By Axially Applying Force Patents (Class 29/520)
  • Patent number: 10780751
    Abstract: A hitch system is described for coupling an object to a vehicle hitch. The hitch system can have a connector adapted to connect to a vehicle hitch having a connector channel that passes through the connector and has an internal threaded section; a lock rod having, a first section wherein at least a portion of the first section is threaded wherein the internal threaded section of the connector are adapted to receive the threads of the first section of the lock rod and a second section; and a locking member having a first locking member channel having an inside diameter and an outside diameter wherein the inside diameter of the locking member channel is smaller than the diameter of the second section and a lock to move between a locked position and an opened position wherein the second section of the lock rod is secured to the locking member when the second section is disposed within the locking member channel and the lock is in the locked position and is removable when the lock is in the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: PAKMULE, LLC
    Inventor: Kansas Ryan Sartin
  • Patent number: 10559989
    Abstract: A hybrid drive module, comprising an annular diaphragm spring having an inner surface and one or more fingers protruding radially inward from the inner surface and a carrier hub concentric with the diaphragm spring and connected to a rotor of an electric motor and a cover of a torque converter, the carrier hub having an outer surface with one or more retention grooves configured to interlock with the one or more fingers of the diaphragm spring to inhibit axial movement of the diaphragm spring relative to the carrier hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG
    Inventor: Justin Persinger
  • Patent number: 10260547
    Abstract: A swage collar includes a shank, a flange, and a through bore. The shank includes a first end, a second end opposite the first end, an outside diameter, and an overall length between the first end and the second end. The flange extends from the first end of the shank. The through bore extends longitudinally through the shank from the first end of the shank to the second end of the shank. The through bore defines an inside diameter. The inside diameter and the outside diameter together define a wall thickness of the shank. The wall thickness of the shank is in a range of about 0.1 times the overall length of the shank to about 0.16 times the overall length of the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Arconic Inc.
    Inventors: James T. Smith, Robert J. Corbett
  • Patent number: 10215892
    Abstract: Described herein is a mirror apparatus comprising: a reflective substrate; and an anti-fog complex comprising: an adhesive layer atop the substrate; a first polymeric layer atop the pressure sensitive adhesive layer; and a second polymeric layer atop the first polymeric layer. Methods of making the mirror apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Lee Pyle, Steven Patrick McGowan
  • Patent number: 9968981
    Abstract: A suspension module for the suspension systems of vehicles, which is easily removed and replaced in a repair mode. The suspension module comprises a suspension module, a bearing housed in the suspension module wherein the bearing is comprised of a spherical bearing in a housing, the spherical bearing being fixed in the suspension module housing by a crimp in the housing. There is a set of two adapter tubes and a retainer ring mounted on the distal end of the suspension module housing to retain the suspension module in a suspension knuckle of a vehicle suspension system. There is also disclosed a crimping tool for placing a crimp in the housing to retain the spherical bearing therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Larry John Verbowski
  • Patent number: 9891587
    Abstract: The invention relates to a composite component comprising an element with an opening into which extend stressed resilient means confined within a volume of an at least partially amorphous metal alloy, said composite component comprising a passage that, is centered with respect to said stressed resilient means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Nivarox—FAR S.A.
    Inventors: Philippe Dubois, Yves Winkler
  • Patent number: 9808856
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates a rivet body, including a rivet head and a rivet shank, composed of a different material than a mandrel used for insertion into a workpiece(s), the mandrel including a mandrel shaft and a mandrel cap. The rivet body receives the mandrel shaft, including the mandrel cap, through the rivet shank. The mandrel shaft is received by the installation tool, which rotates the rivet body, and the mandrel cap locally deforms workpieces(s) through friction riveting to install the rivet body. During the friction riveting, the fast-rotating rivet body is pushed into the workpiece(s) causing local deformation/melting where the mandrel cap contacts the workpiece(s). The mandrel cap creates a cavity which progresses through an upper surface and a lower surface of the workpiece(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Pei-Chung Wang, Chen-Shih Wang, Ingrid A. Rousseau
  • Patent number: 9573180
    Abstract: A metal pipe having at least one smooth portion and at least one grooved portion is obtained by progressive deformation of its wall in at least two consecutive phases. Each phase is carried out using a tool assembly including a grooved female die that accommodates the portion of pipe being deformed, and a grooved male punch that moves axially in order to give the pipe a cross section with an undulating profile, defining longitudinal ribs distributed around the pipe. The majority of the ribs each have a width in the circumferential direction that is less than the distance in the circumferential direction from one rib to the next. The pipe is subjected to a further deformation step in order to force the flanks of each rib into contact with each other using a tool assembly that includes radially movable sectors or a bushing that supports a plurality of radial rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventors: Lucio Carretta, Fabio Pedrini
  • Patent number: 9528591
    Abstract: A vehicle transmission includes an input shaft and an input side fifth speed gear that is relatively rotatably mounted on the input shaft. Axial one end face of the fifth speed gear is so disposed as to neighbor a stepped face between a large and reduced diameter portions in the input shaft. At a root portion continued to the stepped face in an outer peripheral surface of the input shaft, an escapement is formed so as to be recessed radially outwardly. A chamfered portion is formed in an angled portion at one end on the stepped face side in the inner peripheral surface of the fifth speed gear. The axial distance (b) from one end of the fifth speed gear to a terminating end of the chamfered portion is chosen to be greater than the axial distance (a) from the stepped face to the terminating end of the escapement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasushi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9492863
    Abstract: A metal member coupling structure and a metal member coupling device that can perform high-strength and high-precision coupling are provided. A shaft-like portion of the second metal member is fitted in an annular portion of the first metal member, a restraint ring is disposed on the outer peripheral portion of the annular portion of the first metal member, and the annular portion is pressed to be plastically deformed, whereby the annular portion is made to flow into a coupling groove of the shaft-like portion and the first metal member and the second metal member are coupled to each other through mechanical engagement therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: KEIHIN SEIMITSU KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Kawame, Hiroya Murakami
  • Patent number: 9238258
    Abstract: Provided is a method for producing a double-wall tube with braided wires at its interface in which the braided wires are interposed between an outer-wall and inner-wall blank tubes and then a drawing process is applied so as for the braided wires to be brought into close contact with the inner surface of the outer-wall tube and the outer surface of the inner-wall tube, the method comprising: polishing the inner surface of the outer-wall blank tube and the outer surface of the inner-wall blank tube so that a surface roughness thereof satisfies Ra<1.0 ?m, followed by interposing the braided wires between the outer-wall and inner-wall blank tubes; performing a sinking drawing process so that the difference of the outer diameter of the resulting double-wall tube relative to a die bore diameter is 0.1 mm to 0.3 mm; and subsequently performing heat treatment. The double-wall tube produced is suitable as a heat-transfer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuya Hanada, Takashi Nakashima, Tetsuo Yokoyama, Kouichi Kuroda, Tatsuya Okui
  • Publication number: 20150091298
    Abstract: A coupling for attaching to an end of a tube, pipe, conduit or other round solid or hollow section. The coupling includes an inner body and a collar to be provided around the inner body. The inner body has an interior bore passing through at least a portion thereof to receive a tube and the bore has one or more interior annular protuberances extending into the bore. When the collar is provided around the inner body it applies a circumferential compressive force to deform the inner body such that the one or more annular protuberances engage the tube to seal with it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Parker Hannifin Ltd.
    Inventor: Spencer Andrew Nicholson
  • Patent number: 8991435
    Abstract: A closing device, particularly for closing channels conducting pressure medium in a valve receiving body, has a rotationally symmetrical closing element (6) that is fastened in a seating bore (1) of a housing (14), having a calking site (2) that is provided on the circumference of the closing element (6) and that permanently fixes the closing element (6) in the housing (14) as a result of the plastic displacement of housing material. The seating bore (1) includes a transition area in the form of a bore step (4) between the calking site (2) and a centering cone surface (3). The bore step is recessed into the seating bore (1) by the plastic displacement of the housing material in the form of a bulge surrounding the closing element (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. OHG
    Inventors: Christian Schulz, Christoph Voss, Ulrich Zutt
  • Publication number: 20150068022
    Abstract: A coupling assembly for use with a wire-reinforced elastomeric hose member includes a stem member defining at least one groove and the groove includes first and second walls, a bottom portion and a pair of shoulder portions separated by a width and a shell member at least partially enclosing said stem member and defining at least one axially extending barb member. The barb member includes a tip portion having first and second edge portions. The tip of the barb member is sized relative to the shoulders in said groove to transfer force developed by deflection of the reinforcement wire to compress a liner of the hose at the shoulders through the barb edge portions corresponding to a swaged state of the shell and stem members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Eric D. Menor
  • Patent number: 8955289
    Abstract: A method of anchoring a joining element to a hollow core board with the aid of mechanical vibration. The hollow core board has a first and second outer layers and a middle layer disposed between the outer layers. An opening, including a mouth, is provided in the hollow core board, the opening penetrating the first outer layer and the middle layer. The joining element includes a wall anchoring portion situated between a proximal end and a distal end thereof. A distal end of the wall anchoring portion is positioned into or onto the mouth with a sealing portion on a proximal end of the wall anchoring portion. The wall anchoring portion is forced through the mouth by applying mechanical vibration and a force parallel to the joining element axis, whereby thermoplastic material of the wall anchoring portion is liquefied and pressed into the first outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Woodwelding AG
    Inventors: Colin Clinch, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Laurent Torriani
  • Patent number: 8898882
    Abstract: Described is a press-in element for pressing into a non-pierced or pre-pierced component. The press-in element has a head part having a ring surface confronting the component and a neck part which projects away from the ring surface, i.e. from the component contact side. The head part further has a ring-like projection surrounding the neck part with a radial spacing and projecting away from the ring surface. The neck part has a radially outwardly projecting ring bead, which can be formed as a continuous ring bead or as a ring bead interrupted at points. The apex of the ring bead has an axial spacing from the ring surface which is larger than the axial spacing of the apex of the ring-like projection from the ring surface, which lies radially within this projection and together with it and the ring bead forms a pocket which receives material of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Profil Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Jiri Babej
  • Patent number: 8887371
    Abstract: A fitting and method of use that includes a tubing channel to receive tubing. The fitting includes a fitting body having the tubing channel to receive the tubing and having exterior threading to engage internal threading of a CPI type port. The fitting includes a first ferrule that receives the tubing. The fitting has a cap with a closed end and an open end. The cap has internal threading to engage the exterior threading of the fitting body and a hole to receive said tubing. The fitting has a second ferrule that receives the tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: John W. Best
  • Publication number: 20140326207
    Abstract: A glow plug (1) has a housing (2) and a heater (3). The housing (2) includes a thread portion (5), a tool engagement portion (6), a press contact portion (7) brought into press contact with a plug seat surface of an engine upon screwing the thread portion (5) into a mounting hole of the engine, a front body portion (9) located between the press contact portion (7) and the thread portion (5) and a rear body portion (8) located between the tool engagement portion (6) and the thread portion (5). At least one of the front body portion (9) and the rear body portion (8) has a thickness smaller than or equal to a predetermined value and includes a plurality of reinforcing parts (9A, 8A) provided intermittently in a circumferential direction of the housing (2) in the form of protrusions or recesses extending in the direction of an axis CL1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazutaka Eguchi, Shuei Ishii
  • Patent number: 8869372
    Abstract: A fastening device for preassembling structural members includes a hollow cylindrical body; a bearing ring provided at a proximal end of the hollow body and against which one of the structural members is intended to bear in a fastening position; a pulling threaded rod extending through the hollow body to be inserted into the structural members; a tightening means connected to the pulling threaded rod for maintaining the structural members against each other, the tightening means including a removable tubular end piece for mounting on a proximal threaded end of the pulling threaded rod that can be locally axially compacted under the action of a force applied on the pulling threaded rod in order to form a radial bead for sandwiching the structural members between the latter and the bearing ring; the fastening device including a sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Lisi Aerospace
    Inventors: Etienne Luneau, Bastien Bellavia, Philippe Prot
  • Patent number: 8793860
    Abstract: A method for assembling a metal collar to a resin component includes: inserting the metal collar into a mounting hole of the resin component, and setting them so that a flange of the collar abuts a jig; inserting a screw mandrel of a fastening tool into a through-hole in the collar, and rotating the mandrel so that the male threading of the mandrel engages the female threading of the jig; abutting a nosepiece of the fastening tool against the collar, and stopping the rotation of the mandrel; withdrawing the mandrel so that the nosepiece presses against one end of the collar with sufficient force to enlarge the outer diameter of that end of the collar to form an enlarged portion, thereby securing the resin component between the enlarged portion and the flange; and (e) rotating the mandrel in the reverse direction to disengage the respective threading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventor: Syuji Kashimura
  • Patent number: 8783735
    Abstract: A method for improving conductance on hydraulic fittings by incorporating a soft metal interlayer between the fitting and a hydraulic tube, wherein the soft metal interlayer is located in an area where the fitting engages the hydraulic tube upon swaging or installation under pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eddie Kwon, Michael E. Rorabaugh, Benjamin A. Johnson, James P. Irwin, Robert E. Fisher
  • Patent number: 8776352
    Abstract: A heart valve prostheses crimping apparatus and method for deducing the diameter of stents containing heart valve prosthesis. A medical prosthesis catheter loading apparatus, including a crimping assembly for reducing the diameter of a prosthesis; and a catheter clamp for holding a catheter adjacent to the prosthesis. Also disclosed is an apparatus for reducing the diameter of a medical prosthesis, including a base, a crimp head connectable to the base, and an actuation mechanism connected to the base and connectable to the crimp head to actuate the crimp head. Also disclosed is a method of loading a medical prosthesis into a catheter, including the steps of reducing the diameter of a prosthesis from its normal deployed state to a diameter less than that of the lumen of the catheter; holding a catheter adjacent to the reduced diameter prosthesis; and moving the prosthesis into the catheter lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Machine Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin Sokel
  • Patent number: 8756789
    Abstract: A catheter assembly includes a catheter having a proximal end and a distal end; an expandable device releasably attached to the catheter near the distal end; a generally tubular constraining sleeve extending around and compressing the device to an outer peripheral dimension suitable for endoluminal delivery; a tip fixedly secured to the distal end of the catheter; and a bridge member disposed between the tip and the expandable device so as to fill a gap therebetween as the catheter assembly is bent during endoluminal delivery of the expandable device to a treatment site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin W. Sokel, Stanislaw L Zukowski
  • Patent number: 8745843
    Abstract: A force-transmitting element for non-detachable workpiece connections includes a flange portion and a transmitting portion, wherein the transmitting portion has a substantially cylindrical inner peripheral surface and wherein the wall thickness of the transmitting portion tapers at least in sections from the end close to the flange portion to the end remote from the flange portion. An operationally reliable non-detachable workpiece connection can be obtained despite relatively small dimensions of the force-transmitting element. The end of the transmitting portion which is close to the flange portion has at least one latching depression on the outer peripheral surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Viega GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Mathias Michels, Andreas Hütte, Sudi Sinoplu
  • Patent number: 8739385
    Abstract: A method of assembling a member made of a first material in a part made of a second material having no plastic domain, including forming the part with an aperture; inserting an intermediate part, which is made of a third material and includes a hole into the aperture without any stress; introducing the member into the hole without any stress; elastically and plastically deforming the intermediate part by moving two tools towards each other axially, respectively on the top and bottom parts of the intermediate part, so as to exert a radial stress against the member and against the wall of the part surrounding the aperture by causing the elastic deformation of the part, in order to secure the assembly in a manner that is not destructive for the part. The member can be a time piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Nivarox-FAR S.A.
    Inventors: Marco Verardo, Pierre Cusin, Arthur Queval
  • Patent number: 8707536
    Abstract: A method of assembling a member made of a first material in a part made of a second material having no plastic domain, includes forming the part with an aperture, inserting a radially flared portion of the member into the aperture, without any stress, and elastically and plastically deforming the flared portion of the member in the aperture by moving two tools towards each other axially, respectively on the top and bottom parts of the flared portion, so as to exert a radial stress against the wall of the part surrounding the aperture, causing the elastic deformation of the part, to secure the assembly in a manner that is not destructive for said part. The member can be a timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Nivarox-FAR S.A.
    Inventors: Marco Verardo, Pierre Cusin, Arthur Queval
  • Patent number: 8677596
    Abstract: In addition to the pressure for swaging applied when swaging is performed, a pressure in the direction the same as the direction of the holding force exerted by a swaged portion is applied to a pressure receiving edge portion of a bearing holder by the pressure applied by a swaging roller. As a result, the elastic deformation in a circumferential wall portion that is not bent is advanced and the amount of elastic deformation of the bearing holder in the axial direction is reduced, so that it is possible to increase the difference in the amount of elastic deformation between the bearing holder and an outer race. Thus, the axial residual stress in the bearing holder is increased after the swaging is completed, as compared to the case of the ordinary swaging. Accordingly, it is possible to increase the holding force for holding the outer race.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taro Furukubo, Takeshi Ishida
  • Patent number: 8631718
    Abstract: A punch includes a first caulking surface and a second caulking surface caulking margins of which axially differ in depth and sequentially formed in a peripheral direction, and includes a regulating surface opposing an outer peripheral surface of a caulking process portion to the first caulking surface of the first and second caulking surfaces, which has a deeper caulking margin, wherein the regulating surface regulates radial fillet movement by caulking of the caulking process portion to promote the fillet movement to the second caulking surface of the first and second caulking surfaces, which has a less deep caulking margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Niles Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Shimada
  • Publication number: 20130138136
    Abstract: Intravascular implant systems and methods of positioning and detaching implants are described. One such system carries an implant by retaining an engagement member in a position proximal to an aperture at a distal end of the delivery system. The engagement member is retained proximal to the aperture by an elongate member that is coupled to the implant. Once the implant is in a desired implant position, the elongate member is released from the engagement member, and the implant is allowed to move away from the delivery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP
    Inventors: David Scott BECKHAM, Christopher Charles ANDREWS
  • Patent number: 8424209
    Abstract: There is provided an assembling method of a bearing unit which has a bearing having an outer ring and a retainer plate having a retainer hole for holding the outer ring. The assembling method has pressing a plurality of portions in a circumferential direction of a circumferential edge of an inner circumferential portion of the retainer hole of the retainer plate in an axial direction so as to form engagement pawls and moving the engagement pawls of the retainer plate from one axial end of the outer ring to a engagement groove formed on an outer circumferential surface of the outer ring so as to engage the engagement pawls of the retainer plate with the engagement groove of outer ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Katougi, Tomoharu Sugiman
  • Patent number: 8359725
    Abstract: The different advantageous embodiments provide a method and apparatus for forming materials that may comprise a body having a channel and an insert. The channel may extend to a first opening in the body and a second opening in the body. The embodiments may also provide a mandrel disposed in the channel of the body and the insert of the body. The mandrel may have a shaft, a head on the shaft, and a compressible material disposed between the head and the insert of the body. The embodiments may also provide a collar. The collar may have a diameter smaller than a diameter of the body. The embodiments may also provide a biasing system configured to guide the collar in a first direction to a first position and then to a second position and configured to apply force to the body in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Paul Jeffrey Tauzer
  • Patent number: 8336180
    Abstract: A method for repairing a crushing device or other device configured to comminute material includes the steps of removing at least one first insert from a portion of a crushing body such that at least one opening is formed in the portion of the crushing body, positioning at least one second insert in the at least one opening formed by the removing of the at least one first insert, positioning a force application mechanism adjacent to the at least one second insert and the portion of the crushing body, and actuating the force application mechanism to deform the portion of the crushing body to attach the at least one second insert to the portion of the crushing body. The one or more first inserts may be damaged and the one or more second inserts may be used to replace the one or more damaged first inserts. The force application mechanism is preferably explosive material. A method of forming a wearable surface is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Flsmidth A/S
    Inventors: Ivo Botto, Kranthi Prakash Peddeti, Curtis Erwin Prothe, Andrew W. Vargo
  • Patent number: 8312614
    Abstract: A heart valve prostheses crimping apparatus and method for deducing the diameter of stents containing heart valve prosthesis. A medical prosthesis catheter loading apparatus, including a crimping assembly for reducing the diameter of a prosthesis; and a catheter clamp for holding a catheter adjacent to the prosthesis. Also disclosed is an apparatus for reducing the diameter of a medical prosthesis, including a base, a crimp head connectable to the base, and an actuation mechanism connected to the base and connectable to the crimp head to actuate the crimp head. Also disclosed is a method of loading a medical prosthesis into a catheter, including the steps of reducing the diameter of a prosthesis from its normal deployed state to a diameter less than that of the lumen of the catheter; holding a catheter adjacent to the reduced diameter prosthesis; and moving the prosthesis into the catheter lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Machine Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin Sokel
  • Patent number: 8286322
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for the manufacture of a connection between a corrugated tube and a further body, wherein the further body has a bore having a bore diameter which is smaller than the outer diameter of the corrugated tube, with the method including the step of drawing or pressing the corrugated tube into the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Bildstein
  • Patent number: 8281488
    Abstract: A method for producing a honeycomb body having a honeycomb structure disposed in a housing, includes at least forming a honeycomb structure, inserting the honeycomb structure into a housing, carrying out a heat treatment operation on the honeycomb structure having the housing, contacting outer regions with a molding, at least during the inserting step or the heat treatment step, and reproducing a desired outer contour of the housing with contact faces of the molding. A molding and an exhaust gas treatment unit produced with a thin housing in a dimensionally accurate manner, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: EMITEC Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Wieres, Jörg Gutowski, Hans-Günter Faust, Ferdi Kurth, Franz Föhres
  • Patent number: 8261424
    Abstract: A spring plunger for insertion into an aperture, the spring plunger including a body having a recess and a proximal opening to the recess surrounded by a chamfered rim with the chamfered rim extending at least partially across the recess. A coil spring and plunger are retained within the recess, with the plunger abutting the coil spring and contacting the chamfered rim. Also, a method of manufacturing a spring plunger and a method of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Northwestern Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: James Thomeczek, Scott Williamson
  • Publication number: 20120159766
    Abstract: A method of assembling a member made of a first material in a part made of a second material having no plastic domain, including forming the part with an aperture; inserting an intermediate part, which is made of a third material and includes a hole into the aperture without any stress; introducing the member into the hole without any stress; elastically and plastically deforming the intermediate part by moving two tools towards each other axially, respectively on the top and bottom parts of the intermediate part, so as to exert a radial stress against the member and against the wall of the part surrounding the aperture by causing the elastic deformation of the part, in order to secure the assembly in a manner that is not destructive for the part. The member can be a time piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: Nivarox-FAR S.A.
    Inventors: Marco Verardo, Pierre Cusin, Arthur Queval
  • Publication number: 20120159767
    Abstract: A method of assembling a member made of a first material in a part made of a second material having no plastic domain, includes forming the part with an aperture, inserting a radially flared portion of the member into the aperture, without any stress, and elastically and plastically deforming the flared portion of the member in the aperture by moving two tools towards each other axially, respectively on the top and bottom parts of the flared portion, so as to exert a radial stress against the wall of the part surrounding the aperture, causing the elastic deformation of the part, to secure the assembly in a manner that is not destructive for said part. The member can be a timepiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: Nivarox-FAR S.A.
    Inventors: Marco VERARDO, Pierre CUSIN, Arthur QUEVAL
  • Patent number: 8205713
    Abstract: A silencer for an exhaust system, more preferably of a motor vehicle, is provided with a silencer insert arranged in a silencer housing. The silencer includes a jacket, with at least one pipe section penetrating a through-opening of the jacket. Through welding of the pipe section to the silencer insert a weld seam formed pressure-tight between pipe section and jacket is relieved of mechanical load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: J. Eberspaecher GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Peter Gorke, Andrei Buchhammer
  • Patent number: 8201331
    Abstract: A method of making a catalytic converter includes providing a catalyst substrate having a substrate periphery and a mat support disposed thereon. The method also includes providing a metal shell having a shell wall having a shell periphery and a bore that is configured to receive the catalyst substrate and mat support. It further includes inserting the catalyst substrate and mat support into the bore of the metal shell in slidable engagement therewith. Still further it includes reducing the shell periphery while applying an axial force sufficient to cause translation of the catalyst substrate and mat support relative to the bore until the force reaches a predetermined retention force threshold, whereupon the reducing of the shell periphery and translation of the catalyst substrate is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Katcon Global S.A. DE C.V.
    Inventor: John C. Boehnke
  • Patent number: 8127788
    Abstract: A parts assembly includes a housing including a first part assembly hole on which a first apparatus component is assembled, the first apparatus component being fixed to the housing by a caulking for forming a caulking portion by a deformation of a bearing surface of the housing on which the first apparatus component is seated. The housing includes a second part assembly hole provided in the vicinity of the caulking portion and on which a second apparatus component is assembled. The housing includes a sacrificial deformation portion deformed by a force applied to the housing when the bearing surface is deformed by the caulking, the sacrificial deformation portion attenuating a force propagated to a portion including the second part assembly hole where the second apparatus component is assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Advics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Yamashita, Fumitoshi Koyama
  • Patent number: 8096036
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a steering column assembly having a first jacket and a second jacket with a bushing between the first and second jackets. The method utilizes a manufacturing machine having a loadable member, a fixed member, and a thermal fixture. The method comprises the steps of: assembling the first jacket to the second jacket with the bushing located radially between the first and second jackets to interlock the first and second jackets and prevent axial movement between the first and second jackets; connecting the first jacket to the loadable member of the manufacturing machine; connecting the second jacket to a fixed member of the manufacturing machine; loading the loadable member to apply an axial force to the first jacket; heating the thermal fixture of the manufacturing machine; and melting the bushing until the first jacket moves axially relative to the second jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventors: Robert W. Dubay, David E. Witucki, Dennis G McDonagh
  • Patent number: 8091240
    Abstract: There is provided an assembling method of a bearing unit which has a bearing having an outer ring and a retainer plate having a retainer hole for holding the outer ring. The assembling method has pressing a plurality of portions in a circumferential direction of a circumferential edge of an inner circumferential portion of the retainer hole of the retainer plate in an axial direction so as to form engagement pawls and moving the engagement pawls of the retainer plate from one axial end of the outer ring to a engagement groove formed on an outer circumferential surface of the outer ring so as to engage the engagement pawls of the retainer plate with the engagement groove of outer ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Katougi, Tomoharu Sugiman
  • Patent number: 8046897
    Abstract: A balloon is inflated from a collapsed configuration, then deflated. A polymeric stent is then disposed over the deflated balloon and the stent crimped to the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Yunbing Wang, Gregory Kilinski, Luis Vazquez
  • Patent number: 8024849
    Abstract: The fire extinguisher of the present invention includes a container housing a fire inhibiting material which may automatically discharge its fire inhibiting contents in response to a fire. In one exemplary embodiment, the fire inhibiting material is pressurized within the container and the container is structured and arranged to discharge its fire inhibiting contents in a predetermined direction. Also, a method is provided for constructing a container for holding fire inhibiting contents under pressure and a method and apparatus for effectively and efficiently filling and pressurizing the container with fire inhibiting material, forming a container structured and arranged to expel the fire inhibiting material contained therein in a predefined direction in response to a fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventor: James E. Geyer
  • Patent number: 8020299
    Abstract: In a fastening method of press-fitting and fixing an axial end section of a second-stage pinion (1) into a circular opening (21) of a first-stage planetary carrier (2), first press-fitting external teeth (13a), which have an addendum circle larger than an addendum circle of the other pinion part and has a sharp tooth top, are generated through manufacturing of tooth-cutting at an outer circumferential section of the axial end portion of the second-stage pinion (1). Then, a press-fit bore (22) that has a smaller diameter than the addendum circle of the press-fitting external teeth (13a), is formed at the circular opening (21) of the first-stage planetary carrier (2). The press-fitting external teeth (13a) are then press-fitted into the press-fit bore (22) so that tooth tops thereof cut into an inner circumference surface of the press-fit bore (22) to secure fastening strength between the second-stage pinion (1) and the first-stage planetary carrier (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Harmonic AD, Inc.
    Inventor: Norio Shirokoshi
  • Patent number: 8006367
    Abstract: A fitting having a terminator pin that includes a tubing channel to receive tubing. The fitting includes a fitting body having a terminator pin channel to receive the terminator pin and having exterior threading to engage internal threading of a CPI type port. The fitting includes a first ferrule that receives the terminator pin. The fitting has a cap with a closed end and an open end. The cap has internal threading to engage the exterior threading of the fitting body and a hole to receive said terminator pin. The fitting has a second ferrule that receives the terminator pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: John W. Best
  • Patent number: 7984538
    Abstract: An installation tool assembly for advancing a fitting's swage ring onto a fitting's connector body while a conduit is received in the connector body to mechanically and sealingly connect the fitting to the conduit includes a body defining at least two spaced apart piston chambers, a fixed jaw connected to the body and adapted to engage one of the connector body or the swage ring, and a movable jaw connected to the body and movable relative to the fixed jaw. The movable jaw is adapted to engage the other of the connector body or the swage ring. Pistons are disposed in the at least two spaced piston chambers. The pistons and the movable jaw are configured such that movement of the pistons in a first direction moves the movable jaw toward the fixed jaw thereby moving the swage ring axially onto the connector body to mechanically and sealingly connect the connector body to the conduit received therein when the fixed and movable jaws are engaged to the connector body and swage ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Lokring Technology LLC
    Inventor: Albert A. McKay
  • Patent number: 7971909
    Abstract: A pipe joint and a method of joining pipes using the pipe joint prevent loss of a sleeve, enhance workability in the pipe joining operation, and ensure sealing performance. The pipe joint may be utilized in a refrigerant device, a heat pump hot water supply device, a closing valve and a water supply piping. The method for connecting piping may be used in an in-the filed piping method. The pipe joint includes a joint body, a fastening member such as a nut, and a sleeve. The sleeve is integrated with the fastening member or the joint body before the fastening member is attached to the joint body. When the fastening member is attached to the joint body, the sleeve is cut off and separated from the fastening member or joint body. When the nut is fully attached, the sleeve bites into the pipe, and the pipe is joined to the joint body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruo Nakata, Hiromune Matsuoka, Junichirou Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7934332
    Abstract: A composite barrel for a firearm and method for forming by forging. The barrel includes at least two materials joined together by forging. In a preferred embodiment, at least one material is preferably lighter in weight than the other material. The barrel may include an inner tube and an outer sleeve. The inner tube defines a bore that provides a bullet path and in one embodiment may be made of steel or alloys thereof. The outer sleeve surrounds the inner tube and in some embodiments may be made of aluminum, titanium, or alloys of either thereof. The tube preferably includes an exterior surface containing recessed areas therein for receiving material displaced from the outer sleeve by the forging process. The preferred barrel forming method generally may include inserting the tube into the sleeve, striking an outer surface of the sleeve, and deforming the sleeve to force material to flow into the recessed exterior surface of the tube to bond the tube and sleeve together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Vernon R. Briggs