By Multiple Cooperating Aligning Means Patents (Class 29/466)
  • Patent number: 9969257
    Abstract: A vehicle fuel door assembly includes a cover comprising a plurality of alignment features fixedly disposed relative to the cover, the plurality of alignment features formed of an elastically deformable material. The assembly also includes a hinge comprising a plurality of alignment elements fixedly disposed relative to the hinge, each of the alignment features interferingly, deformably and matingly engageable with a respective alignment element, the alignment features elastically deforming to an elastically averaged final configuration that aligns the cover relative to the hinge in six planar orthogonal directions by averaging the elastic deformation of the respective alignment features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Robert Dallos, Jr., Gordan N. Noll, Jennifer P. Lawall, Steven E. Morris
  • Patent number: 9770871
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for layup placement on a layup structure is provided. The method includes iteratively loading a layup for the layup structure on a support frame of a saddle module; aligning the saddle module with a pre-selected registration position corresponding to a predetermined application path on the layup structure; and impressing the layup into forced contact with the layup structure along the predetermined application path using a predetermined application force. The apparatus includes a plurality of saddle modules configured to operate in unison, wherein the plurality of saddle modules is configured to receive a pre-selected composite material layup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph D. Brennan, George D. Hempstead, Darrell D. Jones, Matthew K. Lum, Peter D. McCowin, Terrence J. Rowe, Hugh R. Schlosstein
  • Patent number: 9368830
    Abstract: A battery includes an electrode assembly fabricated with a positive electrode, a separator, and a negative electrode, each perforated by corresponding through voids along both of their respective opposite edge margins, stacked one upon another with the corresponding holes aligned. An arrangement of guide portions integrally formed simultaneously together with a surrounding case, accommodates stacking of the electrode assembly during fabrication of the battery. Aspects of the guide portions extend along a direction of stacking of the positive electrodes, negative electrodes and separators. The case and the arrangement of guide portions improve the internal alignment and facilitates the stack ability of electrode assemblies formed by the stacking of positive electrodes, negative electrodes and separators, and enhances the operational stability of the battery and the output performance of the battery, without detracting from the overall compactness of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheol-Hee Hwang
  • Patent number: 9061377
    Abstract: A joining apparatus for joining together structural components of an aircraft, includes positioning means for holding the structural components to be joined in a defined desired position, in which the structural components can be fixedly joined together by means of a joining device that can be moved relative to the structural components by way of guiding means, wherein the positioning means encompass a formative frame structure that is detachably secured to the structural components to be connected along the joining edges outside in the edge area, and serves as a guiding means for the joining device movably secured hereupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Marco Pacchione, Matteo Pezzi, Valentin Richter-Trummer
  • Publication number: 20150136720
    Abstract: A display hutch includes a hutch blank and a plurality of shelf blanks The hutch blank includes a back wall and at least two side walls. The back wall includes a plurality of back-wall slots. The at least two side walls include a plurality of side-wall slots. The plurality of shelf blanks includes a plurality of side tabs and one or more back tabs. Each of the side tabs is inserted into a respective side-wall slot and attached to the hutch blank. The plurality of shelf blanks and the hutch blank are configured to lay K.D. flat with the plurality of shelf blanks attached to the hutch blank. Each of the one or more back tabs is configured to be inserted into a respective one of the plurality of back-wall slots to form a plurality of shelves. The plurality of shelves is configured to support product for display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Scott M. Miller
  • Publication number: 20150129524
    Abstract: A bracket and tray connection system includes a tray with a plurality of connector holes positioned therein, wherein the tray has an upper surface. A bracket has a base surface positioned proximate to an upper surface of the tray. At least one fastening tab is formed on the base surface of the bracket, wherein the fastening tab extends away from the base surface and through at least one of the connector holes within the tray. An interior corner pocket is formed by the fastening tab and located at least partially between the base surface and the fastening tab. An exterior corner of at least one of the connector holes is positioned with the interior corner pocket. A retainer structure is formed on the base surface of the bracket, wherein the retainer structure engages with the tray to retain the exterior corner positioned within the interior corner pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Cushion, Jason Hawkes
  • Publication number: 20150128342
    Abstract: An all truss foundation unit, method of making the foundation unit, and a foundation unit kit. The foundation unit is formed of multiple cross trusses interconnected by bridging top and bottom side rails. This results in a flat surface on both the top and the bottom of the foundation unit. The kit is formed of a plurality of the trusses and four side rails, with the trusses and side rails being oriented together with their longitudinal dimensions aligned in a generally parallel orientation and with at least some of their flat sides in contact with one another. When the foundation unit is constructed, a truss locator guide is provided on at least two of the side rails, and the cross trusses are oriented in a parallel, spaced relationship in accordance with the truss locator guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Schulz, JR.
  • 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
  • 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: 20150078892
    Abstract: Turbomachines, coupling devices and methods for coupling a first casing and an second casing together are provided. The first casing and second casing include mating bore holes defined in mating flanges thereof, which may be misaligned. The coupling device may include a bushing insertable and positionable within one of the mating bore holes, and a pin insertable and positionable within the bushing and the other of the mating bore holes. The bushing and pin may each include eccentric features which may facilitate insertion into the mating bore holes when the bore holes are misaligned, thus coupling the first casing and second casing together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Ariel Harter Lomas, Bradley Steven Carey, Fabio Bozzoni, Marco Bonini
  • 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: 8955209
    Abstract: A method for bonding together components, such as a tip and a shaft which include mutually facing carbide end surfaces. The tip includes circumferentially spaced flutes formed in its cylindrical outer periphery. The shaft has a cylindrical outer periphery and a plurality of coolant holes extending through the shaft. Bonding of the tip to the shaft is performed by inserting gauge wires into the coolant holes and associated flutes, and positioning brazing material between the first and second end surfaces. A water-soluble bond-blocking material is applied to the gauge wires for preventing brazing of the gauge wires to the brazing material. The brazing material is heated to braze the first and second end surfaces together while the flutes and their associated coolant holes are maintained in alignment by the gauge wires. Then, the gauge wires are removed, and residual bond-blocking material is dissolved in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Diamond Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Dwight E. Dyer, Ray Phillip Conley
  • Patent number: 8938869
    Abstract: Apparatus for automatic assembly of universal joints which include a yoke with snap ring grooves in its yoke arms, a trunnion body, bearings, and snap rings to secure the bearings in the yoke, the apparatus comprising: (a) upper and lower parallel spring-separated plate pairs with axially-aligned holes; (b) upper and lower drive members aligned with holes in each plate pair; (c) a base plate; (d) a movable rod plate; (e) upper and lower power sources configured to provide axial movement of an upper driver plate in the upper plate pair and the rod plate, respectively; and (f) a programmed controller controlling the power sources such that automatic sequencing of the upper driver plate and rod plate sequentially urge snap rings into place in grooves within the snap ring grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Robert W. O'Neill
  • Publication number: 20150025535
    Abstract: A blade coupling mechanism for a hand-held surgical cutting instrument includes a first coupling member including a first blade-contacting surface and a first outer perimeter sidewall adjacent the first blade contacting surface. It also includes a second coupling member including a second blade-contacting surface facing the first blade-contacting surface of the first coupling member. The second coupling member includes a second outer perimeter sidewall adjacent the second blade contacting surface. The second blade-contacting surface and the second outer perimeter sidewall meet to define an outer edge. The second coupling member including a bore through the second blade contacting surface. The bore and the second blade contacting surface meeting to define an inner edge. Blade-engaging protrusions project from at least one of the first and second blade-contacting surfaces. The protrusions are spaced closer to the outer edge than the inner edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher M. Boykin, Durrell G. Tidwell
  • Patent number: 8931161
    Abstract: A rail mounting mechanism for coupling an auxiliary device to a weapon has an adjuster and a lever that can be used to overcome tolerances in mounting rails to provide a consistent grasp of the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Eric D. Couture, Andrew D. Russell, Kenneth S. Solinsky
  • Patent number: 8918981
    Abstract: A fixture for holding a pivotally closable cap with a base connected to a cover by a foldable hinge during a closure operation. The fixture includes a U-shaped slide member having a back wall and a pair of side walls extending therefrom for accommodating the cap with the base and cover in an open condition. The side walls have distal extents, which extend beyond a transverse mid-line of the cover and prevent angular movement of the cover within the slide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Norwalt Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Norbert Seitel, Michael Seitel
  • Patent number: 8918980
    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 pasteurization machine, and a beverage bottle shrink wrap machine in a beverage bottling plant. 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. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Jendrichowski, Ulrich Wiedemann
  • Patent number: 8914963
    Abstract: A mounting station for automatically assembling a razor that includes a shaving cartridge and a razor handle. The mounting station includes providing a razor handle and a shaving cartridge, automatically connecting a first rearwardly protruding connector of the shaving cartridge to the free end of the first handle connector of the razor handle, and then automatically connecting the second rearwardly protruding connector of the shaving cartridge to the free end of the second handle connector of the razor handle to form a razor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: BIC-Violex S.A.
    Inventors: Vasileios Ntavos, Georgios Koulourias
  • Patent number: 8911005
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp assembly includes a first guiding component. Also included is a headlamp housing having a second guiding component for engaging the first guiding component in a sliding relationship for directing of the headlamp housing toward a loaded position. Further included is at least one locating pin integrally formed with and extending from the headlamp housing, the at least one locating pin configured to extend through an aperture of an adjacent vehicle component for providing stable positioning of the headlamp housing during installation of the vehicle headlamp assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: James M. Townson, Richard J. Pyszel, Jeffrey K. Ulrich
  • Publication number: 20140345101
    Abstract: In this manufacturing method, when a plurality of planetary shaft main bodies are arranged at even intervals around a sun shaft main body, a state in which a sun threaded section is engaged with each of planetary threaded sections is referred to as a regular assembled state, and an assembly formed by a combination of the sun shaft main body and the planetary shaft main body in the regular assembled state is referred to as a first assembly. The first assembly is assembled in a state in which the relationship of the planetary shaft main body and the sun shaft main body is in correspondence with the relationship of the planetary shaft main body and the sun shaft main body in the regular assembled state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuo KINOSHITA, Masakazu KURIHARA, Hideo SAITO, Motohiro TSUZUKI
  • Publication number: 20140283359
    Abstract: An alignment tool for use in aligning a manway cover with a manway body/flange includes an alignment tool plate having a plate body, a first planar surface and a plurality of plate openings each spaced from a first edge where each of the plurality of plate openings are positioned to align with a corresponding opening in the manway body/flange, a tool beam support having a distal end portion and extending a predefined distance transversely from the tool alignment plate, a cover attachment plate having at least one through-opening sized and positioned for attachment of the cover attachment plate to the manway cover, and a height adjuster extending between and connecting the tool beam support to the cover attachment plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: UNIVERSAL HINGE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Edward A. DePietro
  • 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: 8800127
    Abstract: In this manufacturing method, when a plurality of planetary shaft main bodies are arranged at even intervals around a sun shaft main body, a state in which a sun threaded section is engaged with each of planetary threaded sections is referred to as a regular assembled state, and an assembly formed by a combination of the sun shaft main body and the planetary shaft main body in the regular assembled state is referred to as a first assembly. The first assembly is assembled in a state in which the relationship of the planetary shaft main body and the sun shaft main body is in correspondence with the relationship of the planetary shaft main body and the sun shaft main body in the regular assembled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuo Kinoshita, Masakazu Kurihara, Hideo Saito, Motohiro Tsuzuki
  • Publication number: 20140192549
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp assembly includes a first guiding component. Also included is a headlamp housing having a second guiding component for engaging the first guiding component in a sliding relationship for directing of the headlamp housing toward a loaded position. Further included is at least one locating pin integrally formed with and extending from the headlamp housing, the at least one locating pin configured to extend through an aperture of an adjacent vehicle component for providing stable positioning of the headlamp housing during installation of the vehicle headlamp assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: James M. Townson, Richard J. Pyszel, Jeffrey K. Ulrich
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140157578
    Abstract: An elastic tube alignment system for the mating of components utilizing the principle of elastic averaging. A plurality of geometrically separated elastic tube (male) alignment features are disposed on a first component, while a plurality of one-to-one corresponding aperture (female) alignment features are provided on a second component. During the mating of the components, each elastic tube and its respective aperture provide elastic deformation, which, on average, precisely aligns the components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Steven E. Morris
  • Patent number: 8745839
    Abstract: A method for installing a measuring tape on a circumferential surface of a holder. The method including wrapping the circumferential surface of the holder with the measuring tape and bracing the measuring tape such that the measuring tape extends spaced apart from the circumference of the holder. When the measuring tape extends spaced from the circumference of the holder due to the bracing, exerting a tensioning force on the measuring tape so that the measuring tape is held with low friction above the circumference, wherein the tensioning force is distributed at least nearly uniformly over the circumference. The method includes undoing the bracing of the measuring tape beginning at a fixation point at which a portion of the measuring tape is affixed to the circumferential surface. The method also includes applying the measuring tape to the circumferential surface of the holder while maintaining the tensioning force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Dr. Johannes Heidenhain GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Pucher, Dirk Ahrendt, Stefan Kühnhauser
  • Publication number: 20140137389
    Abstract: A device for aiding working of large mechanical parts includes a first flange and a second flange for holding in position a first part and second part. Each flange includes a support and actuators that can be controlled individually and each includes a mobile portion. The actuators are mounted on their respective supports such that their mobile portions are displaceable substantially in a same plane to project from the supports. The actuators of the second flange are mounted on the second support in an equivalent manner to the actuators of the first flange. The first flange and the second flange are connected to one another with possibility of relative displacement under action of additional actuators. The displacement includes a component of translation substantially perpendicular to the same planes of the mobile portions of the actuators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: SERIMAX
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Dagenais
  • Patent number: 8695198
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of positioning a first pipe facing a second pipe, the end of the first pipe being provided with a first chamfer and a first substantially annular surface placed close to its inside surface, the end of the second pipe being provided with a second chamfer and with a second substantially annular surface located close to its inside surface, said first and second annular surfaces defining a joint plane substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axes of each of said pipes. According to the invention, a plurality of clamping actuators regularly distributed around the first and second pipes are used and controlled to shift the second pipe relative to the first pipe parallel to said joint plane as a function of a radial offset H, H? between the first and second annular surfaces so as to guarantee a maximum facing area, referred to as a “coincidence” area for said annular surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Serimax
    Inventor: Jean-François Dagenais
  • Patent number: 8677585
    Abstract: An alignment mechanism is used for assembly of a diffuser inside a pressure reducing and conditioning valve, said valve having a body, an inlet port, an outlet port, a pressure reducing section between the ports, and a diffuser in an internal cavity of the pressure reducing section. The alignment mechanism comprises at least one alignment assembly having an alignment port disposed in the valve body in the pressure reducing section. The port has a passageway passing through an outer wall of the valve, and has a removable closure member adapted to close one end of the passageway. A removable alignment rod is adapted to be inserted through the passageway in the alignment port to contact an outer surface of the diffuser when the diffuser is inserted into the internal cavity of the pressure reducing section of the valve. A method of use of the alignment assembly is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Dresser, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter K. Merrill, Donald F. Foisy
  • Publication number: 20140077431
    Abstract: A carrier capable of holding one or more workpieces is disclosed. The carrier includes movable projections located along the sides of each cell in the carrier. This carrier, in conjunction with a separate alignment apparatus, aligns each workpiece within its respective cell against several alignment pins, using a multiple step alignment process to guarantee proper positioning of the workpiece in the cell. First, the workpieces are moved toward one side of the cell. Once the workpieces have been aligned against this side, the workpieces are then moved toward an adjacent orthogonal side such that the workpieces are aligned to two sides of the cell. Once aligned, the workpiece is held in place by the projections located along each side of each cell. In addition, the alignment pins are also used to align the associated mask, thereby guaranteeing that the mask is properly aligned to the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: VARIAN SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: William T. Weaver, Charles T. Carlson, Scott A. Smith, Michael A. Beck, Aaron P. Webb, James D. Strassner, Lawrence R. Gravell, Michael C. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8661641
    Abstract: A rotor blade assembly tool for coupling a plurality of circumferentially spaced rotor blades to a rotor disc of a turbine rotor assembly, includes a base ring with an array of circumferentially spaced resilient fingers axially extending from the base ring. The resilient fingers are configured each to radially abut a blade seal, damper or other engine component against radially inner facing surfaces of platforms of the respective blades when the blades are being seated onto the disc during an assembly procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph Daniel Lecuyer, Bruno Chatelois
  • Publication number: 20140056560
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that enable a first bank, or array, of multi-optical fiber connector modules disposed in a plug that is mounted on a first structure to be simultaneously blind mated with a second bank of multi-optical fiber connector modules disposed on a receptacle that is mounted on a second structure. As the first and second structures are brought into engagement with one another, passive coarse alignment features on the plug and on the receptacle coarsely align the respective connector modules with one another. Then, as the respective connector modules begin to come into contact with one another, passive fine alignment features on the respective connector modules engage one another to finely align the respective connector modules such that their optical pathways are brought into precise optical alignment with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES FIBER IP (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Laurence R. McColloch
  • Publication number: 20140047697
    Abstract: An alignment system includes first, second and third components. A plurality of upstanding elastic tubes, each having a tube wall, extending from the first component. A plurality of apertures, each having an aperture wall, is formed in the second component and the third component, the plurality of apertures are geometrically distributed in coordinated relationship to a geometrical distribution of the plurality of elastic tubes such that each elastic tube is receivable into a respective aperture. When each elastic tube is received into its respective aperture an elastic deformation occurs at an interface between the tube wall and the aperture wall. The elastic deformation is responsive to each tube wall having a diameter larger than a cross-section of its respective aperture. The elastic deformation is elastic averaged over the plurality of elastic tubes such that the first component is precisely located relative to the second component and the third component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Steven E. Morris
  • Publication number: 20140041198
    Abstract: A method for assembling a lens module includes steps described as follows. A first support device and a second support device are provided. Each of the first support device and the second support device includes a base plate and a tray. The tray defines positioning holes. The first support device further includes positioning rods extending from the base plate, bottom magnets defining bottom holes, and upper magnets defining upper holes. The positioning rods extend through the bottom holes, the positioning holes and the upper holes in sequence. The bottom magnets separate the tray from the base plate. The tray of the first support device carries optical elements. The tray of the second support device carries lens barrels. A suction device including suction heads is provided. The suction heads attract the optical elements and put the optical elements into the lens barrels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: CHENG-SHIUN WU
  • Patent number: 8613584
    Abstract: A system for transferring and moving elements removably associable with a packaging machine comprises at least a transferring unit provided with a movement arrangement suitable for receiving and supporting the elements, the movement arrangement being movable for transferring and/or removing the elements to and/or from the machine; a method for transferring and moving elements removably associable with a packaging machine provides supporting and conveying the elements using at least a transferring unit and transferring and/or removing the elements to and/or from the packaging machine using the movement arrangement of the transferring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: IMA Life S.R.L.
    Inventors: Claudio Trebbi, Alessandro Bisi, Francesco Sanmartin
  • Publication number: 20130200231
    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: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: EUROCOPTER
    Inventor: EUROCOPTER
  • 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: 8484833
    Abstract: An automated device facilitates the assembly a surgical instrument that includes a knife with a high aspect ratio. The automated device includes a fixture for restraining a subassembly of the surgical instrument that includes the knife. A blade grip on the device is movable relative to the fixture, and is configured to urge the knife into a restrained position in the subassembly suitable for the subsequent assembly of an additional instrument component. A grip actuator is provided to move the blade grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: James S. Cunningham, James J. Crawford, Paul Guerra
  • Publication number: 20130157015
    Abstract: Elastic averaging infrared welded assembly. A first component has left and right longitudinal sidewalls. A second component has a plurality of localized locating features at each of the left and right longitudinal sides thereof which abut the left and right sidewalls of the first component so as to cause the left and right sidewalls to flex outwardly so as to precisely self-align by elastic averaging the first and second components. The mutually abutting ribs are conjoined, preferably by infrared welding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Steven E. Morris
  • Publication number: 20130148324
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for supporting a touch-enabled video wall are provided. In one embodiment, a video wall support system may include a first frame of support members (12) to support an array of monitors (16) and a second frame of monitors (18) to support a touch-enabling optical system (40, 42). The first frame of support members (12) may support the array of monitors (16) such that display screens of the monitors (18) are substantially aligned in a first plane. The second frame of support members (14) may support the touch-enabling optical system (40, 42) such that the touch-enabling optical system (40, 42) may detect a user touch location through a second plane formed by the second frame of support members (14). This second plane may be substantially parallel to the first plane. The second frame of support members (14) may be disposed a distance from the first frame of support members (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas H. Szolyga, David Vu Dao
  • Patent number: 8407879
    Abstract: In a method for assembling a dispenser/applicator, a closure/applicator is assembled over an applicator body. The applicator body contains a body of personal care product. A seal is applied over the closure/applicator. A cap is assembled over the closure/applicator. The closure/applicator may be installed with a plurality of pins protruding through apertures in the closure/applicator. The pins may guide an end of an elevator screw into a complementary boss of the closure/applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Plastek Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: John S. Glaspell
  • Patent number: 8402628
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing an article, a carrier including the apparatus, and a method involving the apparatus are disclosed. The apparatus includes a base having a channel and a pivot post, an engagement member for selectively engaging the article, a rotatable actuation member having a pivot feature corresponding to the pivot post, and a positioning member secured to the base. The engagement member is slidably positionable in the channel of the base, the positioning member establishes travel limits for the rotatable actuation member, and the positioning member urges the engagement member toward the article. Rotation of the rotatable actuation member slides the engagement member along the channel of the base, thereby securing the article by the force provided by the positioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Primestar Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane P. Ballard, Edwin Jackson Little
  • Patent number: 8365386
    Abstract: A framing device (1) and a method are provided for connecting disk-type bodies (6) to a frame (5) by a manipulator (2). A joining device (4) is associated with the manipulator (2), for joining individual frame parts (8, 9, 10, 11) to the disk-type body. The manipulator (2) guides the disk-type body (6) and inserts it into the frame parts (8, 9, 10, 11) provided, the frame parts being pressed against the disk edge (7) at the same time or one after the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: KUKA Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Albert Vontz, Thomas Dobkowitz, Elisabeth Schärtl
  • Publication number: 20130019455
    Abstract: An elastic tube alignment system for the mating of components utilizing the principle of elastic averaging. A plurality of geometrically separated elastic tube (male) alignment features are disposed on a first component, while a plurality of one-to-one corresponding aperture (female) alignment features are provided on a second component. During the mating of the components, each elastic tube and its respective aperture provide elastic deformation, which, on average, precisely aligns the components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Steven E. Morris
  • Patent number: 8347501
    Abstract: Within the field of wind turbine generators (WTG), to provide a consistent way of manufacturing a WT blade there is disclosed a blade mould and a blade spar fixture to support the spar in the mould so as to provide a fixed predetermined relative position, and preferably also orientation, between at least a root end, such as a bushing in the root end of the blade spar, and a root end of the mould. Overall consistency is also obtained in that hereby a blade with anticipated aerodynamic and strength characteristics is provided, among others in that at least adjacent to the root of the spar there is substantially the same distance for a cured adhesive between an innermost surface of each of blade shells and an outermost surface of the spar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Leif Kappel Petersen, Olav Davis
  • Publication number: 20120317785
    Abstract: An alignment tool affords a safe and economical way to install surface casing, eliminating the need to align or delay the installation in speedhead or multibowl well drilling applications. The alignment tool includes two split halves that may clamp onto an existing surface casing. A top plate of the alignment tool may overlay the top flat surface edge of the surface casing, eliminating the possibility of the surface casing coupling to strike the flat edge and obstructing passage. The top plate may include a beveled edge to further help align the surface casing into the conductor pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: NOEL E. GARCES
  • Publication number: 20120294673
    Abstract: An angularly adjustable clamp assembly includes a hub clamp, an adjustment base connectable to the hub clamp and a plurality of attachment members. The hub clamp includes a hub and collar, the hub having a sleeve portion forming a passageway to receive a shaft. The sleeve portion has multiple slits along the sleeve portion to form a plurality of sleeve segments. The collar has an inner surface configured to engage an outer surface of the sleeve portion. The attachment members cause the collar to move axially along the length of the sleeve portion to urge the sleeve segments radially inward to secure the shaft within the passageway. The assembly is configured such that at least one attachment member further connects the adjustment base to the hub clamp. The attachment members can be actuated to cause an angular adjustment of two shafts connected by the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: COUPLING CORPORATION OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: James H. ANDERSON, III, Adam LEHIGH
  • Publication number: 20120288272
    Abstract: A camera module with a lens barrel containing a lens, and a lens carrier that slidably receives the lens barrel. Each of the exterior surface of the lens barrel and the interior surface of the lens carrier include a seating surface formed thereon. One of the exterior surface of the lens barrel and the interior surface of the lens carrier include a plurality of protrusions for controlling the relative position of the lens barrel and the lens carrier. The other of the exterior surface of the lens barrel and the interior surface of the lens carrier include a plurality of channels that are sized and arranged so as to slidably receive the protrusions to allow for the lens barrel to be slid into the lens carrier. The channels also each include a transverse section to allow the lens barrel to be pivoted about an optical axis of the lens barrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: FLEXTRONICS AP, LLC
    Inventors: Prebesh Pavithran, Yeow Thiam Ooi, Haw Chyn Cheng, Hung Khin Wong, Giap Chye Toh, Shun Kyo Low
  • Patent number: 8302293
    Abstract: In order to ensure reliable feeding in particular of a clinch nut (M) from a ready position (16) into a processing position, the processing tool designed as a press-in tool (2) has a guide element (14), through which the clinch nut (M) is pressed into the processing position by means of a punch (8) against an elastic holding force exerted by the guide element (14). The guide element (14) is designed in particular as a slotted bush and is arranged as an insert in a hold-down (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Richard Bergner Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Dehlke