Shaping One-piece Blank By Removing Material Patents (Class 29/557)
  • 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: 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: 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
    Assignees: SHINKO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES CO., LTD., JAPAN ELECTRONIC MATERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuichiro Shimizu, Kosuke Fujihara, Katsunori Yamagishi, Koji Nagai
  • 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
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    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
    Assignees: AISIN AW CO. LTD., AISIN AW INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    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
    Assignee: WUHAN UNIVERISTY OF TECHNOLOGY
    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
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    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
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    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
    Assignee: HINTERKOPF GMBH
    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: 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
  • 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: 20150016235
    Abstract: Various embodiments concern a suspension assembly of a disk drive. The suspension assembly includes a load beam comprising a major planar area formed from a substrate. The load beam further comprises a window in the substrate, a dimple formed from the substrate, and a flange. The flange is a region of the major planar area that extends partially around the dimple but does not extend along an edge of the dimple. The edge of the dimple is adjacent to the window. The dimple is in contact with the flexure. A HAMR block or other element can extend through the window. The lack of a full flange can minimize the necessary clearance between the dimple and the HAMR block or other element and thereby allow the window to be enlarged to accommodate the HAMR block or other element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Hutchinson Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffry S. Bennin, Rick R. Drape, Thomas J. Glaeser, Corey S. Hartmann, Haven A. Mercer, Daniel P. Noga
  • Publication number: 20150018958
    Abstract: An interbody spinal implant including a body having a top surface, a bottom surface, opposing lateral sides, and opposing anterior and posterior portions. At least a portion of the top surface, the bottom surface, or both surfaces has a roughened surface topography including both micro features and nano features, without sharp teeth that risk damage to bone structures, adapted to grip bone through friction generated when the implant is placed between two vertebrae and to inhibit migration of the implant. The roughened surface topography typically further includes macro features and the macro features, micro features, and nano features overlap. Also disclosed are methods of using such implants and processes of fabricating a roughened surface topography on a surface of an implant. The process includes separate and sequential macro processing, micro processing, and nano processing steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Peter F. Ullrich, JR., Chad J. Patterson, Jennifer M. Schneider, Mark E. Berg
  • Publication number: 20150018935
    Abstract: An implantable stent includes a plurality of rings. At least a distal end ring has an eased corner feature formed in the polymer substrate at a radially outward, distal-facing corner of the ring while relatively sharp corners of the polymer substrate are maintained in radially inward corners of the ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen D. Pacetti, Richard Rapoza
  • Patent number: 8931174
    Abstract: A tool configuration incorporating a preprocessing step and a method incorporating the tool configuration with its preprocessing step, producing an improved locking system of a floor panel. 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. Further, 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: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Marcus Bergelin, Christian Boo
  • Patent number: 8931171
    Abstract: A green metal body includes metal particles and a binder in the shape of an orthodontic bracket and/or base plate. The green metal body is fabricated by being laser-cut with a laser to shape the green metal body into the shape of an orthodontic bracket and/or to carve recesses and/or undercuts into the bonding surface of the bracket. The green metal body is sintered to shrink its volume into a denser and less porous sintered metal body configured to be an orthodontic bracket. The resultant sintered orthodontic bracket includes recesses and/or undercuts in the bonding surface to provide a mechanical aspect when bonded to a tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Ormco Corporation
    Inventors: Norbert Abels, Claus H. Backes
  • Publication number: 20150010733
    Abstract: A process for producing a fluid transfer surface, which process comprises: providing a titanium or titanium alloy surface; subjecting the titanium or titanium alloy surface to surface hardening by interstitial element absorption to provide a hardened surface; and, if required engraving the hardened surface to provide a desired surface topography.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Christopher King, Mahnaz Zehtab Jahedi, Justin Patrick Holland, Yu He Shi, Alexander Carl Engel
  • Publication number: 20150000109
    Abstract: The application is related to adjustable supports for holding objects in one or more desired fixed orientations, including but not necessarily limited to objects that lack uniformity as to size and/or shape and/or weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Dick PLANK
  • Patent number: 8919316
    Abstract: One exemplary illustration of a valve system for controlling the charge exchange in an internal combustion engine may include a valve seat ring and a valve. The valve may have a valve seat configured to form a sealing system with the valve seat ring. The entire valve is nitrocarburized, and a nitrocarburized surface layer is formed on the valve. The nitrocarburized surface layer is produced by a nitrocarburizing method in a salt bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Arvid Lehrkamp, Alexander Puck, Matthias Vogelsang
  • Patent number: 8914965
    Abstract: An outer member and an inner member constituting a wheel bearing device are assembled and the brake rotor is fixed to the hub ring of the inner member. In this state, the pad slide surfaces of the brake rotor are lathed with the reference provided by a wheel pilot end surface. Alternatively, the wheel pilot end surface of the hub ring by chucking the knuckle pilot of the outer member with the wheel bearing device put in its assembled state, and the pad slide surfaces of the brake rotor are lathed with the reference provided by the wheel pilot end surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyotake Shibata, Kazunari Yamamoto, Kazuhisa Shigeoka, Taku Nishiki, Kazuo Komori, Takao Maeda
  • Patent number: 8916226
    Abstract: A method of a forming a hollow, drug-eluting medical device includes utilizing a hollow wire having an outer member and a lumen of the outer member, and filling the lumen with a fluid to form a supported hollow wire. The supported hollow wire is shaped into a stent pattern. Openings are formed through the outer member. The supported hollow wire is processed to remove the fluid from the lumen of the outer member without adversely affecting the outer member, leaving the hollow wire shaped into a stent pattern. The lumen is filled with a biologically or pharmacologically active substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Mauch, Sean Ward, Aram Jamous
  • Publication number: 20140366363
    Abstract: A carrier device (10) is for handling a lens (12) which is received therein and which has a lateral edge (21), in particular for handling an eyeglass lens (12) in a machining or finishing process. The carrier device (10) comprises a main body (14) and has a connecting member (24) for releasably connecting the main body (14) to the received lens (12). The connecting member (24) forms, with the main body (14), a protective cover (15) surrounding the lateral edge (21) of the received lens (12) and a surface (30) of the received lens (12) directed toward the main body (14). The connecting member (24) is releasably connected to the main body (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Ralf Meschenmoser, Joerg Puetz, Thomas Schirle, Norbert Kurz
  • Patent number: 8910368
    Abstract: In order to sharpen and harden a corner portion of a score line edge portion of an iron golf club having a plurality of score lines on a face surface within a prescribed range, heat input is implemented on an edge portion of a groove through laser irradiation after the groove is machined and, as a result, the edge portion is hardened and melted to form a rounded corner R. The hardness is set at a Vickers hardness value (HV) of at least 350. The corner R forms a part of a contour line of the edge portion and this contour line is formed to exist between a first circle that contacts the face surface and a side surface of the groove and has a radius of 0.010 inches (0.254 millimeters) and a second circle that is concentric with the first circle and has a radius of 0.011 inches (0.2794 millimeters).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: K.K. Endo Seisakusho
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Myodo, Junichi Amano
  • Patent number: 8904624
    Abstract: A method of making a supporting framework for holding a covering for a container-treatment machine that includes a machine element that is at least partially covered by the covering, and in which columns and cross members are connected to one another in a centering manner at node points includes equipping a column with a connecting flange. This connecting flange is folded relative to a non-folded lug. The connecting flange centers the column relative to a cross-member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Berger, Eberhard Sendobry
  • Publication number: 20140348607
    Abstract: Golf club heads with patterned face plates described herein. Other examples, embodiments and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 8893387
    Abstract: A method for producing a dental shaped part includes checking an outer contour of a tool of machining equipment, using least one gauge provided on a blank formed from a tooth restoration material from which a dental shaped part is to be machined using the machining equipment. The method also includes machining the dental shaped part from the blank using the tool of the machining equipment, when the outer contour of the tool corresponds to the at least one gauge provided on the blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sirona Dental Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Franz Basler, Peter Fornoff