Including Converging Conveyers Patents (Class 29/786)
  • Publication number: 20150068031
    Abstract: A mounting station for automatically assembling a razor that includes a shaving cartridge and a razor handle. The mounting station includes a razor handle and a shaving cartridge, which automatically connect a first rearwardly protruding connector of the shaving cartridge to the free end of the first handle connector of the razor handle. The mounting station then automatically connects the second rearwardly protruding connector of the shaving cartridge to the free end of the second handle connector of the razor handle thereby forming a razor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: BIC Violex SA
    Inventors: Vasileios Ntavos, Georgios Koulourias
  • Patent number: 8813351
    Abstract: Apparatus for separately conveying a plurality of discrete parts from a web and applying each of the discrete parts to a substrate includes a plurality of transfer pucks and a drive assembly. The drive assembly is configured to rotate each of the transfer pucks such that a plurality of pairs of discrete parts is applied to the web. Each applied pair of discrete parts includes a first discrete part and a second discrete part spaced a first distance from the first discrete part, wherein adjacent pairs of discrete pairs are spaced a second distance that is different from the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Schoultz, Chadwick I. Romzek, Brian Rhodes, Jesse Sorenson
  • Patent number: 8544159
    Abstract: A manufacturing cell has a plurality of stations arranged in two rows having a main aisle therebetween. Each of the plurality of stations has a station-aisle interface that provides an interaction area to the main aisle. The manufacturing cell also comprises a plurality of storage units that are located within the cell along the main aisle and a guided forklift truck that traverses the main aisle without requiring steering control of a stock handler operating the forklift truck within the main aisle to relocate containers from the storage units to designated station-aisle interfaces and to remove containers from the designated station-aisle interfaces when work is completed at the corresponding stations. At least one of the plurality of stations having two conveyors each having a tiltable platform such that each of the two conveyors can be used to receive and return containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Rick J. Muhlenkamp, David G. Schaefer, Todd A. Thomas, Stephen E. Wagner, Joel E. Zacharias
  • Patent number: 8151453
    Abstract: The machine allows the placing of small troughs in trenches, made up by a loading platform (1) with a rotating conveyor (4) or sliding (7) for the small troughs (CA) to a feeding train (2) directing them towards an aligning box (3). The feeding train has folding sections (21), (22) and (23), being the central section (22) the one that has the coupling and linking means (24) to the tractor (T) and also where the loading platform (1) is journalled, the first section (21) is the one receiving the small troughs from the rotating conveyor (4), the second section (22) receives them from the sliding conveyor (7) and the third section (23) deposits the small troughs (CA) in the aligning box (2), which aligns the small troughs (CA) on which the corresponding covers (P) are overlapped by a device based on a framework (8) and an inclined platform (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Lorenzo Garcia Tercero
  • Patent number: 8108989
    Abstract: A manufacturing cell has a plurality of stations arranged in two rows having a main aisle therebetween. Each of the plurality of stations has a station-aisle interface that provides an interaction area to the main aisle. The manufacturing cell also comprises a plurality of storage units that are located within the cell along the main aisle and a guided forklift truck that traverses the main aisle without requiring steering control of a stock handler operating the forklift truck within the main aisle to relocate containers from the storage units to designated station-aisle interfaces and to remove containers from the designated station-aisle interfaces when work is completed at the corresponding stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Rick J. Muhlenkamp, David G. Schaefer, Todd A. Thomas, Stephen E. Wagner, Joel E. Zacharias
  • Patent number: 7918016
    Abstract: A reinforced plastic foam cup including a body which defines an open top end and a closed bottom end, wherein the top end has a greater diameter than the bottom end. The body includes a reinforced tapered side wall that extends from the bottom end to the top end. A substantial portion of the reinforced tapered side wall includes a plastic foam layer, a pressure sensitive adhesive layer and a rigid material layer. Such reinforced plastic foam cup provides an improved tactile feel and enhanced insulation and rigidity properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Prairie Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Hollis, Dimitri Stamatiou
  • Patent number: 7896211
    Abstract: A nailing mechanism for a packing plate comprises a middle feeding device, an upper feeding device, a lower feeding device, a first conveying belt, a second conveying belt, a third conveying belt, a first push panel, a second push panel, a plurality of first nail guns, and a plurality of second nail guns, wherein the nailing mechanism are used to automatically assemble a plurality of first, second, and third slabs together to make a finished packing plate, thus lowering production costs and enhancing manufacturing efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Wen-Yi Tu
  • Patent number: 7814647
    Abstract: A reinforced plastic foam cup including a body which defines an open top end and a closed bottom end, wherein the top end has a greater diameter than the bottom end. The body includes a reinforced tapered side wall that extends from the bottom end to the top end. A substantial portion of the reinforced tapered side wall includes a plastic foam layer, a pressure sensitive adhesive layer and a rigid material layer. Such reinforced plastic foam cup provides an improved tactile feel and enhanced insulation and rigidity properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Prairie Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Hollis, Dimitri Stamatiou
  • Publication number: 20090049685
    Abstract: Methods for inserting and/or removing a connector with a remote connector agent are disclosed. Embodiments may include inserting a connector into a remote connector agent to form a remote connector system and pushing the remote connector into a header of a board to insert the connector into the header. Embodiments may also include pulling the remote connector system to retract the remote connector from the header. In some embodiments, inserting the connector into the remote connector agent further comprises pushing back one or more insertion snap pushers to allow insertion of the connector. In some embodiments, pulling the remote connector system further comprises releasing a snap of the connector with a snap release actuator before retracting the remote connector system from the header.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard M. Barina, Norman Bruce Desrosiers, Dean Frederick Herring, Paul Andrew Wormsbecher
  • Patent number: 7287317
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting semiconductor chips with a transport device that transports the substrates in cycles to a bonding station where a semiconductor chip is deposited comprises a receiving table with a support surface on which the substrates are presented one after the other for transport by the transport device as well as a pusher device with a drive system and a slide for alignment of the substrate on an end stop. In accordance with the invention, the drive system and the slide comprise a first magnet and a second magnet that attract each other, ie, they are magnetically coupled. The drive system is arranged underneath the support surface and moves its magnet back and forth whereby the magnet of the slide is moved with it. One of the two magnets can also be a ferromagnetic body. The drive system is controlled by software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Unaxis International Trading Ltd.
    Inventor: Beat Bolli
  • Patent number: 7010853
    Abstract: An electric-component mounting system for mounting a plurality of electric components onto a circuit board. The system includes a plurality of electric-component mounting units which are arranged in a predetermined direction with a spacing distance between each adjacent pair of the electric-component mounting units. Each of the electric-component mounting units includes (a) a board holding device which is capable of holding the circuit board in a predetermined position, (b) a component mounting device which is capable of mounting the electric components onto the circuit board held by the board holding device, and (c) a component supplying device which is capable of supplying the electric components to the component mounting device. The system further includes a spacing-distance changing device capable of changing the spacing distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kunio Oe
  • Patent number: 6832435
    Abstract: A manufacturing facility for manufacturing products according to customer orders includes a kitting facility at which components are collected for a product in a customer order. The manufacturing facility also includes a build cell in which the component are assembled, configured, and tested according to the customer order to form a product. The manufacturing facility also includes a boxing facility at which the product is packaged. A transportation system transports the two or more components from the kitting facility to the build cell and transports the product to the boxing facility, whereby the product is assembled, configured, and tested in the build cell and packaged at the boxing facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: John H. Sanders, C. Michael Cunningham, Satish Y. Patil, Mark D. Brown, Michael T. Graham
  • Patent number: 6739035
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a transfer type circuit board fabricating system including a conveyor device for transferring circuit boards in a predetermined transfer direction through a component placing device for placing electronic components on the circuit boards. The conveyor device includes a pair of conveying surfaces for conveying the circuit boards and a pair of board supports for supporting one of the circuit boards. Each board support extends between and is supported by the pair of conveying surfaces. A table having a surface is situated below both the pair of conveying surfaces and the pair of board supports. A pair of deflection shields extend from and at an acute angle with respect to the surface of the table to terminate at an edge. Each edge is flush with and adjacent to one of the conveying surfaces and is also beneath the pair of board supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry W. McWilliams
  • Patent number: 6711798
    Abstract: A manufacturing facility for manufacturing products according to customer orders includes a kitting facility at which components are collected for a product in a customer order. The manufacturing facility also includes a build cell in which the component are assembled, configured, and tested according to the customer order to form a product. The manufacturing facility also includes a boxing facility at which the product is packaged. A transportation system transports the two or more components from the kitting facility to the build cell and transports the product to the boxing facility, whereby the product is assembled, configured, and tested in the build cell and packaged at the boxing facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: John H. Sanders, C. Michael Cunningham, Satish Y. Patil, Mark D. Brown, Michael T. Graham
  • Patent number: 6671946
    Abstract: The component mounting apparatus includes a component delivery unit, a chuck (13) provided on the component delivery unit, a component transfer unit (19) for receiving a component held by the chuck (13), and a head (20) for receiving the component held by the component transfer unit (19). The head (20) includes a main head body (80), a vertically moving mechanism (81) for the main head body (80), insertion nails (68) provided at a bottom portion of the main head body (80), an opening/closing mechanism (82) for the insertion nails (68), and a turning mechanism (83) for moving the insertion nails (68) in forward and backward directions. A cam plate (84) constituting the turning mechanism (83) is mounted detachably on the main head body (80).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shozo Kadota, Motohiro Higuchi, Manabu Morioka, Masami Fujiyama
  • Patent number: 6643917
    Abstract: The system of the present invention provides a pair of assembly modules for assembling electronic components to a series of printed circuit boards or like substrates. The pair of assembly modules are operatively connected in series, and each module includes a pair of assembly stations operating in parallel within the module. Means are provided to bypass the first assembly module and deliver unpopulated substrates to the second module for processing, while simultaneously bypassing the second assembly module with substrates populated by the first assembly module. In the event that one of the assembly stations of either assembly module is inoperative, it may be bypassed and the assembly of its electronic components redistributed to the remaining, operative assembly stations to optimize the productivity of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation
    Inventor: Koenraad A. Gieskes
  • Patent number: 6591488
    Abstract: A production system includes a shuttle (2) for moving a work (W) on a predetermined track (1), a storeroom (3) for storing components of a plurality of types to be assembled to the work, and a plurality of assembly stations (4) arranged along the track between the track and the storeroom (3), each assembly station (4) including an assembler (41) for selecting and attaching one of tools of a plurality of types corresponding to the types of components and assembling the components to the work (W) using the applied tool, and a conveyor unit (42) arranged between the assembler (41) and the storeroom (3) to convey the components stored in the storeroom (3) to the assembler (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Hirata Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuyoshi Tachibana
  • Patent number: 6519837
    Abstract: An Assembly/processing apparatus includes part tray, work tray where work pieces are placed, conveyor, base machine, part-tray lane, work-tray lane, part-tray transfer apparatus and work-tray transfer apparatus. Conveyor conveys part trays and work trays together, base machine includes assembling means for assembling parts to a work piece, and part tray lane and work tray lane are provided on base machine. Conveyor conveys part trays and work trays to base machine, and respectively places them on each of part tray lane and work tray lane. Then, assembling means takes parts from part tray, and assembles them to the work piece on work tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Ichikawa, Koji Katahira, Norihisa Tsuchiyama
  • Patent number: 6412167
    Abstract: The pieces to be reciprocally connected are mechanically manufactured with tolerances such that the external diameter of the ends of the pipes (6,6′) is suitably greater at the internal diameter of the seat ends of the star cross pieces (1). The star cross pieces are heated to a temperature which does not provoke a permanent deformity in the pieces and which is such as to slightly increase the diameter of the their seats. The pipes are inserted instead into the ends to be connected, in a liquid nitrogen bath that properly contracts the external diameter of said ends and brings them substantially to a condition of equality or inferiority with respect to the diameter of the dilated seats and the ends of the star cross pieces. The cooled ends of the pipes are then inserted into the heated end of the seats of the cross pieces and when the pieces return to room temperature, they are connected with the foreseen tightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Marzocchi S.p.A.
    Inventors: Loris Vignocchi, Sandro Musiani
  • Patent number: 6339873
    Abstract: Indoor air conditioner units are manufactured by pre-assembling evaporators and supplying the evaporators to a plurality of unit assembling stations, whereby at each unit assembling station, the evaporators are assembled with other air conditioner elements to form finished indoor air conditioner units. The evaporators can be assembled at an evaporator assembling station which supplies all of the unit assembling stations with evaporators. Alternatively, the evaporators can be assembled at each of the unit assembling stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-jin Cha, Doo-nam Myung
  • Patent number: 6272737
    Abstract: A system for mounting circuit components on a circuit substrate, including a circuit-substrate supporting device which supports the circuit substrate, a circuit-component mounting device which mounts, at a circuit-component mounting position, the circuit components on the circuit substrate supported by the circuit-substrate supporting device, and a circuit-substrate carry-out device which carries out the circuit substrate on which the circuit components have been mounted, the circuit-substrate carry-out device comprising a removing device which removes the circuit substrate from the circuit-substrate supporting device, and a parallel-direction carry-out device which receives the circuit substrate from the removing device and carries out the circuit substrate in a parallel direction substantially parallel to a plane of the circuit substrate, the circuit substrate being transferred from the circuit-substrate supporting device to the removing device in a first direction substantially perpendicular to the plane o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Fuji Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Asai, Shinsuke Suhara
  • Patent number: 6247227
    Abstract: A die apparatus for assembling a part carried by a part strip onto a carrier strip is disclosed. The die apparatus includes a die housing defining an assembly station, with a portion of the die housing including a punch generally aligned with the assembly station. A part strip conveyor is provided and is adapted to convey the part strip to a position adjacent the assembly station, while a carrier strip conveyor is also provided and is adapted to convey the carrier strip to a position aligned with the assembly station. Accordingly, upon operation of the punch a part is separated from the part strip and inserted into a part receiving aperture of the carrier strip during a single punch stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Dial Tool Industries
    Inventor: Frank J. Ziberna
  • Patent number: 6105242
    Abstract: A versatile production system produces different kinds of products in small quantities. The system includes production lines for assembling parts into different kinds of products, testing the assembled products, and conveying the products that have passed the tests to a collective packing terminal. Each production line has a pallet feeder for feeding pallets one by one to the start of the production line. Each production line has a bypass structure. The bypass structure includes a first switcher, a main line, a bypass line, and a second switcher. The first switcher determines whether or not a product conveyed on a pallet must be repaired or tested, and according to the determination, switches the pallet and product from the production line to one of the main and bypass lines. The main line receives pallets and products switched thereto by the first switcher and conveys same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Kazumi Miyasaka, Eiichi Terabayashi, Katsunao Sasaki, Hiroyoshi Terashima
  • Patent number: 5992009
    Abstract: An improved conveying system in a parallel processing production line for dynamo-electric machine components having a magnetic core, the conveying system having a main conveyor extending along all of the processing machines of the production line and a load/unload device for transferring components between the main conveyor and a selected processing machine. Components to be processed are loaded directly from the main conveyor onto the load/unload device without the use of an intermediate conveyor. The load/unload device has a base platform with an alignment area at which transfer between the load/unload device and either the main conveyor or a selected processing machine occurs. Two component holders (e.g., collets) are movably mounted on the base platform for alternate positioning at the alignment area. The load/unload device alternately positions the gripping ends of the component holders adjacent the main conveyor and a selected processing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Axis USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter Bonura
  • Patent number: 5855059
    Abstract: A surface mounter device including a carriage assembly having a pair of mounter heads mounted on opposite sides of the carriage assembly. Each mounter head is adapted to pick up components from a respective feeder station at a respective side conveyor that delivers substrates to the mounting area. A translational conveyor mechanism is provided for transversely moving the substrates relative to their path of movement by the conveyor so that components may be positioned on the substrate by one mounting head while the other mounting head is picking up components from its respective feeder station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsuneji Togami, Yoshihisa Iwatsuke
  • Patent number: 5819412
    Abstract: A jig system for aligning wooden chords and metal web members in the manufacture of joists, the system includes an assembly surface having a longitudinally extending track therein, and a plurality of jigs positionable in the track. The jigs have upwardly projecting pins for engaging alignment holes in the webs for properly orienting and spacing the webs. The jigs may also have generally parallel alignment bars on either side of the pin for holding the portion of the metal web surrounding the alignment hole therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: MiTek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael M. Olden
  • Patent number: 5729892
    Abstract: A first printed board transferred from a prior process on an inlet conveyer is placed on a moving unit at a first switching position. The moving unit moves to a second switching position while mounting the first printed board with electronic components from a component feeding section. During this process, a second printed board stands by at the second switching position via the inlet conveyer, a transit path and an intermediate conveyer. At the second switching position, the second printed board is placed on the moving unit while shunting out the first printed board onto an outlet conveyer for transfer to a subsequent process. The moving unit moves to the first switching position while mounting the second printed board with the electronic components from the component feeding section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: Nippondenso Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shiniti Umemura, Isao Nagata, Tomoaki Huzii, Takumi Arai
  • Patent number: 5725347
    Abstract: Automation of stacking of lamina included in a modular circuit package is provided by use of a plurality of heads carried on a preferably rotating head transport assembly. The head transport assembly is movable between two locations in which heads simultaneously brought to respective supply, alignment and disposal stations alternately pick up or deposit lamina, plates, separator sheets or protective sheets, respectively. Each lamina, sheet or plate deposited at the alignment station is pressed down over elongated alignment pins while maintaining only a short protrusion of the alignment pins above the existing stack. Continuous production is provided by carousels which bring alignment fixtures to the alignment station and magazines containing lamina to the supply station. Selection among lamina is provided by an elevator assembly which moves a magazine to a location at which a desired lamina can be selected therefrom, preferably under computerized control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Hansen
  • Patent number: 5692292
    Abstract: A transfer type circuit board fabricating system having a plurality of working modules each including (a) a conveyor device for transferring circuit boards in a predetermined transfer direction, (b) a working device for performing a predetermined operation on the circuit boards, and (c) a controller constituted principally by a computer, for controlling the working device, wherein the conveyor devices transfer the circuit boards one after another in the predetermined transfer direction through the working devices of the working modules, the system further having a coordinating control device constituted principally by a computer, for controlling the controllers of the working modules, on the basis of predetermined working schedule information stored therein, and status information which is received from the controllers of said working modules and which indicates operating states of the working modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Assignee: Fuji Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Asai, Kunio Oe, Masayuki Shimmura
  • Patent number: 5680696
    Abstract: An improved conveying system in a parallel processing production line for dynamo-electric machine components having a magnetic core, the conveying system having a main conveyor extending along all of the processing machines of the production line and a load/unload device for transferring components between the main conveyor and a selected processing machine. Components to be processed are loaded directly from the main conveyor onto the load/unload device without the use of an intermediate conveyor. The load/unload device has a base platform with an alignment area at which transfer between the load/unload device and either the main conveyor or a selected processing machine occurs. Two component holders (e.g., collets) are movably mounted on the base platform for alternate positioning at the alignment area. The load/unload device alternately positions the gripping ends of the component holders adjacent the main conveyor and a selected processing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: Axis USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter Bonura, Enrico Ferrari, Massimo Lombardi
  • Patent number: 5513428
    Abstract: An automatic assembling apparatus automatically assembles such parts as an engine and a suspension to each work such as a car body conveyed by a conveyor. The system includes a parts truck and a screwing truck. The parts truck can be moved parallel to the conveying path of the conveyor and includes a coupling mechanism for coupling it to the conveyor and an approach truck for approaching the work while carrying the parts. The system further includes a screwing truck which can be moved parallel to the conveying path of the conveyor and includes a coupling mechanism for coupling it to the conveyor and a screwing mechanism for effecting screwing by approaching the work. The parts truck and the screwing truck are coupled to the conveyor and are moved in synchronism with the work. The parts are positioned as the approach truck approaches, and the screwing is effected as the screwing mechanism approaches. The parts are assembled without stop of the work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kosuke Shiramizu, Atsushi Niimi, Hidemi Chiba, Tadakazu Inamori, Keiji Yamauchi, Kiyokazu Uruno, Takashi Ito
  • Patent number: 5488767
    Abstract: An automatic grommeting machine for high speed, large volume insertion and setting of eyelets, grommets, etc., and their mating washers, without requiring pre-punching of a hole. Dual cams are connected to a series of linkages which control the movement of a top set, a bottom set and a clamper, as well as controlling the withdrawal and insertion of grommet and washer roadway slides in synchrony with the top and bottom sets. The grommeting machine is fully automatic, i.e., the operator simply inserts a piece of material into the machine and activates the machine by pressing a single pedal to insert and set a grommet or eyelet and its corresponding washer in the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Assignee: Stimpson Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Branko Franovick
  • Patent number: 5473810
    Abstract: An automated machine for attaching a suture to a surgical needle having a suture receiving opening formed therein, and for packaging the same in a package tray comprises a first workstation including a device for sorting a plurality of needles and orienting each needle for automatic feeding to a second swaging workstation, a second workstation including a device for automatically cutting an indefinite length of suture material to a definite length and a device for automatically swaging the needle to close the suture receiving opening about a free end of the suture to secure the suture thereto and form a needle-suture assembly, a needle packaging station including a device for sequentially receiving at least one of the needle-suture assemblies in a package tray in synchronism with the second workstation, the needle packaging station having a device for automatically winding the depending suture portion of the needle-suture assembly into the package tray, a first indexing device for sequentially receiving indiv
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: David Demarest, Robert B. Duncan, Martin Sobel, Timothy P. Lenihan, William Rattan, John F. Blanch, Michael G. Hodulik, Dennis P. Yost
  • Patent number: 5400500
    Abstract: A method of making an injection and sampling site adapted to receive a blunt cannula. The method comprises providing an elastomeric septum, and a housing adapted to receive that septum; making a slit in the elastomeric septum; inserting the elastomeric septum into the passageway of the housing; and swaging an outer annular ledge on the housing inwardly over the septum until a septum-engaging portion of the swaging tool applies a predetermined amount of force to the septum. Before the swaging step, a pin is inserted into the passageway of the housing against the inside end of the septum to inhibit deformation of the septum during swaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Brett A. Behnke, Gary A. Thill
  • Patent number: 5353495
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a parts supply system applied to a versatile production line, which strives to eliminate manual labor and prevent misdelivery. The parts supply system includes at least one of the product assembling sites (3) on the production line, at least one of the parts supplying sites (4), at least one of the unit assembling sites (5), at which units are assembled from parts delivered from a warehouse and a plurality of sets are arranged with the units, and a delivery means for delivering the set automatically between each of the product assembling sites (3) and each of the parts supplying sites (4) by an automatic carrier (2) or conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Assignee: PFU Limited
    Inventors: Eiichi Terabayashi, Kazumi Miyasaka, Katsunao Sasaki, Hiroyoshi Terashima, Keisuke Oyanagi, Toshio Sasano
  • Patent number: 5335412
    Abstract: A working device for forcing an armature shaft is disclosed. The working device comprises a sub-index and a main index. The sub-index has a first stopping position adjacent to a shaft storage means for storing armature shafts, and a second stopping position adjacent to a knurl-working means for carrying out a knurl-working to the armature shaft. The main index has a core-feed stopping position at which an armature core is fed by an armature core feed means, a shaft-forcing stopping position at which the armature shaft supplied from the sub-index side is forced into the through-hole of the armature core by a shaft-forcing means, and a discharge stopping position from which the armature core with the forced armature shaft is discharged outside of the main index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Assignee: Mitsuba Electric Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Kawakami
  • Patent number: 5325578
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically installing a clamp made from a flat blank on an object to be fastened thereby, in which individual blanks are separated from a supply of such blanks, are fed as individual blanks to a deformation station where the flat blank is deformed into circular shape, the thus-deformed clamp is transferred from the deformation station to the object to be fastened thereby where it is placed over the object, and the clamp is thereafter tightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Assignee: Hans Oetiker AG Maschinen- und Apparatefabrik
    Inventor: Hans Oetiker
  • Patent number: 5321879
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for carrying out the method in which a clamp made from a flat blank is plastically deformed into circular shape, is locked in its closed condition, is transferred from the deformation station to a transfer station where it is placed over the object to be fastened and is thereafter tightened onto the object. In order to maintain the clamp in predetermined position on the object before being tightened, the clamp is additionally plastically deformed into a slightly non-circular shape differing from the circular shape of the object and is again elastically deformed into its original circular shape before being placed over the object so that return of the clamp to its slightly non-circular configuration will provide sufficient frictional engagement to hold the clamp in predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Assignee: Hans Oetiker AG Maschinen- und Apparatefabrik
    Inventor: Hans Oetiker
  • Patent number: 5285567
    Abstract: The invention relates to the joining of one web, e.g., of camouflage material to a carrier net or the like with the aid of fastener devices comprising male fastener parts (10) provided with pins or like elements which are hammered into complementary holes in female fastener parts (12). The female and male fastener parts are banded together by means of plastic wires moulded along the sides of the fastener parts and are separated subsequent to being brought to a fastener applying position (40) from a respective magazine (30,41). the male fastener parts are banded with the pins positioned in the direction of the band, while the holes provided in the female fastener parts face at right angles to the band direction. The bands are advanced by means of pawl-mechanisms (32-36 and 43-48) respectively). The invention relates to the banded fastener devices, a method of manufacturing the devices and a machine for applying the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1994
    Assignee: Barracuda Technologies AB
    Inventor: Hermann Thuswaldner
  • Patent number: 5271139
    Abstract: A production installation comprises carriages supporting pallet trays carrying structural components or individual parts for assembly or processing, identical couplings for detachably coupling each one of the pallet trays to a respective carriage, a container for the structural components or individual parts readily exchangeably arranged on each pallet tray, a conveyor track comprised of individual and separable conveyor track sections, each conveyor track section comprising vertical and lateral guideways for the carriages, and a feed device at each conveyor track section operable for conveying the carriages independently of each other along the vertical and lateral guideways of the conveyor track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Inventor: Walter Sticht
  • Patent number: 5199156
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for toy tabbing a vehicle body is provided. This method includes a carrier means for transporting a vehicle body into a single work station and a delivery means for delivering side aperture panels to the work station. Vehicle body parts are supplied within the work station by an electrically indexed parts magazine. A programmable robotic means is provided for loading and assembling the side aperture panels and the vehicle body components to the vehicle underbody. A positioning unit is also provided to support the side aperture panels adjacent to the underbody to allow the programmable robotic means to assemble the vehicle's main body framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Inventor: Christiano G. Rossi
  • Patent number: 5191707
    Abstract: A working line for a rear floor of a vehicle includes a first setting station for setting the rear floor panel on the rear frame, a combining station for combining the rear floor panel to the rear frame, an assembling station for assembling the rear floor by welding the rear wheel housings and the rear panel to the rear floor panel, and a second setting station. They are arranged in the order mentioned from a starting end towards a finishing end of the working line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sasamoto, Keizaburo Ohtaki
  • Patent number: 5146661
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for loading integrated circuit packages into package carriers is disclosed. Featured is a pick-and-place mechanism mounted on a tiltable table. Packages and carriers slide toward the pick-and-place mechanism under the influence of gravity. The pick-and-place mechanism combines the packages with carriers. The package/carrier combinations then slide away from the pick-and-place mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Assignee: AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Knepper, Gerald J. Masavage, Phillip A. Solomon
  • Patent number: 5140743
    Abstract: An automatic machine for fitting striking plates to prefabricated fixed frames of windows or French windows is associated with a fixed frame feed device. It comprises at least one fitting unit adapted to be displaced automatically relative to the fixed frame. It further comprises at least one second fitting unit adapted to fit bottom striking plates to the fixed frame, in particular for tilt-turn windows. The displacements of the beam, the carriage and the fitting unit are program-controlled to enable the fitting of top striking plates to the top crossmember of the fixed frame and the fitting of striking plates to the uprights of the fixed frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1992
    Assignee: Ferco International Usine de Ferrures de Batiment
    Inventor: Jean-Jacques Kautt
  • Patent number: 5119548
    Abstract: An automatic manufacturing machine puts a washer on a bolt which thereby forms a sub-assembly that can be used to further manufacture other things, for example. A vibrating bowl orients the washers so that one side of the washer is up and the other side is down relative to said bolt. These oriented washers are then delivered to a washer transporting dial having a plurality of equispaced pockets around the periphery thereof. Each pocket receives and carries one of the oriented washers to eventually receive the bolt. A sensor detects whether the washer is correctly positioned in the pocket and stops the vibrating bowl until an improperly washer is correctly positioned in a pocket. Jets of air are directed onto the surface of the dial to dislodge incorrectly positioned washers. This invention is important when the opposite sides of the washer are different, as when it is conical, covered on one side by rubber, plastic, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Assignee: Fastener Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: James Schanstra
  • Patent number: 5105534
    Abstract: An installation for the continuous assembly of complementary component parts of a structural assembly constituting a door or window espagnolette bolt operating mechanism includes a main assembly circuit comprising at least one conveyor adapted to be advanced in steps and components part support plates fixed to this conveyor. Feed lines convey the component parts from storage units to the assembly circuit. Take-up devices transfer component parts from the feed lines to the conveyor. Component part assembly devices are located downstream of these take-up devices in the direction of movement of the conveyor. The installation further comprises devices for controlling the positioning and assembly of the component parts on the respective support plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Assignee: Ferco International Usine de Ferrures de Batiment
    Inventor: M. Jean-Jacques Kautt
  • Patent number: 5052095
    Abstract: Elongated tubular components are assembled with closures at an assembling station between a first conveyor which delivers properly oriented tubular components and a second conveyor which delivers properly oriented closures. One or more plungers are employed to transfer closures from discrete sockets of the second conveyor onto the adjacent ends of aligned components on the first conveyor. The sockets can receive closures from a web-like carrier which is or can be of one piece with the closures. The transfer of closures from the carrier into the sockets is effected by the pusher or pushers on a transporting device which is driven in synchronism with the second conveyor. The carrier can be drawn from a magazine or is supplied directly by a machine wherein the carrier is formed by providing a strip with a series of spaced-apart closures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: ManuMatik Produktionssysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Heckeler, Adolf Henzler
  • Patent number: 4980969
    Abstract: In a rotating multi-station machine for inserting an under-plug and plug in vials, the periphery of a rotating drum features gripping means for vials, and a series of angularly equidistant insertion devices for inserting the under-plugs and plugs in the necks of the vials, whereas a distributor carousel for vials and under-plugs supplies them to the rotating drum. Feed means feed vials and under-plugs to the distributor carousel, and a further distributor carousel supplies plugs to the rotating drum where removal means remove the plugged vials. The insertion devices comprise gripping and insertion means for the under-plug, featuring a swinging arm that moves between a work position upon the neck of the vial and a vial-disengaged position, and gripping and insertion means for the plugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Inventor: Massimo Marchesini
  • Patent number: 4969249
    Abstract: The instrument panel is clamped at both longitudinal ends thereof onto an assembly jig mounted on a robot arm. The jig holding the panel is inserted widthwise into the car cabin through a door opening. The jig is moved to a preassembly position where the end walls of the panel overlap outer side surfaces of mounting brackets previously installed in the car cabin. The end walls of the panel are then fastened in place by nut runners provided at both ends of the assembly jig. The nut runners are mounted on tool holders which are able to perform a floating movement in a plane perpendicular to the car width direction. Positioning devices are provided at both ends of the jig to correct the position of the tool holders with respect to the brackets to align and position the panel so that the mounting holes in the end walls of the panel line up with the tapped holes in the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Yamamoto, Teiji Miwa, Tadashi Ajima
  • Patent number: 4946088
    Abstract: A bushing forming machine including:a metal strip delivery system including a metal strip wound on a drum; a forming mill for forming the metal strip to a shape; a first conveyer carrying the metal strip to the forming mill; and a punch provided on a passage of the metal strip for cutting the metal strip to a length;a filler delivery system including a filler wound on a drum; a cutter for cutting the filler to a length; a second conveyer carrying the filler to the cutter; a gripper feeder holding and feeding the filler after cut by the cutter;a mold rotatably receiving and driving the metal strip and the filler;a pair of compression rollers being actuated to compress the metal strip and the filler wound on the mold; thea welder radially provided beside the mold for welding the metal strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Inventor: Shyue S. Chuang