Means To Fasten Work Parts Together Patents (Class 29/795)
  • Patent number: 9610992
    Abstract: An overhead conveying device includes a conveying device mounted on supporting framework. The supporting framework and the conveying device form a conveying corridor. At least one securing element can be arranged at an input point and/or output point of the supporting framework, and the securing element can be moved between a securing position and an opening position. The securing element functions in the securing position as fall protection and at least partially blocks the initial cross-section and/or terminal cross-section of the conveying corridor. In the opening position, the securing element releases the initial cross-section and/or terminal cross-section of the conveying corridor for the transport of components with the help of the conveying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Torsten Hösker
  • Patent number: 9149898
    Abstract: A piston assembling apparatus includes a piston holding means including a guide tube portion which contains the piston and guides the piston into the cylinder bore. A guide tube support portion supports the guide tube portion to be displaceable in a radial direction thereof. A moving means moves at least one of the piston holding means and the cylinder block so as to locate them at an insertion preparation position where the guide tube portion and the cylinder bore are coaxial with each other. A pressing means presses the piston contained in the guide tube portion toward the cylinder block to insert the piston into the cylinder bore in a state in which the piston holding means and the cylinder block are located at the insertion preparation position, and the guide tube portion is supported by the guide tube support portion to be displaceable in the radial direction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: HIRATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hisayuki Sueoka, Shozo Maeda
  • 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
  • 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: 20140331487
    Abstract: A tire mounting apparatus is constructed from a first working mechanism and a second working mechanism that are separate from each other. The first working mechanism is provided with a tire holding device for holding a tire and with a temporary tightening device for temporarily tightening nuts onto hub bolts to which the tire is mounted. The second working mechanism is provided with a final tightening device means for finally tightening the temporarily tightened nuts. The final tightening device includes two nut runners and an interval adjuster for adjusting an interval between the two nut runners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Saeko KOMATSU, Yoshito OTAKE
  • Patent number: 8881390
    Abstract: A process for installing electrical box, wiring, and receptacles or switch simultaneously that allows electricians to perform all 3 tasks at one time without the need to return to install receptacles or switch after wallboard is installed comprises: Housing with built-in laser guide and attached magnetic spacers for metal studs or wooden studs that allow for correct alignment of receptacle or switch for applicable wallboard thickness used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Frank DiLorenzo
  • Publication number: 20140317904
    Abstract: Method for fitting caps by means of an automatic apparatus onto at least one end of a pipe, fed in a longitudinal direction by a pipe-feeding machine and directed to a machine for bundling the pipe, wherein said apparatus being movable alternately in both senses of the longitudinal direction between two opposite end-of-travel ends, i.e. rear end facing the feeding machine, and front end opposite to the rear end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Marco Sorrentino
  • Publication number: 20140283357
    Abstract: A workpiece assembly system includes a first manual station in which a person performs an operation of providing a first component set onto a pallet; a first robot station in which a robot performs an operation of assembling the first component set into a workpiece on a surface plate; and a conveyor that conveys the pallet and the surface plate from the first robot station to a subsequent manual station. After the robot has removed the first component set from the pallet and before the robot finishes the operation in the first robot station, the pallet is conveyed to the subsequent manual station prior to the surface plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Toshiyuki HARADA, Ken OKAWA, Kenji MATSUFUJI, Shinji OGASAWARA, Toshiaki IKEDA
  • Publication number: 20140259614
    Abstract: A system for assembling a vehicle includes a first assembly line having a plurality of first stations, including a welding station for welding first structural components that define a vehicle body portion. The first structural components are formed of a first material. The second assembly line receives the vehicle body portion from the first assembly line and has a plurality of second stations, including a second welding station where a second structural component is secured to the first structural components. The second structural component is formed of the first material or a second material. The second assembly line is configured such that the second component is one of welded to the first components in the second welding station when the second component is formed of the first material and fastened to the first components in the second welding station when the second component is formed of the second material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: John Doll, Rhett Chapman, Zach Olding, Kevin Comerford
  • Publication number: 20140259613
    Abstract: A workpiece assembling apparatus includes: a conveyor configured to convey a workpiece; a plurality of robots arranged along the conveyor, the plurality of robots being configured to perform a same work on a workpiece conveyed by the conveyor; a parts-supplier configured to supply parts to the plurality of robots; and a controller configured to control the robots and the conveyor, wherein the controller controls the robot disposed at a downstream side to perform an unfinished work of the robot disposed at an upstream side in addition to a predetermined work in a case where the robot disposed at the upstream side has not completed a predetermined work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Akihiro SHIOTA, Toshiyuki HARADA, Kenji MATSUFUJI, Ken OKAWA, Shinji OGASAWARA
  • Patent number: 8793851
    Abstract: This invention provides a retainer assembling apparatus which assembles a retainer to a valve stem via a cotter which engage with an engaging groove formed on the valve stem. The cotter comprises a pair of cotter segments. The apparatus includes a cylindrical body, a holding portion which holds the retainer contacting a lower end of the cylindrical body, a push-up shaft which pushes up the pair of cotter segments into the cylindrical body, and an axial body which is arranged in the cylindrical body to be coaxial with the push-up shaft and to be coaxially movable. The cylindrical body includes a tapered inner circumferential portion on an inner circumferential wall lower portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Hirata Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Shiga, Kotaro Takamura, Yukihiro Kawamoto, Masahiro Koizumi, Haruo Oka, Koji Matsuda
  • Publication number: 20140123482
    Abstract: An optical fiber cable processing apparatus includes a rotation table (conveyance section) which conveys a case that houses an optical fiber cable obtained by coating an optical fiber, and to which a plurality of work stations is set. The rotation table includes a case holding part, and the case holding part includes a cable holding section that holds the optical fiber cable. Further, a pulling station at an upstream side includes a pulling section that pulls out the optical fiber cable from the case by a predetermined length and causes the cable holding section to hold the optical fiber cable, and the work stations at a downstream side perform necessary work with respect to the optical fiber cable held by the cable holding section. Processing of the optical fiber cable in each work station can be easily performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Fujio Kanayama, Tsuyoshi Ogawa, Kazuyoshi Yamada, Shuichi Otaki
  • Patent number: 8608886
    Abstract: A method for connecting a first component to a second component, the method including: applying a fastening dome composed of material in a viscous state to the first component, hardening the fastening dome on the first component, and then inserting a connecting element through the first component, second component, and at least partially through the fastening dome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG
    Inventors: Bernhard Hofer, Wolfgang Passegger
  • Patent number: 8567047
    Abstract: A machine for installing electrical box, wiring, and receptacles or switch simultaneously and a process that allows electricians to perform all 3 tasks at one time without the need to return to install receptacles or switch after wallboard is installed comprises: Housing with built-in laser guide and attached magnetic spacers for metal studs or wooden studs that allow for correct alignment of receptacle or switch for applicable wallboard thickness used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Frank Anthony DiLorenzo
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8402642
    Abstract: In a pocket coil spring structure assembling apparatus, a row-of-pocket-coil-springs auxiliary feed stock mechanism and a row-of-pocket-coil-springs delivery mechanism are connected together in series so as to form a row-of-pocket-coil-springs supply unit, a plurality of row-of-pocket-coil-springs supply units are disposed on an upstream side with respect to a sealing/cutting mechanism, a control apparatus is allowed to alternatively select a row-of-pocket-coil-springs supply unit to face the sealing/cutting mechanism from the plurality of row-of-pocket-coil-springs supply units, and a row-of-pocket-coil-springs supply unit alternatively selected is moved to face the sealing/cutting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Matsushita Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshinori Kujuro, Hiroyuki Etoh
  • Publication number: 20130031778
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems for assembly of a component, in particular a roof panel, on a motor-vehicle body structure. One system comprises a device designed to clamp the component on the body structure in the proper position; a centre for welding the component on the body structure; and a conveying line for carrying to and from the welding centre a succession of the body structures. The clamping device is provided with means for gripping the component and comprises first manipulator means for bringing the device into connection with the component in a pick-up position according to a predetermined mutual positioning, and for carrying the device connected to the component to a body structure that is located in a position on the conveying line, upstream of the welding centre, for constraining it to the body structure according to a mutual positioning whereby the component is in the proper position of assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: Comau S.p.A.
    Inventors: Nunzio Magnano, Francesco Di Mino
  • Patent number: 8356403
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for assembling a vehicle body, and more particularly to a device for assembling a vehicle body that is capable of corresponding to various models of vehicles in a process of manufacturing a vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Young Sub Woo, Woo Dong Hwang
  • Publication number: 20130014370
    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: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Shimizu
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120297614
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing the delivery of component parts and tooling to a robotic welding assembly positioned on a motor vehicle body assembly line. Automatic guided vehicles deliver component parts from a source of parts to a parts staging area on the robotic welding assembly including a substage awaiting area, a substage in-use area and a substage empty area, and further automatic guided vehicles deliver tooling from a tooling management area to the robotic welding assembly whereafter the tooling, upon model changeover, is moved to a tooling use area proximate the assembly line whereafter, upon further model changeover, the tooling is removed from the tooling use area and loaded onto an automatic guided vehicle for return to the tooling management area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: COMAU, INC.
    Inventor: Velibor KILIBARDA
  • Patent number: 8276260
    Abstract: A positioning device is provided for positioning of a spring leg and a shock damper motor axis when a connection to a body-shaped pieces of a suspension promoter suspended coach industry unit with a mounting stored chassis unit of the vehicle, with the positioning device includes an attachment element Fixture for fixing the direction positioning to mount one of the fixture resistance element jointed affiliated gripping central carrier with a gripper attached to appropriation reach of the spring leg and shock damper, with the gripping means by moving the grief-structural funds his joints in a rest medium defined rest positions to warden can be brought, namely a working position in which the grief by the central taken one spring leg or shock absorbers positioned, and the suspension strut or shock absorbers are not positioned normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gerhard Köhler, Olaf Recha
  • Patent number: 8225496
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a system that can be used to form a photovoltaic device, or solar cell, using processing modules that are adapted to perform one or more steps in the solar cell formation process. The automated solar cell fab is generally an arrangement of automated processing modules and automation equipment that is used to form solar cell devices. The automated solar fab will thus generally comprise a substrate receiving module that is adapted to receive a substrate, one or more absorbing layer deposition cluster tools having at least one processing chamber that is adapted to deposit a silicon-containing layer on a surface of the substrate, one or more back contact deposition chambers, one or more material removal chambers, a solar cell encapsulation device, an autoclave module, an automated junction box attaching module, and one or more quality assurance modules that are adapted to test and qualify the completely formed solar cell device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Z. Bachrach, Yong-Kee Chae, Soo Young Choi, Nicholas G. J. De Vries, Yacov Elgar, Eric A. Englhardt, Michel R. Frei, Charles Gay, Parris Hawkins, Choi (Gene) Ho, James Craig Hunter, Penchala N. Kankanala, Liwei Li, Wing Hoo (Hendrick) Lo, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Fang Mei, Stephen P. Murphy, Srujal (Steve) Patel, Matthew J. B. Saunders, Asaf Schlezinger, Shuran Sheng, Tzay-Fa (Jeff) Su, Jeffrey S. Sullivan, David Tanner, Teresa Trowbridge, Brice Walker, John M. White, Tae K. Won
  • Publication number: 20120137487
    Abstract: A method for mounting interior components in an aircraft includes premounting a first interior component and premounting a second interior component. At least one of the first and the second interior component is secured to a mounting device and the first and second interior components are connected to form an individual module. A plurality of individual modules secured to the mounting device are interconnected to form a large module which is secured to the mounting device. The large module is detached from the mounting device and transported to a final-mounting position in an aircraft fuselage element. The detached large module is then mounted in the aircraft fuselage element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian Umlauft, Niklas Halfmann, Dieter Krause
  • Patent number: 8117746
    Abstract: A machine for installing electrical box, wiring, and receptacles or switch simultaneously, A process that allows electricians to perform all 3 tasks at one time without the need to return to install receptacles or switch after wallboard is installed, Comprised of: Housing with built-in laser guide and attached magnetic spacers for metal studs or wooden studs that allow for correct alignment of receptacle or switch for applicable wallboard thickness used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Frank Anthony DiLorenzo
  • Patent number: 8087140
    Abstract: A processing speed of each mechanisms in a cutting section is controlled such that all polarizing films housed in a container in advance are used in a joining process and simultaneously a new container with polarizing films housed therein that are cut by a size of a liquid crystal panel is loaded from the cutting section. Here, a fracture included in the polarizing film is cut and removed in the cutting section while a delayed time due to this process is shortened by controlling at least a processing speed in a processing mechanism in a cutting mechanism among mechanisms provided in the cutting section and the joining section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Koshio, Kazuo Kitada, Tomokazu Yura, Takuya Nakazono
  • Publication number: 20110308075
    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: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Shinji Tohyama, Koji Tomida
  • Patent number: 8056200
    Abstract: A manufacturing apparatus (2) for components (3), which has at least one movable loading station (20) designed as a tool magazine (13) and having reception points (39) with different tools (4, 5, 6, 7) for different component types A-I. The loading station (20) is connected to one or more machining stations (20, 22?) at which at least one machining device (23) and at least one handling device (24) for handling and releasing the components (3) from the tool (4, 5, 6, 7, 8) are arranged. The selected Figure is FIG. 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: KUKA Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Johann Hesse, Thomas Kollmar, Bruno Emerich, Roland Heck, Paul Geistdörfer, Ella Geistdöerfer, legal representative, Thomas Ziegler
  • Publication number: 20110179626
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for installing an especially dome-shaped pressure bulkhead on a one-piece, substantially conical rear section for an aircraft, wherein said rear section comprises a connection area and an end area, comprising the steps: a) horizontally accommodating a prefabricated rear section in a horizontal support, b) inserting the rear section into a pivoting frame, c) pivoting the rear section into a vertical position using the pivoting frame, wherein the connection area of the rear section points upward, d) horizontally placing and centering the pressure bulkhead on the connection area, and e) joining of the pressure bulkhead with the rear section in the area of the connection area. The invention further relates to an apparatus for carrying out the method using a pivoting frame for tilting the rear section into a vertical position for installing the pressure bulkhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventors: Frank Weber, Olaf Schoenfeldt
  • Patent number: 7975373
    Abstract: A device and method for the molding of plugs as part of a pipe connection wherein the pipe connection is constructed as a sealing plug-in connection with a connecting piece and a plug that can be locked with the connecting piece. A molding slot is placed in the material of the plug with an expanding tool acting in a radial direction and a sensor subject to the radial deformation is arranged in the expanding jaw. The sensor records the radial deformation work of the expanding jaw and regulates the expanding drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Henn GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Harald Hartmann, Werner Bachmann
  • Publication number: 20110154653
    Abstract: In a pocket coil spring structure assembling apparatus, a row-of-pocket-coil-springs auxiliary feed stock mechanism and a row-of-pocket-coil-springs delivery mechanism are connected together in series so as to form a row-of-pocket-coil-springs supply unit, a plurality of row-of-pocket-coil-springs supply units are disposed on an upstream side with respect to a sealing/cutting mechanism, a control apparatus is allowed to alternatively select a row-of-pocket-coil-springs supply unit to face the sealing/cutting mechanism from the plurality of row-of-pocket-coil-springs supply units, and a row-of-pocket-coil-springs supply unit alternatively selected is moved to face the sealing/cutting mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Toshinori KUJURO, Hiroyuki Etoh
  • Publication number: 20110154654
    Abstract: A plant for assembling mechanical parts on bodies of motor-vehicles comprises an endless conveying line and a plurality of pallets movable along the conveying line, each receiving mechanical parts of the motor-vehicle along a first section of the line. Means for loading a respective motor-vehicle body on a respective pallet at a loading station, located at the beginning of a second section of the conveying line, downstream of the abovementioned first section with reference direction of movement of the pallets are provided. At least one bolting station for bolting the mechanical parts on the respective body along the abovementioned second section is provided. The abovementioned second section of the line is superimposed to the first section and aligned therewith, so that the pallets move along a closed loop in a vertical plane, moving along the upper section in a direction opposite to their direction of movement along the lower section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Sergio Cardani, Guido Rumiano, Angelo Putiri
  • Publication number: 20110040402
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system, method and apparatus for producing fire rated doors having added strength, better finishing and low cost manufacturing flexibility. The fire rated doors are made from two panels “sandwiched” together. An optional interior layer (e.g., fire resistant material, lead sheeting, steel or Kevlar) can be added between the door panels for various purposes. Splines, stiles or sticks are inserted in longitudinal channels in the door panels to provide assistance in aligning the door panels and greater hardware holding strength. An intumescent banding material concealed by a banding material around the perimeter of the door seals the door within its frame during a fire. The door design and the automated manufacturing process provide greater design choice, reduced cost and faster fabrication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: POLYMER-WOOD TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Evan R. Daniels
  • Publication number: 20110040401
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system, method and apparatus for producing fire rated doors having added strength, better finishing and low cost manufacturing flexibility. The fire rated doors are made from two panels “sandwiched” together. An optional interior layer (e.g., fire resistant material, lead sheeting, steel or Kevlar) can be added between the door panels for various purposes. Splines, stiles or sticks are inserted in longitudinal channels in the door panels to provide assistance in aligning the door panels and greater hardware holding strength. An intumescent banding material concealed by a banding material around the perimeter of the door seals the door within its frame during a fire. The door design and the automated manufacturing process provide greater design choice, reduced cost and faster fabrication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: POLYMER-WOOD TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Evan R. Daniels
  • Publication number: 20100287756
    Abstract: This invention describes a process flow and method 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: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: GED Integrated Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: William Briese, John Grismer, Timothy B. McGlinchy
  • Publication number: 20100275439
    Abstract: A multiple tube processing coil for processing two or more elements that are ring-shaped in the processing area thereof, are made of an electrically conductive material and each element tightly encompasses a pressing zone of a mating piece. The multiple tube processing coil includes a pulsed power source and an electric conductor that is connected thereto, entirely surrounds the elements in the processing area thereof and is U-shaped. The two legs of the U-shape are each provided, across from one another, with at least one concavity. The internal edges of the two opposite concavities jointly have a shape that is complementary to the external edge of the cross-section of the elements and is equidistantly enlarged. At least the concavities on the internal faces of the two legs of the U-shape are covered with an electrically insulating layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Pablo Pasquale, Wolfgang Schütz
  • Patent number: 7673384
    Abstract: A six degree of freedom servo driven robot having a seventh axis servo motor for rotating servo driven nut runners affixed to swing arms about a radius. The robot offering flexibility within high production manufacturing and automotive assembly processes by realizing translational movement of servo driven nut runners about seven degrees of translation for fastening component parts of a work product within a work envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Genesis Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: Terry O'Connell, Jack Fisher, Arthur E. Smith, Jr., Satoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 7650679
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for handling at least one part in a station for fixing two parts one on the other, characterized in that it comprises the following steps: positioning the parts in a station using a support (4); starting the fixing operation; replacing the support with a gripping robot (6) when the fixing operation has progressed sufficiently to lock the relative positioning of the two parts; mounting new parts in the support when the replacement has been made; and after the parts have been fixed, removing the thus fixed parts from the station using the gripping robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: ABB France
    Inventors: Daniel Bidaud, Gérard Pinchon, Bernard Negre
  • Patent number: 7596861
    Abstract: A vehicular body panel or component part having a reinforcing backing plate reconciled or joined to a part of a blank material at a position wherein a bending formation is implemented. The backing plate has one or more apertures formed in at least one lateral row at a location equivalent to the position of the bending formation. When forming the blank material and the backing plate concurrently by a bending operation, the backing plate becomes intimately associated with the blank sheet to avoid the backing plate from locally separating from the blank material and from forming a gap relative thereto, with a resultant improved product quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Teruo Kamada, Noriaki Iwanami, Masamitsu Numano, Takashi Tsuchiya
  • Publication number: 20090129885
    Abstract: Methods relating to and apparatus such as floating nut plates may include complementary surfaces limiting movement of a retainer toward or away from side walls of a receiver, such as wherein a nut element is positioned between the retainer and the receiver. One of the complementary surfaces may be a groove formed in the retainer. In one configuration, the receiver and/or retainer are non-metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventors: Terrence Csik, Igor Komsitsky
  • Patent number: 7501737
    Abstract: A fixture with a shaped molding may hold a first micro-actuator part and a second micro-actuator part in place for coupling while maintaining the structure of the first micro-actuator part. The first micro-actuator part and the second micro-actuator part may be a frame or a strip of piezoelectric material. A vacuum nozzle system embedded in the fixture may hold the first micro-actuator part in place. A mobile vacuum nozzle system may hold the second micro-actuator in place and positions the second micro-actuator part relative to the first micro-actuator part. A camera system may monitor the process. A dispense may apply epoxy between the first and second micro-actuator part. An ultraviolet source may provide ultraviolet radiation for curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming Gao Yao, Masashi Shiraishi, Yi Ru Xie
  • Patent number: 7484289
    Abstract: An automated fabrication system is provided that utilizes electromagnetism to manipulate and/or sense the location of raw materials on a platform. Tools located around said platform may be utilized to fabricate a predetermined structure out of the raw materials. Tags that can be electromagnetically manipulated and sensed may be placed on passive raw materials. Structures fabricated from such a system may be, for example, a roof truss. Additionally, the fabrication system may be mobilized by way of a truck such that structures may be built on-site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Truss Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph F. Pinkerton
  • Patent number: 7472475
    Abstract: A screwing station, in particular along an assembly line, comprises at least one machine frame and a screwing tool adjustably supported relative thereto between at least one retracted and one operative position and connected to a supply and, optionally, a measuring line. To improve a screwing station of this type in such a way that less mass has to be moved while the screwing station is of a simple construction, so that wear, maintenance work and energy consumption are reduced and a concurrent movement of supply and measuring lines is prevented at the same time, which might otherwise result in damage to the lines, the screwing tool comprises a drive shaft supported on the machine frame and a wrench head telescopically displaceable relative to said shaft, the drive shaft and wrench head being drivingly connected and the wrench head being movable by means of a lifting and lowering means between retracted and operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Cooper Power Tools GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Werner Andreas Lutz, Herbert Müller
  • Publication number: 20080282534
    Abstract: An apparatus for attachment of hydraulic valves for controlling working devices of heavy equipment is provided, which can reduce a lead time for attaching and assembling a main control valve, an accessory valve, and valve blocks for jointly connecting the respective valves with hydraulic piping, to an upper swing structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventors: Young Jin Son, Joon Seog Go
  • Patent number: 7430793
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a trim cover to a foam pad includes a base and a platform coupled thereto that defines a working surface for supporting the foam pad thereon. A plurality of actuators project from the working surface. Each actuator is capable of movement away from and toward the working surface and includes a pair of retaining fingers capable of movement between an open and closed position. In use, the retaining fingers grasp a first connecting member on the trim cover and move the first connecting member toward the working surface as the actuators are moved toward the working surface so as to engage the first connecting member with a second connecting member in the foam pad thereby securing the trim cover to the foam pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Larry Hamilton, Brian Zapalski, Don Hamilton, James Szura
  • Patent number: 7395597
    Abstract: An opposed current flow magnetic pulse forming and joining system in electrical communication with a magnetic pulse power supply having a positive connection and a negative connection. The system may be used in forming individual workpieces or joining multiple workpieces, including joining by magnetic pulse welding. The system includes a first section, a second section, an insulator, and a first and a second pair of conductors. The first and second sections cooperate to enclose the workpiece(s) and function to create an electromagnetic force similar to that produced by a single closed coil. The system is configured to achieve desirable current flow by minimizing inductance, inductive reactance, and impedance in the conductors. The pairs of conductors may incorporate closely spaced individual conductors, braided conductors, and coaxial conductors. The current flow in the individual conductors of each pair of conductors is opposed, as is the current flow through the sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Edison Welding Institute Inc
    Inventors: Haiping Shao, Peihui Zhang
  • Patent number: 7325581
    Abstract: A combined punching and welding or punching and bonding apparatus for workpieces (1), e.g. bumpers of motor vehicles, is described. The apparatus has a punching station (3) having at least one punching yoke (4), a welding or bonding station having at least one welding or bonding tool, and a shuttle table (21) which is able to be moved between the stations and carries a workpiece holder (22). In accordance with the invention, the punching yoke (4) and the welding or bonding tools are arranged to be stationary whereas the holder (22) is mounted to be movable up and down on the shuttle table (21) (FIG. 2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Spaichingen GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Dieter Braun
  • Patent number: 7257933
    Abstract: In a water diversion system, in a preferred embodiment, a first fold of a deflector is disposed into a first hanger cavity and a second deflector fold is disposed into a second hanger cavity. The first fold of the deflector cooperates with the first cavity of the hanger to allow a resistance hinge-like action of the deflector. The deflector may be lifted open by compression of a curve of the deflector to remove the second fold of the deflector from the second hanger cavity. Methods are provided in which, in a preferred embodiment, a deflector-forming machine is disposed above a trough-forming machine and the deflector-forming machine is moveable forward and backward relative to the trough-forming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Senox Corporation
    Inventor: Arnold Bruce Walters
  • Patent number: 7197810
    Abstract: In a transport system for flow line production, especially in the car manufacturing industry, workpieces are movable along at least two first guides between working stations in transportation direction. At least one working station is configured as a screwing and/or assembling means which particularly comprises a plurality of working tools. To improve such a transport system in a way that with little constructional efforts and at reduced costs the assignment of working station and workpiece to be worked thereby is simplified and made possible in an accurate and reproducible manner, the screwing and/or assembling means is integrated into the transport system and is movable at least over a working path in parallel with the first guides in the transport system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Cooper Power Tools GmbH + Co.
    Inventors: Werner A. Lutz, Klaus Wohlfarth
  • Patent number: 7182682
    Abstract: An apparatus for making a surface treating article, and in one embodment for making a plurality of surface treating articles. The apparatus includes an attaching means for attaching a fastener to a surface treating web and a cutting means for cutting the web around the fastener to provide a surface treating article. In one embodiment, a sensor, such as a machine vision system, senses a position of the fastener on the web, with this sensed position being used to direct operation of the cutting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Michael S. Bates, Stanley L. Conwell, Douglas E. Devaney, Darla A. Elgin, Peter J. Fritz, Richard L. Fry, Bruce W. Livermore, James W. Malaske, Bradley S. McKay, Paul J. Richtman