Overedge Assembling Of Seated Part Patents (Class 29/509)
  • Patent number: 10413956
    Abstract: There is provided a press forming method capable of suppressing a camber back, which occurs in a hat-shaped member while reducing a restriction on a shape of the hat-shaped member. At a time of the press forming, a blank material (4) in which a longitudinal line length is at least longer than a longitudinal line length of a top plate portion of a hat-shaped member (5) is fixed between a pair of press dies (lower die (2), upper die (3)), which have bent surfaces (convex surface (2a), concave surface (3a)), while being warped upward, that is, in a bending direction of the lower die (2) and the upper die (3). Subsequently, for the fixed blank material (4), a bent portion of the hat-shaped member (5) is press formed by using the convex surface (2a) and the concave surface (3a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: JFE Corporation
    Inventors: Toyohisa Shinmiya, Yuji Yamasaki, Eiji Iizuka
  • Patent number: 10409223
    Abstract: An assembly (300) includes (i) a hairspring (2) made of a paramagnetic alloy including at least one of the following elements: Nb, V, Ta, Ti, Zr and Hf, notably an alloy including the elements Nb and Zr with between 5% and 25% by mass of Zr and an interstitial doping agent including oxygen, and (ii) at least one fastening part (1; 1?), notably two parts (1; 1?), in particular a stud (1) or a collet (1?), for an end (2a; 2b) of the hairspring (2), the at least one part (1; 1?) having a first portion (10; 10?) that is designed to come into contact with the hairspring (2) and that is made of titanium or titanium alloy or of tantalum or tantalum alloy, notably grade 2 titanium or grade 5 titanium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventors: Olivier Balague, Dominique Gritti, Thomas Gyger, Ondrej Papes, Antoine Rime
  • Patent number: 10400836
    Abstract: In order to further improve a method for producing a carrier body for a friction lining of a disk brake, in such a way that the rigid connection between a friction-lining carrier plate of the carrier body and a first damper mass of the carrier body is more robust, a force directed perpendicularly towards the first pin-shaped project is exerted, according to the invention, by means of pressing until the first pin-shaped projection is compressed to such an extent that the first pin-shaped projection forms, within the first hole, a form closure with an inner wall of the first hole in some regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Bremsbelag GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Müller, Ilhami Karatas
  • Patent number: 10400813
    Abstract: A hybrid fastener is provided in combination with a structural insert. The insert is disposed about a shank of the fastener at an unthreaded section. In another aspect, a sleeve surrounds the shank of the fastener and has apertures for receiving the insert therethrough. Methods of using the above-described hybrid fastener for securing workpieces are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventor: Gary L. Cloud
  • Patent number: 10393179
    Abstract: An outer ring for a bearing includes an outer sleeve that defines a first exterior surface and a first interior area. The first interior area is defined by a first inner surface. The first inner surface has a first fastener mechanism formed therein. The outer ring includes an inner sleeve that defines a second exterior surface and a second interior area. The second interior area is defined by a second inner surface. The second exterior surface has a second fastener mechanism formed therein. The inner sleeve is removably disposed in the first interior area by selective engagement of the first fastener mechanism with the second fastener mechanism. The outer sleeve surrounds the inner sleeve and extends axially from a first end to a second end thereof. The inner sleeve extends from the first end to the second end of the outer sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Schaublin SA
    Inventors: Philippe Charmillot, Matthias Duenner
  • Patent number: 10385900
    Abstract: An assembly, for example an automotive assembly, is provided that includes an upper workpiece, a lower workpiece, and a rivet extending through the upper workpiece and into the lower workpiece. The rivet, which may be a self-piercing rivet (SPR) in one form, includes a head portion and a shaft portion extending from the head portion. A diameter of the head portion (Hd) is less than or equal to a diameter of the shaft portion (Sd), and an interface between the head portion of the rivet and the upper workpiece is flush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David John Coldwell, Amanda Kay Freis, Garret Sankey Huff
  • Patent number: 10309436
    Abstract: Provided is a single-groove and short-tail pulling rivet and an erection method thereof, and the pulling rivet comprises a single groove and a short tail having a broached groove with a continuous and smooth cambered surface, and is characterized by easy manufacturing, low cost and convenient erection. The broached groove is an arc surface with three sections of different radiuses, which solves stress concentration and sticking of a single-groove and short-tail rivet during riveting, and allows a claw of a riveting machine to be engaged to the best position automatically. The tooth profile of a locking groove section of the rivet is a curve combining an arc and a straight line, which greatly improves fastening force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MEISHAN CRRC FASTENING SYSTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xu He, Yu Liu, Kai Fu, Xiong Zhang, Yunlong Jia, Guangcheng Dai, Xinrong Li, Xia Wang, Yong Wan
  • Patent number: 10295057
    Abstract: A piston pin has an eccentric center of gravity and formed of different materials and is installed through a piston and an upper end of a connecting rod. The piston pin includes a cylindrical outer member and a cylindrical inner member formed of a material which has a lower density than the outer member and is arranged in the outer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Hak-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10267347
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fastener that includes a nut with a threaded bore that includes a head on one end, a cylindrical outer surface and a tapered ramp on the other end, a bolt that includes a head, a threaded portion engaged with the threaded bore, a recess next to the bolt head and an enlarged shank between the threads and the recess, where the outer diameter of the recess is smaller than a major diameter of the threaded bore of the nut and where an outer diameter of the shank is larger than a major diameter of the bolt threads, and a sleeve with a unthreaded bore positioned between the tapered ramp and the bolt head with one end crimped into the recess such that the internal diameter of the crimped sleeve bore is smaller than the major diameter of the threads on the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Monogram Aerospace Fasteners, Inc.
    Inventors: Elaine Koontz, Emory K. Tamashiro, James Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10247269
    Abstract: A piston manufacturing device includes a first forming device (42) configured to form an annular groove (61) in a piston (11), and a second forming device (52) configured to press an edge (15) of an opening (14) of the piston (11) toward other end side in an axial direction of the piston (11) and to form a thick section (65) extruded from an inner circumferential surface (12b) arranged between the edge (15) and the groove (61) toward an axial center side of the piston (11), wherein a recessed section (53) is formed at a portion of the second forming device (52) that is arranged to abut the edge (15) so that an inner circumferential side of the edge (15) is plastically deformed toward the other end side in an axial direction of the piston (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinari Iwai, Hiroshi Okita
  • Patent number: 10249423
    Abstract: A solenoid assembly (100) is provided that includes a frame (104), a coil (106) positioned proximate the frame (104), and a core (114) defined by the coil (106). A plunger (108) is actuatable between at least a first position and a second position, and a guide (109) is at least partially disposed within the core (114). The plunger (108) is disposed at least partially within the guide (109). A housing (102) at least partially houses the frame (104), the coil (106), the guide (109) and the plunger (108), and the guide (109) is prevented from rotating independently of the housing (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Norgren, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Curtin, Darrick Chekas, Frank D Laudato
  • Patent number: 10162317
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling a tooling operation to be performed by a tooling system in an assembly process. A current set of parameter values for a set of parameters for the tooling system are modified iteratively, until the current set of parameter values are determined to result in the tooling operation producing an output that meets a set of criteria, to form a final set of parameter values. The tooling operation is performed with the tooling system using the final set of parameter values. A determination is made as to whether the output of the tooling operation meets the set of criteria based on sensor data about the output. A new set of parameter values are identified as the current set of parameter values to be evaluated in response to a determination that the output of the tooling operation does not meet the set of criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Chin H. Toh
  • Patent number: 10112230
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for joining superimposed sheet formed material with an intermediate layer of adhesive together by means of gluing in combination with clinching, at which a tool comprising a first and a second co-axial tool parts, co-operate for producing said joint, said first tool part comprising a punch (1) with an impact surface, surrounded by a stripper (2) with an impact surface, said second tool part comprising a die with an impact surface surrounding a die cavity at the bottom of which an anvil with an impact surface is arranged. In a step before making the clinch joint positioning and locking said punch (1) and said stripper (2) of said first tool part relative to each other so that said impact surfaces present a first, common, squeezing surface (6) of the first tool part, having essentially the same size and form as a second, squeezing surface of the second tool part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: ATTEXOR CLINCH SYSTEMS S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Dubugnon, Jean-Claude Faivre
  • Patent number: 10099767
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to inserts for use with sandwich panels, such as composite panels, and related methods. Presently disclosed inserts may include a retention feature and/or an anti-rotation feature that may be configured to retain the insert in place within a bore formed in the sandwich panel. In this manner, presently disclosed inserts may be secured without the use of adhesive compounds, which may increase efficiency and/or reduce costs in manufacturing apparatus that include one or more sandwich panels having one or more inserts placed therein. Presently disclosed methods of installing an insert into a sandwich panel may include rotating the insert with respect to the sandwich panel as the insert is installed, such that a portion of the insert may be positioned under the skin of the sandwich panel (e.g., a portion of the insert may be positioned between the skin and the core of the sandwich panel).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael Steven Lewis, Brad Jeremy Reeves, James S. Bradley, Christopher John Mills, Supriya Balachander, Brian M. Wilkie
  • Patent number: 10087965
    Abstract: A solar cell panel according to an embodiment of the invention includes a solar cell module, a frame including a module coupler coupled with a peripheral edge of the solar cell module and a leg which is connected to the module coupler and includes a plurality of holes, and a plurality of nut members fixed to the leg of frame, each of the plurality of nut members including a bolt insertion hole. Each of the plurality of nut members includes a head, a rivet connected to the head, and a fixer positioned at one end of the rivet. The head is positioned on a first surface of the leg, and the fixer is positioned on a second surface opposite the first surface of the leg. The rivet is inserted into each of the plurality of holes of the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jeongshik Kim, Hyunrok Mun, Junoh Shin, Hwanyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 10030686
    Abstract: A self-drilling anchor including a screw and an anchor body configured to receive a shank of the screw, the anchor body including: a flange at an end oriented toward a head of the screw, a threaded portion, a deformable expansion portion between the flange and the threaded portion, and a rotation locking mechanism preventing rotation of the anchor body relative to the wall. The threaded portion is configured to engage with the screw thread and advance in a direction of the flange, by deforming the expansion portion, when the screw is screwed into the threaded portion. The anchor body further includes a piercing element at the opposite end from the flange, the anchor including a fastening mechanism between the screw and the anchor body, the fastening mechanism being detachable by a torque, applied between the screw and the anchor body, equal to or greater than a predetermined torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN PLACO
    Inventors: Guillaume Vivier, Hugues Obame Obame
  • Patent number: 10012284
    Abstract: A method for fastening a rebound stop to a piston rod of a vibration damper positioned at a piston rod and axially supported with a first tool. A second tool component having a press-in surface that presses the tubular portion of the rebound stop into the circumferential groove of the piston rod. The first and the second tool carry out an movement toward one another. At least one tool presses the tubular portion of the rebound stop into the circumferential groove of the piston rod. The pitch angle of the press-in surface varies over the axial longitudinal extension of the press-in surface. As the distance between the tools decreases, the force ratio between the axially directed pressing force and the radially directed pressing force changes such that the axially directed pressing force decreases and the radially directed pressing force increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Klaus Lieblein, Stefan Hochgesang
  • Patent number: 9962818
    Abstract: An apparatus and its method of use enables a thermoplastically deformable fastener assembly to be deformed to hold an installation preload torque after the fastener has been torqued to a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin O. Gaw, Sean D. Morden
  • Patent number: 9950926
    Abstract: A method is provided for producing germanium nanowires encapsulated within multi-walled carbon nanotubes. The method includes the steps of performing chemical vapor deposition using a combined germanium and carbon source having a general formula of GeR(4-x)Lx, where x=0, 1, 2, or 3; R is selected from a group consisting of alkyl, cycloalkyl or aryl and L=hydrogen, halide or alkoxide and growing germanium nanowires encapsulated within multi-walled carbon nanotubes on a substrate. A reaction product of that method or process is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Mark Crocker, Rodney Andrews, Arumugam Pandurangan, Dali Qian
  • Patent number: 9945353
    Abstract: A spoiler for a rotor blade includes a base member, which base member has a mounting face for mounting onto a surface of the rotor blade, and an aerodynamic member for detachably connecting onto the base member. Further, a wind turbine includes a number of rotor blades attached to a hub, wherein at least one rotor blade has such a spoiler mounted on a surface strip of the rotor blade. Also, a method of constructing a wind turbine is provided. A rotor blade is manufactured. A base member of the spoiler is mounted onto the rotor blade. The rotor blade is connected to a hub of the wind turbine. An aerodynamic member of the spoiler is attached onto the base member, wherein at least the mounting of the base member onto the rotor blade is performed prior to the connecting of the rotor blade to the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Peder Bay Enevoldsen, Jens Jørgen Østergaard Kristensen, Carsten Thrue
  • Patent number: 9944441
    Abstract: A can for containing a liquid having a top end is disclosed. The top end has a dispense area defined by a first score line and a pull tab coupled to the top end by a rivet. The pull tab has a puncturing end for breaking the first score line and pushing into the interior of the can without detaching the dispense area to open a dispense aperture. A vent area is defined by a second score line and positioned on the opposite side of the rivet. The first and second score lines are separated by at least one torsion stripe of the can top material for acting as a hinge by torsion upon lifting the actuating end of the pull tab. As the dispense aperture is opened by pushing the dispense area into the interior of the can, a vent aperture is opened by pulling the vent area outwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A.
    Inventor: Christopher Neiner
  • Patent number: 9890823
    Abstract: A friction lining or structure of a vehicle disk brake, including an absorption body with a mass MT, with a rear plate including hammer-head-shaped projections and friction material, which is fastened to the rear plate, for bearing against a friction ring, and wherein the projections engage in abutments of receiving recesses in a holder profile for the tangentially fixed holding and the axially displaceable guidance, and therefore introduction of a tangentially directed circumferential force (Fu, friction force) into the holder profile induces a tensile stress in at least one projection. An absorption system for suppressing undesirable vibrations is arranged on the friction lining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Coninental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Kurt Kümmel, Christoph Keil, Holger Marschner, Christian Piehler, Silviu Socolov
  • Patent number: 9874053
    Abstract: An insulation system including a first retention member having a first channel, a second retention member having a second channel, and a thermal bridge. The thermal bridge includes a first finger and a second finger. The first finger is received into the first channel and the second finger is received into the second channel. The system further includes a first locking tab associated with the first channel for securing the first finger and a second locking tab associated with the second channel for securing the second finger. The thermal bridge substantially reduces conductive heat transfer between the first retention member and the second retention member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Inc.
    Inventor: Phil Clark
  • Patent number: 9842666
    Abstract: Disclosed are amorphous carbon nanofibers including copper nanoparticles or copper alloy nanoparticles, copper composite nanoparticles prepared by grinding the amorphous carbon nanofibers and implemented as surfaces of Cu-included particles are partially or wholly coated with amorphous carbons, a dispersed solution including the copper composite nanoparticles, and preparation methods thereof and the amorphous carbon nanofibers include nanoparticles including copper, copper nanoparticles or copper alloy nanoparticles, and, the copper composite nanoparticles are implemented as surfaces of Cu-included particles are partially or wholly coated with amorphous carbons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Il Doo Kim, Yong-Won Song, Jae-Min Hong
  • Patent number: 9816545
    Abstract: The present invention relates to headed push-in fasteners of the type produced by Penn Engineering & Manufacturing Corp. known as TackPins and TackScrews. More specifically it relates to a Tack Pin or a Tack Screw with a Belleville head that provides the functionality of a Bellville washer without needing a separate part. When installed, the compression of the Bellville shaped head will cause a permanent loading to be applied under the head of the fastener, essentially creating a clamping force to the members being attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Michael J. Maloney, Brian Bentrim, William McDonough
  • Patent number: 9719289
    Abstract: A metal door includes a pair of sheet metal door panels. Each of the door panels includes a central body portion with top, bottom and opposing side edges. The doors include an integral flange along each side edge of each panel. The integral flange extends generally perpendicular to the central body portion. An integral inturned lip can be located along each flange and extend substantially parallel to the central body portion. The door panels are positioned such that the central body portions are in an opposing spaced apart relation to one another with the flanges adjacent to and aligned with one another. The inturned lips are positioned in contacting face-to-face relation. The metal door also includes an elongate connector overlying and clamping together each face-to-face pair of inturned lips to maintain the door panels in assembled relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Everlast Doors Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Anibal J. Tavarez
  • Patent number: 9702394
    Abstract: An insert, a floating nut and methods for use thereof in a panel of an aircraft are presented. Specifically, an insert includes a housing defining a cavity. An aperture is further defined in a first end of the housing and a semi-spherical portion is defined at a second end of the housing. A pair of vent openings are also defined on opposing sides of the first end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Christopher B. Barney, Lyle J. True, Lee James Keetle
  • Patent number: 9695699
    Abstract: A securing plate assortment including multiple different securing plates, the securing plates having different geometric codings. A turbine and method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: MTU Aero Engines AG
    Inventors: Martin Pernleitner, Rudolf Stanka, Manfred Schill
  • Patent number: 9651080
    Abstract: A method for joining a plastic part to a second part with an insert adapted to thread into the plastic part. The insert includes a longitudinal body with outer threads, a hole in the longitudinal body with female threads, and an annular flange. Protrusions and recesses on the bottom of the annular flange alternate in a radial pattern. The insert is threaded into an opening in the plastic part. The protrusions and recesses of the insert interact with the plastic part to resist over rotation of the insert. The opening in the plastic part may include a hole and a counter bore portion. The counter bore includes protrusions and recesses. The protrusions and recesses alternate in a radial pattern. When the insert is threaded into the opening, the protrusions and recesses of the insert interact with the protrusions and recesses of the plastic part and resist over rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Custom-Pak, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Dean Eggers, Ronald A. Zimmer
  • Patent number: 9643356
    Abstract: The present invention provides a joint structure having: a first panel comprising a first material; a second panel comprising a metal material different from the first material; a rivet having a head portion that is placed in contact with the first panel, a shaft portion that is passed through the first panel, and a joint portion that is disposed on the shaft portion side and is in contact with and joined by welding to the second panel; and a sandwiching portion that is disposed at the rivet and sandwiches between itself and the head portion the first panel from the second panel side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhide Matsuo, Hiroyuki Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 9637911
    Abstract: A joist connector including a unitary body with a first channel defined by at least two spaced apart flanges and a second channel defined by at least two spaced apart flanges and offset from the first channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: KLEVAKLIP SYSTEMS PTY LTD.
    Inventors: Greg James Doupe, Stephen Ley Sanders
  • Patent number: 9630394
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the present invention, a squeegee blade holder is provided. The holder includes a first side member, a second side member, and a pivot portion between the first and second side members. The holder also includes a separator between the first and second side members for maintaining compression of the side members against the squeegee blade. In another embodiment of the present invention, a method of holding a squeegee blade in a holder is provided. The method includes the steps of providing a first holder side, and providing a second holder side. The method further includes compressing the first and second holder sides against the squeegee blade, and maintaining compression of the first and second holder sides against the squeegee blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: M&R Printing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Hoffman, Jr., Boguslaw W. Magda, Jerzy J. Podstawka, Remigiusz Kryszczuk
  • Patent number: 9574342
    Abstract: An insulation system including a first retention member having a first channel, a second retention member having a second channel, and a thermal bridge. The thermal bridge includes a first finger and a second finger. The first finger is received into the first channel and the second finger is received into the second channel. The system further includes a first locking tab associated with the first channel for securing the first finger and a second locking tab associated with the second channel for securing the second finger. The thermal bridge substantially reduces conductive heat transfer between the first retention member and the second retention member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Inc.
    Inventor: Phil Clark
  • Patent number: 9538844
    Abstract: A slide assembly includes a first rail, a second rail and at least one positioning device. The first rail has a first elongate body. The second rail is longitudinally slidable relative to the first rail and has a second elongate body. At least one of the first elongate body and the second elongate body has an installation hole. The at least one positioning device has a support member and a fixing member. The support member transversely extends through the installation hole so as to be transversely and movably connected to the at least one of the first elongate body and the second elongate body. The fixing member is fixed to a portion of the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignees: King Slide Works Co., Ltd., King Slide Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Shih-Lung Huang, Ting-Tsai Huang, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9464654
    Abstract: A fastener comprises a body having an enlarged head at a first end, a tapered ramp at a second end, a cylindrical shank disposed between the enlarged head and the tapered ramp, and a passage extending between the first and second ends and including threads. The fastener further includes a generally cylindrical corebolt disposed within the passage of the body and having an enlarged head, a breaking groove, and a stop shoulder that is configured to cause an abrupt increase in resistance to threading the corebolt into the body when the breaking groove is substantially flush with an outer surface of the enlarged head. A grip compensator is disposed on the corebolt in abutment with the enlarged head of the corebolt. A deformable sleeve is movably disposed over a portion of the corebolt and disposed between the grip compensator and the tapered ramp of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: John D. Pratt
  • Patent number: 9446489
    Abstract: A welding structure includes a sheet-shaped first part to be welded; a sheet-shaped second part to be welded that is positioned with respect to the first part to be welded by engaging with the first part to be welded, to perform welding; and a first positioning portion, a second positioning portion, and a third positioning portion, at which the first and second parts to be welded engage with each other. The first to third positioning portions are each configured to restrict movement of one of the first and second parts to be welded in a positioning direction, with respect to the other, and enable movement of the one in a movable direction perpendicular to the positioning direction, with respect to the other. The movable direction of each of the first and second positioning portions is the same direction as the positioning direction of the third positioning portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenta Shima, Atsushi Kawakita, Tomohiko Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 9431644
    Abstract: A method is provided for interconnecting the batteries in a battery pack in a manner that is designed to minimize damage and contamination of the contact surfaces of the interconnect and the battery terminal, thereby minimizing connection resistance and increasing interconnect reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: ATIEVA, INC.
    Inventor: Martin Forest Eberhard
  • Patent number: 9409285
    Abstract: A unitary base for a torque limiting device is disclosed. The base accepting a plurality of swappable torque limiting fixtures (STLF), whereby a single unitary disposable plastic base may be utilized to form a variety of different specific torque limiting devices and a method to construct and configure such a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: ECA Medical Instruments
    Inventors: David Ivinson, John Nino
  • Patent number: 9381563
    Abstract: A method can be used for joining workpieces using a fastener. The fastener includes a first head and a shank extending from the first head along a fastener axis. The joining method includes the following steps: (a) rotating a fastener about a fastener axis; (b) moving the fastener toward the first and second workpieces while the fastener rotates about the fastener axis such that the fastener increases the temperature in the first and second workpieces in order to soften and pierce the first and second workpieces along the fastener axis; and (c) advancing the fastener through the first and second workpieces and toward an open cavity of a die after piercing the first and second workpieces while the fastener rotates about the fastener axis such that the shank is partially disposed inside the open cavity in order to form a second head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yongqiang Li, Blair E. Carlson, Jorge F. Arinez, Saul S. Lee
  • Patent number: 9341221
    Abstract: In order to improve a carrier body, having a friction lining carrier plate and at least one first damper mass which is connected rigidly to the friction lining carrier plate, in such a way that the rigid connection between the friction lining carrier plate and the first damper mass is more robust, it is proposed to insert a first pin-shaped projection of the first damper mass into the first hole of a friction lining carrier plate in such a way that the head of the first pin-shaped projection protrudes out of the first hole and bears against a first chamfer partially in the region of a first edge of the first hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Ilhami Karatas
  • Patent number: 9340232
    Abstract: A profile piece includes: an extruded piece of a first material having a mouth portion along at least part of its length; and an insert of a second material different than the first material, the insert attached to the extruded piece by the mouth portion, wherein the insert is configured for welding the profile piece to a component of a third material different than the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9188144
    Abstract: A plastic blind rivet includes a sleeve with a plurality of legs formed by a plurality of slits of constant width. A body lock is formed on the inside of the rivet sleeve, and a mandrel lock is formed in the shank of the mandrel. When the rivet is set, the body lock and mandrel lock are engaged so as to maintain the legs in an expanded condition. A stopper is formed in the mandrel shank and abutments formed in the sleeve body. During rivet setting, the stopper and abutments engage to limit further deformation of the sleeve legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: NEWFREY LLC
    Inventors: Takahiro Sano, Shinji Nakata
  • Patent number: 9108385
    Abstract: The invention relates to a honeycomb core structure (202) for use in a structural panel for a jet engine nacelle, comprising at least one block with a honeycomb core (A, B) having a central part (5a, 5b) with core honeycomb cells (7a, 7b) and at least two lateral parts (9a, 9b) each comprising a number of honeycomb joining cells (11a, 11 b) of which at least one part of the honeycomb joining cells (11a, 11 b) has at least one additional wall (201a, 201 b) to form a join, the honeycomb core block(s) (A, B) being connected by at least one joint zone (213) formed by punching two additional walls (201a, 201b) superimposed one or the other and provided by honeycomb joining cells (11a, 11 b) belonging to the distinct lateral parts (9a, 9b). The invention further relates to a structural panel and a nacelle comprising such a structure (202) and a method for producing such a structure (202).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: AIRCELLE
    Inventors: Thierry Deschamps, Bertrand Desjoyeaux, John Moutier
  • Patent number: 9095887
    Abstract: A compact roller hemming device which can perform a hemming process with respect to various works. The roller hemming device for hemming a work includes rotary shafts rotating on axes thereof, and first lower dies and second lower dies on which the corresponding work is placed. The first lower dies and the second lower dies are arranged on outer circumferential parts of the rotary shafts at predetermined intervals. The rotary shafts rotate so that one each of the first lower dies and the second lower dies is selected depending on a type of the work to be hemmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Tsuda, Tomonari Yasuda
  • Patent number: 9067276
    Abstract: A method for non-releasable fixing of at least one component to a further component is provided in which a hot rivet is introduced into an opening of the at least one first component and an end face of a shank of the hot rivet is welded to a surface of the further component. Subsequently, with plastic deformation of the hot rivet, the shank of the hot rivet is compressed until a head of the hot rivet lies with a pre-stressing force at least in areas on a surface of the at least one component. The pre-stressing force, with which the head of the hot rivet lies at least in areas on the surface of the at least one component, is adjusted to a predefined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Bernd Koppitz, Rudolf Reinhardt, Tobias Schuster, Heiko Steinmetz, Bernhard Ziegler
  • Publication number: 20150143685
    Abstract: A clinch joint punch includes an elastomeric tip on a distal end of an engagement section. The elastomeric tip may include a partially spherical surface or may be a cylindrical member having a planar circular engagement surface. A method of joining a clinch joint and a plurality of panels by driving a punch having an elastomeric tip into the panels. The elastomeric tip is compressed within a recess formed in the panels to mechanically interlock the panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Amanda Kay Freis
  • Publication number: 20150130183
    Abstract: A joint for a double wall tube assembly includes an adapter having an inner wall and an outer wall connected by a web, and a flange extending from the outer wall. The inner wall is configured to receive an inner tube of a double wall tube assembly. The outer wall is configured to be connected to an outer tube of the double wall tube assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard L. Statler, III, David W. Struckman, Clifton Breay, Jon Neal, David Woolard, Jay Caudill
  • Patent number: 9017213
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fastening structure of a ring gear, wherein a ring gear is fastened to a flange of a differential case constituting a differential subassembly. The ring gear has an inner peripheral surface to be press-fitted to the outer peripheral surface of the flange, and is swaged by a swaging portion provided on at least one end of the flange in the axial direction. In order to prevent the ring gear from deforming in the radial direction, an engaging means for engaging the flange with the ring gear using the relationship between a recess and a protrusion is provided. The engaging means is comprised of a recess formed at an end face of the ring gear and a protrusion formed on the flange. The protrusion is engaged in the recess by swaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Taniguchi, Hiroyuki Shioiri
  • Patent number: 9003650
    Abstract: A conductive sleeved fastener assembly includes an electrically-conductive fastener having a fastener head and a fastener shank extending from the fastener head and an electrically-conductive fastener sleeve receiving the fastener shank of the fastener and a fastener sleeve flange provided on the fastener sleeve and disposed in direct contact with the fastener head of the fastener. A method of preparing a conductive sleeved fastener for use is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Thu A Nguyen, Michael G Parent, Russell Joe Heeter, Jeffrey A Wilkerson
  • Publication number: 20150093924
    Abstract: A dual-purpose transformer may be oriented in a plane perpendicular to planes in which printed circuit boards connected thereto are oriented, thereby providing structural support for a framework that can include a dense arrangement of internal power adapter components, in addition to stepping down voltage. Methods for ultrasonic welding are also provided and may be used to concurrently assemble, join and press-fit power adapter housing components. A ground lug is also provided that is shaped and located within a cover piece of a power adapter housing to allow for blind mating with a printed circuit board during an assembly process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Cesar Lozano Villarreal, Alexander M. Kwan, Kevin A. Oberther