Including Composite Tool Patents (Class 29/566)
  • Patent number: 11024471
    Abstract: A push switch includes a stationary contact and a movable contact. The stationary contact includes a base material and a conductive layer that covers the base material. The movable contact is disposed opposite a contact surface of the stationary contact. The movable contact is movable between a first position where the movable contact is in contact with the contact surface and a second position where the movable contact is apart from the contact surface. The stationary contact has a groove that divides the contact surface into a plurality of areas. Connection surfaces connect respective opening edges of the groove with a bottom of the groove. Each of the connection surfaces has a slope that is inclined at acute angle relative to the contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Kunio Doro, Hirokazu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10882173
    Abstract: The cutting portion includes a pair of introduction portions allowing the staple legs penetrating the sheets of paper to be introduced therein, a pair of cutting members configured to cut the staple legs introduced in the introduction portions, and a discharging path configured to discharge cut staples cut by the cutting members. The discharging path includes a temporary receiving portion for the cut staples provided between the pair of introduction portions. The temporary receiving portion includes a pair of inlet portions respectively provided on side surfaces thereof opposing the introduction portions. The pair of inlet portions are configured to allow the cut staples cut by the cutting members to enter therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: MAX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshio Shimizu, Futoshi Kameda, Shinpei Sugihara
  • Patent number: 10464138
    Abstract: A tool holder holds a cutting tool that cuts a workpiece while revolving about a rotational axis. The tool holder has a fixed part and a cutting part. The fixed part is held by a main shaft of a machine tool. The cutting part is provided integrally with the fixed part and has an asymmetric shape with respect to the rotational axis. The cutting tool is attached to the cutting part. The cutting part has a one-side part and an other-side part. The one-side part has a largest protruding amount from the rotational axis in the cutting part when viewed from an axial direction. The other-side part is located on a side of the rotational axis opposite to the one-side part. A bulk density of the one-side part is smaller than a bulk density of the other-side part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Yoshiyasu Kozaki, Hisatoshi Kojima
  • Patent number: 10363621
    Abstract: The burnishing part includes: a mandrel; burnishing rollers; a frame; an adjustment member that presses the frame axially from one end thereof to adjust the axial position of the frame with respect to the mandrel; and an elastic member that is arranged axially on the other side of the frame to support the frame. The reaming part includes: a base part that is detachably attached to the mandrel; and machining blades that are formed integrally with the base part. This results in providing a combined machining tool that is capable of machining an inner peripheral surface of a workpiece having a smaller diameter, and a machining method using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Tomoaki Hori, Tomoya Naito
  • Patent number: 10035233
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a transmission case housing is provided wherein a minimum quantity of lubrication as a compressed air/oil mist is supplied as the housing is rough bored and face milled. The transmission case defines a plurality of transmission fluid drainage holes for draining transmission fluid from the transmission when installed in a vehicle. The housing is positioned with the fluid drainage holes below a central axis of the housing and a plurality of internal bores and faces are bored and face milled on the housing. The compressed air/oil mist is sprayed from the cutting head to cool and lubricate the boring and face milling tools. Machining chips are blown off the rough bored housing through the fluid drainage holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Habel, Gregory S. Carlone
  • Patent number: 9695652
    Abstract: A system and method for splicing a non-spoolable tool anywhere along a coiled tubing string. A removable tubing section may be connected along a coiled tubing string by two spoolable connectors. The coiled tubing string may be unspooled from a reel until the removable tubing section and connectors are positioned within a work window. The removable tubing section may be disconnected from the tubing string through the work window and a tool may be connected to the coiled tubing string via the two connectors. The tool may then be positioned within a wellbore by insertion of the coiled tubing string. The tool may aid in the insertion of the coiled tubing string into the wellbore. A portion of the wellhead may be disconnected and raised to expose the connectors to permit the removal of the removable tubing section and the connection of a non-spoolable tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Imcorporated
    Inventors: John G. Misselbrook, Craig Chabert
  • Patent number: 9435205
    Abstract: A broaching apparatus includes; a broach having a cross-section corresponding to a geometry of slot between adjacent steeples of a turbine rotor, and a mechanism which moves the broach through the slot in a direction substantially parallel to a direction of extension of the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Matthew S. Kight
  • Patent number: 9327336
    Abstract: Disclosed is a metal joint having improved electrical characteristics and mechanical strength. A center swaged part (2) formed by putting metal plates (11, 12) on top of each other, cutting the metal plates (11, 12) along a first to a fourth cut lines (L1 to L4), and depressing a part surrounded by the first to the fourth cut lines (L1 to L4). Metal joint parts are formed on cut surfaces of the first to the fourth cut lines (L1 to L4) because the cut surfaces of the first to forth cut lines (L1 to L4) are, while rubbing each other, depressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Murakami, Takahiro Ishizawa, Mitsuji Kubota, Akihiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8769820
    Abstract: A method and a device for machining the tooth edges (23, 25) developed between each end face (22, 24) and the tooth flanks (26, 27) of end-cut work wheels (2). The axis of rotation (20) of the spindle that carries the machining tool (21) is displaced around an orthogonal swivel axis (16) relative to the tool axis of rotation so that the cutting directions are opposite to each other with respect to the work wheel (2) in the machining of the lower tooth edges (23) and the upper tooth edges (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Gleason-Pfauter Maschinenfabrik GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Philippin, Juergen Pastow
  • Patent number: 8640329
    Abstract: A tool includes a base with first and second ends and sides. First, second, and third openings extend from the first end. A slot in the first side communicates with the first opening for receiving a cutting tool. Another slot communicates with the second opening for receiving a marking tool. The third opening forms a stop surface. A recess in the first side and in the second end defines a platform. A channel extends from the third opening thereacross to second end. Two pins project on opposite sides of the channel. The base includes a stationary portion on which the pins are located and a pivotal portion defining the second end. The stationary portion defines a supplemental end surface facing parallel to second end. A cutout aligned with the cable channel extends from the platform to the second side and from the supplemental end surface into the stationary portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Wagner Da Silva Aguiar, Kenneth Christopher Nardone
  • Patent number: 8607435
    Abstract: A tool holder, used for holding a milling cutter and a grinding wheel, includes a tool bar, a tool base, a flange, a mounting shaft, and a fixing ring. The flange is formed on an end of the tool bar. The tool base is used for mounting the milling cutter. The ends of the mounting shaft are connected to the flange and the tool base respectively. The grinding wheel is mounted on the mounting shaft. The fixing ring is used for fixing the grinding wheel to the mounting shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi-Hsien Yeh, Chin-Tsan Huang
  • Patent number: 8015680
    Abstract: A pressing apparatus is used to press a number of hooks of a speaker mesh to a shell. The pressing apparatus includes a workbench, a first pressing board located above the workbench, a number of bending members extending down from the first pressing board, a second pressing board located above the first pressing board, and a number of pressing members extending down from the second pressing board and slidably passing through the first pressing board. The number of bending members press inner sides of distal ends of the hooks to bend out in response to the first pressing board moving towards the workbench; and the number of pressing members press the distal ends of the hooks to bend further to hold the shell in response to the second pressing board moving towards the workbench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong-Jun Feng, Peng Zhang, Yu-Bin Guo
  • Patent number: 7805824
    Abstract: A machining system includes a support configured to retain an article, such as a rotor disk, having an area, such as a surface of a slot in the disk. A cutting tool, for example, a broach, is movable relative to the support to cut the area. A heating member, such as a laser, is configured to locally heat the area of the article. In one example, the cutting tool includes a body having a cutting edge. The heating member is supported by the body and is configured to provide heat adjacent to the cutting edge. The cutting edge cuts the locally heated area while the area is still heated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Tahany Ibrahim El-Wardany, Sergei F. Burlatsky, Changsheng Guo, Wayde R. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20100024196
    Abstract: In this machine the displacement assembly allows the working head to be moved in five or six axes, namely three translational movements along the three Cartesian axes X, Y and Z, and two or three pivoting options; the working head includes several tools for performing the various operations involved in fitting a fastener, particularly a drilling tool, a countersinking tool; these tools can each be moved in turn between a rest position and working position situated on the working axis; in this working position, each tool can move translationally along the working axis; the working head also includes a bearing piece mounted on it intended to come to bear against the components that are to be assembled and including a buffer region with which the drilling and countersinking tools come into contact as they move, this contact determining the fully deployed position of these tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: LATECIS
    Inventor: Jacques Smeyers
  • Publication number: 20090038139
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for finishworking of a forming tool for an auto body sheet metal part in which, in a first working step for identifying a surface region of a tool surface to be remachined, a sheet metal part which has been coated with a marking paint can be formed in a pressing process by means of the tool and, using the color impression of the sheet metal part on the tool surface, the surface region which is to be remachined is acquired, and then in a second working step the surface region to be remachined can be remachined by a corresponding surface treatment. According to the invention, the device has a machining apparatus which electronically acquires the tool surface with the color impression and, depending on the intensity of the color impression, determines the location and/or dimension of the surface area to be remachined and remachines it accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: Ing Matthias KERSCHNER, Hubert Waltl, Hornig Martin, Nadine Mahler
  • Patent number: 7472466
    Abstract: A modular cab/sleeper/roof structural assembly for a truck-tractor vehicle according to the present invention provides greater manufacturing flexibility and unrestricted access between a cab/sleeper unit. The structural assembly includes a top-free cab unit having a front wall, opposing side walls, and a bottom portion. A top-free sleeper unit positioned behind the cab unit has a rear wall, opposing side walls, and a bottom portion. Fasteners couple the cab unit and the sleeper unit such that an upwardly opened carriage assembly is formed. A unitary roof member fixedly encloses the opened carriage assembly and forms an integral modular unit. The unitary roof member has a front portion connected to the front wall of the cab unit, a rear portion connected to the rear wall of the sleeper unit, and opposing side portions connected to the opposing side walls of the cab and sleeper units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Mack Trucks, Inc.
    Inventors: Linton David Myers, David Scott Adams, Roland Pierre Moriaux, Bernard Nigay
  • Patent number: 7412762
    Abstract: For introducing a weakened line into a component 10, which is rigid per se and does not conform to a supporting mold or a receiving means in correspondence with the true shape, especially into an injection-molded part such as an instrument panel of an automobile, a device is provided comprising a multi-axis machine tool with a CNC-control suited for processing base-oriented programs, and a receiving means 11 for the component 10 to be processed, distance sensors 13 for the CNC-control being assigned to the receiving means to detect the actual three-dimensional position of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Geiss AG
    Inventor: Manfred Geiss
  • Publication number: 20080168641
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a suspension damper removal tool for removing a shock absorber from a suspension assembly of a vehicle. The removal tool includes a base and a projection. The base includes a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portion has at least one mounting hole for mounting the removal tool to at least one lug bolt of a hub assembly. The projection extends outwardly from the second end portion of the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Cao
  • Patent number: 7363692
    Abstract: A tool for fine machining of work pieces involving metal removal is proposed having at least one cutter (13) for preliminary machining with a geometrically defined cutting edge (15) and having at least one cutter (21) for final machining with a geometrically defined cutting edge (23). The characteristic of the tool is that the cutter (13) for preliminary machining is part of a preliminary machining stage (3) and the cutter (23) for final machining is part of a final machining stage (5) and that an interface (9) located between the preliminary machining stage (3) and the final machining stage (5) is provided with a first flat surface (27) and a second flat surface (29) which are located on the preliminary machining stage (3) and the final machining stage (5) and which has a device (11) ensuring the coaxiality of the preliminary machining stage (3) and the final machining stage (5) to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Mapal Fabrik fur Prazisionswerkzeuge
    Inventors: Dieter Kress, Friedrich Häberle
  • Patent number: 7356915
    Abstract: A stripper tool is provided for cutting an outer sheath of an electrical cable. Inside the sheath is parallel spaced apart insulation covered wires and a core member containing an uncovered ground wire between the insulation covered wires. The sheath has spaced apart curved sides conforming to the covered wires. The tool has spaced apart first and second jaw members adapted to be pressed together. The jaw members have cutting edges that receive a portion of the cable along its length. The cutting edges define an opening configured to cut the sheath and the core without significantly cutting the insulation on the wires or the unsheathed ground wire when the jaw members are pressed together to form the opening. The portion of the sheath is then removed in one continuous process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Stride Tool Inc.
    Inventor: Leonard R. Murg
  • Patent number: 7346968
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically attaching loops of a coil together at desired points. The apparatus comprises a frame, a rotatable barrel, wire separators, alignment fingers, a clipping rack further comprising pincers, and a clipping gun. The barrel, wire separators and fingers cooperate to attach the alternate loops together at desired points. The barrel is driven by a stepper motor to rotate a specific distance about a central axis. The wire separators, pincers, and clipping gun are driven pneumatically. The motor and pneumatics are controlled electronically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Inventors: Steven John Cano, Renne Cano
  • Publication number: 20080066290
    Abstract: An improved convenience closure that is adapted for sealing an end of a can includes an end panel having a peripheral score, a rivet formation, a mustache score and a flex line score defined therein. The mustache score may include a central portion that is positioned radially inwardly on the end panel relative to the rivet formation. The central portion is preferably curved, with a concave side of the curvature facing the rivet formation. The mustache score also may include first and second preferably symmetrical end portions, each of which is continuous with the central portion. Most of the total length of each of the end portions may be curved away from a nearest portion of the peripheral score, with a convex side of curvature facing the nearest portion of the peripheral score. Tooling for making the convenience closure and a method of making such a convenience disclosure are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventor: Paul R. Heinicke
  • Patent number: 7340812
    Abstract: The system (1) for processing a cable (5) comprises a first set of tools (30(i)), a second set of tools (35(j)) and a processing device (10) for executing different processing steps for processing a cable (5) using at least two tools (30(i), 35(j)). The processing device (10) comprises: a first holding device (15), which is intended for the purpose of removably holding a first tool (30(i)) which is selected from the first set of tools, and a second holding device (16), which is intended for the purpose of removably holding a second tool (35(j)) which is selected from the second set of tools, at least one tool of the first set being suitable for processing the cable exclusively in combination with one of the tools of a predetermined partial set of the second set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Komax Holding AG
    Inventor: Marc Speck
  • Patent number: 7337523
    Abstract: An annular core cutting apparatus includes a cutting head including a generally cylindrical sidewall having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end has a cutting edge, and wherein the sidewall includes a plurality of openings having at least one sharpened edge. A spindle is coaxially and rigidly coupled to the second end of the cylindrical sidewall, and the spindle configured to rotate about a rotational axis. In a further embodiment, a generally conical member is disposed within the cutting apparatus to assist with grinding and removal of waste material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael S. Heuschober, Jeffrey E. Polus
  • Patent number: 7302753
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the safe and easy installation of wall-mounted electrical outlets and switches utilizing a multi-functional tool. Two different but similar tools are provided, each in the form of an insulated handle that may be detachably engaged with either a wall socket or a wall switch. The wall socket device includes one or more prongs for temporary engagement with slots in the socket fixture, and may include testing circuitry. The wall switch device is temporarily attached to a switch fixture using one or more magnets. Both tools may also include built-in electrical wire measuring, stripping and bending structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventors: Bryan Cahill, Deborah Unser
  • Patent number: 7284325
    Abstract: An improved tool and method for enhancing the surface of a heat transfer tube are provided. The tool, which can be easily added to existing manufacturing equipment, includes cutting bits that may be retracted with a housing. The cutting bits include a cutting edge to cut through the surface of a tube and a lifting edge to lift the surface of the tube to form protrusions. A method for enhancing the inner surface of the tube includes mounting a tool on a shaft, positioning the tool in the tube and causing relative rotation and axial movement between the tube and the tool to cut at least partially through at least one ridge formed along the surface of the tube to form ridge layers and lift the ridge layers to form protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Inventors: Petur Thors, Bruce Kouse, Gerry Minshall
  • Patent number: 7257879
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an apparatus for cutting material by means of a milling cutter and laser radiation. The apparatus comprises a milling unit, a work spindle, a milling cutter, a laser, deflecting elements, focusing optics, and a work table. According to the invention, a workpiece can be milled and lasered simultaneously or successively at the same cutting location in that the laser beam is coupled into a channel coaxial to the mill axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: JENOPTIK Automatisierungstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Alex Jancsó
  • Patent number: 7171734
    Abstract: An apparatus for semi-automatically reconditioning an articulated connector while it is still mounted to the end structure of a rail car is disclosed. The apparatus is mountable to the connector and measures to find areas and amounts of wear on portions of the connector. The apparatus then applies weld metal to the worn portion of the connector. The excess weld metal is automatically machined away by the apparatus so that the connector falls within the required dimensions. The apparatus can again measure the weld area to ensure that the specified dimensions have been achieved. A method of aligning an articulated connector to a reconditioning fixture is also disclosed. The method includes securing the fixture to the connector and the use of gauges and tools to appropriately align the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: TTX Company
    Inventors: Richard A. Brueckert, William A. Guess, Donald F. Kroesch
  • Patent number: 7131181
    Abstract: A tool and method of manufacturing a tool for making ballpoint pen tips, called rough tips, in their seat zone and preferably in their cone zone. The tool is mounted in fast-rotating precision spindles and the position of the tool may be adjusted to adjust the dimensions of the tip to be formed by the tool. The equipment is configured in a single-piece unit. A seat zone element for making the seat zone and preferably a cone element for making the cone of the tip may be formed on a base component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Societe BIC
    Inventors: David Schmitz, Anne Schmitz
  • Patent number: 7126132
    Abstract: The preferred embodiment further includes a press for cutting a TEM sample holder from a TEM coupon and joining a probe-tip point with an attached sample to the TEM sample holder. The press includes: an outer die; an inner die situated inside the outer die; a former rod opposing the inner and outer dies; and, a shear punch situated coaxially with the former rod. A hold-down spring biases the former rod toward the inner die. A trigger or other mechanism responsive to the contact of the former rod and the inner die, and an actuator responsive to the trigger, drive the shear punch toward the inner and outer dies. This press can be located either inside or outside the vacuum chamber of the FIB or other analytical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Omniprobe, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Moore
  • Patent number: 7111389
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching a clamp to a hose assembly, preferably automatic or semi-automatic, incorporates precisely located mounting devices for receiving clamp tooling, cooperating hose guiding and positioning tooling which can support a unique hose assembly and locate a predetermined location on such hose assembly properly aligned with a clamp in the clamp tooling. An operator only needs to load a clamp and a hose assembly into tooling, then initiate an automatic cycle which scrubs a small area on the hose, places a predetermined quantity (e.g. drop) of adhesive on that area, then brings the clamp into position and presses the clamp, adhesive, and hose together holding that position for a period sufficient to allow the adhesive to set. The operator then removes the finished part (the hose with attached clamp) and loads another clamp and hose into the tooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Cooper Technology Services, LLC
    Inventors: Ray Cooper, Joseph P. Zakrzewski, Chad A. Fackler
  • Patent number: 7103973
    Abstract: A method for the manufacture of a toothed gear from a gear blank wherein the gear blank loaded into a machine tool and rotationally driven is machined by a hobbing cutter disposed on a rotationally driven tool shaft and the rough-hobbed gear, once produced, is subsequently cleared of burr by means of a rotationally driven deburring tool by causing it to chamfer the front-end edges of the inter-teeth grooves, wherein the number of revolutions of said deburring tool and rough-machined gear has a constant ratio, wherein the removal of burr is performed on said rough-machined gear invariably loaded on said machine tool in a continuous pass by using a deburring tool which is similar to a side milling cutter, has cutting teeth, and is fixedly disposed for rotation on the shaft of said hobbing cutter, wherein the front-end edges of the inter-teeth grooves are successively machined in the way of a gear hobbing process, and wherein said shaft is changed from the gear hobbing setting over to a burr removal setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Fette GmbH
    Inventors: Alfred Wolff, Siegfried Thiesies, Wolfgang Carmincke
  • Patent number: 7069637
    Abstract: A wirelaying apparatus and method using a tool (30) having a cutter/cutting tip (31) operatively opening a cut in the interior bore surface (11) of a cylindrical pipe fitting (10), laying wire (12) into the cut and closing the cut using a flange closer (33). The wire (12) is delivered into the cut via an aperture (32) through the cutting tip (31). Delivery of the wire (12) into the cut is thereby improved, overcoming the problem of wire running free within the fitting. In a second embodiment (see FIG. 12) the cutter (31) is rotatably mounted allowing a double helical coil to be formed without removing the cutter from the bore surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: MSA Engineering Systems Limited
    Inventors: Gary Jones, Paul Cawrey
  • Patent number: 7024752
    Abstract: A crimping press has a tool receptacle arranged at a lower end of a pressing slider provided with a force-sensing device. The forces arising during the crimping operation are transmitted from the supporting surfaces of an upper tool to several points on the force-sensing device. Provided on each side of an upper fork and held by screws are two collars to which are transmitted, the crimping forces on either side of the supporting surface. With their heads, the screws hold the collars, while with their other ends the screws are engaged with the pressing slider. The collars transmit the crimping forces to the sensor elements of the force-sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Komax Holding AG
    Inventors: Peter Imgrüt, Claudio Meisser
  • Patent number: 7021108
    Abstract: A crimping tool including a frame, a die fixedly and non-pivotally supported by the frame, a punch arm pivotally mounted on the frame, a mating die affixed to the punch arm, and an actuator interconnected to the punch arm for moving the mating die between a first position in which the mating die engages the die and a second position in which the mating die is spaced from the die. The mating die is a male die having a generally triangular cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Varco Pruden Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Bodwell
  • Patent number: 6996890
    Abstract: The invention relates to a holding device for a tarpaulin-like or cloth-like object to be processed. To provide a holding device that means are provided for releasably pressing at least a part of the object to be processed against a processing head connectable with the holding device, said means being releasable from the contact position via an actuating lever, it is suggested within the scope of the invention that means are provided for releasably pressing at least a part of the object to be processed against a processing head connectable with the holding device, said means being releasable from the contact position via an actuating lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventor: Helmut Frey
  • Patent number: 6978533
    Abstract: A powder molded magnet manufactured by a method comprising the steps of: (1) forming a granular compound of diameter of not more than 250 ?m with a rare earth-iron rapid-quenched flake, which has not more than 150 ?m in diameter, being coarsely ground if necessary, and a binder, (2) dry-blending the granular compound with fatty acid metallic soap powder, (3) forming compressed powder from the granular compound dry-blended with the fatty acid metallic soap powder, by powder molding, and (4) heat-treating the compressed powder to a temperature higher than a thermally dissociating temperature of stabilized isocyanate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumitoshi Yamashita, Yuichiro Sasaki
  • Patent number: 6848174
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for processing electronic components, such as semi-conductor products, comprising at least two processing stations, at least one supply/discharge position for electronic components, a robot arm with engaging means for engaging the electronic components for displacing electronic components between the supply/discharge position and the processing stations, and a control for actuating the robot arm and the processing stations. The invention also relates to an assembly of at least two such apparatuses and to a method for processing electronic components which can be performed by means of the apparatus according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Fico B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Lambertus Gerardus Maria Venrooij, Adrianus Henricus Ignatius Maria Verkuijlen
  • Patent number: 6839953
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for manufacturing a gear component. The apparatus includes a plurality of tooling stocks movable relative to a base. The tooling stocks function to retain a component, as well as operably driving a combination hob/shaver tool and a combination chamfer/debut tool. The apparatus reduces the number of machines required to complete the gear component as well as reducing the cycle time for complete component manufacture. In this way, a more efficient manufacturing system is provided, whereby capital investment and operational costs are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Magna Drivetrain of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian M. Fitzgerald, Jeffrey A. Rynders
  • Patent number: 6817083
    Abstract: A processing device for an elongated workpiece defining a primary axis and further defining a first row and a second row of alignment holes, the first and second rows running parallel to the primary axis, is disclosed. The processing device includes a belt having a first protrusion configured to mate with an alignment hole from the first row to the exclusion of any alignment hole from the second row, and a tooling member having a second protrusion configured to mate with an alignment hole from the second row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Morley J. Weyerman
  • Publication number: 20040177491
    Abstract: A tool for chip removing machining includes a tool head having at least one chip pocket formed therein which serves as a common pocket for first and second replaceable cutting inserts. The inserts perform mutually different machining operations and have their respective active surfaces disposed in generally mutually facing relationship to one another within the pocket. A radially outermost portion of the first insert is spaced farther from a center axis of the tool head than is a radially outermost portion of the second insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Applicant: SANDVIK AB.
    Inventors: Franz Pinger, Blasius Reschreiter
  • Patent number: 6751840
    Abstract: A wirelaying apparatus and method using a tool (30) having a cutter (31) operatively opening a cut in the interior bore surface (11) of a cylindrical pipe fitting (10), laying wire (12) into the cut and closing the cut using a flange closer (33). The wire (12) is delivered into the cut via an aperture (32) through the cutting means (31). Delivery of the wire (12) into the cut is thereby improved, overcoming the problem of wire running free within the fitting. In a second embodiment (see FIG. 12) the cutter (31) is rotatably mounted allowing a double helical coil to be formed without removing the cutter from the bore surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: MSA Engineering Systems Limited
    Inventors: Gary Jones, Paul Cawrey
  • Publication number: 20040025321
    Abstract: A device and method of removing a rivet which has been installed on a work piece. The method includes clamping a hand held device having springs onto the work piece, engaging a drill with a drill bit of the hand held device, the springs applying a pre-load force to the drill bit, operating the drill, thereby causing the springs to apply an increased load force to the drill bit and causing the drill bit to drill into a button of the rivet, unclamping and removing the hand held device from the work piece, and using a compression tool to remove the rivet from the work piece. The compression tool includes a push out portion configured to push out the rivet, and a recess is disposed generally opposite the push out portion for catching the rivet as the rivet is pushed out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Applicant: Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Steven P. Donovan, Richard A. Swedberg
  • Patent number: 6568062
    Abstract: A through-hole self-piercing rivet 30 is assembled with two metal plates 50 and 52 to retain the plates together as a workpiece 54. When the rivet 30 is to be removed, a pin, such as a contact pin 56, is attached to the rivet by fusion, or a pin, such as a threaded mandrel 78, is attached threadedly to the rivet. The contact pin 56 or the threaded mandrel 78 is withdrawn from the workpiece 54 to thereby withdraw the attached rivet 30 from the workpiece. Devices 62 and 84 provide facility for effecting the attachment of the contact pin 56 and the threaded mandrel 78, respectively, with the rivet 30, and for the extraction of the rivet from the workpiece 54.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Reinhold Opper, Dieter Mauer
  • Patent number: 6530139
    Abstract: A wirelaying apparatus and method using a tool (30) having a cutter (31) operatively opening a cut in the interior bore surface (11) of a cylindrical pipe fitting (10), laying wire (12) into the cut and closing the cut using a flange closer (33). The wire (12) is delivered into the cut via an aperture (32) through the cutting means (31). Delivery of the wire (12) into the cut is thereby improved, overcoming the problem of wire running free within the fitting. In a second embodiment (see FIG. 12) the cutter (31) is rotatably mounted allowing a double helical coil to be formed without removing the cutter from the bore surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: MSA Engineering Systems Limited
    Inventors: Gary Jones, Paul Cawrey
  • Publication number: 20030005562
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel cutting equipment, which automatically cuts hard plastic pipes produced from an extruder, having a table, an input V shape leading wheel, an input fixing clamp apparatus mechanism, a cutting mechanism, a bearing transmission mechanism, an output fixing clamp apparatus mechanism, a V shape leading plate, a leading wheel, a cuttings collector, and an electric control system, which are assembled to a novel means of a hard pipe cutting machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventor: Shin-Fa Chang
  • Patent number: 6430804
    Abstract: A balloon locking cup and securing system includes a cup having a latch interposed between a funnel shaped cup portion and a tube extension. The balloon cup is placed over a reciprocating needle hook rod in a securing system. The tail of the balloon is received by a hook at the end of the hook rod and a first pneumatic cylinder is actuated to pull the needle hook rod in such a manner as to pull the balloon into nesting engagement with the balloon cup. At the end of travel of the first pneumatic cylinder, a second pneumatic cylinder is automatically actuated, causing a knife blade to separate the end of the balloon tail just beneath the tubular member of the balloon cup assembly. The drawing of the balloon into the cup assembly actuates the latch which engages the balloon tail near the neck of the balloon and secures the balloon in the cup assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventors: David C. Nelson, John J. Andrisin, Martin A. Meluch
  • Patent number: 6163951
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for lifting the tabs of a protective seal with edges embedded in a laminate. The base of the device has an annular top having a plurality of cartridge receiving apertures spaced equally from one another. Each hole receives a tab engagement assembly comprising a cartridge, a spring, and a finger have an abutment surface. The finger is pivotally fastened at one end within the slot of the cartridge and is biased away from the cartridge by the spring. When the base is placed in proximate relationship with the laminate seal patch secured to the substrate, the rotating base causes the abutment surfaces of the fingers to drag across the periphery of the laminate seal in a circular motion. The stresses created on the tabs of the protective seal cause the embedded edges to be lifted. The lifted tabs are accessible to the end user and the protective seals may be easily peeled from the substrate when desired by the end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Sealright Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Mark Bell, Ronald Dean Robertson, George Edward MacEwen
  • Patent number: 5941291
    Abstract: A machine for carving workpieces having substantially similar configurations generally including a base member, means disposed on the base member for retaining at least one workpiece thereon, means for rotationally indexing the workpiece disposed on the retaining means, about an axis, a working tool operatively engageable with a workpiece disposed between the retaining means, supported on the base member and displaceable along x, y and z axes pursuant to a programmed sequence of motions coordinated with the workpiece indexing means for shaping the workpiece in a selected configuration, and at least one means for successively positioning a plurality of similarly configured workpieces in a selected orientation including a support member, a jointed linkage supported on the base member, supporting the support member and manipulatable to position the support member into a support relationship with an initial one of the workpieces disposed in the selected orientation and held by the retaining means, means for fixin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Thermwood Corporation
    Inventor: Michael P. Hardesty
  • Patent number: 5906039
    Abstract: An attacher of a loop pin for hooking a tag includes a turnable lever connected to a lower end of a link which is biased in a predetermined direction, a piston holder connected to another end of the link which slides forwardly and backwardly along a guide bar, and a tubular piston bar having a pressing portion formed with a slit at a distal end thereof, a rear end of the piston bar being bent into an L-shaped configuration and mounted on the piston holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: J.E. Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Syouchi Fukami, Tomoyuki Hirai