Work Holding Patents (Class 29/559)
  • Patent number: 10421652
    Abstract: A rise prevention device for a vehicle body and a vehicle assembly system including the same are provided. The a rise prevention device for a vehicle body includes an elevation device that is configured to move up and down and a power base that is configured to move up and down on the elevation device. In addition, a pressing device is configured to move up and down, is supported by the power base and is configured to press against the vehicle body to prevent the vehicle body from rising.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jung Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10369669
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rotary actuated axial clamp that includes a primary fixture, having a rotatable primary clamp, having primary clamp fingers that engage secondary clamp fingers on a stationary secondary clamp. The primary fixture is attached to a positioner, while the secondary fixture is attached to the work piece. Different secondary fixtures can be utilized to fit the shape and size of the work piece, while maintaining a secondary clamp that is able to engage the primary clamp of the primary fixture. The primary fixture can consequently be utilized with numerous different work pieces having different shapes and sizes by simply modifying a secondary fixture to adapt to the size and shape of the work piece. Roller engagement of the primary clamp and secondary clamp reduces the force required to clamp and unclamp the primary and secondary fixtures. This reduces problems associated with attaching a work piece to a positioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventor: John Schoening
  • Patent number: 10204818
    Abstract: A device for holding and rotating a plate shaped article comprises a group of fixed pins and a group of pivot pins arranged along the circumference of the movable base in a manner that each pivot pin opposites a fixed pin, and also comprises magnetic bodies positioned within and outside two opposing sides of the pivot pins. Each of the pivot pins can be driven to rotate around its pivot back and forth under the magnetic repulsive force between two adjacent magnetic bodies, so as to release or clamp the plate shaped article. The present invention has advantages of simple structure, convenient and reliable action control, controllable clamping force and good compatibility with various processing chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: NAURA TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bao Zhang, Dandan Ji, Ruiting Wang, Yi Wu
  • Patent number: 10113374
    Abstract: A device for handling drill string components in respect of a drill rig. A gripper is configured to grip a first drill string component to be threaded on to or off from a second drill string component being partly drilled into a rock formation. A support is configured to fasten the device onto the drill rig. A handling unit is movably connected to the support. The handling unit includes the gripper and is movable between a drill string position and a loading position. The handling unit includes an auxiliary engagement unit configured to engage the second drill string component in the drill string position and an angle variation unit configured to vary an angle of the gripper and thereby the gripped first drill string component in order to allow the alignment in the drill string position. Also a method and a drill rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: ATLAS COPCO CRAELIUS AB
    Inventors: Per Tengliden, Johan Lindberg
  • Patent number: 9636802
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rotary actuated axial clamp that includes a primary fixture, having a rotatable primary clamp, having primary clamp fingers that engage secondary clamp fingers on a stationary secondary clamp. The primary fixture is attached to a positioner, while the secondary fixture is attached to the work piece. Different secondary fixtures can be utilized to fit the shape and size of the work piece, while maintaining a secondary clamp that is able to engage the primary clamp of the primary fixture. The primary fixture can consequently be utilized with numerous different work pieces having different shapes and sizes by simply modifying a secondary fixture to adapt to the size and shape of the work piece. Roller engagement of the primary clamp and secondary clamp reduces the force required to clamp and unclamp the primary and secondary fixtures. This reduces problems associated with attaching a work piece to a positioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventor: John Schoening
  • Patent number: 9601306
    Abstract: A sample micromotion mechanism adapted to minimize an influence of a disturbance and adjust a sample drift rapidly and with high accuracy, and designed so as to be a compact, easy-to-place sample micromotion mechanism of a side-entry type that suppresses the occurrence of the sample drift and generates/displays high-resolution monitoring images and precisely drawn patterns. A charged particle device employing the sample micromotion mechanism operates followed by deformation which causes a strain. A strain measuring unit measures such strain. The sample micromotion mechanism imparts micromotion so as to reduce the strain in accordance with the measured strain value, thereby reducing deformation of the sample micromotion mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naruo Watanabe, Yoshio Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9469495
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method for cutting a material web in a papermaking machine. The apparatus includes a cutting device, an upper holding device and an upper positioning device, the cutting device being fixed above the upper positioning device on the upper holding device such that it can be moved in the cross-machine direction. The apparatus additionally includes an air guide box that is fixed above the material web, likewise on the upper holding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: PAPRIMA INDUSTRIES INC.
    Inventor: Roman C. Caspar
  • Patent number: 9199302
    Abstract: An assembly jig for pins includes a jig body in which pin insertion recesses, into which respective pairs of pins and interpieces are inserted, are aligned at predetermined intervals, and urging devices that urge lower end portions of both the pins and the interpieces, which are fitted in the pin insertion recesses, in the direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the pins and the interpieces. In the jig body, urging device installation recesses are formed so as to be contiguous with the consecutive pin insertion recesses. Each urging device is arranged in the corresponding urging device installation recess, and includes a helical compression spring of which the urging direction is the radially outward direction, and a pressing member urged by the helical compression spring. The pressing member has a first pressing face that contacts the pin, and a second pressing face that contacts the interpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouji Fusayasu, Akihito Kanemoto
  • Patent number: 9193047
    Abstract: A specialty tool for holding a pipe wrench stable when assembling or disassembling piping systems. While working in the field, plumbers normally have to balance one pipe wrench on its spine, holding it either between their knees or under one foot, while using another wrench for assembling/disassembling pipes, valves and fittings. Anyone who's attempted to perform this kind of task has experienced the aggravation, frustration and time loss associated with holding and balancing wrenches in this manner which this device serves to solve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Terry Lynn Hardy
  • Patent number: 9095935
    Abstract: A method of processing. The method includes attaching a plurality of studs to a blank comprising a material having a first size approximating a second size of a part to be machined from the blank. The method also includes attaching a number of the plurality of studs to a tool tab. The method also includes attaching the tool tab to a tooling fixture. The method also includes removing material from the blank to form a finished part, wherein the plurality of studs remain attached to the blank during removing. The method also includes detaching the plurality of studs from the finished part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael L. Watts, Mark Michael Walker
  • Publication number: 20150145193
    Abstract: An object fastening device which can prevent foreign matter from ending up damaging an object when confirming the object is properly seated, which object fastening device is provided with a receiving part, a pushing part which pushes the object against the receiving part, a first drive part which makes the pushing part generate a first force, a second drive part which is provided separate from the first drive part and makes the pushing part generate a second force which is smaller than the first force, and a foreign matter detecting part which detects foreign matter which is interposed between the object and receiving part while the second drive part is being used to cause the pushing part to push the object against the receiving part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenichi Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9038692
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a wheel-clamping device for wheels on wheel-service-machines with only one drive unit and further a method for clamping wheels on a wheel-clamping device of wheel-service-machines with only one drive unit. The innovative wheel-clamping device for a wheel-service-machine according to the present invention comprises a frame 20 having a through-opening 22, and a spindle 30 being rotatably supported in the through-opening 22. Further, the spindle 30 has a through-hole 32 with a mounting-side end 30b and a driving-side end 30a, which is connectable to a drive means which is provided for a rotary movement for the spindle 30, wherein the spindle 30 has an external thread 34 on an external circumferential portion. Moreover, the wheel-clamping device comprises a sleeve 50 with a turntable 58 for the wheel to be clamped, wherein the sleeve 50 has an internal thread portion 52 which is in threaded engagement with the external thread-portion 34 of the spindle 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SNAP-ON EQUIPMENT SRL A UNICO SOCIO
    Inventor: Paolo Sotgiu
  • Patent number: 9038262
    Abstract: A device for holding disk-shaped articles and a method thereof are provided. The device comprises a rotatable chuck body and at least two groups of clamping elements arranged at the edge of the chuck body. Each of the clamping elements is mounted to a pivot with the chuck body respectively by means of the rotation of the clamping element with respect to the chuck body. A radial compression spring is connected between the bottom of the clamping element and the chuck body to provide a clamping force for the clamping element. The clamping elements in the same group are provided with magnets with the same polarity, while the clamping elements in different groups are provided with magnets with the opposite polarity. Two sets of electromagnets are arranged on the chuck body and spaced apart evenly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: BEIJING SEVENSTAR ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yi Wu, Hao Wang, Wei Li, Ruiting Wang, Bao Zhang
  • Publication number: 20150135515
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a clamping apparatus that includes a first clamping rail and a second clamping rail. The second clamping rail is curved prior to clamping. The second clamping rail is straightened during clamping such that at least one of a substantially equal and an equal clamping pressure is exerted against at least one object to be clamped across a length of the first and second clamping rails. A method of clamping is further disclosed which includes straightening the second clamping rail and clamping the at least one object between the first clamping rail and the straightened second clamping rail. The method includes providing at least one of a substantially equal and equal pressure across a length of the at least one object with the straightened second clamping rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: MICHAEL COSTEN
  • Publication number: 20150135514
    Abstract: A method of adsorbing a target object on a mounting table is provided. The mounting table is provided within a processing vessel that partitions a depressurizable space in a processing apparatus which processes a processing target object within the space. Further, the processing apparatus serves as a plasma processing apparatus. The method includes mounting the target object on an electrostatic chuck of the mounting table; and applying three AC voltages having different phases to three electrodes of the electrostatic chuck, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Yasuharu Sasaki, Akihito Fushimi
  • Patent number: 9032609
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a sensing device for use in providing positive feedback of the position of a vehicle body securing device used to selectively secure a vehicle body to a vehicle body support movable along a path of travel. A vehicle body securing device is selectively movable between a locked position and an unlocked position. An indicator is connected to the securing device and is reciprocally movable to and from a target area when the securing device is in one of the locked position and the unlocked position. A sensor has a field of view selectively alignable with the target area. The sensor is operable to detect when the indicator is positioned at the target area to provide a positive indication of the position of the securing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: COMAU LLC
    Inventor: Velibor Kilibarda
  • Publication number: 20150128394
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a positioning system for electromagnetic riveting. The apparatus comprises a plate and a biasing system physically associated with the plate. The plate is configured to be positioned relative to a first workpiece, and is further configured to electromagnetically engage an electromagnetic tool. The biasing system is configured to physically engage a second workpiece. The biasing system is further configured to hold the plate in a desired position relative to the first workpiece during a number of operations performed by the electromagnetic tool while the plate is electromagnetically engaged with the first workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, Harinder Singh Oberoi, Alfredo Jose Gerosa Blanch, Kevin Marion Barrick, Ray Lanier Holden
  • Publication number: 20150128775
    Abstract: A method of supporting a workpiece on a fixture, the workpiece having a first surface and an opposite second surface, and an aperture positioned at a centre of the first surface and extending from the first surface to the second surface the fixture having a first end, an opposite second end, and a centre portion, the centre portion comprising a supporting surface, the second end being adapted to be mounted in a lathe, the supporting surface comprising an annular recess, the annular recess accommodating a supporting medium, the second surface of the workpiece being in intimate contact with the supporting medium, the method comprising the steps of: (i) mounting the fixture in the lathe; (ii) locating the aperture on the first end of the fixture; and (iii) securing the workpiece on the fixture, with the second surface of the workpiece being coplanar with the supporting surface of the fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Jonathan CRESSWELL, Toby David DAVIS, Jonathan Alexander ELVIDGE, Anusan SUGUMAAR
  • Publication number: 20150129643
    Abstract: A welding spinner has a base; a wheel with a mounting face for an implement to be welded; and a cam arm laterally connecting the wheel to the base and mounted to rotate between the base and the wheel to adjust the height of the wheel relative to the base. A method of using the welding spinner includes rotating the cam arm relative to the base to adjust the height of the wheel relative to the base. A counterweight device and a removable chuck are disclosed and may be used with a welding spinner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: 1202858 Alberta Ltd.
    Inventor: Trevor Darren Gaudreault
  • Publication number: 20150128405
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wire clamp, comprising: a clamp body; a pair of arms coupled to the clamp body; and a piezoelectric actuator having a longitudinal axis extending between a first end and a second end, the actuator being coupled to the pair of arms at the first end and to the clamp body at the second end. The second end of the actuator is coupled to the clamp body by a preload mechanism for applying a preload force along the longitudinal axis, and the preload mechanism comprises at least one wedge having an inclined surface which is slidable over a mating inclined surface. Also disclosed is a method of applying a preload force to a piezoelectric actuator of a wire clamp, as well as a jig for applying a preload force to a piezoelectric actuator of a wire clamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Yue ZHANG, Chong Hao CHEN, Zheng Yu LIN
  • Patent number: 9022376
    Abstract: A reconfigurable clamping system is disclosed. An example clamping system for securing a workpiece comprises a retention assembly and an inflatable bladder. The retention assembly comprises a plurality of links, each pair of adjacent links having a pivotal connection to enable the retention assembly to be configured to the general shape of a workpiece, and each pair of adjacent links having a locking mechanism to selectively lock an angular relationship between the pair. The inflatable bladder is coupled between the retention assembly and the workpiece and is to apply a clamping force to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mike P. Matlack, Kurt A. Burton, John A. Baumann
  • Patent number: 9021704
    Abstract: A method for assembling parts. A sealant is placed between a plurality of parts in a stack up to form a workpiece. The workpiece is clamped using a permanent magnet unit and an electromagnetic clamping device in an activated state such that a number of forces caused by a magnetic field clamps the workpiece between the electromagnetic clamping device and the permanent magnet unit. A number of holes are drilled in the workpiece. A number of fasteners are installed in the number of holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, Harry Asada, Manas Chandran Menon
  • Publication number: 20150113792
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is a gripping unit for engaging a workpiece with the unit including a first assembly, a second assembly pivotally connected to the first assembly and having a limited range of pivotal movement relative to the first assembly. The first and second assemblies define a central opening of the gripping unit. Each of the first and second assemblies includes a V-block oppositely disposed from one another and capable of axial translation within the central opening to engage the workpiece. An actuator is arranged and designed to pivot the second assembly relative to the first assembly in the direction of the central opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: LOKRITE SAFETY BACKUP LLC
    Inventors: James L. Jacobs, J. Brent Jacobs
  • Publication number: 20150113791
    Abstract: The present application is directed toward a spacing means for aiding spacing of a plurality of elongated slats or fence palings in a planar manner to a supporting structure, wherein the spacing means comprises an elongated spine and a plurality of wedges as described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Brett CLARK
  • Publication number: 20150113790
    Abstract: A clamping device for machine tools, the device provided with a power-operated chuck, an electrical drive motor, and a movement converter, with force accumulator. An output element is rotatably mounted on the output shaft of the drive motor, and is in driving connection with the movement converter. The output element is adapted to be connected to the output shaft by a servo device, and the movement converter can be interlocked with the spindle of the machine tool by a second servo device. It is thus possible to clamp or unclamp a workpiece. During working procedures, the drive motor is stopped. There is no need for elaborate control functions, rather the servo devices are actuated to make a driving connection between the drive motor and the movement converter, or to release this connection, and to block the movement converter during working procedures by means of its connection to the spindle of the machine tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Karl Hiestand
  • Publication number: 20150101178
    Abstract: A universal clamping assembly for a key duplicating machine is described. The clamping assembly comprises a housing having a pair of opposed flat guide rail support surfaces and a sliding tip clamp is guidingly displaceable along each of the guide rail support surfaces and are urged against the tip of the key and key blank blades which are positioned on the guide rails. A pivoting clamp is displaceably engageable on a forward top edge of the respective key blades to apply a downward force on the key blades to ensure that the lower edge of the key blades is firmly resting against the guide rail support surfaces. A pair of cam operated side clamps is actuable to further clamp the blade on their sides at two distinct areas. The universal clamping assembly is capable of accommodating different key and key blank lengths, widths and thicknesses. The method of clamping the key and key blank is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Herman Cox
  • Patent number: 8997351
    Abstract: An assembly used in performing a manufacturing process on a turbine engine component includes a turbine engine component and a fixture including an opening shaped to receive a portion of the turbine engine component. The assembly includes a non-metallic cover placed over at least a portion of an external surface of the fixture. The non-metallic cover is visible when positioned over the at least a portion of the external surface of the fixture and is visible when the turbine engine component is received in the fixture opening of the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Kirk D. Hlavaty, Stephen V. Glynn, Gordon Miller Reed
  • Publication number: 20150089791
    Abstract: The described embodiments relate to adjustable fixtures. A number of adjustable length cylindrical pins can be utilized to form a conformal support structure in accordance with a workpiece having any number of variations. At least three fixed length pins having heights lower than the adjustable length pins, can be interspersed with the adjustable length cylindrical pins to define an orientation at which the workpiece is held. Because the adjustable length pins have an uncompressed height greater than the fixed length pins, each of the adjustable length pins can be compressed in accordance with a bottom surface of the workpiece when the workpiece is pressed against the fixed length pin. In this way a conformal support structure can be formed that supports the workpiece during a machining operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Charles H. Werner, JR., Erik J. Gjøvik, Alexander H. Slocum
  • Patent number: 8991024
    Abstract: There is disclosed a clamping device mountable to a bench top for setting an edge piece to an edge thereof such that the edge piece projects from the bench top at a predetermined angle, with interengaging surfaces of the edge piece and edge being formed with mating mitres whereby a mitre joint is formed between the edge piece and the bench top, the clamping device comprising a body, a first clamping means supported from the body for clamping the device to the bench top, a second clamping means supported from the body for applying clamping pressure to the mitre joint, and first and second locators carried by the body and engageable with the edge piece and bench top respectively to maintain them in the required configuration during clamping. There is also disclosed a related method of attaching an edge piece to an edge of a bench top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Mitreforma Holdings Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Victor Barillaro, Salvatore Benvenuto Calcagno
  • Patent number: 8992178
    Abstract: In order to increase safety, flexibility and simplicity when handling a wind turbine nacelle compared to known solutions and devices, there is disclosed a wind turbine nacelle including a supporting structure, a nacelle housing and a plurality of handling devices to be used when handling the wind turbine nacelle. The four handling devices are connected to the supporting structure, and each of the handling devices includes an integrated moveable part. The integrated moveable part is moveable between a first position and a second position, and the integrated moveable part is inside or is flush with the nacelle housing in the first position and is extending out of the nacelle housing in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Gunnar Kamp Storgaard Pedersen
  • Publication number: 20150082612
    Abstract: In an improved sawhorse or clamp horse, a telescoping beam is pierced by a plaurlity of apertures at an insertion angle other than orthogonal to the surface, and a plualrity of push clamps, each bent at the insertion angle, is provided. By inserting a push clamp into the telescoping beam at an insertion angle, a work piece may be held securely in temporary positions during toolwork. The clamp horse's legs terminate in T-shaped feet to provide the option of permanent installation on the floor of the workspace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: William Wilson
  • Publication number: 20150082613
    Abstract: [Problem] An object of the present invention is to facilitate height level adjustment of a substrate processing apparatus regardless of size thereof. [Means for Solving] A lifting device 630b includes: a lifting mechanism 640 that is provided between at least one of a plurality of units of a substrate processing apparatus and an installation surface of the unit, and that adjusts height of the at least one unit with respect to the installation surface; and an adjustment member 660 that is provided with an extended section 664 extended from the lifting mechanism 640, and that is capable of operating the lifting mechanism 640 through the extended section 664.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Hiroyuki SHINOZAKI, Kenji SHINKAI, Tadakazu SONE, Hideo AIZAWA, Hiroshi AONO, Toshio YOKOYAMA
  • Publication number: 20150082611
    Abstract: A rail restraining method for restraining a hot-rolled rail in an upright position at a time of forced cooling of a head portion and a foot portion of the rail includes defining a predetermined position within 2 meters from each of both end faces of the rail along a longitudinal direction of the rail as a first restraining position, defining a predetermined position 3 to 10 meters from the first restraining position in a direction toward center of the rail along the longitudinal direction of the rail as a second restraining position at the time of forced cooling, and restraining displacement of the rail in a vertical direction at the first restraining position and the second restraining position by a restraining force F (kN) that satisfies following Expression (1): F?100/L2??(1) where L2 (m) is a distance between the first restraining position and the second restraining position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rinya Kojo, Kenji Okushiro, Yuzuru Kataoka, Yoshikazu Yoshida, Hideki Takahashi, Ryo Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 8984730
    Abstract: A system for rotating a turbine shell includes a first platform and a first trunnion rotatably connected to the first platform. A second platform is separated from the first platform, and a second trunnion is separated from the first trunnion and rotatably connected to the second platform. The system further includes structure for rotating the first trunnion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Bradford Holmes, Randall Stephen Corn
  • Publication number: 20150075566
    Abstract: A method of controlling adherence of microparticles to a substrate to be processed includes applying voltage to an electrostatic chuck configured to electrostatically attract the substrate to be processed in a processing container before the substrate to be processed is carried into the processing container; and, after the applying of voltage to the electrostatic chuck, carrying the substrate to be processed into the processing container. Further, in the applying of voltage to the electrostatic chuck, the voltage is applied to the electrostatic chuck to reduce a potential difference between a focus ring and the substrate to be processed, the focus ring being provided to surround the electrostatic chuck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Takehiro Tanikawa, Kazuki Moyama
  • Patent number: 8979442
    Abstract: A system and method for modifying a gas turbine engine in the field to drill a series of cooling holes in a turbine rotor disk made of a superalloy. A portable field repair system includes a stand configured to receive, support, and position a turbine rotor disk, a drill having a self-feeding spindle and configured to automatically drill a predetermined depth through a superalloy and to automatically stop upon completion, a drill guide configured to coordinate the drill with a plurality of radial axes associated with a precise hole pattern to be cut and a drill mount configured to mechanically couple the drill to the drill guide and to position the drill during the modification of the gas turbine engine turbine rotor disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Solar Turbines Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas C. Schacht, David Rodriguez
  • Publication number: 20150069690
    Abstract: At least one adjusting element aligns a first surface of a test body, comprising a dentine and/or enamel surface, plane-parallel with respect to a contact surface and/or to at least one second surface, which is optionally coated with an adhesive dental material. The at least one adjusting element in a device is usable to produce an adhesive bond at the contact surface between the first surface and the at least one second surface. A method determines necessary force to be applied to separate or break the adhesive bond at the force surface and/or contact surface between the first and the at least one second surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Astrit KASTRATI, Marcus HOFFMANN, Waltraut MUELLER
  • Publication number: 20150068456
    Abstract: [Object] To provide techniques such as a mask adjustment unit capable of appropriately adjusting the position of a mask pattern. [Solving Means] A mask adjustment unit according to the present technology includes a base body, a movable member, and an adjustment mechanism. The movable member supports a side of an outer edge portion of a mask main body and is movably provided on the base body, the mask main body having the outer edge portion. The adjustment mechanism applies, to the mask body via the movable member, both pulling tension force from the outer edge portion of the mask main body to outside of the mask main body and pressing force pressing from the outer edge portion to inside of the mask main body, the mask body being supported by the movable member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kentaro Kuriyama, Tomohiro Kubo
  • Publication number: 20150069692
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices, systems, and methods that may be used to dissect insects. In some embodiments, the systems, devices, and methods may be used to isolate insect salivary glands. In some embodiments, the systems, devices, and methods may be used to isolate mosquito salivary glands. In some embodiments, the systems, devices, and methods may be used to collect mosquito salivary glands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: TOKITAE LLC
    Inventors: Anthony V. Finazzo, Jennifer Ezu Hu, Jerry W. Lee, Emma Rae Mullen, John Arthur Ohrt, David Keith Piech, Matthew F. Rosen
  • Patent number: 8973304
    Abstract: A holding jig (1, 2, 3) for a thin cylindrical work (W) includes a holding member (10, 10A, 10B) which holds the work (W) from an inner peripheral side and a diameter changing unit (25, 27) which changes a diameter of the holding member (10, 10A, 10B). The holding member (10, 10A, 10B) is made of metal and has a cylindrical shape and an elastically expandable or contractible diameter. The holding member (10, 10A, 10B) is configured with an outside diameter of the holding member (10, 10A, 10B) being held smaller than an inside diameter of the work (W) at the time of insertion into an inner periphery of the work (W) and being expanded after inserted into the inner periphery of the work (W) to hold the work (W) from an inner peripheral side of the work (W) with an outer peripheral surface in close contact with an entire inner peripheral surface of the work (W).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takayoshi Sano, Tadamasa Furuya
  • Publication number: 20150059159
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a semiconductor device includes a holder for holding a carrier and a supporting base for receiving the holder comprising a recess for accommodating a plurality of balls mounted on a surface of the carrier. Furthermore, a method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes providing a carrier, providing an apparatus comprising a supporting base including a recess, holding the carrier on the supporting base and accommodating a plurality of balls mounted on a surface of the carrier in the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: KUAN-LIN HO, CHIN-LIANG CHEN, WEI-TING LIN, YU-CHIH LIU, SHIH-YEN LIN
  • Patent number: 8959753
    Abstract: A catheter is provided for medical ultrasound imaging that can be effectively used in combination with other imaging modalities to detect medical structures of interest as well as the catheter. Markers are added to the catheter which allow more precise location identification of the catheter in the merging of the images from different modalities. Using a template, apertures for marker placement are formed in the catheter after creating the catheter housing. The ultrasound array may be used for accurate positioning of the template. Alternatively or additionally, a rigid insert with markers connects with the array. The insert holds the markers in place and may reduce artifacts in ultrasound scanning due to flexing of the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Lex J. Garbini, Wilko Gerwin Wilkening, Ricardo Espinosa
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150040377
    Abstract: A method of supporting a part with particulate shape retaining media, the method including placing the part on a bed of the particulate shape retaining media, fluidizing the particulate shape retaining media until the part penetrates therein, and vibrating the bed of particulate shape retaining media to compact the particulate shape retaining media around the part. The part may be a green part to be debound in a powder injection molding process. Fluidization may be performed through vibrations at a different frequency than the compaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.
    Inventors: Orlando SCALZO, Marc CAMPOMANES
  • Patent number: 8950064
    Abstract: In a component mounting device (1) which has a first mounting lane (L1) and a second mounting lane (L2) and which is structured so as to be able to select either an independence mounting mode or an alternation mounting mode, when device type changing operation is performed with change of the type of boards which are the mounted objects, if a tape feeder float detecting sensor (17) that is provided in proximity of an opening (19) through which a part of the body or the foreign object enters in the component supplying part is, detects a part of the body such as a finger (26) of the operator or the foreign object, operation of the component mounting mechanism which belong to the mounting lane opposite to the mounting lane to which the component supplying part, in which the optical sensor is provided, belongs is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Kitagawa, Shuzo Yagi, Takeyuki Kawase
  • Publication number: 20150033543
    Abstract: A holding tool for releasably securing a shaft from rotation relative to the holding tool. The holding tool may have a head including a pair of semi-cylindrical main bodies, each head having a hinge flange extending from a respective first end of the main body and a bolt flange extending from a respective, opposed second end of the main body, with each bolt flange including a fastener hole; a hinge pivotally securing the hinge flanges together; a fastener received through the fastener hole and selectively biasing the bolt flanges toward one another; a pair of semi-cylindrical shaped resilient inserts, each secured to an inner surface of the main bodies, defining a cylindrical channel to receive the shaft; and a handle extending generally radially outward from the head. The holding tool may be used to secure a propshaft to a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Timothy J. Markwardt
  • Publication number: 20150033544
    Abstract: A blade support cradle is described, which can be used to support a section of a wind turbine blade using an array of vacuum clamps. The cradle provides a secure and reliable system for the support of a blade section during and after blade manufacture, allowing for various operations to be easily carried out on the surface of the blade section. A method for receiving a blade section in the cradle is further described. In addition, the cradle may be used as part of a blade post-moulding station in a method of manufacturing a wind turbine blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Bernard Willem De Waal Malefijt, Rasmus Duegaard Jensen
  • Patent number: 8943694
    Abstract: An accessory making device (1) of the present invention is a device for making an accessory including a core (83) formed into a substantially ring shape by connecting both ends of a stretchable cord-like body (46) having rubber-like elasticity and a decoration main body (83) disposed around the core in such a manner so as to abut both ends thereof against each other in a contracted state so as to be reduced in axial length. The accessory making device (1) includes a long rigid holder (5). The holder (5) can retain connecting portions (47M, 47F) on both end sides of the cord-like body (46) with the connecting portions (47M, 47F) of the cord-like body (46) separated from each other, and can be inserted through the decoration main body (83).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Pilot Ink Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Natsuko Kobayashi, Haruka Kasuga, Akio Nakashima
  • Publication number: 20150026960
    Abstract: An interlocking assembly includes a frame, a first arm coupled to the frame, and a second arm coupled to the frame. The first arm and/or the second arm is moveable between an open position and a closed position, such that the first and second arms overlap to define a first area when the first and second arms are in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: David T. Jones
  • Publication number: 20150026959
    Abstract: A construction retention device comprising: a first member, a second member and an inner member; wherein the first member comprises a base and an upright; wherein the upright of the first member has at least a single holder; wherein the second member comprises a base and an upright; wherein the upright of the second member has at least a single holder; wherein the first member and the second member are connected to the inner member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Terin Dumas, Michael Joseph Chudilowsky