And Work-holder For Assembly Patents (Class 29/56.6)
  • Patent number: 10157697
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wire harness manufacturing support system including: a worktable on which a plurality of electric wires constituting a wire harness are wired; and a database that holds wiring route data corresponding to each wire of the plurality of electric wires. The wire harness manufacturing support system is configured so that wiring routes are sequentially displayed on the worktable based on the plurality of wiring route data held in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: Koji Toyama, Hitoshi Kurahashi, Yoshifumi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9818504
    Abstract: A wire harness including: an electrically conducting path including an electrical wire having a front end portion to which a terminal fitting is fixed; a corrugated tube configured to enclose the electrical wire; a rubber boot that is attached to a front end portion of the corrugated tube and is configured to enclose the electrical wire; and an electrical wire holder that is provided with: a holding part configured to hold the electrical wire; and a locking part configured to be locked to a circumferential surface of the corrugated tube. It is possible to stabilize the positional relationship between the front end portion of the electrically conducting path and the front end portion of the rubber boot by holding the electrical wire with the electrical wire holder and locking the electrical wire holder to the circumferential surface of the corrugated tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takamasa Maeda
  • Patent number: 9682666
    Abstract: A hollow-cylinder-shaped exterior member (20) to house an electric wire bundle (10) that is a bundle of plural electric wires has a bending portion that is bendable in a state that the electric wire bundle (10) is housed in the exterior member. The bending portion has an elliptical sectional shape having two parallel, confronting sides (L1, L2) and two arcs (A1, A2) that link ends of the two sides. The interval Ds between the inside edges of the two sides (L1, L2) and the interval Dl between the deepest points of the inside edges of the two arcs (A1, A2) satisfy equations representing prescribed relationships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Naoto Kogure
  • Patent number: 9573229
    Abstract: A assembling apparatus includes an electric cabinet, a manipulator, a conveying assembly, and a distribution assembly. The manipulator is controlled by the electric cabinet. The conveying assembly includes a vibration plate and a guide rail, the vibration plate is controlled by the electric cabinet. The distribution assembly includes a driving apparatus, a distribution board, and a connection board, the driving apparatus is directed by the electric cabinet, the guide rail is connected between the vibration plate and the connection board, and the distribution board is connected to the driving apparatus. The vibration plate conveys workpieces to the guide rail, the driving apparatus drives the distribution board to communicate with the connection board, the workpieces pass through the connection board and the distribution board, and the manipulator lifts the workpieces from the distribution board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventors: Ching-Chuan Li, Zhen-Hua Zhang, Ming Li
  • Patent number: 9456536
    Abstract: A method and system for pins detection and insertion of an electronic component are provided. The method includes picking an electronic component having a plurality of pins by a pick and place device, acquiring a plurality of serial images with respect to the plurality of pins at different height along an image acquiring direction by an image acquiring device, separately detecting image positions corresponding to the plurality of pins in the plurality of serial images, determining whether the electronic component is qualified according to a distance between the image positions of two adjacent pins, and if the electronic component is qualified, inserting the electronic component to a circuit board according to a position relationship between the image positions of the pins and a geometric center position of the pick and place device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventors: Kuo-Feng Hung, Yung-Jung Chang, Yen-Chia Peng
  • Patent number: 9059573
    Abstract: A tool includes lower and upper members which are connected together so that the tool can be moved to an open position or to a closed position. The tool has a number of cutting blades and surfaces which allow a user to cut or strip a HDMI cable. The tool also has a pair of platforms which hold an associated laced wire guide and mated terminal block therein. The tool can be used to terminate the cut and stripped HDMI cable with the mated wire guides and terminal block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventors: Kyle Dean Hedrick, Michael Stephens
  • Patent number: 8973232
    Abstract: An automatic processing machine for header includes a frame (1), a pipe clamp (21), a punch assembly (22) and a translation mechanism (23) which can drive the pipe clamp (21) and the punch assembly (22) to slide. The pipe clamp (21), the punch assembly (22), and the translation mechanism (23) are all positioned on the working table (101) of the frame (1). The translation mechanism (23) includes a first slide seat (231) sliding along X axis. One of the pipe clamp (21) and the punch assembly (22) is positioned on the first slide seat (231) and the other is positioned on the frame (1). A separator transferring device (3) is also positioned on the working table (101) for transferring the separator into the pipe. The separator transferring device (3) and the pipe clamp (21) are separately positioned on either side of the punch assembly (22). The automatic processing machine for header combines a hole punching device with a separator transferring device, thereby improving the processing efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Zhongshan Oms Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaobin Long
  • Publication number: 20150020374
    Abstract: An automatic assembling system, comprising: a robot performing an operation of inserting a first member into a second member; a force sensor for detecting an insertion force exerted on the first member by the robot; and a controller for controlling the insertion force with a closed-loop feedback control according to a difference between the insertion force detected by the force sensor and a predetermined insertion force, so that the insertion force is less than the predetermined insertion force to protect the first member and/or the second member from damage due to an overlarge insertion force. The present invention also is directed to a method for automatically assembling a product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Lvhai Hu, Dandan Zhang, Fengchun Xie, Robert Neil Shaddock
  • Patent number: 8869374
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and a device for the connection of two components indirectly or directly in an overlap joint, wherein component sections located in the overlap are pressed together for each drilling procedure by means of a clamping unit formed from a pressure application device on the drilling machine side and a guide on the component side, such that any penetration of chips between the component sections is prevented and temporary connecting elements can be dispensed with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf Bense, Eugen Gorr, Tim Strohbach
  • Publication number: 20140259601
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming and sealing an adjustable duct member for use in an air handling system. At least one work station accommodates a tapered work piece. A repositionable die is positioned relative to the work piece, and a cutting and forming assembly cooperates with the repositionable die to cut the work piece and form a coupling bead to reconnect the members together. A sealing assembly cooperates with the first repositioning die to seal the coupling bead in the first and second members. The work station includes an insertion channel having predetermined dimensions to accommodate at least a portion of the work piece. A clamping assembly is associated with the insertion channel to securely hold the tapered work piece at the predetermined position during the cutting and forming and sealing operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Victor Bota
  • Publication number: 20140041175
    Abstract: A cutting device includes a first part and a second part which is pivotably connected to the first part. A first fixing portion is located in the top side of the first part. The second part has a second fixing portion defined in the underside side thereof and facing the top side of the first part. The second fixing portion is located corresponding to the first fixing portion. A reception slot is defined axially in the second part and communicates with the second fixing portion and the underside of the second part. A blade is inserted into the reception slot. A hole is defined through the first part for receiving a hydraulic hose. A pressing member is pivotably located in a recess in one side of the first part and is able to press the hydraulic hose passing through the hole and the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Szu-Fang Tsai
  • Publication number: 20130167373
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a spool configured to supply a wire, a cutting device configured to form a notch in the wire, and a capillary configured to bond the wire and to form a stud bump. The apparatus is further configured to pull the wire to break at the notch, with a tail region attached to the stud bump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chien Ling Hwang, Yeong-Jyh Lin, Yi-Li Hsiao, Ming-Da Cheng, Tsai-Tsung Tsai, Chung-Shi Liu, Mirng-Ji Lii, Chen-Hua Yu
  • Patent number: 8474298
    Abstract: A hollow component is adjusted in shape, for example to correct circularity, by means of a shape adjusting tool. The tool comprises a base structure on which adjuster elements are guided. An adjustment ring has a ramp surface corresponding to each adjuster element so that rotation of the adjustment ring causes radial displacement of the adjuster elements 6. The adjuster elements are displaced in unison, and engage the internal surface of the component to be adjusted so as to deform the component to the desired shape. The segments are interconnected by rigid links and a single flexible link, and are supported on bearing rollers mounted on the base structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce, PLC
    Inventor: Andrew V Mather
  • Publication number: 20130145590
    Abstract: A system for aligning and connecting components including a support structure and a measuring apparatus coupled to the support structure. The measuring apparatus is arranged to spatially analyze a first tubular component with respect to a second tubular component for determining an adjustment vector therebetween. An alignment apparatus is coupled to the support structure and in data communication with the measuring apparatus. The alignment apparatus includes a plurality of actuators operatively arranged in parallel for moving at least one of the first or second tubular components relative to the other for coaxially arranging the first and second tubular components in accordance with the adjustment vector. A connection apparatus is coupled to the support structure and operatively arranged for connecting the first and second tubular components together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventors: Dominik Brouwer, Joerg Lehr, Berend Denkena, Hans-Christian Möhring, Kai Litwinski
  • Patent number: 8375557
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods of beveling gripping holes of bowling balls. A method includes creating a bevel at an edge of a hole of the bowling ball by removing material from the bowling ball using a rotary tool equipped with a shaping bit that extends into the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Qubicaamf Worldwide LLC
    Inventors: Clifton E. Adair, Jody R. Bullis
  • Publication number: 20130008001
    Abstract: An automatic processing machine for header includes a frame (1), a pipe clamp (21), a punch assembly (22) and a translation mechanism (23) which can drive the pipe clamp (21) and the punch assembly (22) to slide. The pipe clamp (21), the punch assembly (22), and the translation mechanism (23) are all positioned on the working table (101) of the frame (1). The translation mechanism (23) includes a first slide seat (231) sliding along X axis. One of the pipe clamp (21) and the punch assembly (22) is positioned on the first slide seat (231) and the other is positioned on the frame (1). A separator transferring device (3) is also positioned on the working table (101) for transferring the separator into the pipe. The separator transferring device (3) and the pipe clamp (21) are separately positioned on either side of the punch assembly (22). The automatic processing machine for header combines a hole punching device with a separator transferring device, thereby improving the processing efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Xiaobin Long
  • Patent number: 8220134
    Abstract: A flexible fastening machine tool having first and second facing pedestals is mounted on first and second pairs of rails. The pedestals are movable along the rails in a Y-axis direction. A rail base is provided and the second pair of rails is mounted on the rail base. A third pair of rails that extend in an X-axis direction are mounted to the floor, and the rail base is positioned on the third pair of rails, such that the second pedestal is movable along the third pair of rails in the X-axis direction toward and away from the first pedestal. A first movable carriage is mounted on the first pedestal and a second movable carriage is mounted on the second pedestal. A frame member is supported by the first and second carriages and the frame member holds a workpiece. The first and second carriages are independently movable toward and away from the first and second pairs of rails such that the fixture frame is capable of being raised, lowered and tilted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Gemcor II, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas E. Burns, Gary Riehle, Eugene T. Darlak, Steven J. Matheis
  • Patent number: 8146222
    Abstract: A device and method for joining and tacking several individual components independently of shape and/or size to form inherently rigid, transportable sections for transportation vehicles, such as an aircraft is disclosed. According to one embodiment of the invention, the individual components may be spatially positioned relative to each other independently of shape and/or size. The spatial positions of the individual components may be determined by a measuring device, such as a laser measuring device, and varied via several positioning devices until a preset spatial position of the individual components has been reached in which the individual component are tacked together to form a section. In another embodiment, the positioning devices may be designed as base positioners, a first lateral positioner, a second lateral positioner, an upper positioner as well as an inner positioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Frauen, Tomas Gnauck, Eike Klemkow
  • Publication number: 20110167632
    Abstract: A device for machining and assembling a piston, comprising, a piston upper part; and a piston lower part; an upper work spindle and a lower work spindle, wherein the upper and lower work spindles are arranged coaxially to one another and are at least one of -actuated independently of one another and actuated together, such that one work spindle supports the piston upper part and the other work spindle supports the piston lower part; and a first and second tool carriage, wherein the tool carriages are actuated independently of one another, such that one tool carriage supports a tool for machining the piston upper part and the other tool carriage supports a tool for machining the piston lower part, wherein the device is configured such that both of the piston upper and lower parts are machined independently of one another, aligned with regard to one another, and joined to one another such that the piston parts remain clamped to the tool carriages in the interim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: Achim Fedyna, Gottfried Schnaitmann
  • Patent number: 7966713
    Abstract: Embodiments of tool mounted structural positioning devices and techniques are described. In one embodiment, a positioning device includes mountings to mount the device directly to a tool device configured to travel a path and perform a manufacturing operation on an element. Engagement mechanisms coupled to the positioning device are aligned to the predefined path and are configured to exert a clamping force upon the element such that the element is secured and positioned by the positioning device in constant relation to the predefined path as the operations are performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kurt A. Burton, Michael P. Matlack
  • Publication number: 20100154184
    Abstract: The invention concerns an automated machine tool with a workpiece carrier (1) for receiving a printed circuit board (3, 3?), at least one drilling station (8) for processing printed circuit boards, as well as a mechanism for sequentially applying individual printed circuit boards (3, 3?) onto the workpiece carrier (1) and for removing printed circuit boards from the workpiece carrier. Further, the invention concerns a method for drilling reference bores into printed circuit boards (3, 3?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Schmoll Maschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Kunz, Markus Vos
  • Patent number: 7703191
    Abstract: This present invention discloses a cutting shield machine used for separating iron shells of connectors from a metal strip. The cutting shield machine includes a worktable, a separation apparatus located in the worktable, a carrying apparatus located in the worktable delivering the metal strip into the separation apparatus, a receiving box located in the worktable for receiving the iron shells from the separation apparatus, a crossing apparatus and a driving apparatus located in the worktable. The separation apparatus has a prop stand located in the worktable, a rotating portion with a columned portion capable of rotation and a pole are fixed in the prop stand in sequence in the transmission direction of the metal strip. The metal strip passes from the top of the rotating portion and the bottom of the pole or from the bottom of the rotating portion and the bottom of the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Aijun Yan, Wei Wang, Yu Zhou
  • Publication number: 20090293251
    Abstract: A complete machining center has a horizontal machine bed (1) with a vertical-axis trunnion (2) pivotal horizontally with computer-coordination proximate a first-end portion (3) and a traveling tool column (4) with computer-coordinated horizontal X and Y axes and vertical Z tool travel on a compound slide (6) proximate a second-end portion (5) for horizontal access of a cutting tool (12) on the traveling tool column to work pieces on a work-piece rotator (10) and for horizontal access of the cutting tool to work pieces on a vertical-axis milling table (38), either of which are positioned on the horizontally pivotal vertical-axis trunnion (2). A work-piece changer (31) is provided for optionally manual or computer-coordinated work-piece setup, setup reversing and finished-work-piece removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Anju Nelson, Daniel E. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7617578
    Abstract: A miter joint assembly system. The system comprises a generally planar assembly plate. A clamping assembly is attached to the assembly plate. At least one drill guide is detachably coupled to the assembly plate at a predetermined orientation. The clamping assembly is configured to releasably secure a first and a second mitered molding to the assembly plate such that the first and second mitered moldings are oriented generally orthogonally to each other. The drill guide is configured to bore a pocket hole and a pilot hole into the first mitered molding, the pocket and pilot holes receiving a fastener to draw and secure the second mitered molding to the first mitered molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: David Collins
  • Publication number: 20080168639
    Abstract: It is an object to provide a machining and conveying apparatus in which a moving range of a movable arm is widened and a degree of operational freedom of the movable arm is heightened so that constraint of a work machining condition can be eased. A machining and conveying apparatus 1 has a first rotational moving unit 15 that is provided between a base end of a movable arm 2 and a base plate 16 so as to rotationally move the movable arm 2 about a rotation shaft 14 vertical to rotation shafts 5, 6 and 7 of joints of the movable arm 2, and a second rotational moving unit 20 that is provided to an arm piece 11 at the base end of the movable arm 2 so as to rotationally move the movable arm 2 about a rotation shaft 19 vertical to both the rotation shaft 14 of the first rotational moving unit and the rotation shafts 5, 6 and 7 of the joints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventors: Yoshito Otake, Hiroshi Miwa, Nagahisa Kitamura
  • Publication number: 20080134485
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for machining workpieces that, when in use, functionally cooperate with each other. The apparatus includes a frame for mounting each of the workpieces, and a machining tool mountable to the frame such that the tool is capable of defined relative movement with respect to the frame. The frame includes one or more adjustable supports for adjusting the position of the workpieces relative to the frame for operative engagement between the tool and the workpieces. The adjustable supports are fixable to maintain the position of one of the workpieces relative to the frame for machining in accordance with the defined relative movement, and the apparatus is adapted to permit the workpiece to be removed and replaced with one of the other workpieces, for machining in accordance with the defined relative movement. A method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: John Mayfield
  • Patent number: 6857551
    Abstract: An auto-feed terminal wire clamping machine and its terminal structure. This invention can automatically sieve and randomly arrange the disordered terminal inner molds and feed them in an ordered direction to the feeding groove of such terminal wire clamper and automatically complete the terminal wire clamping operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Inventor: Min-Chen Chang
  • Patent number: 6704982
    Abstract: The machine comprises two independent fastening stations. The first station (2), designed to assembly the corners of the frame separately and successively, is provided with two cutting heads (3, 7) for cutting the mouldings (5, 9) forming the corner of the frame, as well as with a fastening head (11) and devices with stops (6, 10) and jaws (14) for holding mouldings in position. The second station (15), designed for final assembly of the frame, is provided with two fastening heads (19, 20) installed facing each other along the diagonal of the frame to be produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Societe Cassese S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre Cassese, Alain Cassese, Jean Cassese, Philippe Cassese
  • Patent number: 6513231
    Abstract: The system includes stationary assembly jigs for supporting mechanical structures during assembly thereof, and a plurality of mobile, modular workstations that travel from one assembly jig to another. Each workstation interfaces with the assembly jigs and is configured to facilitate a unique set of work operations on the mechanical structures. The workstations can include worker platforms, parts storage modules, drill and fasten modules, tooless component indexing modules, self-contained cleaning modules, functional testing modules, and others. Docking members on the workstations and the assembly jigs enable the workstations to dock with the jigs for indexing the workstations to the jigs. The assembly jigs can include utility ports and the workstations can include couplers that engage the ports so that electrical, pneumatic, water, vacuum, and/or data communication can be established between the workstations and the jigs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph L. Hafenrichter, Cliff G. Frome, David Edgar Lisk
  • Patent number: 6408517
    Abstract: Three-dimensional large scale bodies such as jumbo aircraft fuselages (14) are assembled in body sections around a longitudinal central assembly core (1) which itself is mounted at its ends and accessible all around along its length. Robots carrying tools for holding, transporting and precisely positioning preassembled wall sections, are movable along the central assembly core (1). First, at least one floor support grid (2 or 3) is releasably mounted to the central assembly core. Then, side wall sections (4, 5) are first secured to the floor support grids. Then, top and bottom wall sections (10, 8) are secured to the side wall sections (4, 5) to form a body section (BS) of the large scale body (14). Neighboring body sections are secured to each other along cross-seams. Upon completion, the floor support grids are released from the central assembly core (1) and the core is removed preferably withdrawn longitudinally from the assembled large body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Lehmker, Karl-Heinz Muehlnickel, Udo-Henning Stoewer, Ruediger Vollmerhaus