided. The device includes a rail system having a frame carriage that can be moved along the rail system, on which frame carriage an insertion unit having a carrier unit for the component that can be moved along a movement axis is arranged. In order to specify an especially space-saving and especially rigid design, by means of which components of a gas turbine can be installed and removed relatively simply and quickly, the rail system is designed as a two-track rail system and the movement axis extends between the two rails transversely to an area that extends between the rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Andreas Griese, Dirk Muller, Simon Purschke
  • Publication number: 20140219607
    Abstract: An optical assembly is disclosed where the optical assembly provides an optical device and a holder including a sleeve, a skirt, and a lens. The sleeve has a bore, into which an external optical fiber is set to couple with the optical device, providing a target surface in an end thereof. The target surface includes an aiming index to indicate the axis of the lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Reiko Murata
  • Patent number: 8782870
    Abstract: A jig enabled method of attaching structures such as insulators to support. The jig has: a jig frame comprising a top surface, and two two sides have parallel contact edges at ends of the sides; the top surface has two holes passing through the top surface; within each of the holes is a hollow guide pipe passing from an exterior surface of the top surface through an interior surface of the top surface; and the hollow guide pipe passing past the interior surface of the top surface a distance that is less than a distance to plane formed by the two parallel contact edges. At least one bubble level may be oriented parallel to a surface on the jig and/or parallel to an edge of the jig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: David Link
  • Publication number: 20140196656
    Abstract: Embodiments of a rescue boat are disclosed. A rescue boat can include a port pontoon, a starboard pontoon, and a deck, the deck being attachable to the port pontoon and the starboard pontoon. A method of launching the rescue boat includes placing a port pontoon, a starboard pontoon, and a deck in proximity close to a launch point; mating the deck with the port pontoon and the starboard pontoon; attaching the deck with the port pontoon and the starboard pontoon; mounting a motor on a motor mount on the deck; and launching the rescue boat formed by the port pontoon, the deck, and the starboard pontoon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Tan Vien Dong Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Bui Van Cong
  • Patent number: 8776349
    Abstract: A method for assembling a synchronizer by using a jig, the synchronizer including a synchronizer hub, at least one of recesses formed radially at an external circumference of the synchronizer hub, a synchronizer key disposed in the recess, a synchronizer sleeve enclosing the exterior circumference of the synchronizer hub and axially movably engaged to the synchronizer hub, and a spring disposed between the synchronizer hub and the synchronizer key, may include locating the synchronizer key and the spring in the recess of the synchronizer hub, engaging the jig to the synchronizer hub by inserting a rear portion of the jig in the recess axially, engaging the synchronizer sleeve to the synchronizer hub, and removing the jig from the synchronizer hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jongyun Park
  • Publication number: 20140189996
    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: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Paccar Inc
    Inventors: Jonathan F. Wilkens, Mathew J. Freiheit
  • Publication number: 20140190379
    Abstract: An agricultural product distribution system is presented that includes an inductor box configured to receive agricultural product and conveyed air to combine the agricultural product and the conveyed air. The agricultural product distribution system also includes a removable baffle configured to control an amount of the conveyed air that flows into each port of the plurality of ports. Furthermore, the inductor box is configured to enable the removable baffle to be slidingly inserted into the inductor box, and the removable baffle comprises a tang configured to at least partially block insertion of the removable baffle into the inductor box while the removable baffle is oriented at an undesirable orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: CNH AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Chad M. Johnson, Michael J. Connors
  • Patent number: 8769797
    Abstract: Method for mounting a bush round a part (2) of a shaft with a force fit, which method comprises the following steps: providing a guide element (7, 23) with an outer surface (8) which is at least partly conical; providing the guide element (7, 23) in the extension of the aforesaid part (2) of the shaft (1); pushing the bush (5) over the guide element (7, 23) on the part (2) of the shaft (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Atlas Copco Airpower, Naamloze Vennootschap
    Inventor: Aleksandr Pulnikov
  • Publication number: 20140182112
    Abstract: An alignment tool device for use in aligning a manway cover to a manway body/flange during installation of the manway cover includes a first plate with an L-shape has body with a pair of holes and a first tongue extending transversely from the plate. A second plate with an inverted-L shape has a body with a pair of holes and a second tongue extending transversely from the plate. The first plate is oriented substantially parallel to and opposing the second plate with the first tongue extending parallel to and overlapping the second tongue, where the first and second tongues extend in opposite directions. A height adjuster displaces the first plate relative to the second plate by adjustable engagement of the tongues.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Edward A. DePietro
  • Patent number: 8763264
    Abstract: An interface and a method for mounting a piece of equipment (5) with a rotary drive source (3). The mounting interface has a first frame (1) fastened to the drive source (3) and a second frame (2) fastened to the piece of equipment (5), the frames (1, 2) being fitted with assembly means (19) for assembling them together. Rails (22, 23) for guiding the piece of equipment (5) are removably mounted on the first frame (1) and co-operate with windows (20, 21) of the second frame (2). The windows (20, 21) are laterally open providing transverse passages for the rails (22, 23) into the windows (20, 21). The piece of equipment (5) can be moved transversely by an operator towards the rails (22, 23) in order to support it and guide it axially towards the drive source (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Helicopters
    Inventors: Jean-Sebastien Catteau, Manil Merzoud
  • Patent number: 8764001
    Abstract: A supporting apparatus for assembling a display, includes a supporting bracket. The supporting bracket includes a plate and a restricting arm connected to the plate. The restricting arm includes a connection portion and a restricting portion the restricting. The restricting portion is parallel to the plate to define a restricting space between the restricting portion and the plate. The restricting space receives the display therein. The restricting portion and the plate restricts the display in the restricting space in a first direction which is perpendicular to the plate. A plurality of blocks are movably mounted on the plate. The plurality of blocks restrict the display in the restrict space in a second direction which is parallel to the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Hao Yang, Bao-Quan Shi, Rong Yang
  • Patent number: 8756788
    Abstract: A method and a facility for manufacturing rigid tubular pipes having a double casing for hydrocarbon transport. The pipes include an inner rigid tube (42, 242, 342, 442) that is inserted into an outer rigid tube (16, 216, 316, 416). The facility includes a supporting frame (12, 212, 312, 412) for an inlet end of the outer rigid tube and a movable apron (22, 222, 322, 422). The apron includes a catch (38, 238, 338, 438) for catching the rigid tube and inserting it in the outer rigid tube. The apron includes storage members (68, 268, 368, 468) for receiving stored heating cables (69, 269, 369, 469) and the driving force of the apron makes it possible to deploy a portion having the length of the stored heating cables (69, 269, 369, 469) so as to be able to apply the deployed portion, having the length of the heating cables, along the inner rigid tube (42, 242, 342, 442).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Technip France
    Inventors: Philippe Espinasse, Jacques De Rumigny
  • Publication number: 20140165465
    Abstract: A raised box device includes a first side having a quadrangular panel and a pair of legs extending from the panel. Each of the pair of legs has a notch opening on a similar side of the leg. A second side also has a quadrangular panel and a pair of legs extending from the panel. Each of the pair of legs of the second side has a notch opening on a similar side of the leg. The notch openings on the legs of the second side are oriented opposite the notch openings on the legs of the first side. The notches of the legs of the first side are insertable into the notches of the legs of the second side to interlock the first and second sides and form a utility space between the quadrangular panels of the first and second sides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin Ken Watson
  • Publication number: 20140165364
    Abstract: An assembly device is provided for the assembly of a holding element for attachment parts on a motor vehicle. The assembly device includes, but is not limited to a linkage with three-dimensional multi-point fixing on the motor vehicle. The linkage includes, but is not limited to a number of reference elements for placing against reference surfaces on the motor vehicle and a mounting for the holding element connected to the linkage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Klaus LABBE, Frank HOELZER
  • Publication number: 20140165473
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for aligning a cover with an opening in a housing. The apparatus includes at least one hinge member securable to a housing and moveable between open and closed positions about a hinge axis, at least one attachment member for mounting a cover member to the moveable hinge member, and at least one alignment member for guiding the cover member into an aligned position when the cover member is moved with the hinge member towards the closed position, wherein the attachment member is adapted to allow the cover member to move in a perpendicular direction relative to the hinge axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ian M. Denny
  • Patent number: 8752294
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a stiffened panel, and a datum part for use in such a method. The method comprises: holding the panel with a jig; holding a datum part with the jig; engaging the panel and the datum part with a stringer; and joining the stringer to the panel. Preferably an additive process is used to form the datum part. By growing the datum part in a series of layers, the shape of each layer can be selected to enable the shape or size of the datum part to be optimised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Alan Minshull
  • Patent number: 8752264
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an end effector assembly is provided. The method includes grasping a gap-setting gauge between first and second jaw members moveable relative to one another about a pivot between a first, spaced-apart position and a second position proximate tissue and setting the first and second jaw members such that in the approximated position the jaw members cooperate to define a gap distance between the jaw members equivalent to the thickness of the gap-setting gauge such that when positioning tissue between the jaw members full approximation of the jaws is limited to the gap distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Joanna Ackley, James D. Allen, IV, Ryan C. Artale, Kim V. Brandt, Dennis W. Butcher, Edward M. Chojin, Gary M. Couture, James S. Cunningham, David M. Garrison, Keir Hart, Russell D. Hempstead, Glenn A. Horner, Daniel A. Joseph, Duane E. Kerr, Dylan R. Kingsley, Peter M. Mueller, Jessica E. C. Olson, Sean T. O'Neill, Jason T. Sanders, Robert M. Sharp, John R. Twomey, Jeffrey R. Unger
  • Patent number: 8752283
    Abstract: A method for operating an assembly tool includes deposing a first component on an assembly surface with a first tool tip of a manipulator having a range of motion defined by a plane and an axis that is substantially normal to the plane, deposing a second component on the assembly surface, changing an orientation of the assembly surface relative to the axis from a first orientation to a second orientation, lifting the first component from the assembly surface with a second tool tip of the manipulator, and deposing the first component on the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tymon Barwicz, Bing Dang
  • Patent number: 8745835
    Abstract: A door lock striker alignment check fixture includes a check fixture body having a tapered region engageable with a striker receiving slot of a door latch mechanism. The check fixture body defines an elongated slot for receiving a door striker. The door lock striker alignment check fixture further includes a flange fixedly attached to the check fixture body, and which is engageable with an exterior surface of a vehicle door coupled to the door latch mechanism. The flange includes a contact surface that contacts the exterior surface of the vehicle door and which faces an insertion direction of the tapered region with respect to the striker receiving slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Cutting, Mark Brian
  • Patent number: 8739408
    Abstract: A shape memory polymer is initially fabricated to a size where its peripheral dimension will be at least as large as the borehole wall in which it is to be deployed. After the initial manufacturing the material temperature is elevated above the transition temperature and the material is stretched on a mandrel to retain its inside dimension as its outside dimension is reduced to size that will allow running the seal to a desired subterranean location without failing the material during the stretching. The material is allowed to cool below the transition temperature to hold the new shape. The material on the mandrel is then secured to a tubular string and delivered to the desired location. Wellbore fluid at given temperature raises the material again above the transition temperature, which causes the material to revert to its originally manufactured shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Ping Duan, Steve Rosenblatt
  • Publication number: 20140144908
    Abstract: Arcuate, lightweight composite panels, which are transportable on flatbed trucks, are interconnected onsite for forming a temporary fluid tank. A shaped groove along one end of the panel and a shaped tongue along an opposing end of the panel permit a panel to be lifted vertically above and offset another of the panels and then slid axially together, with the tongue of one panel engaged in the groove of the adjacent panel. If the ground on which the tank is to be assembled is uneven, the panels can be misaligned vertically along the interconnected tongue and groove to accommodate the unevenness of the ground. Where the tank does not engage the ground about the entire bottom edge, a liner can be placed inside the tank and connected to the tank using a hook and loop fastening system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: STRAD ENERGY SERVICES LTD.
    Inventor: STRAD ENERGY SERVICES LTD.
  • Patent number: 8732940
    Abstract: A system for securing photovoltaic panel modules to a support structure includes a first elongate member securable to the support structure. The first elongate member includes a plurality of first mounting sites positionally fixed thereon. A second elongate member is securable to the support structure. The second elongate member includes a plurality of second mounting sites positionally fixed thereon. The second elongate member is spaced from the first elongate member and aligned therewith in a generally parallel orientation. The position of the first and second elongate members is adjustable to align the first and second fixed mounting sites in a predetermined configuration. When the first and second elongate members are aligned in the predetermined configuration, the plurality of first mounting sites and second mounting sites are brought into alignment with each other to permit mounting of a plurality of panel modules to the first and second elongate members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Clean Energy Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Franklin
  • Publication number: 20140138506
    Abstract: A support system with a locking mechanism for positioning and securing electronic equipment. The support system includes a base, a riser coupled to the base, a support coupled to the riser and a locking mechanism positioned at a distal end of the riser. The locking mechanism includes a first block, a second block and a fastener. The first block has a first aperture, a first inclined surface and distal surface including a lip. The second block comprising a second aperture and a second inclined surface, wherein tightening the fastener slides the first block with respect to the second block, such that the first inclined surface wedges against the second inclined surface. Methods of locking a support to a riser using the locking mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Ergotron, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Dahl, Scott Trish, Saeb Asamarai
  • Patent number: 8727096
    Abstract: A shoe sorter switch for a conveyor includes a main body member positioned relative to the conveyor away from contact with any passing shoe of the conveyor. A plurality of subcomponents are mounted to the main body member and positioned to contact and direct passing shoes of the conveyor. The main body member and each of the plurality of subcomponents together define a plurality of precision fit couplings that each comprise a precision protrusion that is fit into a corresponding precision aperture. Related methods for assembling and installing the switch, including replacing damaged switch subcomponents without the need for any calibration to adjust the position of the replacement subcomponent relative to the main body member and to the conveyor are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Cinetic Sorting Corp.
    Inventor: Steven Vann Schroader
  • Patent number: 8727329
    Abstract: A mounting and alignment system for selectively securing and accurately aligning a first plate relative to a second plate, the mounting system including a shank and a receiver arrangement with an annular locking ring and an annular receiver bushing. The bushing having an inner passage and an oppositely facing outer bushing surface. The outer bushing surface having at least one receiver bearing surface shaped to engage a bearing surface of an associated mounting opening in one of the plates to align the receiver bushing laterally within the opening. The inner passage of the bushing being shaped to receive and align with a shaft portion of the shank. The locking ring configured to secure the bushing axially within the mounting opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Jergens, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Schron, Sr., Terry Schron, Harry P. Fuller
  • Patent number: 8727326
    Abstract: An assembly jig used for assembling a magnet connector including a magnetic body includes a magnet, and a base body having a rear surface and a front surface. The front surface is concaved rearward to form a holding room. The rear surface is concaved forward to form a receiving cavity having a shape in accordance with the external outline of the magnetic body. The magnet is held in the holding room of the base body with the magnetic poles thereof being located in a kind of only certain way. When assembling the magnet connector, the magnetic body is partly attracted in the receiving cavity of the base body by the magnet and then is assembled to the magnet connector with the magnetic poles thereof being uniformly arranged in a kind of only certain way after mass production of the magnet connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jui-Pin Lin
  • Publication number: 20140131944
    Abstract: A game piece and a process of manufacture and a method of play in which an image Y is divided into two parts, and in which the face of a game piece has either a first part or a second part along the side with the purpose of aligning the face with another game piece so as to complete image Y. Sets of game pieces are produced in various embodiments with unique attributes based on the parts of the image and the parts' location on them. The sets are used in a variety of additional embodiments such as for strategy games, for trying to build 3D polyhedrons in which image Y is completed around each edge, or for designing polyhedrons which are then interacted with other polyhedrons to complete image Y in more embodiments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Tali Lehavi
  • Patent number: 8713778
    Abstract: A method and system for mounting and adjusting a vehicle door rotatably connected to a vehicle body by upper and lower hinges with hinge holes. The upper and lower hinges are positioned to the vehicle body and the vehicle door by aligning the hinge holes to corresponding receiving holes. The vehicle door is temporarily mounted to the vehicle body by inserting cam bolts into aligned pairs of the hinge holes and the receiving holes. The vehicle door is adjusted to a desired position relative to the vehicle body by rotating the cam bolts. The desired positioned is secured by inserting mounting bolts into empty aligned pairs of the hinge holes and the receiving holes and replacing the cam bolts with mounting bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: David Mazzei
  • Publication number: 20140115895
    Abstract: A method produces a component, particularly a body component for a vehicle, or a component composite consisting of several components. The steps include forming a metal plate in a forming tool, particularly in a deep-drawing die, producing a reference marking at a predefined location of the metal plate, rough positioning of the formed metal plate by a positioning device such that the reference marking is situated in a predefined space area, identifying the reference marking of a position recognition device, such as a camera system, the position recognition device generating position data corresponding to the position of the reference marking, positioning of a first fixing element at the location of the reference marking based on the position data by an electronically controlled positioning device, and connecting the first fixing element with the formed metal plate, particularly by welding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas HERZINGER, Johann van NIEKERK
  • Patent number: 8707535
    Abstract: A built-in device, in particular a kitchen device, is provided and includes a front side and a unit wall comprising a unit front surface. Said method consists of the following steps: at least one adjusting device is secured to the built-in device in such a manner that an adjusting edge of the adjusting device protrudes over the front side of the device, the built-in device is inserted into the furniture niche until the adjusting edge is aligned with the front surface of the unit, the built-in device is secured to the unit niche. The invention also relates to an adjusting tool which is adapted, particularly, for carrying out said inventive method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Karl-Friedrich Laible, Helmut Steichele
  • Publication number: 20140112699
    Abstract: A multiple quick connector (MQC) assembly is described herein. The MQC assembly includes a male sub-assembly that includes a plurality of quick connectors coupled to a first circular plate, and an actuator coupled to the first circular plate. The actuator is configured to actuate a shaft having a draw nut attached to an axial end of the shaft. The MQC assembly also includes a female sub-assembly that includes a plurality of couplers coupled to a second circular plate. Each of the couplers is configured to couple to a respective quick connector of the male sub-assembly. The second circular plate comprises an aperture disposed therethrough. Actuation of the shaft causes the draw nut to extend axially through the aperture, and to rotate with respect to the aperture to lock the male sub-assembly axially with respect to the female sub-assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Randolph Dale Lewkoski
  • Publication number: 20140106919
    Abstract: A driving belt comprising plate elements juxtaposed in its thickness direction and a flat ring fastening the elements annularly. The elements includes at least one adjuster element configured to adjust an endplay as a total of clearances between the adjacent elements in the elements fastened annularly by the ring. The adjuster element comprises an insertion groove opening toward the endplay, and an inserting member inserted into the insertion groove and configured to protrude partially from the insertion groove thereby adjusting the endplay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Kazunori Harima, Yuji Hattori, Michio Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20140096755
    Abstract: A magazine for storing and feeding paintballs to a paintball marker is disclosed. The magazine includes at least one channel that is open to an opening and a follower configured to travel within the at least one channel and contact a column of paintballs. The magazine can further include a door biased to cover the opening so as to prevent the paintball from passing through the opening. The magazine can include a retainer that is movable between at least a first position and a second position. The retainer prevents the follower from moving towards the opening when in the first position and allows the follower to move towards the opening when in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Dye Precision, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Patrick Larmer, Gerald R. Parks, Ming-Chuan Chen
  • Publication number: 20140099060
    Abstract: An optical fiber connector includes a fiber alignment body including a continuous optical fiber guide channel extending therethrough. The continuous optical fiber guide channel has a lead-in channel portion, a lead-out channel portion and a turn portion that connects the lead-in channel portion and the lead-out channel portion. The fiber alignment body has a reflective surface formed of metal that receives light traveling from an optical fiber located within the lead-in channel portion of the continuous optical fiber channel and reflects the light into the lead-out channel portion of the continuous optical fiber channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Danley, Robert B. Elkins, II, Kevin B. Sparks
  • Publication number: 20140084567
    Abstract: An installation adapter includes four downwardly extending tabs which mate into the cylindrical ball tube of an underbed portion of a hitch. A center hole on the installation adapter designates a location for drilling a pilot hole upward through the bed of the pickup truck. Four arms on the installation adapter extend outward from the center hole, covering and protecting the top face of the hitch during hole sawing using the pilot hole downward through the bed material. The installation adapter is preferably molded from a brightly colored polymer material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: CURT MANUFACTURING, LLC
    Inventors: Kristopher William Schwennsen, John William Traynor, IV