Shaping One-piece Blank By Removing Material Patents (Class 29/557)
  • Patent number: 11840025
    Abstract: A thermoplastic welding assembly and method for joining a plurality of thermoplastic support components to a thermoplastic component is provided. The thermoplastic welding assembly includes a frame, a plurality of heat sinks, and a plurality of individually actuatable pressurizers. The frame includes a plurality of welding slots. Each heat sink of the plurality of heat sinks is positioned within one of the welding slots. Each pressurizer of the plurality of individually actuatable pressurizers includes an alignment actuator configured to move one thermoplastic support component into alignment with one welding slot, and a clamping actuator configured to move the one thermoplastic support component into contact with the thermoplastic component. In some implementations, the thermoplastic welding assembly further includes a plurality of actuators configured to move the alignment actuator and the clamping actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Francis J. Samalot, Michael P. Matlack
  • Patent number: 11813181
    Abstract: An absorbable metal stent includes an absorbable metal substrate; the absorbable metal substrate includes a plurality of wave-shaped annular structures and a plurality of axial connecting portions, two ends of each axial connecting portion being connected to two adjacent wave-shaped annular structures, respectively, so as to axially connect the plurality of wave-shaped annular structures; a corrosion-promoting coating is formed on each axial connecting portion, the corrosion-promoting coating containing a corrosion-promoting substance, and the corrosion-promoting substance being selected from at least one of a degradable polymer and a degradable polymer antioxidant; the corrosion-promoting coatings cause the corrosion of the axial connecting portions to occur earlier than the corrosion of the plurality of wave-shaped annular structures. The absorbable metal stent has good bending performance and may prevent the problems of secondary hyperplasia after implantation and stenosis caused thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventors: Wenjiao Lin, Wenchao Fu
  • Patent number: 11786356
    Abstract: An endoluminal device can comprise a flexible tubular wall and a frame member. The frame member can be comprised of a shape-memory material having sides with protrusions which are partially or substantially flattened when formed together with the flexible tubular wall to thereby create a bias in the side wall of the endoluminal device that resists deformation from a desired device profile during crush loading and is thereby resistant to invaginations when deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle R. Buckley, Vincent L. Perko
  • Patent number: 11278993
    Abstract: A piston and a method for producing a piston which can be secured to a piston sliding unit is provided. The piston sliding unit can be moved along its longitudinal axis in a cylinder. The piston includes a disc-shaped base body, wherein the piston is suitable and intended to seal two regions of the cylinder filled with a medium against one another. The method includes the following steps: a) producing the piston by pressing a material into a piston mold; b) smoothing the surface of the piston and/or pressing at least one flow path into the piston, by an embossing tool, which has a raised and rotationally symmetrical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: STABILUS GMBH
    Inventors: Lars Löhken, Markus Müller, Raphael Piroth, Ulrich Probst
  • Patent number: 11199129
    Abstract: A set for turbochargers of internal combustion engines, equipped with mechanical actuators and wastegate flip valve. The set includes in its interior a valve, a valve's arm, a valve's shaft and a bushing, all of which are housed inside a metal casing. The set allows the replacement of the valve and its accessory components way before the end of the turbocharger's life span. Also, a turbocharger adapted for the set, which is provided with an accommodation zone including a bore and a series of fixing gantries cooperating with elements in the face of the set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel Carmona Martinek
  • Patent number: 11165071
    Abstract: A separator for a fuel cell includes a metal separator base, crest sections, and a trough sections. Regions surrounded by the respective trough sections and a corresponding electrode layer each constitute a passage that supplies oxidation gas or fuel gas to the electrode layer. A first thin film is placed over the entire surfaces of the crest sections and the trough sections that face the corresponding electrode layer. The first thin film has conductivity and a corrosion resistance higher than that of the separator base. A second thin film having conductivity is placed at least on each of the parts of the first thin film that are placed on top surfaces of the crest sections. The second thin film on the top surface of each crest section has a groove. At least one end of the groove is connected to the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Satoshi Kawabe
  • Patent number: 11162566
    Abstract: A torque converter includes a cover, an impeller including an impeller shell connected to the cover, a turbine including a turbine shell and at least one turbine blade fixed to the turbine shell, a seal plate, wherein the seal plate located axially between the cover and the turbine shell, and a pilot hub connected to the seal plate utilizing a spline connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Long Souers
  • Patent number: 11141926
    Abstract: A welder for constructing and welding plastic fenestration structures, including parts storage bins structured to store and support parts to be assembled to create the plastic fenestration structures; wheels that receive the parts from the parts storage bins; aligners that position the parts relative to one another; heating plates that apply heat to ends of the parts thereby rendering at least a portion of the ends of the parts molten; parts shifters operably shiftable between a first position adjacent the wheels and a second position remotely located from the wheels that shift the parts to a fusing position in which adjacent parts are abutted together at a fusing station to produce the plastic fenestration structure; and at least one cooling station at which the plastic fenestration structure is held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Erdman Automation Corporation
    Inventor: Morgan Donohue
  • Patent number: 11133513
    Abstract: A separator for a fuel cell includes a separator base, crest sections, and trough sections. Regions surrounded by the respective trough sections and a corresponding electrode layer each constitute a passage that supplies oxidation gas or fuel gas to the electrode layer. A thin film having conductivity is placed at least on the top surface of each crest section. The thin film on the top surface of each crest section has a groove that connects the passages on the opposite sides of the crest section to each other. Each trough section has a flow resistance increasing portion on the downstream side of the groove in the flow direction of the gas. The flow resistance increasing portion reduces the cross-sectional flow area of the passage such that the cross-sectional flow area at the flow resistance increasing portion is smaller than that at the section to which the groove is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Satoshi Kawabe
  • Patent number: 11114910
    Abstract: An EC motor is provided having a stator, in which an armature is rotatably supported, the armature including an armature shaft, on which an armature core having a plurality of permanent magnets is held, the armature core being electrically insulated against the armature shaft with the aid of a casting compound, and a balance ring being provided on at least one axial end of the armature core, which is accommodated on the armature shaft by a central recess, a gap between the armature shaft and the central recess of the balance ring being filled with casting compound, and the permanent magnets being held in pockets of the armature core by casting compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: C&E Fein GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Maier, Fabian Grass, Thomas Burkhardt
  • Patent number: 10773136
    Abstract: A ball striking device includes a ball striking plate having a front surface configured to strike a ball and a rear surface opposite the front surface. The ball striking plate has a desired-contact region and a perimeter. One or more spoke-like reinforcement ribs may be located on the rear surface and may radiate away from the desired-contact region toward the perimeter. At least one of the spoke-like reinforcement ribs may be located in an upper-toe quadrant or in an upper-heel quadrant of the rear surface. One or more encircling reinforcement ribs may be located on the rear surface. The one or more encircling reinforcement ribs may be at least partially encircling the desired-contact region. A thickened portion of the ball striking plate may be positioned behind the desired-contact region of the ball striking plate. The ball striking device may be a golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Byron C. Slaughter, William C. Knight, David N. Franklin, Jeremy Snyder
  • Patent number: 10774683
    Abstract: A fixture for drilling a hole in a superalloy turbine blade includes a mount to selectively hold a root of the superalloy turbine blade with the superalloy turbine blade extending from the mount. The fixture may also include an actuator to apply a force to elastically deform at least a portion of the superalloy turbine blade when held by the mount from a relaxed, initial position to an elastically deformed position, the at least a portion of the superalloy turbine blade having a curvature in the elastically deformed position not present in the relaxed, initial position. The fixture may also include a drill guide configured to guide a drilling element into the superalloy turbine blade in the elastically deformed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Frank Hoskin, Robert Aldo Del Freo, Joseph William Janssen, Joseph Leonard Moroso, Eric Alan Overholt, Matthew Ian Van Biervliet, Joseph Anthony Weber
  • Patent number: 10756356
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a separator for a fuel cell, including: preparing a first die including: a first convex surface and a first concave surface; and a first side surface connected between the first convex surface and the first concave surface; preparing a second die including: a second concave surface and a second convex surface respectively facing the first convex surface and the first concave surface; and a second side surface facing the first side surface and connected between the second concave surface and the second convex surface; preparing a metal plate having a flat plate shape, and two electro-conductive resin sheets; and forming a flow channel in the metal plate and the two electro-conductive resin sheets by hot pressing with the first and second dies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10562109
    Abstract: A tapered drill bit having a proximal end and a distal end includes a shank extending from the distal end at least partially towards the proximal end of the tapered drill bit and a body coupled to the shank. The body includes a tapered portion and the body extends from the shank to the proximal end of the tapered drill bit. The tapered drill bit further includes at least one flute extending from the proximal end along a portion of the body. The tapered drill bit also includes a conduit extending from an inlet aperture at the distal end to an outlet aperture, wherein the outlet aperture is formed through the at least one flute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James A. Hammond, Jr., Steven L. Arana
  • Patent number: 10500684
    Abstract: A tool configuration 68, 68? incorporating a preprocessing step 67, 67? and a method incorporating the tool configuration with its preprocessing step, producing an improved locking system of a floor panel 1, 1?. With the special tool configuration, and the preprocessing step changing the properties of the surface layer, certain surfaces are profiled of the joint edge of the floor panel, resulting in decreased tolerances. An equipment having an upper belt or chain guided in a horizontal direction, by an upper guiding device, and configured to press the floor panel vertically towards the lower chain, decreasing the tolerances of the produced floor panel as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Marcus Bergelin, Christian Boo
  • Patent number: 10458407
    Abstract: A scroll compressor includes a first chamfered portion formed at a distal end portion of a spiral blade of a fixed scroll, a second chamfered portion formed at a distal end portion of a spiral blade of an orbiting scroll, a third chamfered portion formed at a bottom portion of the spiral blade of the fixed scroll, and a fourth chamfered portion formed at a bottom portion of the spiral blade of the orbiting scroll. An expression of 0<{(Av1+Av2)/2}/Ac<1×10?4 is satisfied where a sectional area of a space between the first chamfered portion and the fourth chamfered portion is defined as Av1, a sectional area of a space between the second chamfered portion and the third chamfered portion is defined as Av2, and a sectional area of a compression chamber is defined as Ac.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Fumikazu Nagaoka, Masashi Myogahara, Keisuke Narumi, Yosuke Tsuruoka
  • Patent number: 10452809
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns an adaptive repair method, for example for aerofoil blade components. The method generates a digitized model of a physical component and uses data from the digitized model to align a part of the physical component with a nominal CAD model of the component. A combination of the digitized data and data from the nominal CAD model are then used to create an adapted model for repair of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: Karl S. Huckerby
  • Patent number: 10411272
    Abstract: A number of variations may include at least one bipolar plate which may include at least one bead, the bead may include a plurality of crest portions and a plurality of trough portions having at least one tangent portion disposed between adjacent crest portions and trough portions; the bipolar plate further may include at least one tunnel defining at least one through hole within the at least one tangent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Xi Yang, Siguang Xu, Liang Xi
  • Patent number: 10369612
    Abstract: A method and a system for producing a ring-shaped member. A punching process is carried out on an axial intermediate part of a first intermediate annular material so as to produce a pair of ring-shaped members. A punching step includes a step in which a first punching process is carried out over a first range of the axial intermediate part in the circumferential direction, and a step in which a second punching process is carried out over a second range of the axially-oriented intermediate part, which is at least partially different than the first range, in the circumferential direction. The first punching process is carried out such that at least one tab is formed. The second punching process is carried out such that at least one separate tab is formed, thereby producing the pair of ring-shaped members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuto Kobayashi, Hiroshi Koyama, Yuu Yasuda
  • Patent number: 10357815
    Abstract: A press drawing method includes a first step for moving an upper mold 10e from a top dead center to a fracture position and applying a predetermined strain to a part of a plate material 1 to be drawn, causing the plate material 1 to fracture at a fracture part 4, and a second step for moving the upper mold 10e from the fracture position to a bottom dead center, thus completing the drawing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Syohei Okuzumi, Koji Fujita
  • Patent number: 10309988
    Abstract: A probe guide plate includes a first silicon substrate, a first recess portion formed in an upper surface of the first silicon substrate, first through-holes formed in the first silicon substrate at a bottom of the first recess portion, a second silicon substrate directly bonded on the first silicon substrate, a second recess portion formed to face the first recess portion in a lower surface of the second silicon substrate, and second through-holes formed in the second silicon substrate at a bottom of the second recess portion and arranged to correspond to the first through-holes, A notch portion is formed at an upper end portion of an inner wall of each of the first through-holes of the first silicon substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Yuichiro Shimizu, Kosuke Fujihara, Katsunori Yamagishi, Koji Nagai
  • Patent number: 10309453
    Abstract: The roller insertion groove of the inner ring of a crossed roller bearing is provided with an outer circumferential surface-side groove opening that is exposed to an inner rings-side V-groove. The groove opening is defined by circumferential direction opening edge that extends in the circumferential direction along the inner ring-side V-groove and side opening edges that extend from both ends of the circumferential direction opening to the ring-shaped end face of the inner ring. Concentration of stress occurs in the corners between the circumferential direction opening edges and the side opening edges. The circumferential direction opening edge is formed so as not to coincide with the minimum outer diameter section of the inner ring-side V-groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Harmonic Drive Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Yuya Murayama, Naoki Kanayama
  • Patent number: 10261461
    Abstract: A corner cut apparatus for entering into a transport path for transporting a sheet in a crossing direction to cut corners of the sheet includes a cut blade frame that supports a cut blade shifting with respect to the sheet surface, a receiving blade frame that supports a receiving blade for receiving the shifting cut blade, and a drive member that causes the cut blade frame and the receiving blade frame to enter into the transport path of the sheet, where blade shapes of the cut blade and the receiving blade are a back-to-back shape with an entry direction as a reference line. By this means, it is possible to provide the apparatus for cutting corners at the lead edge and end edge of the sheet in an inclined or curved manner, only by shifting (up and down) the blade with respect to the sheet surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Misao Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10077826
    Abstract: Respective outer peripheral surfaces (33, 35) of opening-side end portions (30, 31) of a front cover (12) and a pump shell (7), which have been shaped by pressing, are formed by slimming such that the outside diameters of the slimmed outer peripheral surfaces are equal to each other. With the opening-side end portions abutting against each other, a high-energy beam such as a laser beam (R) is radiated toward the abutment surfaces (30, 31) from the radially outer side to weld the abutment surfaces to each other. Consequently, it is possible to perform welding accurately through easy processing in order to easily manufacture a fluid coupling with high precision that facilitates post-processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Naohisa Momiyama, Masayoshi Kato, Hiroshi Asane, Hitoshi Matsuura, Masaaki Yamaguchi, Kiyoshi Makihira, Takakazu Yamane, Yukihiro Yoshida, Shinya Kobayashi, Taiki Watanabe, Norio Nagahira, Kazuyoshi Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9919390
    Abstract: This invention relates to a combined ring rolling method for spherical valve body, which has the following procedures: 1) design for ring blank by computing ring blank volume and selecting reasonable rolling ratio according to the dimensions of forged ring; 2) design for rolling gap which includes the shapes and dimensions of working surfaces of main roll, mandrel and passive rolls according to the dimensions of ring blank and forged ring, the stable deformation condition of combined ring rolling and structure requirement of rolling equipment; 3) rolling forming with three stages of surface cross rolling, ring rolling and shaping by controlling of feeding speed of main roll and working positions of passive rolls. This invention has the technical economical advantages of low consumptions of energy and materials, high productivity and low production cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: Lin Hua, Dongsheng Qian, Jiadong Deng, Xiaokai Wang
  • Patent number: 9844843
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing multiple metal turbine engine parts, comprising steps consisting in: a) casting a metal alloy in a mold in order to produce a blank (3); and b) machining the blank in order to produce the parts, characterized in that the blank obtained by casting is a solid polyhedron with two generally trapezoidal opposing sides (30a, 30b), and the parts are machined in the blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Patrick Emilien Paul Emile Huchin, Karine Deschandol, Sébastien Digard Brou De Cuissart, Serge Fargeas, Marc Soisson, Anthony Texier, Valéry Piaton
  • Patent number: 9823133
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein generally relate to a temperature sensor disposed in an apparatus. In many semiconductor, liquid crystal display, solar panel or organic light emitting display fabrication processes, RF power is utilized to either ignite a plasma within the processing chamber or to provide supplemental energy to the process. Temperature control during many processes may be beneficial in order to produce a consistent product. Temperature sensors or thermocouples are sometimes utilized to measure the temperature of a substrate within a processing chamber. The RF power may have a negative impact on the temperature sensor. By coating the temperature sensor with a nanoparticle based metal coating, such as a silver coating, the negative impacts of the RF power on the temperature sensor may be reduced without contaminating the process, and an accurate temperature measurement may be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Govinda Raj, Bopanna Ichettria, Ashish Bhatnagar, Cariappa Baduvamanda
  • Patent number: 9739166
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a method for increasing peak flow in a variable geometry turbine turbocharger comprising: by-passing fluid flow to a turbine impeller by forming at least one internal by-pass passage through at least one of a lower vane ring of a vane pack assembly or a turbine housing below the lower vane ring; providing a first end of a vane component within the at least one internal by-pass passage; and using the first end of the vane component as a rotary valve to control fluid flow through the at least one internal by-pass passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew King, John R. Zagone
  • Patent number: 9676113
    Abstract: A method for producing an energy-absorbing profile for a motor vehicle includes: providing an extruded hollow profile, the extruded hollow profile having outer walls and at least one inner wall which connects two of the outer walls; inserting a cutting tool into the hollow profile; actuating the cutting tool and cutting an inner wall section out of the inner wall; and removing the cut out wall section and the cutting tool from the hollow profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Kathy Hansen, Edwin List Clausen, Borge Holm, Sigmund Roe
  • Patent number: 9643265
    Abstract: For producing a cylindrical surface that has a surface structure of predetermined geometry suitable for application of material by thermal spraying, a geometrically predetermined groove structure of minimal depth and width is introduced into the surface by a tool embodied as a follow-on tool in that a groove cross-section is processed successively to a final size. In order for the surface to be producible in mass production with constant quality, the groove structure is worked in such that first a base groove is introduced with a groove bottom width that is smaller than the groove bottom width of the finished groove. Subsequently, at least one flank of the base groove is processed for producing an undercut groove profile by a non-cutting action or cutting action wherein the introduced groove structure is deformed in such a way that the groove openings are constricted by upsetting deformations of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignees: Guehring KG, Martinrea Honsel Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Ast, Lutfi Bozkurt, Peter Sommerfeldt, Horst Reimann, Bernhard Gand, Frank Orlamünder
  • Patent number: 9556931
    Abstract: An element 40 for a metallic belt in a belt-type continuously variable transmission has a structure in which: a belt radial outer portion 46b of a metallic belt 7 is linearly shaped to come into line contact with a pulley radial inner portion 11a which is a constant-angle inclined generatrix portion of a pulley 5 or 8; a projecting portion 48 located below a locking edge portion 44a and extending inward in the belt radial direction is provided at each of the lower ends of both side edges of the element 40; and when the element 40 and a pulley radial outer portion 11b which is a curved generatrix portion of the pulley 5 or 8 contact each other, the projecting portion 48 bends inward in the axial direction of the pulley 5 or 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Soichiro Sumida, Toru Yagasaki
  • Patent number: 9527165
    Abstract: A method for depositing clad material (24) onto a substrate (10) by melting a layer of powdered material (16) using an energy beam (20), and also applying vibratory mechanical energy (27, 29 and/or 31). The vibratory mechanical energy may be applied before, during or after the melting and solidification of the powdered material in order to preheat the powder, to distribute powder over a top surface (18) of the substrate, to control the formation of dendrites in the clad material as the melt pool (22) solidifies, to remove slag, and/or to perform stress relief. Simultaneous application of beam energy and vibratory mechanical energy facilitates the continuous deposition of the clad material, including directionally solidified material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Gerald J. Bruck, Ahmed Kamel
  • Patent number: 9371866
    Abstract: A wet clutch for a motorcycle having an outer basket having a first toothing as the input side of the wet clutch, an inner basket which is coaxial to the outer basket having a second toothing as the output side of the wet clutch, first frictional elements which are torsionally connected to the outer basket, second frictional elements which are torsionally connected to the inner basket, the first and second frictional elements being situated axially alternating between the inner basket and the outer basket, and a clamping element to compress the first and second frictional elements axially in order to produce a torsional connection between the input side and the output side. The inner basket and/or the outer basket can essentially be produced from one or more sheet metal parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christoph Raber, Rainer Ganter, Martin Chambrion, Marion Keller, Florian Decker, Raimund Ritter, Juergen Stoelze, Matthias Sperber, Frank Kozlowski, Joachim Raatz
  • Patent number: 9358648
    Abstract: A processing apparatus for container blanks, with a machine bed, a feed device for feeding container blanks, a discharge device for removal of container blanks, a rotatably mounted rotary worktable with several locating devices designed for conveyance of container blanks along a circular orbit section shaped conveyance path, wherein the conveyance path determines a first circle segment shaped surface section, several operating devices lying opposite the rotary worktable in the radial direction, and at least one conveyor designed for conveyance of components of container blanks and/or for container blanks along a conveyor section between a component mounting and an assigned operating device. The component mounting of the conveyor is located in a second circle segment shaped surface section, which supplements the first surface section determined by the circular orbit section shaped conveyance path to make a full circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventors: Joachim Weber, Steffen Osswald, Stefan Drexler, Joachim Schulz
  • Patent number: 9121477
    Abstract: A driving device includes a drive source, a planetary gear decelerator, a drive-target shaft, a rotation speed detector, and a sensor mount. The planetary gear decelerator includes a planetary gear mechanism equipped with an output shaft, a sun gear, an outer gear, a plurality of planetary gears, and a rotatable first carrier. The outer gear is made of resin and includes a deformable portion at a drive target side, and the deformable portion is elastically deformable in a radial direction. The plurality of planetary gears engages the sun gear and the outer gear. The rotatable first carrier rotatably supports the planetary gears. The rotation speed detector detects a rotation speed of the planetary gear decelerator, and includes a sensor and a detection target disposed coaxially on the output shaft. The sensor mount supports the sensor and moves in the radial direction in accordance with elastic deformation of the outer gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Maehata, Yasuhisa Ehara, Hiromichi Matsuda, Katsuaki Miyawaki
  • Publication number: 20150135512
    Abstract: A method of machining a component including a substrate having an outer surface and an inner surface defining at least one interior space includes: disposing a distributed medium having a plurality of irregularly shaped particles in the interior space and forming at least one hole in the substrate, while the distributed medium is disposed within the interior space, such that the distributed medium provides backstrike protection for an opposing wall during the formation of the hole(s). Each hole extends through the substrate to provide fluid communication with the respective interior space; and the method further includes removing the distributed medium from the interior space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert R. Niblock, Paul H. Tacheron, Steven J. Craigen, Mohamed A. Hashish, Ronald Scott Bunker, Andrew Lee Trimmer
  • Patent number: 9036354
    Abstract: Methods of and apparatuses for electronic board assembly are provided. The apparatus can comprises one or more thermal heads controlled by a programmable logic controller. A user is able to enter the controlling parameters into the programmable logic controller through an human operator interface. The thermal heads are able to be connected with one or more pneumatic solenoid to make the thermal heads moving vertically until the thermal head in contact with the heat sink. The thermal head is able to provide a temperature, at or above the operating temperature of the thermal pad, capable of making the phase change thermal interface material to bond the heat sink and the electronic boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Flextronics, AP, LLC
    Inventors: Dason Cheung, Murad Kurwa, Richard Loi
  • Patent number: 9027225
    Abstract: A one-piece back frame including an upper portion, a lower portion and a pair of vertical portions. The upper portion includes a first flange bent downwardly and a second flange bent upwardly to enclose the upper portion. The first and second flanges are brazed or welded to one another, which has the effect of strengthening the upper portion of the back frame and increasing its resistance to forces and moments during front or rear impact. Additionally, a pair of tubes extend through and are connected to upper portion. The tubes are designed for receiving a head restraint, but also serve the additional purpose of further strengthening the upper portion to increase its resistance to forces and moments during front or rear impacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Ornela Zekavica, Miodrag Mitch Petrovich, Atsushi Nakashima
  • Publication number: 20150115103
    Abstract: A decompression panel for use in an aircraft assembly is provided. The decompression panel includes a body portion including a top end and a bottom end, and an array of openings formed in the body portion. The openings in the array progressively decrease in size along a height of the body portion from the bottom end towards the top end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Thomas Perkins, Nicole Catherine Zarfos, Allan A. Loken, Michael J. Olliges, Jeremy Ryan Glaze Tatum
  • Patent number: 9015924
    Abstract: A panel for use in an assembly of panels is attached to each other to form a covering. The panel comprises an upper surface and a lower surface each extending within a different main plane, and at least an edge between these surfaces comprising a coupling to couple the panel to a coupling of another panel. The upper surface includes a lowered part at said edge and the cross-section of the lowered part, perpendicular to the edge of the panel, varies along the edge. Such a panel provides a good imitation of a panel made of natural materials. The invention also provides an appropriate method and apparatus to make such a panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Spanolux N.V.-Div. Balterio
    Inventors: Bruno Paul Louis Vermeulen, Jan Eddy De Rick
  • Patent number: 8991054
    Abstract: A process for the production of an acoustic treatment panel that can be connected at a surface of an aircraft, in particular at a leading edge such as an air intake of an aircraft nacelle, whereby the panel includes an acoustically resistive layer (24), at least one alveolar structure (26), and a reflective layer (28), and channels (30) placed between the alveolar structure and the acoustically resistive layer, each channel being bordered by a wall (32), the process including deforming a layer so as to produce furrows at one of its surfaces, flattening and making integral the deformed layer (34) with the acoustically resistive layer so as to border the channels, and removing material in such a way as to eliminate at least a portion of the thickness of the deformed layer (34) in which the furrows are formed between the channels, prior to the assembly of the alveolar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Alain Porte, Frederic Chelin, Gregory Albet
  • Patent number: 8984737
    Abstract: A method for producing a keycap of a keyboard of a portable electronic device that includes removing material from the backside of a body of the keycap to form a cavity in a shape associated with a character, filling the cavity with fill material, and removing material from the front side of the body to expose the fill material on the front surface of the keycap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Paul Masser
  • Publication number: 20150080645
    Abstract: A medical sling made from material that is suitably shaped for use in a medical application has sides, portions of which are smoothed to prevent abrasion of surrounding tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Barry N. Gellman, Jozef Slanda
  • Patent number: 8978236
    Abstract: A method for producing a connection for a motor vehicle seat, wherein a seat frame side part is welded to a seat rail to form the connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Brose Fahzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Coburg
    Inventors: Anthony Ferenc, Anil Bhat, Alan McKeown, Denis Menard, Sebastian Moser
  • Patent number: 8959750
    Abstract: A machining apparatus has a frame defining an input station, an output station, and first and second machining stations. Respective first and second workpiece holders in the first and second machining stations can retain a workpiece therein. A first pivotal turret is movable vertically and horizontally on the frame between the input station and the first machining station and carries at least one machining tool and a first grab, and a second pivotal turret is movable vertically and horizontally on the frame between the first and second machining stations and the output station and carries at least one machining tool and second and third grabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Emag Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Schuster
  • Patent number: 8950056
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for manufacturing an element for a CVT belt, comprising a body portion (22L, 22R) having right and left sides and a tapered portion with a downwardly reducing width, a neck portion extending upward from the body portion, and a head portion extending upward from the neck portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naruhiko Okubo, Kazuyuki Sanda, Shinsuke Ohnishi, Shintaro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8943688
    Abstract: A vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) is disclosed having air or water bearing supports. The VAWT may be configured to float. The VAWT may include a 360° rotor, having a precision machined noncorrosive bearing surface at its perimeter, with a system of wind capturing devices configured to collect kinetic energy of wind. The rotor may be supported by at least three air or water bearing supports positioned substantially at a perimeter of the rotor. Electrical generation components may be located substantially at the perimeter of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew J. Devitt
  • Publication number: 20150026958
    Abstract: Methods for forming an insert, such as a threaded or threadable insert, within a cavity in an implant, such as a spinal spacer. In some implementations, an implant body comprising a first, non-threadable, may be provided. A cavity may be formed in the implant body, after which an insert may be positioned within the cavity. Preferably, the insert comprises a second material distinct from the first material, wherein the second material has physical properties distinct from the first material. A female thread may then be formed within the insert, which may allow for threading an otherwise unthreadable, or relatively unthreadable, material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Doran, Roy Taylor, Peter Harris, James Ludlow, Stephen Brown
  • Publication number: 20150028548
    Abstract: A tool holder with a main part, a deformable receiving portion for clamping a tool, and at least one blocking element which is designed to engage into a corresponding counter element on the tool in order to prevent the tool from moving axially out of the tool holder. The at least one blocking element is integrally formed with the receiving portion. A clamping system having such a tool holder and a method for producing a receiving portion for such a tool holder are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Franz Haimer
  • Publication number: 20150031272
    Abstract: A method for forming a pattern in an abradable coating includes the step of machining a groove in the abradable coating with a machining tool. The machining tool is configured to machine a top surface, a side surface and a bottom surface of the groove simultaneously. A repeating step repeats the machining step until a desired number of grooves is obtained in the abradable coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Blake Allen Fulton, Patrick Thomas Walsh, Liming Zhang, Graig Lowell Sarratt, Douglas John Dix