Registering Mating Opposed Tool Parts (e.g., Registering A Punch And A Cooperating Die) Patents (Class 29/465)
  • Patent number: 9937633
    Abstract: The invention relates to a punch for punching polymeric motor vehicle components, in particular bumpers, comprising a machine frame (1), at least one device for fixing a polymeric motor vehicle component (2) on the machine frame (1), and at least one punch device (3), wherein the punch device (3) comprises at least one punching tool (4) and at least one punching die (5). According to the invention, the punching tool (4) and/or the punching die (5) is/are fastened to a receiving device (6) of a movable carrier (7, 8), wherein the carrier (7, 8) has at least one further receiving device (6) for fastening at least one further processing apparatus (9, 10, 20, 30), such that the punch can be set to a new, different processing step involving the further processing apparatus (9, 10, 20, 30) by a movement of the carrier (7, 8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: REHAU AG + CO.
    Inventor: Ralph Schwarz
  • Patent number: 9651019
    Abstract: An arrangement and a method to align a part of a wind turbine to a counterpart is provided. The arrangement includes an alignment tool. The alignment tool includes a first area to be connected to a part of the wind turbine, and a second area that protrudes over the physical dimensions of the part of the wind turbine. The second area is arranged and prepared in a way that it abuts on the counterpart during the alignment of the part of the wind turbine and its counterpart. The arrangement includes a second alignment tool. The second alignment tool protrudes less far over the physical dimensions of the part of the wind turbine then the first alignment tool. Thus the first alignment tool abuts to the counterpart before the second alignment tool when the part of the wind turbine approaches the counterpart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Jesper Moeller, Jacob Groenvald Nielsen, Kenneth Helligsoe Svinth
  • Patent number: 9364933
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a jig for processing the inner surface of an aluminum alloy Winston cone baffle having the thickness of a sheet through an ultra-precision machining, the jig having a shape identically corresponding to the outer shape of a Winston cone baffle having a can body shape made up of compound parabolic, and divided into an upper plate jig and a lower plate jig in formation, wherein the upper plate jig is divided in two, a left side jig and a right side jig, which are formed to correspond in shape and size so as to enable isolation or coupling to/from each other, and the inner surface of the Winston cone baffle attached inside the upper plate jig is made to enable ultra-precision machining at the cutting speed of 220 m/min-300 m/min, which enables the inner surface of the Winston cone baffle to process a slickenside having approximately 4 nm of surface roughness, and in particular, ultra-precision machining at surface roughness of Ra=2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: KOREA BASIC SCIENCE INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Sun Choel Yang, Ki Soo Chang, Geon Hee Kim, Myeong Sang Kim, Sang Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 8991030
    Abstract: A method for making a projection on a metal panel includes providing a lower die having a recess in the shape of the desired projection, laying the metal panel atop the lower die, positioning a filler material atop the metal panel, and lowering an upper die onto the filler material so that the filler material is forced into the metal panel and in turn forces the metal panel into the recess of the lower die whereby a projection is formed and the projection is filled with the filler material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Mark D. Gugel, Bradley J. Blaski
  • Patent number: 8973243
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of an integrally forged golf club head has acts of: forging a crude rod to form a blank of a main body of a golf club head, mounting a weight in a mounting recess of the blank of the main body of the golf club head, covering the mounting recess with an outer cover, and then welding and forging the blank of the main body of the golf club head and the outer cover to form a golf club head. Thus, the at least one weight is securely held in the golf club head and does not come off the golf club head, and also no noise occurs when the golf club head strikes a golf ball. Furthermore, the at least one weight is not exposed so that the golf club head has a good appearance and improved quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Chi-Hung Su
  • Publication number: 20140115865
    Abstract: A blade gapping tool for setting the gap of a hair clipper bladeset, the blade gapping tool including a base, a locking member, an adjustable boss and an adjuster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: ANDIS COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Gross, Richard J. Tringali
  • Publication number: 20130326858
    Abstract: Assemblies and methods for processing a workpiece in a ram-driven press employ an active tool contained by a housing that is interchangeable with a passive forming tool assembly in a mounting assembly of the press. The active tool includes a microprocessor and a functional head coupled to the microprocessor. Some assemblies including the active tool include a switch for activating the functional head; the switch may be mounted to the housing such that, when the housing is mounted in the mounting assembly of the press, the switch is triggered by movement of the housing in response to the ram stroke of the press.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Wilson Tool International Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Lee, Timothy J. Mika
  • Patent number: 8555490
    Abstract: In the invention, a joining means having a ram tool, a countertool and a holder with an opening to accommodate the ram tool or the countertool, is described. The two tools are arranged coaxial with each other at different ends of a C-bracket. The invention is distinguished in that the holder comprises at least one plane contact surface arranged on the outer surface of the holder, resting in contact with at least one plane face of the corresponding end of the C-bracket and detachably fastened thereto. Between the contact surface and the face, at least one interlay is arranged, determining the information and/or the distance of the contact surface from the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Reinhold Opper, Ruben Gutierrez Romero, Georg Hufner, Leonhard Will
  • Patent number: 8490274
    Abstract: A positioning-jig 1 used to mount a face plate 15 on the female-die 21, and the positioning-jig 1 comprises a female-part 2 which has a concave part and is attached into the positioning-holes 24 at the male-die 22 detachably, a male-part 6 which comprises an axial part inserted detachably into the concave part of the female-part and a dish-shaped head part connected to the axial part, and further provides a positioning method comprising the following steps; set the positioning-jigs 1 on each positioning-holes 24 and set the marking-members 12 on each positioning-jigs 1; and test run the stamping machine to attaches the male-die 22 and the female-die 21, and adhered the marking-members 12 on the female-die 21; and adhered the face plate 15 on the female-die 21 for the marking-members 12 inside each through-holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignees: Make A Box Co., Ltd., Katayama Steel Rule Die Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuaki Asai
  • Patent number: 8323163
    Abstract: A positioning-jig 42 is cylindrical shape and chamfered at the top side; wherein a bottom side inner diameter of the positioning-jig 42 is larger than outer diameter of the marking-member 12, and the bottom side outer diameter of the positioning-jig 42 is same or slightly smaller than the through-holes 20 belongs to the face plate 15.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignees: Make A Box Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuaki Asai
  • Patent number: 8151454
    Abstract: In the invention, a joining means having a ram tool, a countertool and a holder with an opening to accommodate the ram tool or the countertool, is described. The two tools are arranged coaxial with each other at different ends of a C-bracket. The invention is distinguished in that the holder comprises at least one plane contact surface arranged on the outer surface of the holder, resting in contact with at least one plane face of the corresponding end of the C-bracket and detachably fastened thereto. Between the contact surface and the face, at least one interlay is arranged, determining the information and/or the distance of the contact surface from the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Reinhold Opper, Ruben Guiterrez Romero, Georg H├╝fner, Leonhard Will
  • Patent number: 8042247
    Abstract: A tool for use in a powder metal process is disclosed. The tool includes an upper tool and a lower tool. The upper and lower tools may include multiple members for each tool. The lower tool having a predetermined cross sectional profile that continuously expands outward from or near a center point of the lower tool. The lower tool is also secured within a press for the powder metal process via a fastening mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: GKN Sinter Metals, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Dunkle, Jude D. Schlimm
  • Patent number: 7900331
    Abstract: A work (W) with a part assembling surface on many faces is rotated by a work holding jig (10) so as to sequentially convert each of the part assembling surfaces to the upward horizontal attitude, a bolt is fastened from above vertically while gripping an assembly part (B) by a part gripping device (12), and this is repeated so that an assembling operation can be carried out smoothly and an assembly space can be saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Yoshida, Muneki Yamada, Tetsuo Ishii, Takaji Mukumoto
  • Patent number: 7685699
    Abstract: A vehicle framing system for framing an automotive vehicle body from a plurality of separate body components wherein the body components each include a reference surface. The system includes an assembly station having spaced-apart frame members positioned so that, when a vehicle carrier supporting the vehicle body components is positioned at the assembly station, the frame members extend along opposite sides of the vehicle carrier. At least two docking stations are secured to each frame member at predetermined locations. A robot mounts its associated tool arm with a docking station. At least one set of reference block and framing clamp is secured to each tool arm and these framing clamps maintain the reference surfaces of the vehicle body components against the reference blocks to hold the vehicle components at a predetermined position relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Variant Corporation
    Inventors: Dominique Baulier, Mihaela Petrescu, Thomas Stein, Justyna Klapacz
  • Patent number: 7581939
    Abstract: Apparatus including a collar for aligning opposing first and second tool sections such as mold halves during closing of the tool sections and a tool utilizing same are provided. Each apparatus includes a projection such as a solid pin integrally including a frustum-shaped tapered portion and a cylindrically-shaped guide portion. The apparatus further includes a bushing having an upper surface and a central opening with internal contours which are complementary to outer contours of the guide portion. The collar has a lower surface and a central opening which is aligned with the central opening of the bushing when the collar is mounted at a predetermined position on the bushing with the upper and lower surfaces in abutting engagement. The collar opening has internal contours which are complementary to outer contours of the tapered portion. The tapered portion of the projection and the collar guide and direct the tool sections into alignment as the tool sections close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventor: Brian G. Finkel
  • Publication number: 20090205190
    Abstract: A positioning-jig 1 used to mount a face plate 15 on the female-die 21, and the positioning-jig 1 comprises a female-part 2 which has a concave part and is attached into the positioning-holes 24 at the male-die 22 detachably, a male-part 6 which comprises an axial part inserted detachably into the concave part of the female-part and a dish-shaped head part connected to the axial part, and further provides a positioning method comprising the following steps; set the positioning-jigs 1 on each positioning-holes 24 and set the marking-members 12 on each positioning-jigs 1; and test run the stamping machine to attaches the male-die 22 and the female-die 21, and adhered the marking-members 12 on the female-die 21; and adhered the face plate 15 on the female-die 21 for the marking-members 12 inside each through-holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: MAKE A BOX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuaki Asai
  • Patent number: 7484312
    Abstract: A punch press alignment instrument has upper and lower cylindrical components that are associated for vertical displacement relative to one another. Both components have outer tool holder engaging surfaces which are to be aligned with one another so as to in turn align the tool holders of the punch press when the upper and lower components themselves are in alignment. Alignment elements, e.g., ridges and grooves provided on mating surfaces of the components confronting each other are brought into contact with one another to move the components of the instrument into mutual alignment. An alignment control member, e.g., a screw is preferably provided for progressively bringing the upper and lower components toward one another and an indicator such as a lamp, a dial indicator or an audible indicator is provided for denoting the spacing between the upper and lower components to thereby confirm the alignment of the tool holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Mate Precision Tooling, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher D. Morgan
  • Patent number: 7452494
    Abstract: A method of loading a moldset having a core plate and a cavity plate into an injection molding machine. The method comprises the steps of latching a cavity plate to a core plate using a removable latch, guiding the core plate into an open mold along a face in the mold while maintaining separation between the face and the core plate and maintaining the cavity plate spaced from hot runner nozzles in a hot runner in the mold, closing the mold to engage the cavity plate with the hot runner nozzles, securing the cavity plate to the hot runner, removing the latch between the cavity plate and the core plate, and opening the mold. The face may be a face of a movable platen or a back surface of a hot runner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: John DiSimone
  • Publication number: 20080124185
    Abstract: A self-attaching fastener and panel assembly wherein the free open end of the tubular barrel portion is coined, collapsed axially, flattened and deformed radially inwardly and outwardly and axially against a panel surrounding the panel opening. The method of installation includes driving the free end of the tubular barrel portion against a substantially planar die surface, deforming an end portion radially, then collapsing an intermediate portion over the radially deformed end portion, flattening the end portion, substantially thickening the tubular barrel portion and forming an annular surface engaging and supporting the panel surrounding the opening. The die member includes an annular moat surrounding a central die post and a planar die surface extending generally perpendicular to the axis of the die button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: WHITESELL INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Zdravko Kovac
  • Publication number: 20080076333
    Abstract: An abrasive throwing wheel assembly includes a runnerhead disposed within a housing and arranged to be rotatably driven about a center rotational axis. The runnerhead includes a plurality of radially extending dovetail shaped channels. In one embodiment, the channels each have a slot extending at an angle relative to a radially extending longitudinal axis of the channel. A throwing blade includes a throwing portion and a dovetail shaped base portion configured to be removably received within one of the plurality of dovetail shaped channels. In one embodiment, the base portion includes a slanted surface configured to extend at a same angle as the slot relative to the radially extending longitudinal axis of the channel when inserted within the channel. A U-shaped locking pin is configured to be received in the slot to prevent radially outward movement of the throwing blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Applicant: Pangborn Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Krause, Michael T. Giroux
  • Patent number: 7335152
    Abstract: A web forming machine, and a method of forming a web is described and which includes a first rotatable assembly; a second rotatable assembly positioned in spaced relation relative to the first rotatable assembly, and wherein a gap is defined between the first rotatable assembly, and the second rotatable assembly; and wherein a web of material to be formed is received in the gap; and means for reciprocally moving the first rotatable assembly into contact with the web, and into mating relation relative to the second rotatable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Inventor: L. Gary Jensen
  • Patent number: 7322091
    Abstract: This invention relates to a vibration isolating bushing, for example, built into a suspension system, an inside diameter of one edge (4) of an inner cylinder (1) being made larger than that of the other edge (6). The outside diameter of the thinner edge (4) is enlarged by applying pressure with a pressure forming jig (26) to the thicker edge surface (25), with the thinner edge surface (20) of the inner cylinder (1) abutted on a base (23). After completion of enlargement of the outside diameter of the thinner edge (4), the outside diameter of the thicker edge (6) is enlarged by further pressure with the pressure forming jig (26), this process thus capable of enlarging the outside diameter of both edges (4), (6) with one continuous working step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiko Katoh, Tadayuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7222405
    Abstract: In an apparatus in which workpieces are joined by self-piercing rivets, for example, a jig is used to determine whether axial alignment of a punch and a die is within an acceptable range. The jig substitutes for a die and has a shank and a head, the shank fitting within a die-receiving bore of the apparatus and the head having an axial opening receiving the punch when alignment is within the acceptable range. The head is constructed to permit viewing of the relationship of the punch and the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventor: Nobuharu Naito
  • Patent number: 7194820
    Abstract: A punch press alignment instrument has upper and lower cylindrical components that are associated for vertical displacement relative to one another. Both components have outer tool holder engaging surfaces which are to be aligned with one another so as to in turn align the tool holders of the punch press when the upper and lower components themselves are in alignment. Alignment elements, e.g., ridges and grooves provided on mating surfaces of the components confronting each other are brought into contact with one another to move the components of the instrument into mutual alignment. An alignment control member, e.g., a screw is preferably provided for progressively bringing the upper and lower components toward one another and an indicator such as a lamp, a dial indicator or an audible indicator is provided for denoting the spacing between the upper and lower components to thereby confirm the alignment of the tool holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Mate Precision Tooling Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Schweiger, Todd M. Knetsch, Phillip R. Lysdahl, Christopher D. Morgan, Joseph C. Schneider
  • Patent number: 7171882
    Abstract: A knife-like die for cutting a thermoformed plastic article from a sheet of thermoformable plastic. The die includes a die build up plate that is mounted to a first platen and a striker plate that is mounted to a second platen. The die further includes a die board having a knife element mounted thereto. A heating element heats the knife to a temperature that allows for easy cutting of the thermoformable plastic. The die board also includes a die travel stop which prevents the die from being forced into the striker plate thus damaging the knife element and a die location pilot that engages a feature on the sheet of thermoformable plastic to align the article with the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Amros Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory A. Shteyngarts
  • Patent number: 7171883
    Abstract: A punching apparatus is provided which can of punch a non-circular holes at a predetermined position of a work piece. In the punching apparatus for punching a hole by means of a punch integrated into any one of the moving part of a press working machine or the supporting part of the press working machine, and a die integrated with the other one of the moving part and the supporting part; each of the punch and the die has plurality of planes to be fitted with datum planes of a fitting jig. The punching unit for the punching apparatus comprises a punch, a die, and a fitting jig for positioning the punch and the die with respect to each other, wherein each of the punch and the die has plurality of faces for fitting and the fitting jig has datum planes to be fitted with the planes for fitting of the punch and the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Toru Ishii, Shinobu Kawase
  • Patent number: 7131360
    Abstract: A thermoforming trim press is provided with a frame, a punch plate, a die plate, and a bushing. The frame has a guide post including a tapered outer surface with increasing cross-sectional dimension toward a closing position. The punch plate has a male cutting die. The die plate has a female cutting die configured to scissor in intermeshing relation with the male cutting die. The bushing has a tapered inner surface complementary and reverse to the tapered outer surface of the guide post. The bushing is adjustable in cross-sectional dimension and is configured to guide one of the punch plate and the die plate for axial reciprocation along the guide post. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Jere F. Irwin
  • Patent number: 7024978
    Abstract: A punch and die alignment system. A first die includes a first die aperture for receiving a punch. A second die includes a second die aperture for receiving the punch. A first housing includes a first die-receiving passage for receiving at least a portion of the first die. A second housing includes a second die-receiving passage for receiving at least a portion of at least one of the second die and the first die and for permitting at least one of the first die and the second die to rotate therein, thereby permitting the first die aperture and the second die aperture to be aligned with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Edward F. Helinski
  • Patent number: 7011009
    Abstract: A punching device for punching paper and like sheet material contains an upper frame, a cooperating upper magnetic base supporting the upper frame, and a punch rod slideably disposed within the upper frame, and passing through a clearance hole formed in the upper magnetic base. A lower magnetic base contains a punch die. The lower magnetic base which magnetically aligns with the upper magnetic base when a paper sheet is disposed between the upper and lower magnetic bases, and the punch rod is then concentrically aligned with the punch die. This punching device can be used to punch a hole anywhere over the extent of the sheet, regardless of how far the hole is from any edge of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventor: Jennifer Lynne Tomich
  • Patent number: 7007535
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for aligning opposed telescopically engageable cut ring and blank and draw die when mounted in a can body forming press to form non-round disc-shaped blanks which are subsequently formed into container bodies. A pair of opposed precision formed notches are formed in the peripheries of the spaced press components and a precision formed key is inserted into the notches. The key is then slidably removed from the notches. The notches are precisely located with respect to each other and to major and minor axes of the press components so that said major and minor axes align with each other when the key is seated in the notches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventor: James A. McClung
  • Patent number: 6915828
    Abstract: A punch apparatus for punching and laminating simultaneously a plural number of thin sheets is disclosed. This punch apparatus includes a punch provided on an upper portion of the punch apparatus, a die provided on a lower portion of the punch apparatus and used for punching a material to be processed, a stripper for guiding the punch during punching operation, a device for laminating punched materials using the punch as a laminating axis, a device for adjusting a relative position between the punch and the stripper when the upper and the lower portions of the punch apparatus are separated, and a device for adjusting a clearance between the die and the stripper during punching operation. The punch apparatus can open precisely almost straight very fine through-holes of a diameter of 100 ?m or less even in a sheet of thin, soft and deformable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukihisa Takeuchi, Hiroyuki Tsuji, Kazumasa Kitamura, Yoshinori Yamaguchi, Satoshi Matsubayashi, Syusaku Kabe
  • Patent number: 6875631
    Abstract: A CF card (1) comprises: a casing constituted by two panel plates (2, 2) and a frame (3); and a printed wiring board (4) accommodated in the casing. A plurality of claw-like engaging parts (5) are provided to the peripheries of the panel plates (2). When the CF card (1) is assembled, the engaging parts (5) of the first panel plate (2) are inserted into through holes of a long groove (8) provided in the frame (3) and then the printed wiring board (4) is mounted on the panel plate (2) located at the inside of the frame (3). Thereafter, the engaging parts (5) of the second panel plate (2) are inserted into the through holes of the long groove (8) from the surface located in the opposite side of the frame (3). There are two types of engaging parts (5): one having lances and the other having holes. Inside the through holes, the lances of the engaging parts (5) of one panel plate (2) are inserted into the holes of the engaging parts (5) of the other panel plate (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignees: Renesas Technology Corp., Hitachi ULSI Systems Co., Ltd., Sanwa Denki Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Nishizawa, Hideki Tanaka, Yuichiro Yamada, Tomoaki Kudaishi, Akira Katsumata
  • Publication number: 20040261245
    Abstract: In an apparatus in which workpieces are joined by self-piercing rivets, for example, a jig is used to determine whether axial alignment of a punch and a die is within an acceptable range. The jig substitutes for a die and has a shank and a head, the shank fitting within a die-receiving bore of the apparatus and the head having an axial opening receiving the punch when alignment is within the acceptable range. The head is constructed to permit viewing of the relationship of the punch and the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Applicant: Newfrey LLC
    Inventor: Nobuharu Naito
  • Patent number: 6704995
    Abstract: A method for swaging a suspension assembly to an actuator arm of a data storage device is disclosed. The method includes steps of inserting a deformable tubular stake into an aperture of an actuator arm and inserting an expandable swaging member into a channel of the tubular stake within the aperture of the actuator arm. Thereafter, the method includes the step of expanding the swaging member to deform the tubular stake to swage the tubular stake to the actuator arm of the data storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Eyvand Ernest Toensing, Richard August Budde
  • Patent number: 6691395
    Abstract: A presetting table for preparing a system of converting tools in a stripping station of a converting press positions the following face to face, in a position simulating cantering along the machine axis and positioning at the first rule: the stripper-holder plate of an upper stripping die, a central stripping board and a replica of a pull-out frame carrying telescopic pins. The upper stripping die is prepared by using the central stripping board as a template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Bobst SA
    Inventors: Mauro Chiari, Sylvain Rebet
  • Patent number: 6550126
    Abstract: A mounting method for mounting an electrode assembly on a plasma etching apparatus includes inserting alignment pins in apertures of the plasma etching apparatus. Apertures of the electrode assembly are aligned relative to the alignment pins. The electrode assembly is then mounted on the plasma etching apparatus, passing the alignment pins through the apertures of the electrode assembly. Each alignment pin is then replaced with a locking arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignees: Sony Electronics, Inc, Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Mitchell Szettella, Jeffery Ozee, Augusto James Gonzales
  • Publication number: 20020157230
    Abstract: Jigs (52 to 57) are respectively set on upper and lower holders (21, 31) of a button attaching apparatus instead of upper and lower dies; relative position of the upper and the lower holders (21, 31) is adjusted while upper and lower springs (211, 317) are disabled; while the upper spring (211) is kept disabled, the lower spring (317) having stronger biasing force is enabled to adjust the lower spring; and the upper spring (211) is enabled to adjust the upper spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Okada
  • Patent number: 6352236
    Abstract: A mold box is flexibly mounted to a product forming machine having upper and lower vertically displaceable beams. A feed drawer dispenses concrete material into the mold box while a vibration system vertically vibrates the mold box while dampening horizontal vibration. The vibration system is driven by a single drive shaft that actuates first and second vibrator rods while at the same rotating a counter-weight in a counter-rotating direction. A set of alignment brackets lock the mold box into a predetermined aligned relationship while being mounted in the product forming machine. The bottom side of each mold box is mounted to the product forming machine in the same relative position to reduce machine readjustments. A set of telescoping legs hold the feed drawer assembly variable distances above the mold box. A unitized pallet feeder quickly moves pallets one at a time from an “on-deck” position to a “receiving” position underneath the mold box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Columbia Machine, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen Aaseth, Robert A. Schmitt
  • Patent number: 6344013
    Abstract: The toroidal-type continuously variable transmission includes an input disk, an output disk disposed coaxially with the input disk, a trunnion capable of swinging about its pivot shaft portion situated at a torsional relation with respect to the respective center axes of the input and output disks; and a power roller supported on the trunnion and inclinably rollable on and between the input and output disks. The trunnion includes a main body plane portion for holding a displacement shaft supporting the power roller rotatably and a pair of pivot shaft portions respectively formed in the two end portions of the main body plane portion integrally therewith, while two connecting portions respectively between the main body plane portion and the pair of pivot shaft portions are respectively formed so as to include continuous metal flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Itoh
  • Patent number: 6317976
    Abstract: The invention is directed at a method of manufacturing these catalytic converters having non-round honeycomb substrates and comprises the following steps: (1) wrapping a non-round monolithic ceramic substrate, having a major and minor orthogonal axis, in a sufficient amount of the supporting mat material whereby the substrate's peripheral surface is substantially covered; (2) inserting the wrapped substrate into a metal shell, having a plurality of nodal points, which substantially surrounds the wrapped substrate; (3) placing the metal shell in a resizing die having a plurality of fingers, and associated gaps therebetween, extending axially along substantially the entire surface of the metal shell whereby the nodal points of the metal shell are positioned along a portion of a die finger and the placement of the metal shell and wrapped substrate, within the resizing die is such that the axes of the resizing die are angularly offset from the major and minor axes of the substrate; (4) compressively closing
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Douglas A. Aranda, Paul S. Schmitt
  • Patent number: 6306677
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus and process for punching and placing inserts of electrolyte and other material into a substrate layer for a gas sensor. The insert can be the solid electrolyte, porous electrolyte or protective layer of a gas sensor. The substrate material is typically alumina. The apparatus punches a hole in the alumina substrate, and then, in one step, punches an insert of a second material, such as a solid electrolyte, into the previously formed hole, thereby forming a composite layer/insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Vargo, Robert Gregory Kechner, Raymond Leo Bloink
  • Patent number: 6301768
    Abstract: A closure panel hemming apparatus includes a lower support supporting a lower hemming die and an upper support spaced from and mounted above the lower support supporting an upper hemming die. The upper and lower supports are relatively vertically moveable for bringing the dies toward and away from one another. At least one guide post interconnects the upper and lower supports and maintains alignment of the upper and lower supports during movement thereof. A plurality of actuators of the ball screw or rack and pinion type is driveably connected to draw together the upper and lower supports bringing the dies together for edge hemming preformed metal panels nested between the dies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Tesco Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: James B. Toeniskoetter
  • Patent number: 6119556
    Abstract: In combination, a guide body/matrix body assembly and a precision punch set assembly and method, the combination forming a precision punching system for highly accurate registration hole placement in film and plate sheet material used in subsequent precision alignment thereof on printing presses and image platemaking. The punch set assembly includes a punch guide and a punch matrix which are precision installed into the guide body and matrix body, respectively, in highly accurate fashion with respect to substantially all lineal and rotational degrees of freedom through the use of slightly oversized holes in the guide body and matrix body and a curable adhesive which fixes the precision alignment when cured. Vibration applied to the guide body/matrix body assembly during precision alignment and orientation of the punch set assembly is preferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventors: James R. Hillier, Kenneth R. Hillier
  • Patent number: 6088912
    Abstract: A clamp assembly holds an integrated lead suspension during assembly. The clamp assembly has a number of features for precisely positioning the integrated lead suspension while transducer heads are being mechanically and electrically connected to it. The clamp assembly works in conjunction with a stationary platform which restricts movement of the suspension in three directions. The clamp assembly includes upper and lower support plates which compensate for lateral misalignment, and a pair of clamps which independently isolate the suspension and slider while compensating for rotational misalignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Kou-Wei King, Darrick Taylor Smith, Steven Harry Voss
  • Patent number: 6073525
    Abstract: Tools (3, 4) mounted on the free ends of the arms of a C-frame applicator are aligned by providing the arms of the C-frame (1) in a form which is capable of flexing between a first position in which the axes of the tools (3, 4) are disposed at an angle relative to each other and a second position in which the axes of the tools are coaxial with each other. A workpiece (6) is arranged between the tools and a predetermined clamping load is applied to the workpiece (6) sufficient to flex the C-frame (1) from the first position towards the second position and bring the tools (3, 4) substantially into coaxial alignment. One or more of the tools (3, 4) is then actuated to apply a force to the workpiece (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Ariel Industries PLC
    Inventor: Cyril Kenneth Edwards
  • Patent number: 6066231
    Abstract: Apparatus for bonding an insulating material to a metal strip having a conveyor for moving a strip of insulting material along a path of travel and a mechanism for placing perforations in the strip and cutting the strip into sections of predetermined length. The conveyor has raised registration studs that pass through the perforations. A metal strip that also contains perforations is brought into moving contact with the section with its perforation being registered on said studs and a heat curable bonding material is introduced between the metal strip and the insulation sections. A second conveyor is then moved into pressure contact with the moving sections and metal strip registered on the first conveyor and heat is applied to cure the bonding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Pem S.A. Protection Electrolytique des Metaux
    Inventors: Daniel Maestri, Eric Eymard
  • Patent number: 6042624
    Abstract: An implantable medical device such as a defibrillator is described. The device includes an hermetically sealed housing containing a flat electrolytic capacitor and an energy source such as a battery. The battery is connected to the capacitor and provides charge thereto. The capacitor stores the charge at a relatively high voltage. The charge stored in the capacitor is discharged through a defibrillation lead to a site on or in the heart when fibrillation of the heart is detected by the implantable medical device. Methods of making and using the implantable medical device, the capacitor, and their various components are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Breyen, Anthony R. Rorvick, Paul Pignato, Joseph F. Lessar
  • Patent number: 5989088
    Abstract: The present invention provides a manufacturing method of a flat-panel display unit and a carrier therefor which make it unnecessary to implement alignment in each step, except for alignment which require higher precision, by performing the alignment in advance in the pre-stage of a series of steps. The present invention also provides a manufacturing method of a flat-panel display unit which allows alignment with accuracy of about 50 to 100 .mu.m to be performed simply, reliably and quickly. According to the inventive manufacturing method, a display panel is mounted non-shiftably on the carrier and while being mounted thereon, is then carried between processing machines and is processed by the processing machines. In mounting the display panel on the carrier, it is aligned with the carrier in advance by visually aligning alignment marks thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Tatsuya Hasegawa, Satoshi Yoshimura, Shinichi Koyama, Keizo Tanaka, Yoshikazu Yomogihara, Sanae Tokunaga, Masaichi Okubo
  • Patent number: 5898997
    Abstract: A wheel bearing spindle is produced by an improved method which provides adequate structural clearance from the sharp edge of a wheel drum hub, while actually improving the effective yield strength of the spindle. The spindle is produced from a near net shape steel forging which has a cylindrical spindle and flat wheel flange radiating therefrom. The circular hub of a brake drum fits radially closely over the pilot, and abuts with the wheel flange. Therefore, the juncture of the pilot and flange needs to be relieved or cut away somehow, both radially and axially, in order to assure non interference with the circular edge of the hub, which could prevent the rest of the hub from intimately abutting the surface of the wheel flange. The radial component of the clearance is provided by conventionally machining a channel radially into the pilot. This can be done, since it does not weaken the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Eugene Meeker, Richard Allen Scheufler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5878473
    Abstract: A method for providing an article of manufacture is described such that the article has a bracket with a pair of parallel, spaced-apart arms affixed thereto, with a hole in each of the arms, the holes being aligned with each other and precisely spatially positioned relative to a fixed reference point on the article of manufacture which is external to the bracket in which the holes are made. In this manner, the cumulative imprecisions inherent in welding the bracket to the article and punching the holes in the bracket are not necessarily additive and a more precise spatial orientation of the holes with the reference point may be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventors: Roderick B. Dillon, Jack E. Simmons, Fouad Albahrani, Ronald E. Smith, Karl J. Goede