Multiple Station Assembly Or Disassembly Apparatus Patents (Class 29/791)
  • Patent number: 9776324
    Abstract: A method for queuing robots destined for a target location in an environment, includes determining if a first robot occupies the target location and if it is determined that the first robot occupies the target location, determining if a second robot destined for the target location has entered a predefined target zone proximate the target location. If the second robot has entered the predefined target zone, the method further includes navigating the second robot to a first queue location and causing the second robot to wait at the first queue location until the first robot no longer occupies the target location. The method also includes navigating the second robot to the target location after the first robot leaves the target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Locus Robotics Corporation
    Inventors: Mike Johnson, Sean Johnson, Bradley Powers, Kaitlin Margaret Gallagher
  • Patent number: 9227786
    Abstract: A part mounting facility is provided with substantially U-shaped conveyance paths having return bends, and the substantially U-shaped conveyance paths are formed by providing conveyance paths, which are in part mounting work regions, with the return bends. The substantially U-shaped conveyance paths are connected to each other, and the upstream-most substantially U-shaped conveyance path among the connected substantially U-shaped conveyance paths is connected to the downstream-most substantially U-shaped conveyance path to enable a workpiece conveyance dolly to circulate along the conveyance paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Kozasa, Katsuyoshi Tsutsumida, Hidetoshi Takahashi, Daisuke Hashimoto, Tomohiro Sugimoto, Koichi Sano
  • Patent number: 9038265
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a manufacturing system comprising a plurality of work stations having one or more tools for processing a work item, at least one carrier for moving a work item among the plurality of work stations, and a platform for connecting the plurality of work stations. In a further embodiment, at least one of the plurality of work stations is not on a line with the other work stations and may include a lift machine for raising and/or lowering the at least one carrier and the work item. The platform also may preferably comprise at least one rotator for changing the direction of movement of the at least one carrier on the platform. The system also may preferably comprise at least one conveyer for transporting the at least one carrier to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Triumph Aerostructures, LLC
    Inventors: Laszlo Ferenczi, Gary Pekar
  • Publication number: 20150128719
    Abstract: Disclosed are assembly line equipment maintenance devices and methods. A maintenance cart is selectively engaged to a transport conveyor and integrated into a moving assembly line. The cart can include maintenance tools to refurbish robot end effector tools or replacement tools engageable by robot wrists. The maintenance or replacement tools can include a variety of maintenance equipment including weld tip dressing tools, weld force gauges, replacement weld guns, and test coupon disks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Velibor Kilibarda
  • Patent number: 9014836
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for manufacturing a structure. A part for the structure may be supported on a plurality of mobile fixtures configured to control an orientation of the part. The part for the structure may be moved using the plurality of mobile fixtures to a number of stations for performing a number of operations for manufacturing the structure using the part. The plurality of mobile fixtures may be configured to move in a coordinated manner and substantially maintain a desired orientation for the part while moving the part to a station in the number of stations. The number of operations for manufacturing the structure may be performed at the number of stations while the plurality of mobile fixtures supports the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Paul Reed Stone, Clayton Lynn Munk, Eric M. Reid
  • Patent number: 9003646
    Abstract: Disclosed is a roller hemming system for panels of a vehicle that may include: a marriage jig adapted to load thereon a part having an outer panel and an inner panel joined together; a clamping pad releasably mounted at a front end of an arm of a first handling robot, and adapted to clamp the part loaded on the marriage jig by a plurality of clamping means; a plurality of transfer rails adapted to intersect with each other at a center; a plurality of hemming dies, each being disposed on a predetermined transfer rail, being adapted to reciprocate on the transfer rail between the center and an initial position, and being adapted to receive thereon the part clamped by the clamping pad; and a plurality of hemming robots being disposed corresponding to each hemming die and provided with a hemming roller unit adapted to hem an edge of the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Ki Soon Kim
  • Patent number: 8991037
    Abstract: A workpiece positioning device according to an embodiment includes a first moving unit that is movable in a horizontal direction, a second moving unit that is movable in a vertical direction, and a rotating unit that is placed on either an upper end or a lower end of the second moving unit. The second moving unit and the rotating unit are kept within the width of the first moving unit that is perpendicular to the moving direction of the first moving unit on a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Kazuki Suzumura, Takahiko Kanamori, Tomoyuki Shiraki
  • Publication number: 20150083860
    Abstract: A method for the assembly of an aircraft fuselage, to a fuselage manufacturing station and to a construction kit includes providing a pre-assembled cockpit unit, a pre-assembled wing box, a pre-assembled tail unit and a plurality of pre-fabricated fuselage shell segments. Furthermore, the method involves positioning the cockpit unit, the wing box and the tail unit. Moreover, a first front fuselage shell segment is positioned on a front connecting region of the wing box, and a first rear fuselage shell segment is positioned on a rear connecting region of the wing box. The first front fuselage shell segment is joined to a second front fuselage shell segment, and the first rear fuselage shell segment is joined to a second rear fuselage shell segment. As a result of the above, following the assembly of the aircraft fuselage an aircraft fuselage can be provided that already comprises equipment elements or functional elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Frauen, Robert Alexander Goehlich
  • Patent number: 8979464
    Abstract: Provided is a production facility which allows a worker to perform manual works such as restoration, setting change, and manufacturing, without entering an action area of a robot. The production facility includes a casing, a swaging as a dedicated device housed in the casing, for performing swaging using a boot band, and an internal transfer device. A human work area on the front side of the production facility and an action area of a transfer robot on the back side of the production facility are separated by the swaging device and the casing. The worker positioned on the front side of the production facility operates swaging device without entering the action area of the transfer robot so that the transfer robot need not be stopped when the work is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Machida, Shigeki Matsushita, Shinya Inui, Hiroshi Hatano
  • Patent number: 8959751
    Abstract: Doors D (collectively representing doors D1 and D2) are removed from a vehicle body W, and are mounted to door holders 4 which are put laterally outside a base 2. While a carrier 1 is conveyed downstream with the door holders 4 kept holding the doors D and put outside the base 2 in the lateral directions, and, components are assembled to the doors D. Thereafter, the doors D to which the components are assembled are removed from the door holders 4, and are mounted to the vehicle body W.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20150047184
    Abstract: A plant including: an assembly line along which a plurality of pallets are circulated in a closed loop, divided into a first section, where the pallets are loaded in a plurality of first stations with mechanical parts to be assembled, and into a second section, where the pallets advance along a plurality of second stations; a conveyor arranged at least partially parallel to and above the second section, along which a plurality of balance supports provided with bodies run; a coupling station, arranged immediately upstream of the second section, where the pallets are integrally coupled to the balance supports; and a decoupling station, where the pallets are separated from the balance supports; each pallet having selectively engageable and releasable fastening means for a balance support and elastic means able to receive the balance support resting thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: CPM S.p.A
    Inventor: Massimo Bellezza
  • Publication number: 20150007433
    Abstract: A device for assembling insulating glass panes from glass panels includes a first horizontal conveyor having a conveying track, a rotating station, a second horizontal conveyor having two conveying tracks and an assembling and pressing station, wherein the first horizontal conveyor conveys the glass panels, which are to be assembled to insulating glass panes, to the rotating station which respectively pairs two glass panels and the second horizontal conveyor conveys the paired glass panels from the rotating station to the assembling and pressing station. A displacement station is arranged upstream or downstream of the rotating station, wherein a glass panel conveyed by the single-track first horizontal conveyor is movable out of the transport path and can be brought into a parking track by the displacement station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Karl Lenhardt
  • Publication number: 20140325834
    Abstract: An insulating glass unit (IGU) assembly line capable of interleaving double and triple pane IGUs in accordance with an IGU production schedule. Visual indicators or prompts instruct operators at the assembly line in configuring a sequence of IGUs. Triple pane IGUs are assembled with minimal contamination of a center glass lite. A non-contact Bernoulli pad is used to lift a glass lite off from a horizontal or vertical support that conveys it from a glass washer to an assembly station. Each of multiple pads has a capacity to lift approximately seven to ten pounds. Use of multiple pads per glass sheet or lite allows lites having dimensions up to 70 by 100 inches (assuming glass thickness of one quarter inch) to be assembled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: WILLIAM A. BRIESE, JOHN GRISMER, TIMOTHY B. McGLINCHY
  • Patent number: 8863374
    Abstract: A production plant, particularly for suitcases and trunks, such suitcases and trunks comprising at least two half-shells mutually associated so as to form at least one internal containment compartment. The plant comprises: at least one station for loading at least one half-shell; at least one work island which has at least one dispenser of perimetric gasket seals; at least one storage area for the half-shells; at least one center for mating the half-shells, so as to form substantially the finished product, such as a suitcase and a trunk; at least one station for unloading the finished product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: G.T. Line S.r.l.
    Inventor: Massimo Tonelli
  • Publication number: 20140283353
    Abstract: A workpiece assembly line includes assembly units that assemble a workpiece, and a workpiece transfer unit that allows transfer of the workpiece between the workpiece transfer unit and each assembly unit. The assembly units are disposed around the workpiece transfer unit. The workpiece is transferred between the assembly units via the workpiece transfer unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Toshiyuki HARADA, Toshiaki IKEDA, Ken OKAWA, Shinji OGASAWARA, Akihiro SHIOTA
  • Patent number: 8826509
    Abstract: A system for forming composite material parts comprises a charge station, a tool station, a forming station, a cooling station, a pick and place apparatus, and a transfer unit. The charge station may receive a first charge. The tool station may receive a first tool. The forming station may form a second charge against a second tool. The cooling station may cool a third charge and a third tool. The pick and place apparatus may retrieve the first charge from the charge station and the first tool from the tool station and transport both the first charge and the first tool to the forming station. The transfer unit may transport the second charge and the second tool from the forming station to the cooling station while at the same time transporting the third charge and the third tool from the cooling station to the tool station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Blaise F. Bergmann, Michael C. Dowling
  • Patent number: 8789269
    Abstract: A modular manufacturing facility and method of construction includes a plurality of service and equipment modules which are readily sized and oriented to be packaged, shipped to a desired location, assembled and connected to local resources to form a fully operational assembly or build facility substantially or wholly independent of any resident building structure at the selected site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Comau, Inc.
    Inventors: Velibor Kilibarda, David Reid, Daisy Red
  • Patent number: 8726487
    Abstract: This invention describes a process flow, method and apparatus to assemble triple IG units without contaminating the center glass lite. A non-contact vacuum pad is used to lift a glass lite off from a horizontal or vertical support that conveys it from a glass washer to an assembly station. Each of multiple pads has a capacity to lift approximately seven to ten pounds. Use of multiple pads per glass sheet or lite allows lites having, dimensions up to 70 by 100 inches (assuming glass thickness of one quarter inch) to be assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: GED Integrated Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: William Briese, John Grismer, Timothy B. McGlinchy
  • Publication number: 20140130345
    Abstract: To inhibit running Running over components such as an electrical wire when displacing a work table is inhibited. An assembly work conveyor device includes a plurality of work tables and a displacement support mechanism that includes a displacement driver causing the work tables to displace along an oval displacement path. The plurality of work tables are displaced along the oval displacement path in a state supported in a cantilevered manner by the displacement support mechanism and in a posture projecting toward an outer periphery of the oval displacement path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Shinohara, Kouichi Shibayama
  • Patent number: 8720026
    Abstract: A method of making elongated spacer frame members prevents a first spacer frame member in a series of spacer frame members from being scrapped. A supply of thin relatively narrow sheet metal stock is provided. The stock is fed endwise to a stamping station. The stock is passed through the stamping station that stamps the stock to define a scrap length of stock followed by a connected first spacer frame defining length of stock. The scrap length of stock and the connected first spacer frame defining length of stock are fed to a roll forming station. The scrap length of stock and the connected first spacer frame defining length of stock are formed into a rigid linearly extending scrap element having opposite side walls and a base wall and a connected rigid linearly extending first spacer frame element having opposite side walls and a base wall. A connection between the scrap element and the first spacer frame element is then severed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: GED Integrated Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy B. McGlinchy
  • Patent number: 8671537
    Abstract: A method and device for harmless treatment and recycling of waste refrigerators. Plastic parts, electrical boxes, compressors, and condensers are disassembled at a disassembling station. Refrigerants from compressors are recycled at a fluoride-extracting station. Refrigerator bodies and doors are transferred to a double shaft shredder and a rolling crusher for crushing. Crushed materials are sorted out by wind force, by a self-discharge type iron remover made of permanent magnet and a cylindrical iron remover for magnetic separation. The device is placed in an enclosed workshop equipped with a multistage ventilation system, a protective device of nitrogen, a device for spraying, dedusting, and cooling, and an on-line detection and alarm control device for cyclopentane gas concentration, polyurethane dust concentration, and temperature. The method and device have low manufacturing and operating costs and are dustproof, explosion proof, environmentally friendly and has excellent recycling effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: Guoying Ming, Yehua Liu, Yuping Zhang, Qilin Li, Peng Li
  • Patent number: 8627558
    Abstract: A production line for manipulating objects is provided. The production line has working stations for performing consecutive working steps on the objects by a stationary operator. At least one working station is arranged to be operated by a stationary operator that is a human and at least one working station is operated by a stationary operator that is a robot. The at least one working station being arranged for a stationary operator that is a human and the at least one working station being operated by a stationary operator that is a robot are arranged such that transfer of objects from one working station to the other working station is performed by one or both of the stationary operators. The robot has at least two arms. A method for operating a production line applying a corresponding concept is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Ivan Lundberg, Mats Källman, Sönke Kock
  • Patent number: 8621738
    Abstract: A glass cutting apparatus (101) includes a pair of cutters (13a, 13b) installed oppositely to each other in such a way as to sandwich, therebetween, a glass plate with surfaces of the glass plate thereof being along a vertical direction; a first pressing unit (14a) which presses one of the cutters to one of the surfaces of the glass plate in a horizontal direction with a pressing force P; a second pressing unit (14b) which is placed oppositely to the first pressing unit and presses the other one of the cutters to the other surface of the glass plate in the horizontal direction with the pressing force P; and a moving unit (20) which moves the pair of cutters pressing the glass plate with the pressing force P.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Iwamoto, Yoshiyuki Tani, Fumio Yamazaki, Takao Hisazumi
  • Patent number: 8595909
    Abstract: A board removal apparatus for a wooden pallet includes a frame, and a carriage carried by the frame. The carriage includes a pair of spaced apart tables with a fixed gap therebetween. The carriage is movable between a pallet receiving position and a board removal position. The pallet is positioned on the carriage when in the pallet receiving position so that a board to be removed overlies the fixed gap. A board removal assembly is carried by the frame and includes a push rod and a board removal foot pad pivotally coupled thereto. The push rod and the board removal foot pad are inserted between adjacent stringers on the pallet when the carriage is in the board removal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Chep Technology Pty Limited
    Inventors: Steve Townsend, Christopher Bertram Anderson
  • Patent number: 8584349
    Abstract: A flexible, multi-product, multi-technology, expandable facility for manufacturing products, such as biologicals, pharmaceuticals, or chemicals, and manufacturing processes using elements of such a facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Xoma Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Patrick J. Scannon, Frank A. Bernard, Alfred C. Dadson, Jr., Robert S. Tenerowicz
  • Publication number: 20130255077
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for dismantling of chosen parts of assembled pallets, said device including a support frame, that carries a first and a second dismantling station, into which pallets are insertable. The first dismantling station comprises at least one knife, which can be driven in between chosen outer parts of a base of a pallet in order to separate at least some of these parts. The second dismantling station comprises at least one knife, which can be driven in between chosen inner parts of a base of a pallet or between outer parts of a deck of a pallet in order to separate any of these parts. The device also comprises a multiple-axle robot, which is arranged to feed pallets into and out of the device and to position said pallets in relation to the knifes of both dismantling stations of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: YASKAWA NORDIC AB
    Inventors: Karl-Johan Berg, Bengt Magnusson, Per Danielsson
  • Publication number: 20130232779
    Abstract: A machine tool includes a base and a plurality of types of mechanism units. Each of the mechanism units includes a unit portion wiring. Some of the mechanism units include a unit built-in control circuit arranged and programmed to control a drive source within such unit. A conveyance apparatus includes a guide equipped frame and a traveling member. The guide equipped frame includes a plurality of travel guide units connected together. The travel guide units include a rectilinear section and a curved section. A travel drive of the traveling member includes a plurality of individual motors, which are armatures on a primary side provided in the travel guide units, and a mover provided in the traveling member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuzo MORI, Hidetsugu KAWAI, Kazuhiro ISHIKAWA
  • Patent number: 8522437
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a tire and a wheel is disclosed. The apparatus includes a single-cell workstation including a device that retains a wheel, and a plurality of sub-stations. The device moves the wheel to each of the plurality of sub-stations, without releasing the wheel, to assemble a tire-wheel assembly. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Android Industries LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Lawson, Robert Reece, Lawrence L. Reece, Richard J. Standen
  • Patent number: 8474132
    Abstract: A product line assembly includes a plurality of containers detachably connected. Each of the plurality of containers includes a case and equipment received in the case. Each container is configured for performing an individual working procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shen-Chun Li, Hsien-Chuan Liang, Shou-Kuo Hsu
  • Publication number: 20130152397
    Abstract: A facility for assembling aircraft fuselages comprises a plurality of movable cradles. Each cradle is configured to support a fuselage keel structure and assemble a panelized fuselage in a single upright build position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, Blair P. Nelson, Alan S. Draper, Charles Y. Hu, Randall Matthewson, Branko Sarh
  • Publication number: 20130158697
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for manufacturing a structure. A part for the structure may be supported on a plurality of mobile fixtures configured to control an orientation of the part. The part for the structure may be moved using the plurality of mobile fixtures to a number of stations for performing a number of operations for manufacturing the structure using the part. The plurality of mobile fixtures may be configured to move in a coordinated manner and substantially maintain a desired orientation for the part while moving the part to a station in the number of stations. The number of operations for manufacturing the structure may be performed at the number of stations while the plurality of mobile fixtures supports the part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul Reed Stone, Clayton Lynn Munk, Eric M. Reid
  • Patent number: 8458897
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly line includes a plurality of carriers that support respective vehicle bodies to which vehicle underbody parts, which are parts that are fitted to the vehicle bodies from below the vehicle bodies, are fitted, and convey the vehicle bodies along the vehicle assembly line. The carriers support the vehicle bodies in such a manner that the longitudinal direction of each of the vehicle bodies is perpendicular to the conveyance direction in which the vehicle bodies are conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinji Tohyama, Koji Tomida
  • Patent number: 8443513
    Abstract: Disclosed is a substrate processing apparatus which can achieve an improvement in throughput and suppress the reduction in the operation rate of the entire apparatus even when a problem occurs. In the disclosed apparatus, at the rear end of a substrate loading block including a loading/unloading arm for transferring a wafer to a carrier, a first, a second, and a third processing blocks are disposed in that order. In the substrate loading block, transfer stages are provide for transferring a wafer from the loading/unloading arm to the first processing block, for transferring a wafer to the second processing block, and for transferring a wafer to the third processing block so that the wafer on the transfer stage is directly carried to the second processing block by a first direct carrying mechanism, and to the third processing block by a second direct carrying mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Seiki Ishida, Yukiyoshi Saito
  • Patent number: 8371023
    Abstract: A spout installation device capable of reliably installing spouts onto correct positions on a pouch. The spout installation device has a pouch supply section for supplying a pouch (P), first and second spout supply sections for respectively supplying an inlet spout (SA) and an outlet spout (SB), and first and second spout installation sections for installing the inlet spout (SA) and the outlet spout (SB), which are supplied by the spout supply sections, onto the pouch (P) supplied by the pouch supply section. For each time of installation of the inlet spout (SA) and the outlet spout (SB) onto the pouch (P), an upper inclined edge and a lower edge of the pouch (P) are positioned by a positioning unit of the pouch supply section and by a positioning/holding mechanism of the second spout installation section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Seal International, Inc.
    Inventor: Syuuichi Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 8356412
    Abstract: This patent relates to a machine that automatically assembles, inspects, and packages disposable prophylaxis angles. The machine includes a movable table including a plurality of fixtures on which angle components are assembled and the assembled angles are inspected. The movable table is surrounded by a number of stations, each of which performs a different operation of the assembly and inspection procedure. Feeders automatically supply the angle components to their respective stations for assembly. Angles that are incorrectly assembled are automatically rejected. Properly assembled angles are automatically sealed in individual bags. Individually bagged angles are counted into batches by the machine and automatically sealed into cartons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventor: David G. Kraenzle
  • Patent number: 8327531
    Abstract: In a production system general-purpose cell for general-purpose use in processing and transportation of a received workpiece in a production system of processing and delivering the workpiece, the production system general-purpose cell includes a base unit having a planar shape of quadrangle and supporting at least a robot for use in transportation of the workpiece such that the robot is movable on the planar area of quadrangle, a parts supply unit for supplying parts of the workpiece to the robot supported by the base unit, and a processing area extending outside the base unit. The robot supported by the base unit having a motion range set in a range from inside to outside the base unit in a form including at least part of the processing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masatoshi Ono, Christoph Meyerhoff
  • Publication number: 20120304446
    Abstract: A device and method for assembling parts, products or machines in a random build order that integrates or combines the delivery of loose components to be assembled on a carriage that itself supports the device being assembled along an assembly line path of travel. The loose parts onboard the carriage that also supports the device being progressively assembled substantially improves the logistics in an assembly plant and efficiency in building the part, product or device, for example a vehicle sheet metal body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: Comau, Inc.
    Inventor: Velibor Kilibarda
  • Patent number: 8302281
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing motor vehicle sub-assemblies with unrestricted model mix and quick changeover between models. The apparatus includes a track; a carriage mounted for longitudinal movement along the track between first and second positions; and first and second turrets rotatably mounted on the carriage at longitudinally spaced locations and each including a plurality of circumferentially spaced individual faces and unique tooling fixtures on the respective faces for receiving unique work piece components corresponding to a plurality of motor vehicle body styles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Comau, Inc.
    Inventor: Velibor Kilibarda
  • Patent number: 8266790
    Abstract: A board removal apparatus for a wooden pallet includes a frame, and a carriage carried by the frame. The carriage includes a pair of spaced apart tables with a fixed gap therebetween. The carriage is movable between a pallet receiving position and a board removal position. The pallet includes spaced apart stringers and boards on top and bottom surfaces thereof. The pallet is positioned on the carriage when in the pallet receiving position so that a board to be removed overlies the fixed gap. A board removal assembly is carried by the frame and includes a push rod and a board removal foot pad pivotally coupled thereto. The push rod and the board removal foot pad are inserted between adjacent stringers when the carriage is in the board removal position. The board removal foot pad overlies at least a portion of the board to be removed and overlies at least a portion of the fixed gap between the pair of spaced apart tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Chep Technology Pty. Limited
    Inventors: Steve Townsend, Christopher Bertram Anderson
  • Publication number: 20120216384
    Abstract: A workpiece manufacturing facility includes a plurality of workstations capable of performing work on a workpiece to dimensionally advance a configuration of the workpiece. A plurality of assembly stations is capable of assembling components of the workpiece to the workpiece. A carrier is moveable between any of the work stations and between any of the assembly stations. The carrier transports at least one workpiece between at least one work station and at least one assembly station. The carrier includes a robotic manipulator capable of introducing the workpiece to the workstations and the assembly stations in a dimensionally accurate position and the robotic manipulator is capable of performing work on the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: Durr Ecoclean, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Immekus
  • Publication number: 20120174369
    Abstract: A method and device for harmless treatment and recycling of waste refrigerators. Plastic parts, electrical boxes, compressors, and condensers are disassembled at a disassembling station. Refrigerants from compressors are recycled at a fluoride-extracting station. Refrigerator bodies and doors are transferred to a double shaft shredder and a rolling crusher for crushing. Crushed materials are sorted out by wind force, by a self-discharge type iron remover made of permanent magnet and a cylindrical iron remover for magnetic separation. The device is placed in an enclosed workshop equipped with a multistage ventilation system, a protective device of nitrogen, a device for spraying, dedusting, and cooling, and an on-line detection and alarm control device for cyclopentane gas concentration, polyurethane dust concentration, and temperature. The method and device have low manufacturing and operating costs and are dustproof, explosion proof, environmentally friendly and has excellent recycling effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: Guoying MING, Yehua LIU, Yuping ZHANG, Qilin LI, Peng LI
  • Publication number: 20120144635
    Abstract: A continuous system for automatically manufacturing an axle is provided. The system includes a plurality of sub-systems and an automated transport system. The plurality of sub-systems includes a furnace configured to heat a billet to a predetermined forging temperature, a forging system configured to forge an axle from a heated billet, and a machining system configured to form a machined axle from said axle. The automated transport system is configured to automatically transport a product to and from each of the plurality of sub-systems. The product includes the billet, the axle, and the machined axle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: Richard Gerard Potje, Timothy Dunagan, Jon Edmond Meyer, James A. Cowan
  • Publication number: 20120137509
    Abstract: A product line assembly includes a plurality of containers detachably connected. Each of the plurality of containers includes a case and equipment received in the case. Each container is configured for performing an individual working procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: SHEN-CHUN LI, HSIEN-CHUAN LIANG, SHOU-KUO HSU
  • Publication number: 20120125542
    Abstract: A method is disclosed. The method includes the step of determining a spatial location of a match-mark region of each of a tire and a wheel, wherein at least one of the tire and the wheel does not include a physical match mark formed upon a surface or within a body portion of the tire and the wheel. A system is also disclosed. An apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: Android Industries LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Lawson, George B. Byma, Robert Reece, Ramsey R. Niazy
  • Patent number: 8161650
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a tire and a wheel is disclosed. The apparatus includes a single-cell workstation including a device that retains a wheel, and a plurality of sub-stations. The device moves the wheel to each of the plurality of sub-stations, without releasing the wheel, to assemble a tire-wheel assembly. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Android Industries LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Lawson, Robert Reece, Lawrence L. Reece, Richard J. Standen
  • Patent number: 8141220
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for uncoupling the support and removing a protective film from lenses during production. The method consists of: a phase comprising the weakening of the layer (5) of fluxing material, specific to a matching support (4), with the application of a hot fluid in order to soften same; the lateral projection of a jet (7) of pressurized liquid onto the support (4) in order to detach said support; the lateral projection of an orientable pressurized jet (8) onto the edge of the lens (1) in order to raise the protective sheet (3) to be found on the front face of the lens and to detach same fully from the lens; and the draining of the lens (1) in order for same to be delivered to an outlet tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Insomec Integra Soluciones, S.L.L.
    Inventor: Jose Guardia Aura
  • Patent number: 8141223
    Abstract: A cell manufacturing method in which a main operator, who carries out main operations that include a plurality of steps in which parts are attached to a workpiece, is moved along with the workpiece so as to transit a plurality of stations at which auxiliary steps related to the main operations are carried out. A main car is provided on which the workpiece is mounted and on which the main operator rides. A main operation platform apparatus is also provided that has a main operation platform for carrying out the main operations so as to be movable are used, and then when carrying out at least a portion of the main operations in the main car, the main car and the main operation platform are moved in synchrony. Furthermore, a subsidiary car is provided to travel together with the main car so as to be able to transfer parts and/or jigs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Taniguchi, Shigeharu Ikeda, Kuniyuki Hashimoto, Junji Sugawara
  • Publication number: 20120054997
    Abstract: An system for disassembling a fuel injector includes the first station for removing an end-cap assembly, an external O-ring and a control valve body (CVB) spool from the fuel injector, the second station for receiving the fuel injector from the first station and removing a snap ring, a ferrule ring, a cone-nut and screws from the fuel injector, and the third station for receiving the fuel injector from the second station and removing a plunger, a clevis, a piston, an intensifier O-ring, a gasket and a high pressure group from the fuel injector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: International Engine Intellectual Property Company
    Inventors: Daryl Villa, Michael Castelluccio, Joshua Kyle Dalrymple, Philip Vince
  • Patent number: 8127434
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for assembly and disassembly in axial and radial directions mold segments forming a toroidally shaped mold. The apparatus includes mold gripping apparatus operatively engaging and disengaging the mold; and mold transport apparatus for operatively moving the mold gripping apparatus and engaged mold between a mold assembly and disassembly station and a tire curing station. The mold gripping apparatus engages and unlocks an upper mold sidewall segment and mold loading apparatus engages and unlocks a lower mold sidewall segment. Tread segment closing apparatus is provided for operatively opening and closing the tread segments of the mold in a radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: William Dudley Currie, Dennis Alan Lundell, David Alan Henthorne
  • Patent number: 8122579
    Abstract: A cell manufacturing method in which a main operator, who carries out main operations that include a plurality of steps in which parts are installed on a workpiece, is moved along with the workpiece so as to transit a plurality of stations where auxiliary steps related to the main operations are carried out. At least a portion of operations in which parts and/or jigs are supplied to a main car are carried out via a main delivery apparatus by using a main car on which a workpiece is mounted and on which a main operator rides, and that travels automatically on a predetermined travel route that transits a plurality of stations. The main delivery apparatus has a main serving position and a main receiving position. Parts and/or jigs that have been disposed at the main receiving position are delivered to the main serving position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Taniguchi, Shigeharu Ikeda, Kuniyuki Hashimoto, Junji Sugawara