Means To Fasten By Deforming Patents (Class 29/816)
  • Patent number: 10781007
    Abstract: A handheld tool for installing wire on a fence, the tool having a frame, a sprocket system that is situated at least partially within the frame and engaged by an actuator, a T-post alignment unit that is configured to position a vertical T-post against the tool, a clip storage magazine that is attached to a top of the frame, a tube assembly that is movably mounted within the frame, and a presenter that is configured to present clips from the magazine. The sprocket system and tube assembly are configured to cause the clip presented by the presenter to be pushed into position against the T-post and a horizontal fence wire, tension the fence wire against the T-post, lock the fence wire into position against the T-post by straddling the T-post with the clip, and wrap two ends of the clip around the fence wire to attach it to the T-post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Anthony P. Seesing
  • Patent number: 8887364
    Abstract: A rivet setter that can efficiently and smoothly perform, and reduce the takt time for a rivet setting operation. The rivet setter can be configured to set a rivet sequentially fed from a rivet supplying means by inserting the rivet into apertures formed at predetermined positions on workpieces. The rivet setter can have delivery paths for delivering the rivet one by one by sliding the rivet down to a settable position and can have a hanging support portion formed in the settable position in the tip end of the delivery path for supporting the head of rivet and for hanging the rivet shank downward. The rivet setter can be configured to enable the rivet to be set in the apertures of the workpieces by moving the hanging support portion substantially horizontally while keeping the rivet suspended in the hanging support portion and inserted into the apertures of the workpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha F.C.C.
    Inventor: Tsunetaka Kikuchi
  • Publication number: 20140331488
    Abstract: A tool for securing items together closes C-rings to create hog rings. A drive mechanism allows the tool be used continuously for a greater length of time than heretofore possible without inserting a new string of C-rings. The drive mechanism utilizes one-way clutch bearings to provide a ratchet-like mechanism. Each time a trigger on the tool is pulled, a C-ring is closed and another C-ring is advanced to a position in which it may be closed by the same jaws. A pneumatic system moves a piston inside a cylinder to move the C-rings along a magazine towards the jaws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Lawrence J. Conway
  • Patent number: 8881364
    Abstract: A pierce nut insertion tool is provided. In another aspect, a pierce nut feeding mechanism has a mechanically independent driver actuator from that of a punch. A further aspect of the present tool employs a member, moveable with a punch, that retains a pierce nut prior to fastening of the nut to a workpiece. An additional aspect uses a fluid actuated nut feeder including a piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: BTM Corporation
    Inventors: Edwin G. Sawdon, Stephen E. Sawdon, Steven J. Sprotberry, Brian D. Petit
  • Patent number: 8572833
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for retaining an ornament, for example, an ornamental crystal, on a frame or plate is provided. The method includes providing a pin having a first end and a second end, opposite the first end, the second end comprising a projection, for example, a head; inserting the first end of the pin through an aperture in the ornament and through a hole in the frame wherein the projection obstructs the aperture in the ornament; deforming, for example, twisting, the second end of the pin to provide a deformation of the second end that obstructs passage of the second end through the hole in the frame; and retaining the ornament on the frame by the projection of the first end of the pin and the deformation of the second end of the pin. Aspects of the invention facilitate the mounting of ornaments to ornamental fixtures, for example, chandeliers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Swarovski Lighting, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tho Ly, Andrew Schuyler
  • Publication number: 20130180160
    Abstract: An item of fishing tackle comprising a compressible connector adapted to attach said item of fishing tackle to a fishing line, wherein the compressible connector comprises a wall defining an elongate cavity having an opening at one end thereof, the cavity being adapted to receive a portion of fishing line through the opening, and wherein the wall is adapted to be compressed inelastically towards the portion of fishing line inserted into the cavity to secure the said portion of line therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: Salamander Precision Technology Limited
    Inventor: Andrew John Petherick
  • Publication number: 20120227256
    Abstract: A fastener dispensing apparatus includes a body that defines a punch path and at least partially surrounds a punch that includes forward and rearward portions. The punch reciprocates between retracted and advanced positions in which the tip of the forward portion extends from an end of the punch path to drive a fastener towards the workpiece. A fastener feed path extends transverse to the punch path and is defined by a surface of the body, the fastener feed path receives an elongate carrier of fasteners. A fastener feeding device sequentially feeds fasteners along the fastener feed path and into alignment with the end of the punch path. An actuator is drivable by the reciprocal movement of the rearward portion of the punch. An engagement member engages the carrier and is moveable relative to the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Henrob Limited
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Clew, Wojciech Gostylla, Stuart E. Blacket
  • Patent number: 8256104
    Abstract: A blind fastener installation tool comprises a structural housing which features a mechanism for securing a fastener installation assembly in position relative to the structural housing during the blind installation of a fastener; and a mechanism for reciprocating the fastener installation assembly relative to the structural housing at the conclusion of blind installation. The blind fastener installation tool also comprises a fastener installation assembly. This assembly comprises (1) a pull rod assembly comprising a mechanism for pulling a first portion of a fastener; (2) an annular, piston-actuated, piston-decoupled pull rod actuation assembly to translate the pull rod assembly; and (3) a nose assembly comprising a fastener receptacle for securing the position of a fastener; and one or more optional pull rod translation dampening assemblies to smoothly and effectually dampen the sudden translation of said pull rod assembly after pintail break.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: David J. Fulbright
  • Patent number: 8136381
    Abstract: A hog ring fastening device is disclosed. The hog ring fastening device includes a body, a magazine attached to the body, jaws pivotally supported on the body, a main pneumatic cylinder for turning the jaws, a teed pneumatic cylinder fixed to the body and adapted to be retracted when the jaws are turned away from each other, a moving plate attached to a piston rod of the feed pneumatic cylinder, a push spring for pushing the moving plate in a feed direction with respect to a body of the feed pneumatic cylinder, a feed member provided at the moving plate, and a stopper attached to the body of the hog ring fastening device for preventing a hog ring assembly loaded on the magazine from moving in a direction opposite to the feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Meihotech Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi Murayama
  • Patent number: 8099859
    Abstract: The invention is a modular assembly of modular objects for autonomously executing a variety of tasks. The modular assembly consists of a modular object called a platform, one or more modular objects called modules which are mounted to the platform in accordance with a modular assembly system, and a modular bus system for distributing electrical power and electrical signals among the modular objects in the modular assembly. The modular assembly system utilizes modular object fasteners (MOFs) and MOF-accommodating features of modular objects for facilitating the attachment of a plurality of modular objects to one another thereby creating a modular assembly in any one of a variety of configurations, an MOF being activatable when object attachment surfaces associated with two modular objects are superimposed and two object attachment points on the object attachment surfaces coincide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventor: Robert E. Malm
  • Patent number: 8015699
    Abstract: The blind fastener installation tool also comprises an optional fastener delivery assembly, said optional fastener delivery assembly constituting: (1) a clip-fed fastener delivery system; or (2) a blowline-fed fastener delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: David J. Fulbright
  • Publication number: 20100236061
    Abstract: A crimp tool and crimp arrangement for connecting a clip onto a snowmobile tread. The snowmobile tread and clip once connected together are positioned in cooperating engagement with the suspension of a snowmobile. The crimp tool implements a pneumatic actuator having a shaft with a transverse axle that is in operable engagement with bearing surfaces of the two press levers. The transverse axle causes the two press levers to pivot about pivot posts between a crimped and uncrimped position. When a clip for connection to the tread of the snowmobile is positioned between the crimp ends of the two press levers, the clip can be bent from an uncrimped position to a crimped position by the crimp ends, thereby connecting the clip to the tread of the snowmobile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Stephen J. Mobley
  • Patent number: 7784179
    Abstract: A method of correcting the alignment of a line of terminals using a jig that has a pair of openable and closeable sticks by opening the pair of sticks and inserting the terminals between the sticks. Closing of the sticks can be to a nipping direction for correcting the alignment. The alignment method is usable for inserting terminals into a mating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Kunihiko Takeuchi, Masahiro Sugiya
  • Patent number: 7395688
    Abstract: A hog ring fastening device includes a body member, a main pneumatic cylinder attached to the body member, a first swing member supported for turning on the body member, a push means supported on the first swing member, a feed pneumatic cylinder fixed to the first swing member and connected to a port of the main pneumatic cylinder, a second swing member supported for turning on the body member so as to be in contact with the free end of the piston rod included in the feed pneumatic cylinder, a feed means supported on the second swing member, a spring seat fixed to the body member, a compression spring extended between the spring seat and the first swing member, and an extension spring extended between the first and the second swing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Meihotech Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi Murayama
  • Patent number: 7343672
    Abstract: A new and improved fastening system for attaching relatively thin-gauge sheet metal members, such as, for example 14-25 gauge sheet metal members, wherein the power output parameters of the power tool are controlled such that when the driver blade member of the power tool acts upon each one of the brad-type nail fasteners, the brad-type nail fasteners will attain a predetermined velocity value, such as, for example, within the velocity range of 1000-2500 in/sec. Any one of various different types of power tools may be employed, and in addition, various geometrical characteristics of each brad-type fastener are important, such as, for example, the tip geometry, the aspect ratio A/R of the shank member of the fastener, and the use of an adhesive or painted coating upon the external surface areas of the shank member of the fastener. The fasteners preferably comprise dual-width fasteners which exhibit enhanced pull-out resistance values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony R. Caringella, Donald Buytaert, Donald L. Van Erden
  • Patent number: 7305755
    Abstract: A hydraulic processing tong for processing workpieces, with a tool, has a first tool part with an axially movable press ram or plunger, which with a first end or a tool located there and an opposing workpiece assembly forms a work area or work gap and with the first end can move toward and away from the workpiece assembly, and with a hydraulic actuating device for applying a force to the press ram, causing it to move in the direction of the workpiece assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventor: Heiko Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7200914
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for loading a rivet module (10), which can be vertically displaced between a lower placement position and an upper loading position, with blind rivet nuts (100) using a rivet feed (22). The invention is characterized in that next to the rivet placement head (12), a cup (24) for accommodating blind rivet nuts is laterally arranged such that it can be displaced between a position underneath the rivet feed (22) and a position underneath the rivet module (10) that is located in the loading position, whereby the cup (24) is provided with a clamping cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Avdel Verbindungselemente GmbH
    Inventor: Uwe Kaddatz
  • Patent number: 7200921
    Abstract: A method of making a windshield having first and second outer layers and a conductive bar, an electrical connector, and an intermediate layer positioned between the outer layers. The method includes the step of sinking the conductive bar and the electrical connector into a surface of the intermediate layer so as to be at least substantially flush with the surface. After sinking the conductive bar and the electrical connector into the surface, the first outer layer is engaged with the surface of the intermediate layer. Additionally, the second outer layer is engaged with a second surface of the intermediate layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Automotive Components Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph M. Loibl
  • Patent number: 7086145
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly device for microcomponents that are disposed in a magazine. The inventive assembly device does not require any optical systems and allows for an exact positioning of the microcomponents. The assembly will also be unaffected by any position changes of the microcomponents caused by wastage. The assembly device is provided with mechanical alignment devices that engage with or act upon adjustment structures of the magazine. The assembly device further comprises clamping devices for fixing the magazine and at least one plunger for ejecting at least one microcomponent from the magazine. An assembly platform is provided in the upper tool or in the lower tool of the assembly device and receives the microcomponents in a defined position. The invention further relates to a method for assembling microcomponents and to a corresponding magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Institut fur Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Ehrfeld, Matthias Nienhaus, Udo Berg, Felix Schmitz, Marc Begemann, Yannick Ansel
  • Patent number: 7055361
    Abstract: A pliers-type handtool is provided for crimping an electrical connector upon one end of an insulated conductor, including a crimping drum that is mounted on a fixed member for rotation between first and second positions, and an actuating lever that is reciprocated by pivotal movement of the handle portions of the handtool to rotate the drum between its first and second positions. The actuating lever is connected with the drum by a lateral slot of divergent width that receives a drum pin that extends axially from one end of the drum, the slot having a width adjacent its bottom that corresponds generally with the diameter of the drum pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Weidmueller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Detlev Hetland, Gunther Hanning, Hartmut Schmode
  • Patent number: 6862793
    Abstract: The invention relates to a riveting device (1) comprising a pressure pad (3) and a riveting die (4). Said pressure pad (3) and riveting die (4) can be hydraulically driven by means of a pressure pad piston (12) and a die piston (13). The aim of the invention is to further develop such a riveting device (1) in an advantageous manner. To this end, the pressure pad piston (12) and the die piston (13) are driven by the same hydraulic pressure, the effective piston area (36) of the pressure pad piston (12) being embodied in a smaller manner than the effective piston area (14) of the die piston (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Gustav Klauke GmbH
    Inventor: Egbert Frenken
  • Publication number: 20040261260
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system for installing fasteners into a workpiece. The system includes a fastener orientation system and an installation unit. The fastener orientation system receives the fastener from a fastener delivery tube and retains the fastener in a holding jaw. Specifically, the fastener is retained by plurality of fingers in the holding jaw. The installation unit is coupled to the fastener orientation system and operable to move laterally with respect to the fastener orientation system to provide a force for securing the fastener in the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventors: David L. Fritsche, Daniel D. Bloch
  • Patent number: 6805169
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wire termination system for terminating wires in at least one of a plurality of terminal connectors removably affixed to each other in a terminal connector strip that includes a body having a connector positioning cavity therein for receiving the terminal connector strip; a pushing element within the positioning cavity for advancing the terminal connector strip within the positioning cavity; a crimping element for receiving at least one of the plurality of terminal connectors from the pushing element; a support within the positioning cavity for positioning at least one of the plurality of terminal connectors within the crimping element; and a handle moveably attached to the crimping element and the body, wherein the handle and the crimping element are configured to terminate the wires within at least one of the plurality of terminal connectors and to separate the terminal connector from the terminal connector strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Tyco Electronic Corporation
    Inventors: Leo V. Schuppert, Jr., David J. Erb
  • Patent number: 6772508
    Abstract: A fastener delivery and installation system is provided that comprises an end effector mounted on an automated machine and operable to drill a hole through a workpiece and insert a fastener through the hole, and a fastener feed unit operable with the automated machine to deliver the fasteners through the end effector and into the workpiece. Further, a hand-held tool is operable against a second surface of the workpiece and is aligned with the end effector. Once the hand-held tool is positioned properly, a magnetic field is generated and the workpiece is clamped to enable the end effector to drill a hole through the workpiece and insert a fastener therethrough. Additionally, a detector is located on the hand-held tool for generating guidance information to inform an operator where to move the hand-held tool so as to align the hand-held tool with the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Daniel D. Bloch, Branko Sarh, Bruce Harman
  • Patent number: 6725535
    Abstract: A tool for applying clip fasteners which are bent around thin objects to tie them together. The tool has a housing that presents a load opening through which the clip fasteners are loaded. A retractable clip follower is urged by spring action against the fasteners to feed them toward a receiver having a slot for holding the fasteners one at a time. A jaw mechanism operated by a handle is moved toward a fastener held by the receiver and initially bends the fastener about two elbow joints. After a jaw plate carrying the jaws reaches the limit of its motion, continued movement of the jaw mechanism causes the jaws to pivot closed and make a final bend at a center hinge joint of the clip fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Cliptie Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne Edson, Mike Gehrke, Daniel T. Chiles
  • Patent number: 6347449
    Abstract: A portable rivet setting system is provided with a modular design. The portable rivet setting system includes an electronic control module, a pneumatic control module, a rivet feeder device, an escapement mechanism and an umbilical assembly including a rivet setting tool each modularly designed. The modular design improves the ability to react to diagnosed problems and allows the replacement or substitution of a single module while the faulty module can be repaired. The easy replacement or substitution of a module greatly reduces the down time associated with repairing the rivet setting system and allows a user to remove and replace a module with limited technical capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Assignee: Emhart Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Calkins, James M. Bradbury
  • Patent number: 6317970
    Abstract: A clip crimping tool includes a body provided with a hollow air storage area and a drive section provided with piston cylinder and a piston, and having a main valve with a diameter that is larger than the piston cylinder and is arranged with the drive section is in line or at an angle with a contact section in which clips are crimped. The air storage area and the arrangement of the main valve and piston cylinder allow the free flow of compressed air into the piston cylinder to provide a fast and efficient drive action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Sigma Tool & Machine
    Inventors: Herbert E. Leistner, Carlo Stagnoli
  • Patent number: 6292991
    Abstract: Apparatus for inserting a corner member into channel-shaped flanges of a duct. The corner member has first and second legs. The duct includes longitudinally extending duct panels. The channel-shaped flanges of the duct extend laterally from at least one end of the duct panels. The apparatus a corner member support mechanism adapted for supporting the corner member, a duct moving mechanism, and a pressing mechanism. The duct moving mechanism has a duct pusher moveable between a first position and a second position. The duct pusher imparts a moving force against the duct upon movement of the duct pusher from its first position to its second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Engel Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Herbert J. Fischer, Michael E. Satterfield
  • Patent number: 6148507
    Abstract: A machine for pressing a fastener through sheet metal with a magazine for holding a strip of fasteners that self load semi-automatic, a clamp for loading the fastener, and holding material to be fastened, a fastener barrel guide to establish proper position of the fastener to be installed, a first stage low power source to provide pressure for loading the fastener and clamping the material, a second stage high power source for installing and securing the fastener, a lock seat set opposed to the clamp, to hold the opposite side of the material and the second part of the fastener component. A preferred embodiment includes a lock seat for holding the second part of the fastener. A preferred embodiment includes a removable lock seat, so that the tool will have the ability to use different type lock-seats, therefore allowing the same tool the capability of installing different type fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventors: Jeffery S Swanson, Eric S Swanson
  • Patent number: 6067707
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a ring applying and clinching device for applying successive C-shaped rings to a workpiece. The device comprises a housing structure and a magazine assembly constructed and arranged to support a supply of releasably interconnected C-shaped rings. Each of the rings have opposing leg portions defining an opening therebetween for providing access to an interior of each ring. The magazine assembly comprises structure configured to move the ring supply in a feeding direction such that a lead ring is disposed in a feeding position ready. A pair of opposing jaw members have ring engaging inner surfaces facing generally towards one another. The inner surfaces engage the lead ring in the feeding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Stanley Fastening Systems, L.P.
    Inventor: Raymond F. Cluggish
  • Patent number: 5881452
    Abstract: A hand held applicator tool for applying deformable metal fastener clips to secure together reinforcement steel members used in concrete construction. The concrete reinforcement steel members are used to strengthen concrete structures in a known manner and can be in the form of wire mesh sheets or rebar positioned in a grid pattern. The deformable metal fastener clips are generally U-shaped members that are open on one side before being deformed so that the fastener clips can be easily placed over the reinforcement steel members. The tool comprises a frame, an anvil supported at one end of the frame, a movable blade assembly supported for sliding movement along the frame toward the anvil, and a handle for manipulating and positioning the tool. The movable blade assembly has a generally U-shaped receptacle for holding a fastener clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Inventors: Stephen C. Nowell, III, A. Carter Nowell
  • Patent number: 5778516
    Abstract: Riveting apparatus of the type in which an elongated mandrel, having an enlarged head at one end and loaded with a plurality of the tubular rivets forming a column of rivets on the mandrel, is gripped by gripping mechanism at or near the end remote from the head, and reciprocated relative to an abutment (32), by relative reciprocation between the gripping means (43) and the abutment, the rivets in the column being fed forwardly along the mandrel so that the leading rivet nearest the mandrel head is positioned between the mandrel head and the abutment (32) and can then be set by moving the mandrel rearwardly relative to the abutment (32) so as to draw the head of the mandrel through the bore of the rivet while the rivet is supported by the abutment (32), includes pneumatically operated rivet-feeding mechanism for feeding rivets forwardly along the mandrel, a valve mechanism for shutting off the supply of air to the rivet feeding mechanism thereby to disable it, and the valve mechanism is responsive to the pres
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Avdel Textron Limited
    Inventors: Aiden R. Dear, Keith Denham, Angraj K. Seewraj
  • Patent number: 5709124
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hog ring clamping device such as a C ring clamping device. In the hog ring clamping device of the invention, a hog ring magazine and jaws are provided to a hog ring clamping device body. A main pneumatic cylinder for moving the jaws pivotally is installed. A feed pneumatic cylinder is attached to the hog ring clamping device body. At least one feed member is mounted to a piston rod of the feed pneumatic cylinder with a unidirectional rotating device therebetween. The feed member is placed in a position for contact with hog rings engaged with the hog ring magazine. A bracket is mounted on the hog ring clamping device body. An arm is mounted pivotally to the bracket and a unidirectional rotating device is mounted to the arm. A presser wheel is mounted on the unidirectional rotating device, and a rod is attached to the arm. A coil spring is used to connect the arm with the bracket resiliently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Meiho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Murayama
  • Patent number: 5702030
    Abstract: A feeding system for feeding blank contacts to a crimping device for crimping the contacts onto ends of lead wires. The contact feed system includes a bowl, and a scoop for removing contacts from the bowl. The scoop is preferably mounted on the end of a rotating arm so that the scoop describes the locus of a circumference of a vertical circle when the arm rotates. Contacts fall, under gravity, from the scoop, when it is near the apogee of travel, onto an angled chute that guides the contacts into a space between two parallel contact orienting rails. The contacts are stacked between the supporting contact orienting rails and a shuttle gate controlledly carries a single contact at a time into a drop tube that feeds the contact to a crimping device for crimping onto an end of a wire lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Mark E. Hulscher
  • Patent number: 5661899
    Abstract: The clip clamping machine comprises a clip dispensing and clamping mechanism, a pneumatic piston and cylinder mechanism mounted to one end of the clip dispensing and clamping mechanism, a magazine track mounted to the other end of the clip dispensing and clamping mechanism and a pusher member in the magazine track. The magazine track is made of thermoplastic material to reduce the weight of the machine. Likewise, the pusher member is a one piece plastic pusher member. A lower end of the magazine track has a boss extending outwardly therefrom and having a throughbore which receives a bolt that also extends through sidewalls of a housing of the clip dispensing and clamping mechanism and through bifurcated arms of a stationary anvil mounted to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Inventor: Donald B. Ayres
  • Patent number: 5623762
    Abstract: A ferrule applying device including first and second jaws defining an engagement chamber and reciprocably movable with respect to each other into and out of said engagement chamber, a retainer for retaining a plurality of ferrules, and a feed mechanism for automatically and sequentially feeding individual ferrules from the retainer into a given position within the engagement chamber. Also included is an entry passage shaped and arranged to allow insertion of a shaft into a ferrule positioned in the engagement chamber, and an actuator for producing relative closure movement between the first and second jaws into engagement with the ferrule so as to cause crimping thereof on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Inventor: Jennifer A. White
  • Patent number: 5566446
    Abstract: The invention describes a feed device that feeds assembly parts such as nuts, bolts, and rivets, from a sorting unit to the feed channel of a processing device for pressing or mounting of assembly parts to sheet metal. The feed device consists of a nozzle with a nozzle channel through it connected on one end to a feed line coming from the sorting unit. A protrusion of the nozzle can deploy into a recess opening of a guide piece of the processing device so that the nozzle channel will open laterally into the feed channel of the device. To connect the nozzle to the guide piece, two levers linked to the nozzle are used; they are pretensioned by springs in a closed position surrounding the guide piece and can be moved manually, possibly with the assistance of a tool, into an open position. In this manner the feed device can be easily connected to the processing device and then detached from it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Assignee: Multifastener Corporation
    Inventors: Wolfgang Luckhardt, Heinrich Luckhardt, deceased
  • Patent number: 5487217
    Abstract: A belt fastener assembly attachment apparatus attaches belt fastener assemblies to the end of a belt with rivets and with a non-manually powered rivet assembly driving tool. A guide template having a plurality of guide apertures is alignable with the anvil die apertures of an anvil die plate. Each guide aperture receives and aligns the rivet assembly dispensing barrel of the non-manually powered rivet assembly drive tool to the anvil die apertures of an anvil die plate and rivet receiving apertures of the belt fastener. Guide pins carried by the guide template and received within guide apertures of the anvil die plate maintain the guide template apertures in registration with the anvil die apertures of the anvil die plate and the rivet receiving apertures of the belt fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Inventors: Thomas W. Richardson, Mary Jane Richardson
  • Patent number: 5277049
    Abstract: A pneumatic cylinder and piston assembly is provided with a piston rod on the end of which is mounted a punch. The cylinder is provided with an extension tube through which the piston rod and punch extend. The assembly is mounted on a support frame have a bored body and a pair of spaced lateral brackets. The assembly is held in the body with the extension tube passing freely through the brackets. A die is mounted on the frame at a position in counter opposition to said punch whereby a rivet may be driven into materials to be joined and clinched by said punch on driving of said piston. The apparatus includes a stopper mounted about the piston rod to limit the movement of said piston rod in said cylinder and restrict the maximum protruded position of the punch, a spacer mounted about the extension tube and located between the body and the lower bracket to define the optimum driving of the punch, and a nut threaded over the extension tube for securing the extension tube to the lower bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Assignee: Tokai Metallic Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Itsuo Endo
  • Patent number: 5178195
    Abstract: An apparatus for connecting at least two rods by a wire clamp comprises, mounted on one housing portion, a movable handle portion for the advance of said wire clamp, and closing jaws which are adapted to bring the locking portions of the wire clamp into engagement beneath the rods to be connected, and in the other housing portion, a binding hook fitted on a knurled rod, in order to twist the closed loop of the wire clamp which is situated above the rods to be connected. A sliding plate, which is connected to the handle, comprises a mechanism directed to actuating a bending pin on one of the closing jaws, in order to provide for positive interlocking of the wire clamp, and a mechanism for controlling and achieving safe individualization and advance of the wire clamps. Such an apparatus is adapted for reliable, swift and relatively comfortable operation even when exposed to the rough handling on a construction site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignee: Styner & Bienz AG
    Inventors: Heinrich Glaus, Peter Lehmann, Hans Joehr, Rene Freiburghaus
  • Patent number: 5123273
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hog ring clamping device such as a C ring clamping device. In the hog ring clamping device of the invention, a knock pin is mounted to a movable member of a jaw driving unit, a pivotable member is mounted to a hog ring clamping device body, the pivotable member is pushed against the knock pin by means of spring, a feed member is mounted to the pivotable member so that it can come into contact with hog rings engaged with a magazine, and a presser wheel is mounted to the hog ring clamping device body through a unidirectional rotating unit so as to be in contact with the hog rings engaged with the magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Meiho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yosoo Kawabata
  • Patent number: 4953384
    Abstract: A magazine-type wiring accessory crimping tool comprises two handles articulated to each other which are squeezed together to form at least one crimping deformation in a wiring accessory disposed between them. One of the handles forms a magazine receiving a plurality of parallel wiring accessories to be dispensed and crimped. A dispenser is removably received in this handle and accommodates the plurality of wiring accessories. The other handle incorporates a crimping plate and the first mentioned handle includes a crosspiece aligned with this crimping plate adapted to withstand the crimping force applied by the crimping plate to a wiring accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1990
    Assignee: Legrand
    Inventors: Alain Baillet, Francois Loisel, Daniel Paulin
  • Patent number: 4752998
    Abstract: A process and device for attachment of identification plates to an electrical distributor component, initially interconnected plates forming strips that can be inserted into the device, which has at least one storage groove and from which, by means of a thumbpiece 6, a plate can be introduced into a receiving groove in the distributor component. The plates themselves have a narrowed guide portion which facilitates finding the storage groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Inventors: Safa Kirma, Reiner Wurth, Heinz Penz
  • Patent number: 4609136
    Abstract: A rivet driver is disclosed, which comprises a guide space through which a rivet belt is fed, feeder means for feeding the rivet belt through the guide space stepwise at increments equal to the pitch of the branch portions, re-directing means operable in an interlocked relation with the feeding operation of the rivet feeder means for bending the branch portion associated with the rivet located at a driving position in the guide space so that the rivet assumes a different orientation from that of the other rivets in the rivet belt, squeezing means for pushing the flange of the re-directed rivet to thereby squeeze out the rivet member from the branch portion, and a restoring mechanism for bending back and restoring the initial orientation of the branch portion bent by the re-directing means and leading the restored branch portion back to the guide space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1986
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Kunio Hara
  • Patent number: 4489589
    Abstract: Apparatus for applying wire joints, of the type having a crimpable metallic ferrule, to the ends of wires. The apparatus includes a feeder for holding a supply of the joints, a tool for applying the joints to be crimped, and a conveyor interconnecting the feeder and the tool for conveying the joints in series. The tool has a crimping station and first and second crimping members which are movable between an open position and a crimping position for applying a joint held at the crimping station. The tool also includes a wire joint advance mechanism responsive to the crimping members moving toward their open position to advance the next upstream wire joint to the crimping station thereby ejecting the wire joint applied to the wires.As a method, the present invention includes the steps of moving a wire joint from a loading station to the crimping station as the crimping members move to their open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1984
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Peter Kirsinas, John J. Brouwer, Richard M. Purpura, Donald C. Wiencek
  • Patent number: 4420881
    Abstract: The mineral substance is mixed (2) with an organic binder, a cylindrical structure is extruded (4), said cylindrical structure having at least one internal duct, and being cut (9) to portions of determined length before undergoing (10) heat treatment to cause the organic binder to burn, then being inserted (12) while hot in a metal sheath-forming tube, then the conductor(s) is (are) passed through the internal duct(s). Application to manufacturing heating elements or thermocouples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1983
    Assignee: Les Cables de Lyon
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Bourget
  • Patent number: 4377412
    Abstract: A rotary scraper device for treating a work surface, comprises a generally cylindrical hollow hub casing having a peripheral wall. The hub casing has a closed end wall and open opposite end with a cover plate removably mounted on the open end of the hub casing, and a shaft extending axially outward of the cover plate for rotating the hub casing axially in one direction. Spaced walls inside the hub define chordal channels opening at the peripheral wall. The channels terminate at axially disposed sleeves inside the hub casing. Springy U-shaped clips have cylindrical bights fitted in the sleeves and springy side walls abutting spaced walls of the channels. Springy ends of the clips extend outwardly beyond the peripheral wall of the hub casing. Straight springy shanks of the fingers fit turnably in coplanar array inside the clips axially of the hub casing. Knuckles at ends of the fingers fit in the cylindrical bights axially of the hub casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1983
    Inventor: John S. Viehe
  • Patent number: 4306348
    Abstract: A riveting device for joining a suspension or fastening device, particularly a ring mechanism, to a folder, comprises, a holder for positioning a folder in vertical alignment with a fastening device and below riveting means which is capable of moving through the fastening device and the folder to rivet them together. The support structure includes a lifting element engageable with one of the folder or the fastening device to move it relative to the other below the riveting means and into interengagement in a position for it to be riveted from the opposite side by the riveting device. With the invention, either the folder or the fastening device is arranged one over the other and below a riveting head and a lifting element is disposed to engage with the lower one of the two elements and move it upwardly into engagement with the other in a position to receive the rivet from the rivet head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1981
    Assignee: Constantin Hang GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Eberhard Hang, Matthias Kastl
  • Patent number: 4201314
    Abstract: A cartridge is disclosed suitable for use in a surgical clip applicator. The cartridge includes a pair of channels for the receipt of a supply of clips. A clip pusher is biased toward the clip supply by a spring in order to feed the clips forwardly. Movement of the pusher is arrested or permitted by operation of a switch button which controls a triangular locking member. In a first position the locking member engages the bottom of the cartridge to prevent forward movement while in a second position the locking member permits forward movement of the pusher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1980
    Inventors: Peter B. Samuels, Ernest C. Wood
  • Patent number: 4173067
    Abstract: A hand tool for use with a rotary splicing connector which can be used to terminate a plurality of insulated wires is disclosed. The connector consists of two mutually rotatable housing components. Insulated wires can be spliced during rotation of the two housing components. The hand tool includes a lever to generate the required torque on the connector members. The tool includes a magazine used to sequentially feed a plurality of connectors in tandem orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1977
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1979
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles D. Steiner, Matthew M. Sucheski