Running-length Work Patents (Class 29/819)
  • Publication number: 20150040633
    Abstract: The present embodiments are directed to systems and methods for forming a pipe carcass. In one embodiment, a first series of forming rollers are configured for forming a primary carcass strip material. A second series of forming rollers are configured for forming a second strip material into a shape different than the primary carcass strip material. The primary carcass strip material and the second strip material, after being fed through the first and second series of rollers, respectively, are each fed concurrently into a plurality of winding rolls for assembly with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Walter Frederick Thompson, Paul David Gatley, Kenneth Brian Turvey
  • Patent number: 8904611
    Abstract: A stock supply station for use in a insulated glass unit component production line includes a plurality of rotatable sheet stock coils, an indexing mechanism, and an uncoiling mechanism. The indexing mechanism is coupled to the sheet stock coils for indexing a selected one of the sheet stock coils to an uncoiling position. The uncoiling mechanism selectively uncoils sheet stock from a sheet stock coil indexed to the uncoiling position to thereby provide sheet stock to a downstream processing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: GED Integrated Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Calcei, Mohamed Khalfoun, Brian G. James, Timothy B. McGlinchy, John Grismer, Robert R. Shepherd, II
  • Patent number: 8813335
    Abstract: For a method for manufacturing a hollow shaft with at least one integral flange made of fiber composite, a plurality of intersecting windings of fiber material are applied onto a core. Moreover, the core has, for each flange, a radial spreader ring with an axial bearing surface. The windings are laid over an outer circumferential portion of the respective spreader ring and fixed. One or several inserts made of fiber material are inserted in the area of the spreader ring between the windings. The fixing of the wound fiber material is released, but is first still held on the spreader ring. Portions of the windings are then pulled off from the outer circumferential portion of the spreader ring and brought to rest on the axial bearing surface of the spreader ring in order to form a partial portion of a flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Ellergon Antriebstechnik Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Cornelius Geislinger, Matthias Geislinger, Christof Sigle
  • Patent number: 8720030
    Abstract: Apparatus for installing a cable into a tube with the assistance of a fluid drag acting on the cable within the tube with an installation device, the apparatus including a driving mechanism comprising a driving surface arranged to contact the cable substantially along the full driving surface length, for driving the cable into the tube, a first measurement device for obtaining a first value indicative of a rate at which the installation device is driving the cable into the tube, a second measurement device for obtaining a second value indicative of a rate at which the cable is travelling through the apparatus, a processor for detecting when the first value exceeds the second value, and for reducing the rate at which the installation device is driving the cable into the tube for the duration when the first value exceeds the second value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Philip Alfred Barker, Graham Anthony Laidler, Christopher Nigel Munnings, Ian Hunter, Keith Eric Nolde
  • Patent number: 8640318
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming an elongate tubular from a composite material. The composite material includes fibers and epoxy resin that are disposed around an elongated mandrel. The fibers are wound around the outer circumference of the mandrel and the epoxy resin may be applied to the fibers, before, during, or after, being wound onto the mandrel. A trough is provided that supports the mandrel between ends of the mandrel. An example trough includes a flexible membrane supported on its lateral ends to resemble a catenary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventor: Karl Parfrey
  • Patent number: 8635753
    Abstract: A lateral pipe lining material having a flange on one end thereof is installed on a head collar which is hermetically mounted on a pressure bag that stores the lateral pipe lining material. The head collar comprises a curved section and a cylindrical section projecting from the curved section. An expandable member is mounted to the outer circumferential surface of the cylindrical section of the head collar, and expanded so that the outer circumferential surface of the expanding member comes into close contact with the inner circumferential surface near the flange, and the inner circumferential surface thereof comes into close contact with the outer circumferential surface of the cylindrical section of the head collar. This allows a hermetical connection between the lateral pipe lining material and the head collar and ensures a reliable eversion and insertion of the lining material into a lateral pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Shonan Gosei-Jushi Seisakusho K.K.
    Inventors: Takao Kamiyama, Koji Kaneta, Kenji Fujii, Fuminori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8413319
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming an elongate tubular from a composite material. The composite material includes fibers and epoxy resin that are disposed around an elongated mandrel. The fibers are wound around the outer circumference of the mandrel and the epoxy resin may be applied to the fibers, before, during, or after, being wound onto the mandrel. A trough is provided that supports the mandrel between ends of the mandrel. An example trough includes a flexible membrane supported on its lateral ends to resemble a catenary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventor: Karl Parfrey
  • Publication number: 20130045112
    Abstract: A tube-positioning system for loading tubing into a peristaltic pump includes a shell configured to slidably fit onto, and be releasably secured relative to, an exterior housing of a peristaltic pump. A pair of guides protrude from an upper portion of opposite side walls of the shell with each guide configured to releasably mount a first tube segment to extend between the guides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: MEDTRONIC-XOMED, INC.
    Inventor: Medtronic-Xomed, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8302275
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing an iron core comprising: a plate thickness measurement unit for measuring a thickness of the strip as an intermediate product of the iron core; an inlet guide for positioning the strip in a widthwise direction thereof; a mil roll unit for performing a rolling-bending process to the strip fed out of the inlet guide; a restraint jig for shaping the strip fed out of the mil unit and holding a curvature thereof constant; and a curvature measurement unit for measuring a curvature of the strip to which the rolling-bending process has been performed by using said mill roll. Position control of the inlet guide, the pressure roll unit, and the restraint jig is performed based on at least one of the plate thickness and the curvature of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Car Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Koshizaka, Toshiaki Ueda, Yuichi Kirihara, Keiji Kawahara, Susumu Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8272122
    Abstract: A tube mill apparatus and process for continuously forming and coating a tube with a braze alloy. The apparatus and process produce a continuously moving welded tube by continuously forming and welding a tubing material, after which the welded tube is passed through a sizing station to establish a desired outer shape and desired outer dimensions for the welded tube. The braze alloy is then deposited on a roughened surface of the welded tube that is clean and free of oils and coolants. The braze alloy is deposited with a wire arc spray gun that heats a wire of a metallic material and causes the heated metallic material to travel in a direction transverse to the direction of tube travel and deposit on the roughened surface of the tube to form an adherent layer of the braze alloy. Finally, any bow in the welded tube is removed as the tube travels away from the spray gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Mill Masters, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Panthofer, Yoram Leon Shabtay
  • Patent number: 8261434
    Abstract: A device for releasably fastening a wire foil to a supporting strip in an installation for producing paper. The installation has a wire and wire foils that extend transversely with respect to the movement direction of the wire. The foils are situated at a spacing from one another in the movement direction of the wire and come into contact with the wire. Supporting strips for the wire foils are assigned to the wire foils and likewise extend transversely with respect to the movement direction of the wire. The wire foils or the supporting strips which are assigned to them are configured in their longitudinal direction with an undercut groove, and the supporting strips or the wire foils are configured with a spring which corresponds to the cross section of the undercut groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventors: Klaus Bartelmuss, Heinz Bartelmuss
  • Patent number: 8171619
    Abstract: Device for manufacturing a cut-to-length pre-assembly for a tire, wherein in the pre-assembly first and second side walls are situated on either side of an inner liner. The device comprises a supply conveyor for conveying the cut pre-assembly to the building drum. The device is provided with a first side wall measuring device for measuring the length of the first side wall of the cut pre-assembly and for giving a first side wall measuring signal indicative of the measured length of the first side wall, with a second side wall measuring device for measuring the length of the second side wall of the cut pre-assembly and for giving a second side wall measuring signal indicative of the measured length of the second side wall, and with an inner liner measuring device for measuring the length of the inner liner of the cut pre-assembly and for giving an inner liner measuring signal indicative of the measured length of the inner liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: VMI Holland B.V.
    Inventors: Antonie Slots, Gerrit Mulder
  • Patent number: 8127448
    Abstract: The machine employs a forming collar to shape a continuous web of material longitudinally about a barrel with the longitudinal edges splayed outwardly and over each other. A sewing machine spaced radially from the barrel secures the longitudinal edges together to form a sleeve having an outwardly directed flap. In another embodiment, the machine employs two forming collars to shape a pair of webs about the barrel with outwardly splayed edges on two sides and two sewing machines to secure the edges together to form a pair of flaps. The seam(s) can be sewn at one of a plurality of spacings from the barrel to form a drainage line element of a different diameter from a standard diameter without need to adjust or replace other components of the fabricating machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventors: Harry Bussey, Jr., Buddy Harry Bussey, III
  • Patent number: 8061020
    Abstract: The drainage element is made with a periphery formed of a filter material that allows the passage of water and prevents the passage of soil and a second peripheral section of net material that allows the passage of water while the preventing the passage of the lightweight aggregate therein. The filter material is preferably made of spun bonded polyester and may be made of a biodegradable material such as starch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: ICC Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Harry Bussey, Jr., Buddy Harry Bussey, III
  • Publication number: 20110239450
    Abstract: Described in one embodiment is a system that has a multiple number of different stations for forming solar cell modules. Described in another embodiment is a system that includes a cutting station, a setting station, and an interconnection station to create different series-connected flexible solar cell modules. Described in still another embodiment is a monolithically integrated multi-module power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventors: Bulent M. Basol, Jalal Ashjaee, Douglas Young, Homayoun Talieh
  • Patent number: 8028391
    Abstract: A belt lacer uses a power drive carriage for clinching hook or C-shaped belt lacing elements to a belt end. Optionally, the carriage may be driven in a manual mode or a power mode. A detachable power drive such as from an electric drill may be used for the power mode. The power drive of the carriage may be stopped short of an end wall and a return mechanism may return the carriage to the power drive. A moveable belt support in a hand space position allows for working on the lacing elements and may be shifted to a belt supporting position. The belt clamp exerts a forwardly directed force on the belt as it is being clamped. Face plates or combs may be stored on the belt lacer. A latch secures the face plates against lateral sliding during clinching by clinching rollers on the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Flexible Steel Lacing Company
    Inventor: James M. Kolodziej
  • Patent number: 7805833
    Abstract: A duct reinforcing rod and fabrication apparatus for use with a conduit and a threaded element dimensioned to fit within the conduit includes a positioning device to position the conduit at an insertion position and an insertion device for inserting the threaded element a predetermined distance into the conduit. A deformation device is also employed to deform the conduit such that the deformation occurs at two locations on the conduit, the two locations being longitudinally spaced from one another along a length of the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Met-Coil Systems, LLC
    Inventors: John J. Toben, Michael C. Borwig
  • Patent number: 7765685
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described for assembling and disassembling pipe. The device has a drive mechanism that be used to either assemble or disassemble pipe. The drive mechanism has two independent traction drives that can independently impart longitudinal forces on a pipe, either in the same or opposing directions. The drive unit can thus transport pipe or can facilitate the assembly of pipe from modular units or the disassembly of pipe into modular units. The method includes pulling or pushing pipe from the field from a fixed location with a traction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: Claude Brown
  • Publication number: 20100050427
    Abstract: The field-repair assembly is used for temporarily repairing a ruptured or otherwise damaged elastomeric track mounted on a vehicle and generally allows the vehicle to proceed, preferably on its own, to a maintenance site located nearby where replacement or permanent repair of the track can be undertaken. The assembly comprises a plurality of spaced-apart and generally parallel support members, each of which being generally transversely disposed on the ground engaging outer surface of the track. The transverse members are secured to each side of the track via retention brackets. The transverse members are further linked together via flexible cables which are fixedly mounted to retention brackets. The assembly further comprises a bridging element generally mounted to a subset of the transverse members. The bridging element is generally located over the damaged area of the track and on the outer surface thereof for providing continuity and support to the damaged track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: RĂ©mi Breton, Robert Bessette
  • Patent number: 7600308
    Abstract: Drainage elements are made by delivering loose fill elements under gravity from a container into a sleeve of netting that is tied at one end to a pipe, or other endless element, that is passing through the container. The sleeve of netting is supplied from an apertured cage extending below the container. In one embodiment a blower and chute arrangement is used to blow air downwardly into the drainage element being formed to increase the rate of flow of the loose fill elements into the sleeve of netting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventors: Harry Bussey, Jr., Buddy Harry Bussey, III
  • Patent number: 7484292
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for making drainage elements in a vertical manner. In one embodiment, a vertically disposed hollow rotatable mandrel with a screw-threaded flight is used for guiding a length of perforated pipe and filling an annular space between the pipe and a cylinder of mesh material secured at one end to the pipe with aggregate. A hopper is used for directing the aggregate into the space between the mandrel and a cylindrical outlet of the hopper. A motor for driving the mandrel may be reversed at a slower speed than the forward speed to stop delivery of aggregate and to allow time for the upper end of the cylinder of mesh material to be severed and secured to the pipe to form a drainage element as well as to allow severance of the pipe. In another embodiment, the perforated pipe is driven through the hopper and the aggregate flows under gravity into the mesh sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Inventors: Harry Bussey, Jr., Buddy Harry Bussey, III
  • Patent number: 7475477
    Abstract: The drainage element is made with a periphery formed of a filter material that allows the passage of water and prevents the passage of soil and a second peripheral section of net material that allows the passage of water while the preventing the passage of the lightweight aggregate therein. The filter material is preferably made of spun bonded polyester and may be made of a biodegradable material such as starch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Inventors: Harry Bussey, Jr., Buddy Harry Bussey, III
  • Patent number: 7281319
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a wire wound filter screen from wrapping wrap wire over a set of rib wires has a frame, a spindle for supporting the rib wires in a longitudinal orientation, a wire guide for delivering wrap wire around the rib wires as the spindle rotates the rib wires, an electrode for welding the wrap wires to the rib wires at each intersection thereof, and a translating mechanism positioned on the frame for moving rib wires and the welded wrap wire longitudinal along the frame. A laser measures a gap between adjacent surfaces of wrap wire. A processor is used to adjust the translating of the rib wires relative to the gap. An air cushion urges the electrode against the wrap wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Inventor: Daniel Allford
  • Patent number: 7225533
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus and methods for applying a material to a cable or into a conduit. The apparatus includes a hinged housing for coupling to a portion of a cable and/or a conduit. The apparatus is configured as a portable housing that is particularly suited for use in the field to apply a material to an existing underground cable or conduit or to a new or relocated cable or conduit during installation. The hinged housing permits the apparatus to couple to a portion of a cable or a portion of a conduit without splicing the cable or the conduit or removing the cable. When coupled to a cable or a conduit, the housing defines a chamber into which a material is inserted. Compressed air is supplied to the chamber to force the material into an innerduct of the conduit and to pull the material therethrough, applying the material to the cable and/or the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Neptco Incorporated
    Inventors: Joseph Sylvia, Ross Smith, Larry Shelton, Daniel Upton
  • Patent number: 7222418
    Abstract: These systems comprise sensors formed of an optical fiber conductor (4) fitted inside a sheath (8). The device comprises a support (1) provided with cylindrical revolving rollers (2, 3) made of a soft material which rotate in reverse direction to each other and between which an optical fiber conductor (4) is moved; and a supporting device (7) of the sheath (8) which makes it to be in line with the optical fiber conductor (4) so that it is inserted inside the sheath (8) as it is moved by the rollers (2, 3). It is provided with oil supply means (10) toward the optical fiber (4) to facilitate insertion thereof inside the sheath (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: Melchor D. Castellon
  • Patent number: 7197802
    Abstract: According to a method, initial temperatures (T1) of strip points (101) are detected when the hot-rolled strip (6) is fed to the production line. The strip points (101) are monitored on their way through the production line. The hot-rolled strip (6) is subjected to temperature influences (delta T) in the production line (3). The strip points (101), the initial temperatures (T1), the monitored values (W(t)) and the temperature influences (delta T) are supplied to a model (9) for the production line (3). The model (9) determines expected actual temperatures (T2) of the strip points (101) in real time and allocates them to the strip points as the new actual temperatures (T2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Matthias Kurz, Michael Metzger, Klaus Weinzierl
  • Patent number: 7178224
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for making drainage elements in a vertical manner. In one embodiment, a vertically disposed hollow rotatable mandrel with a screw-threaded flight is used for guiding a length of perforated pipe and filling an annular space between the pipe and a cylinder of mesh material secured at one end to the pipe with aggregate. A hopper is used for directing the aggregate into the space between the mandrel and a cylindrical outlet of the hopper. A motor for driving the mandrel may be reversed at a slower speed than the forward speed to stop delivery of aggregate and to allow time for the upper end of the cylinder of mesh material to be severed and secured to the pipe to form a drainage element as well as to allow severance of the pipe. In another embodiment, the perforated pipe is driven through the hopper and the aggregate flows under gravity into the mesh sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventors: Harry Bussey, Jr., Buddy Harry Bussey, III
  • Patent number: 7137182
    Abstract: A device for fabricating a composite article having a plurality of material dispensers to increase productivity. The device includes a structure defining a work surface datum, the plurality of material dispensers which are movable relative to the structure, where each of the material dispensers applies a strip material to the work surface datum along a predetermined axis, and wherein each of said predetermined axes are parallel to one another and where the strip material as applied to the work surface datum forms a layer. A method for fabricating a composite in accordance with the present invention is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Paul E. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7100274
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus and methods for applying a material to a cable or into a conduit. The apparatus includes a hinged housing for coupling to a portion of a cable and/or a conduit. The apparatus is configured as a portable housing that is particularly suited for use in the field to apply a material to an existing underground cable or conduit or to a new or relocated cable or conduit during installation. The hinged housing permits the apparatus to couple to a portion of a cable or a portion of a conduit without splicing the cable or the conduit or removing the cable. When coupled to a cable or a conduit, the housing defines a chamber into which a material is inserted. Compressed air is supplied to the chamber to force the material into an innerduct of the conduit and to pull the material therethrough, applying the material to the cable and/or the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Neptco Incorporated
    Inventors: Joseph Sylvia, Ross Smith, Larry Shelton, Daniel Upton
  • Patent number: 7013547
    Abstract: A method and a device for the production of curved spring strip sections. A spring strip runs through a bending unit formed from three separate support points and a reverse bending unit, arranged in series, and formed from a fourth support point. Bent and reverse-bent spring strip sections are separated off from the spring strip in a separator unit. In order to achieve a compact construction for the device, the third support point of the bending unit and the fourth support point of the reverse bending unit are adjustable in position relative to the spring strip, by a controller with pre-set programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Oliver Lenzen, Gerald Pachur
  • Patent number: 7007534
    Abstract: The present invention regards methods of projecting, producing and bending continuous stretches of circular cylindrical bodies, such as stretches of piping, handrails and rails for stair lifts. The invention also regards a tool for use with the method, application of a tool, and a length of pipe and fittings prepared for use with the method. During the project planning, the orientation of the fitting (52) is given in relation to the first piece of pipe (50), by the cut angle of the fitting (52) and the rotational angle (?) of the fitting about the longitudinal axis of the pipe (50) relative to a defined spatial direction gen by a mark (53, 54) on the piece of pipe (50) and the fitting (52). During construction, the piece of pipe (50) is arranged with one side in a defined spatial direction, the fitting (52), which has a given cut angle, is fitted to the piece of pipe (50) and the fitting (52) is rotated through a pre-determined rotational angle (?) that is measured relative to the defined spatial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Skipskonsult AS
    Inventor: Terje E. Myklebust
  • Patent number: 6925705
    Abstract: Apparatus for making a cage having a number of peripheral and elongate components, and a wrapping component. The apparatus includes an elongate support frame, a mechanism for rotating the cage; a mechanism for dispensing the wrapping component onto the cage; a first carrier mounted on the frame for holding at least one peripheral component; and a second carrier mounted on the frame for holding at least one peripheral component, including a mechanism for adjusting the position of the second carrier on the frame relative to the position of the first carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: NGR Limited
    Inventor: Kamal Neckoula
  • Patent number: 6915572
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for the continuous manufacture of structural members, in which two parallel, flat wire mesh mats comprising longitudinal and transverse wires intersecting with each other and welded together at the points of intersection are advanced on a production line and between the wire mesh mats is introduced an insulating body, whereupon the straight link wires are passed through the insulating body and with their ends welded to the wire mesh mats, so that the latter are held a predetermined distance apart, wherein first an endless, coherent web of insulating material is produced from individual insulating panels and advanced and then the insulating body is cut off this web of insulating material in a selectable length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: EVG Entwicklungs-U. Verwertungs-Gesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Klaus Ritter, Ingrid Ritter, Gerhard Schmidt, Gerhard Ritter
  • Patent number: 6715202
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of forming serpentine heat exchanger coils from spine fin tubing involves applying spine fins to a tube while simultaneously forming the tube into a serpentine shape. The bending and fin wrapping occurs while a feed roll continues paying out the tube without interruption. Multiple bends can be made simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: American Standard International Inc.
    Inventor: Danny D. Beaver
  • Patent number: 6671956
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for mass production of metal substrates used in catalytic purification of exhaust gas, which includes: (a) an uncoiler part for continuously feeding a strip in the lengthwise direction, wherein said strip is coiled along a rotation axis; (b) a tubing processing part for changing the strip into the shape of a pipe by means of gradually putting pressure through multi-stage rolls onto both side edges of the strip in feed from said uncoiler part; (c) a feeder part, which is installed at one side of said tubing processing part, for feeding a pre-made honeycomb body at an equal interval to the strip being changed into the shape of a pipe; (d) a welding part, which is installed at the rear end of said tubing processing part, for welding into a unit both side edges of the strip in feed after being changed into the shape of a pipe; (e) a sizing part, which is installed at the rear end of said welding part, for evening the girth of the pipe in feed; and (f) a cutting part f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials
    Inventors: Won-Wook Park, Byoung-Gi Moon, Ha-Sik Kim
  • Publication number: 20030115730
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for forming a laminate comprising a core of a compressed metal powder mixed with a foaming agent between two metal layers, comprising the successive steps of providing two metal strips and a stock of powder comprising a metal powder mixed with a foaming agent; applying a layer of the powder between the two metal strips; feeding the metal strips, with the powder between them, to a rolling mill; rolling the two strips with the powder between them to form a laminate of compressed powder between two metal layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Inventors: Peter Conrad Hubert Ament, Nicolaas Dirk Adrianus Kooij, Christiaan Johannes Kooij, Anthony Stephan Verdier
  • Publication number: 20030106199
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus and methods for applying a material to a cable or into a conduit. The apparatus includes a hinged housing for coupling to a portion of a cable and/or a conduit. The apparatus is configured as a portable housing that is particularly suited for use in the field to apply a material to an existing underground cable or conduit or to a new or relocated cable or conduit during installation. The hinged housing permits the apparatus to couple to a portion of a cable or a portion of a conduit without splicing the cable or the conduit or removing the cable. When coupled to a cable or a conduit, the housing defines a chamber into which a material is inserted. Compressed air is supplied to the chamber to force the material into an innerduct of the conduit and to pull the material therethrough, applying the material to the cable and/or the conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Inventors: Joseph Sylvia, Ross Smith, Larry Shelton, Daniel Upton
  • Patent number: 6402122
    Abstract: A method for drawing a cable which inherently lacks tensile strength into cable channels or cable pipes includes providing a tensile yarn skin on the end of the cable before the step of drawing the cable into the channels or pipes. The yarn skin can either be a net hose or a spin-wrap applied onto the cable. One application of the method is the connection of the cable incoming at a terminal tower to a switching center or exchange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: SCC Special Communication Cables GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Ernst Mayr, Guenter Einsle
  • Patent number: 6370753
    Abstract: A machine for installing a plurality of cables together in a duct comprising a cable pushing machine and a cable wrapper. The cable wrapper comprises a platform rotatably attached to a mount. The platform and mount have aligned bores therethrough. Coils of winding media are attached to the platform. Cables pass through the bores, and the winding media is dispensed onto the cables. The platform rotates as the winding media is dispensed, thus wrapping the winding media around the cables. The cables are then passed through the cable pusher and into the duct. The rotation of the platform may be driven by the movement of the cables, or by independent means such as a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Arnco Corporation
    Inventor: Robert B. Washburn
  • Patent number: 6247227
    Abstract: A die apparatus for assembling a part carried by a part strip onto a carrier strip is disclosed. The die apparatus includes a die housing defining an assembly station, with a portion of the die housing including a punch generally aligned with the assembly station. A part strip conveyor is provided and is adapted to convey the part strip to a position adjacent the assembly station, while a carrier strip conveyor is also provided and is adapted to convey the carrier strip to a position aligned with the assembly station. Accordingly, upon operation of the punch a part is separated from the part strip and inserted into a part receiving aperture of the carrier strip during a single punch stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Dial Tool Industries
    Inventor: Frank J. Ziberna
  • Patent number: 6195877
    Abstract: An apparatus having a base for automatically opening interdigitated tab fingers formed on a hang strip. The base includes an item advancement station and an item attachment station is disposed at an edge of the base. A supply of hang strip material is provided at a base edge opposite the item attachment station. The hang strip supply is mounted to the base and is fed through the advancement station and across and through a tab retainer that maintains at least one of the interdigitated tab fingers open until the tab station is guided to the item attachment edge of the base. At the item attachment edge, perpendicular transversal of a corner or edge of the base causes one set of the interdigitated fingers to open, while at least one interdigitated tab finger opened at the item advancement station clears the back edge of the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventor: Dimitris Poulokefalos
  • Patent number: 6070316
    Abstract: In order to fit an optical cable to a cable of an overhead line, a lashing apparatus is provided which runs along the cable of the overhead line. A pylon bypass for the lashing apparatus of the optical cable is fitted to a line pylon and is designed such that the lashing apparatus is diverted from the respective cable in the region of the pylon and is passed around the pylon by the pylon bypass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Gunter Einsle, Dieter Kreutz
  • Patent number: 6049959
    Abstract: For making a mattress web having two fabric webs which are attached to one another in a transverse direction of the web by seams that are spaced apart in a longitudinal direction of the, thereby to form a succession of sleeves, each of which contains a slightly tensioned spring, one of the fabric webs is continuously conveyed in the longitudinal direction in such a manner as to be supported from below. An upwardly opening curve is formed in the transverse direction. A respective spring is introduced into each curve from above, the spring being non-tensioned and having a height exceeding the curve depth. While in the curve, the spring is compressed in the vertical direction under the action of a force acting at a distance from the downstream wall of the curve, and the curve, with the compressed spring therein, is brought together with the other of the two fabric webs, which is continuously conveyed in a longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Dux Design AB
    Inventor: Sven Grondahl
  • Patent number: 5950298
    Abstract: A cable (5) is inserted in a tube (2) wound on a tube reel (1). The cable is fed from a cable reel (6) through a cable-advancing unit (4) into a free inlet end (2.1) of the tube (2). Compressed air is applied to an air inlet (8) of the advancing unit (4), and led through the tube along the cable already inserted in the tube. The tube reel is put on a support 7, which is driven to a periodic movement in the vertical direction between to extreme positions (amplitude A, period P). During part of each period the movement is a free fall, or at least approximates a free fall. The movement may be sinusoidal with period P=2.pi.?A/g!.sup.1/2 (g is gravitational constant). In this case, the support (7) may be part of a rotatably supported lever, or may be part of a seesaw. In addition, the movement may be the vertical component of a maintained swinging movement. In this case the support (7) may be the swinging part of a Chinese swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Koninklijke KPN N.V.
    Inventors: Willem Griffioen, Gerard Plumettaz, Arie Van Wingerden
  • Patent number: 5946788
    Abstract: A cable (5) is inserted, by way of a free end (2.1), into a tube (2) wound around a tube reel (1) which is fixed, with its winding axis (y) vertical, onto a carrier (7). The carrier with the tube reel is subjected to a periodical movement having a vertical component and a longitudinal component. The vertical component is a vertical oscillation having a period (P) and an amplitude (A.sub.v =gP.sup.2 /32) for an, at any rate approximately, "free-fall" movement during part of each period, preferably during half a period. The longitudinal component is an oscillating rotation around the vertical winding axis of the tube reel having the same period (P) and an amplitude (A.sub.L). The "free-fall" movement is preferably commenced when the rotational direction of the oscillating rotation is reversed and becomes backward, as opposed to the insertion direction of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Koninklijke KPN N.V.
    Inventors: Willem Griffioen, Gerard Plumettaz
  • Patent number: 5692295
    Abstract: The described apparatus produces an end closure for a pipe that forms part of a heat exchanger. The apparatus includes a frame, with first and second sides. A tubular through-channel has an opening on the first said that is delimited by a side surface extending around the opening. It is possible for a pipe which is intended to be closed, to be introduced into the tubular channel from the second side. A press tool executes a reciprocal motion through the channel. The press tool presses an end closure blank into the channel opening. A method for producing an end closure for a heat exchanger pipe also is described. The method comprises the measures of introducing a pipe into a channel in a frame. An end closure blank is pressed into the through-channel and on into the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Assignee: Valeo Engine Cooling AB
    Inventor: Erik Dahl
  • Patent number: 5369943
    Abstract: The invention relates to providing a medicinal rod with a shell. The shell is formed from a hose, which is expanded by pressurizing its inner space. The medicinal rod is pushed into the expanded hose, after which the pressure is relieved. The hose tightens over the rod after the pressure relief.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Leiras Oy
    Inventors: Timo Helle, Rolf Hartzell, Pekka Nieminen, Pekka Lankinen
  • Patent number: 5355576
    Abstract: Guardrail assembly is performed by a vehicle carrying an inventory of guardrail sections and guardrail support blocks. The vehicle moves along a series of prepositioned guardrail posts and includes a side-mounted support frame allowing joining of guardrail sections and deployment rearward of a continuous ribbon of joined guardrail sections. As the continuous ribbon of joined guardrail sections is deployed, it is urged laterally outward and against attachment sites of the series of prepositioned guardrail posts. The continuous ribbon is then attached to the guardrail post, including mounting of an intermediate support block. The assembly and mounting under the disclosed method and apparatus is approximately half that of conventional guardrail assembly and mounting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventor: Jack J. Miller
  • Patent number: 5253399
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for the high speed manufacture of a plurality of leads allows for the manufacture of various lengths of leads, as well as leads utilizing different wire gauges. The lead making apparatus has a plurality of wire gripping devices which are movable between an open position and a closed position. Each of the wire gripping devices has a channel which is dimensioned to allow the wire to be positioned and maintained therein. A wire feed is positioned proximate to the wire gripping devices and cooperates with the wire to advance the wire into the wire gripping devices. A drive belt is provided adjacent to the wire gripping devices and cooperates with the wire gripping devices to move the wire gripping devices. Whereby the drive belt moves the wire gripping devices in the same direction as the wire feed advances the wire, such that as the wire gripping devices are moved, the wire will be advanced into the channels of the wire gripping devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Gloe, Michael Gerst, Lothar Bauer
  • Patent number: 5237741
    Abstract: A robot hand is disclosed for fitting a length of channel-shaped sealing strip to a flange running around the door opening of a motor vehicle body. The sealing strip, with the sides of its channel initially splayed apart, is held coiled in a cassette. A take-up roller is initially driven by a motor to pull a length of the strip out of the cassette until its end engages the flange, rollers confining the strip to move in a curved path. A cradle carrying these rollers is then transversely moved clear of the path by piston-cylinder assemblies. The robot hand is then caused to travel around the door opening, the motor now rotating two parallel-axis rollers spaced either side of the flange. The latter press the sides of the channel of the sealing strip into gripping engagement with the flange and also drive the robot hand around the door opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Draftex Industries Limited
    Inventor: Dieter Goedderz