Including Transporting Track Patents (Class 29/823)
  • Patent number: 9003646
    Abstract: Disclosed is a roller hemming system for panels of a vehicle that may include: a marriage jig adapted to load thereon a part having an outer panel and an inner panel joined together; a clamping pad releasably mounted at a front end of an arm of a first handling robot, and adapted to clamp the part loaded on the marriage jig by a plurality of clamping means; a plurality of transfer rails adapted to intersect with each other at a center; a plurality of hemming dies, each being disposed on a predetermined transfer rail, being adapted to reciprocate on the transfer rail between the center and an initial position, and being adapted to receive thereon the part clamped by the clamping pad; and a plurality of hemming robots being disposed corresponding to each hemming die and provided with a hemming roller unit adapted to hem an edge of the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Ki Soon Kim
  • Patent number: 8839500
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a process for pre-assembly of a solar panel string for a solar canopy, the process comprising aligning a plurality of solar panels onto an edge conveyor, wherein belts of the edge conveyor contact and support the bottom of the plurality of solar panels at opposite longitudinal ends of each solar panel and aligning a solar panel support channel below the plurality of solar panels; and attaching the solar panel support channel to the plurality of solar panels, thereby forming a solar panel string assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Potter, Nathan Dion Fleischer, Jeffrey Paul Munoz
  • Patent number: 8806739
    Abstract: In a framing system for framing motor-vehicle bodies or sub-assemblies thereof, the body to be framed is located and clamped in position during the assembling operations by side locating and clamping structures (8). Each of these structures comprises a rigid supporting structure (82) including a base platform (82a) and a frame (81) which carries locating and clamping devices (D). The base platform (82a) is dimensioned in the direction parallel to a body conveyor line with a standard length proportionated to the length of the longest body type on which the system is to operate. Pillars (82b) for supporting the frame (81) are mounted on the platform (82a) at positions which are selected between different possible positions, displaced relative to each other longitudinally and/or transversely. Thus, the side locating and clamping structures (8) can be configured easily for different types of body and the system is able to operate on body types having also very relevant differences in length and/or width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Comau S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gianni Magni, Mauro Maestri
  • Patent number: 8789270
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing a side panel of a vehicle, the system including upper running rails and lower running rails to provide a movement path of a cart, the cart having a support frame, a transfer roller, and a friction bar provided at a bottom surface of the support frame, wherein the side panel may be mounted on the cart and the cart moves selectively along the upper running rails and the lower running rails, at least a friction drive unit and at least a friction wheel disposed along the upper and lower running rails wherein the at least a friction drive selectively rotates the at least a friction wheel to move the cart by selectively engaging at least one of the friction wheels with the friction bar of the cart, and an external unit supporting an edge portion of the side panel during key welding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Se Kyu Kang
  • Patent number: 8789269
    Abstract: A modular manufacturing facility and method of construction includes a plurality of service and equipment modules which are readily sized and oriented to be packaged, shipped to a desired location, assembled and connected to local resources to form a fully operational assembly or build facility substantially or wholly independent of any resident building structure at the selected site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Comau, Inc.
    Inventors: Velibor Kilibarda, David Reid, Daisy Red
  • Publication number: 20140165388
    Abstract: A floating hanger for assembling a vehicle body roof sets a roof panel at a home position of a roof surface of a vehicle body which is transferred to a work position along a transfer line. The floating hanger includes: i) a fixing frame fixed to an arm of a robot; ii) a hanger frame configured to restrict the roof panel and installed at the fixing frame to be floatable in a width direction of the vehicle body, and iii) a position corrector installed at the hanger frame and configured to float the hanger frame to a set position of the roof panel by using pressure which is applied to both sides of the roof panel in a width direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Ju Young KIM, Chul KIM, Jong Ryul CHOI, Byung-Sun KIM, Gi Young LEE
  • Patent number: 8745865
    Abstract: In a method for servicing an apparatus having a compressor (22) mounted to a support structure (32, 38, 40), a guide structure (102, 104; 202, 204) is placed adjacent to the support structure. The compressor is lifted from an installed position. The compressor is withdrawn by rolling the compressor along the support structure and guide structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Heitz, Jean-Pierre Chanon, Steven E. Von Borstel
  • Publication number: 20140096353
    Abstract: Provided is a system for replacing a crossbar, which is capable of promptly and smoothly mounting and removing a crossbar for replacement between a workpiece transferring apparatus and a crossbar replacing apparatus. The crossbar is to be mounted to the workpiece transferring apparatus. The crossbar extends substantially orthogonal to a workpiece transferring direction in a press machine and is configured to be capable of retaining and releasing a workpiece. The crossbar is configured to be switchable between a state in which both end portions of the crossbar are rotatable relative to a center portion of the crossbar about a longitudinal axis of the crossbar, and a state in which both the end portions are not rotatable relative to the center portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: AIDA ENGINEERING, LTD.
    Inventor: Toshihiro OJIMA
  • Patent number: 8499430
    Abstract: An assembly method is capable of assembling a transfer mechanism which transfers a target and includes a pick unit for holding the target, a slide unit for sliding the pick unit and a drive unit for driving the slide unit. The assembly method includes installing a lifting mechanism for lifting the units at a ceiling portion of a transfer chamber where the transfer mechanism is accommodated; and assembling the units loaded into the transfer chamber inside the transfer chamber by using the lifting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Youhei Yamada, Yoshihiro Kai
  • Publication number: 20130167371
    Abstract: A flat-pen automatic assembly line system includes a worktable, two sprockets, and an endless loop driving chain connecting the two sprockets. The two sprockets are mounted at the two ends of the worktable, respectively. A plurality of jigs on the driving chain receives pen barrels. A transporting rail supporting the driving chain is provided between the two sprockets. A pen-cap mounting station and a pen-cap pressing station are provided on the same worktable successively, and the pen-cap pressing station is provided with an automatic pen-cap pressing machine. The pen-cap mounting process and the pen-cap pressing process are completed on the same worktable and these two processes are linked via the same driving chain. Therefore, the assembly time is shortened and the assembly efficiency is improved. Furthermore, the pen-cap pressing process may employ an automatic pen-cap pressing machine. Therefore, labor can be reduced further, and assembly efficiency can be improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: BEIFA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: BEIFA GROUP CO., LTD.
  • Publication number: 20130126099
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses discussed herein provide for localized speed changes of an advancing substrate. Embodiments of a localized speed varying apparatus may include first and second substrate guides positioned upstream and downstream of a processing station, respectively. The substrate guides may utilize orbital motion of guide members to change the length of the substrate within the substrate guides upstream and downstream of the processing station. The changes in substrate length within the substrate guides result in localized speed changes of the substrate between the substrate guides. Coordination between the substrate guides allows for localized speed changes of the substrate passing through the processing station without affecting the speed of the substrate upstream of the first substrate guide and downstream of the second substrate guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
    Inventor: The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Patent number: 8429811
    Abstract: A tandem press system includes a plurality of presses disposed in a workpiece transfer direction, a workpiece transfer device that transfers a workpiece from an upstream press to a downstream press using a tool mounted on the workpiece transfer device via a crossbar, and a tool replacement device that replaces the tool mounted on the workpiece transfer device. The tool replacement device can be transferred from an inter-press space between the upstream press and the downstream press to an external space in a tool replacement direction independently of transfer of a bolster provided with a die to an external space in a die replacement direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: AIDA Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Endo
  • Patent number: 8424206
    Abstract: A production line for vehicles of different models is disclosed, wherein vehicle bodies for ordinary automobiles and vehicle bodies for compact automobiles are incorporated on the same production line, and multiple components are installed. Two compact vehicle bodies are carried on a conveyance device which is designed for carrying a single ordinary vehicle body. The number of components of a compact automobile is approximately half the number of components of an ordinary automobile, and therefore compact automobiles can be produced efficiently without any downtime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Tanahashi
  • Patent number: 8424195
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a semiconductor package includes an index rail transferring a lead frame in forward and backward directions, the lead frame having a first surface and a second surface that is opposite to the first surface, a loader portion connected to an end portion of the index rail and supplying the lead frame to the index rail, a frame driving portion connected to the opposite end portion of the end portion of the index rail and rotating the lead frame around a normal to the first surface, and a die attach portion attaching a semiconductor chip on the lead frame supplied to the index rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: STS Semiconductor & Telecommunications Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sun Ha Hwang
  • Patent number: 8371025
    Abstract: A device is provided for repairing a damaged location in an underwater region of a wall of a vessel or pool, in particular in the region of a wall of a pool of a nuclear reactor plant. The device includes a guiding system, which can be attached along a side wall at a distance therefrom and can be fixed thereto, for guiding a carriage which can be made to move in a longitudinal direction of the guiding system. Arranged on the carriage is a displaceably mounted holder for a repair support, which can be placed with an adhesive surface against the wall region containing the damaged location. With such a device, wall regions that are at a great depth and can only be accessed through narrow gaps can be repaired quickly and reliably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Areva NP GmbH
    Inventors: Georg Krämer, Konrad Meier-Hynek
  • Patent number: 8365396
    Abstract: A changeover device (8) is provided for tenter frames (5,6,7) in a treatment station (1) for vehicle bodies. The changeover device comprises at least one frame store (9,10) that can be rotated about a rotational axis (11) and is arranged at a distance from a working point (39), and a transport device (17) provided with a guide (18) and a controllable towing device (28) for the tenter frames (5,6,7). The transport device (17) has a guide (18) on the bottom side, for transporting the tenter frames in a vertical position, and also comprises a bottom-side or lateral stabilizing device (64). A towing device (28) for the tenter frames (5,6,7) is arranged in the bottom region of the transport device (17) with at least one driven carriage (29,30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Kuka Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Kraus, Botho Kikut, Johann Maischberger, Thomas Sturm
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8302281
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing motor vehicle sub-assemblies with unrestricted model mix and quick changeover between models. The apparatus includes a track; a carriage mounted for longitudinal movement along the track between first and second positions; and first and second turrets rotatably mounted on the carriage at longitudinally spaced locations and each including a plurality of circumferentially spaced individual faces and unique tooling fixtures on the respective faces for receiving unique work piece components corresponding to a plurality of motor vehicle body styles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Comau, Inc.
    Inventor: Velibor Kilibarda
  • Patent number: 8286337
    Abstract: A mattress material removal device for bedding mattresses comprising a fixed base member 15 in FIG. 4 with at least one side panel 4 and 5 in FIG. 1, at least one overhead portion 14 in FIG. 3 and at least one guide rail 2 in FIG. 1 adapted to secure and guide the mattress over the base member 15 as it moves through the removal device; at least one brush member 12 in FIG. 5 that makes contact with the top, bottom and side of the mattress; at least one suction member 6 in FIG. 5 positioned in close proximity to at least one brush member 12; at least one sprinkler device that is positioned in close proximity to the brush member 12; a conveyor mechanism 7 and 10 in FIG. 2 which is adapted to move the mattress so that it is in contact with the components of the removal device; a control device 16 in FIG. 5 that has at least one switch which is adapted to activate and de-activate one or more features of the mattress material removal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Luke Mills
  • Patent number: 8250743
    Abstract: The processing system (10) serves for processing a moving workpiece (12) by means of an industrial robot (16) that can be rigidly coupled, intermittently, to the workpiece (12) and/or to a movable workpiece carrier unit (14), the industrial robot (16), when in a decoupled operating position (42), being carried by a carrier device (18) that is movable, independently of a workpiece, by means of a drive unit (20) acting with active drive, and, when in a coupled operating position (44), being floatingly mounted relative to the carrier device (18) by means of a floating bearing system (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventor: Uwe Habisreitinger
  • Patent number: 8215004
    Abstract: A fabrication line that utilizes a jig pallet that is commonly used in processing equipment to efficiently finish and assemble semifinished products of plural shapes. The jig pallet includes a holding member D for holding a semifinished product W and an opening/closing device G1 for opening and closing the holding member D, and allows the semifinished product W to be mounted and dismounted by opening and closing the holding member D with the opening/closing device G1. The jig pallet is transported to processing equipment M1, M2, and M3 to allow the semifinished product to be processed in the fabrication line. An opening/closing driving device G2 that engages the opening/closing device G1 to open and close the holding member is provided along the fabrication line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Sintokogio, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Tomioka, Tomohisa Nakamura, Susumu Fujita, Takanobu Tozaki
  • Patent number: 8196289
    Abstract: Staking apparatus (22) disclosed performs a method for staking one or more fasteners (44) of a part assembly (18) are provided by a conveyor (14), a lower lift and lock assembly (24) including a lower lifter (28) and a lower lock (30), and an upper press (26). Lower and upper staking punches (40, 60) of the lower lifter (28) and the upper press (26), respectively, provide the staking while at least one and preferably a plurality of springs (36) resiliently support a pallet assembly (16) on which the part assembly (18) is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Porter Group, LLC
    Inventor: Richard T. Oliver
  • Patent number: 8141223
    Abstract: A cell manufacturing method in which a main operator, who carries out main operations that include a plurality of steps in which parts are attached to a workpiece, is moved along with the workpiece so as to transit a plurality of stations at which auxiliary steps related to the main operations are carried out. A main car is provided on which the workpiece is mounted and on which the main operator rides. A main operation platform apparatus is also provided that has a main operation platform for carrying out the main operations so as to be movable are used, and then when carrying out at least a portion of the main operations in the main car, the main car and the main operation platform are moved in synchrony. Furthermore, a subsidiary car is provided to travel together with the main car so as to be able to transfer parts and/or jigs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Taniguchi, Shigeharu Ikeda, Kuniyuki Hashimoto, Junji Sugawara
  • Patent number: 8122579
    Abstract: A cell manufacturing method in which a main operator, who carries out main operations that include a plurality of steps in which parts are installed on a workpiece, is moved along with the workpiece so as to transit a plurality of stations where auxiliary steps related to the main operations are carried out. At least a portion of operations in which parts and/or jigs are supplied to a main car are carried out via a main delivery apparatus by using a main car on which a workpiece is mounted and on which a main operator rides, and that travels automatically on a predetermined travel route that transits a plurality of stations. The main delivery apparatus has a main serving position and a main receiving position. Parts and/or jigs that have been disposed at the main receiving position are delivered to the main serving position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Taniguchi, Shigeharu Ikeda, Kuniyuki Hashimoto, Junji Sugawara
  • Publication number: 20110297206
    Abstract: A solar receiver system that includes an integral replacement system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: Timothy Devine
  • Patent number: 8051544
    Abstract: A method of replacing an electrical insulator on a conductor-supporting tower includes the steps of providing an elongate beam spanning the tower between a work site and a helicopter accessible site, a trolley movable on the beam between the sites and an insulator cradle detachably supported by the trolley for supporting the insulator during transport between the sites and to and from the tower via helicopter. The cradle is a partially peripherally enclosed, open-topped structure having a floor, an upstanding rear wall, peripheral walls sloping downwardly from the rear wall to a front wall, an opening in the front wall, an elongate slot in the floor extending rearwardly from the opening, the slot having a width greater than the diameter of an insulator shank but less than the diameter of an insulator skirt, the dimensions of the floor allowing an insulator skirt to lie flat thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Haverfield International Incorporated
    Inventor: Larry Graham
  • Patent number: 8042249
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing motor vehicle sub-assemblies with unrestricted model mix and quick changeover between models. The apparatus includes a track; a carriage mounted for longitudinal movement along the track between first and second positions; and first and second turrets rotatably mounted on the carriage at longitudinally spaced locations and each including a plurality of circumferentially spaced individual faces and unique tooling fixtures on the respective faces for receiving unique work piece components corresponding to a plurality of motor vehicle body styles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Camau, Inc.
    Inventor: Velibor Kilibarda
  • Publication number: 20110138613
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying containers with a guiding element which contacts the container in at least one area of the peripheral wall thereof and guides the container on a pre-set path, with a driving device which drives the guiding element in order to convey the container, and with a base support element which supports the container at least in part during the conveying in a base region of the container. According to the invention the base support element is vertically displaceable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Roland Laumer
  • Patent number: 7874058
    Abstract: An automotive body transfer method and a transfer system is operable to transfer a vehicle body between a transfer mechanism and a stationary assembly station in an automobile production process. In the method and system hereof, one longitudinal half of each of front and rear pairs of left and right jack-up brackets, formed in lower parts of left and right side sills of the body, is supported by the transfer mechanism, and the other longitudinal half of each of the jack-up brackets is supported by the stationary assembly station, thereby enabling the shape and structure of the transfer mechanism and the stationary assembly station to be simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taro Kodo, Akira Suzuki, Chiyuki Uekusa, Minoru Yamada, Katsumi Kaneko
  • Publication number: 20100287767
    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: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Young Sub Woo, Woo Dong Hwang
  • Patent number: 7780825
    Abstract: A substrate holding and transporting assembly is disclosed. The substrate holding and transporting assembly includes a base plate and a pair of clamps connected to the base plate in a spaced apart orientation, the spaced apart orientation of the pair of clamps enable support of a substrate with at least two independent points. The substrate holding and transporting assembly also includes an electrode assembly connected to the base plate at a location that is substantially between the pair of clamps. The electrode assembly defined to impart an electrical contact to the substrate when present and held by the pair of clamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Aleksander Owczarz, Robert Knop, Mike Ravkin, Carl A. Woods
  • Patent number: 7779540
    Abstract: A quadrail ergonomic apparatus includes two or more pathways designed to permit movement in two or more directions mounted to a static object above a surface. One or more carriages designed to move in two or more directions are disposed within the pathways. Each carriage is suspended above the surface from the pathways and capable of maintaining a workload in place and permitting movement of the workload in at least four directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael G. McCaffrey, Robert P. Rojas, Mark F. Zelesky, Gilbert B. Cutler, Gene V. Flenke
  • Patent number: 7730608
    Abstract: A hinge feeder for feeding open hinges at a predetermined orientation to a receiver ready for use by an automatic door hinger. A dispenser is provided to hold a stack of closed hinges. The orientation of the top end and hinge joint of each hinge is sensed and the hinges sequentially dispensed at a uniform orientation, except for the pinhead location, to a rotator that rotates those hinges to bring their top ends to a desired side. The hinges are then opened by a leaf turner, fed to a stacker and the opened and oriented hinges then deposited in a stack by a stacker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Kval, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew M. Kvalheim
  • Patent number: 7716820
    Abstract: Apparatus for precision deploy-attaching beam-mount structure to the outside of an elongate column at plural, defined attachment sites that are distributed and spaced along the length of the column. During use, a column support jig with plural openable/closeable yokes in the apparatus supports a column horizontally for selective rotation about its long axis. A carriage in the apparatus, which holds beam-mount structures to be attached to a supported column, is selectively moveable and position-lockable in defined locations distributed along the supported column between yokes in a pair of spaced yokes to enable precision weld-attaching of the mounts to sides of the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: ConXtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Simmons
  • Patent number: 7694412
    Abstract: A device for assembling a composite structure is disclosed. An illustrative embodiment of the device includes at least one carriage track, a linear rail carriage carried by the at least one carriage track, a yoke assembly carried by the linear rail carriage, a linear actuator assembly engaging the linear rail carriage and adapted to move the linear rail carriage along the at least one carriage track and a pair of mandrel cradles pivotally carried by the yoke assembly. Activation of the linear actuator assembly facilitates movement of the linear rail carriage along the at least one carriage track and pivoting of the pair of mandrel cradles with respect to the yoke assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph E. Absalonson, John D. Harrison
  • Patent number: 7621099
    Abstract: A method and related apparatus for precision deploy-attaching beam-mount structure to the outside of an elongate column at plural, defined attachment sites that are distributed and spaced along the length of the column. The method involves (a) preparing an elongate column to act as a travel way for a carriage which is designed to transport and deploy beam-mount structure, shifting such a carriage progressively along the column from defined attachment site to defined attachment site, and at each such site, deploy-attaching from the carriage to the column the carriage-carried beam-mount structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: ConXtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Simmons
  • Patent number: 7594311
    Abstract: An apparatus for bordering mattresses, comprising two mattress bordering assemblies, arranged at upper and at lower levels and provided with superimposed worktables being provided with mattress overturning devices, a mattress distribution assembly arranged upstream of the bordering assemblies to send the mattresses individually to the upper worktable or lower worktable, a chute arranged at the output of the worktable of the upper assembly and inclined to convey the mattresses bordered by the upper assembly toward a receiving table, the chute comprising actuatable movable elements, in order to allow the advancement of the mattresses from the upper worktable toward the receiving table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Resta S.R.L.
    Inventor: Roberto Resta
  • Publication number: 20080184552
    Abstract: The buffer arrangement according to the invention comprises a slide path (6) for a workpiece carrier (3). Preferably, the slide path (6) is coil-like wound and supported on a central column (15). The slide path (6) comprises preferably at least one slide track (7, 8) and possibly one or several guide tracks (9, 10). The workpiece carriers (3) slide on the slide tracks (7, 8) preferably with the front sides of the centering and clamping bolts disposed on the slide tracks (7, 8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventor: Gunter Lang
  • Publication number: 20080124842
    Abstract: A method for assembling a semiconductor device including the steps of providing a penetrable substrate having an adhesive surface and a plurality of dies disposed on the adhesive surface; providing a strap lead substrate having a plurality of strap leads disposed thereon; dispensing a first plurality of strap leads from the plurality of strap leads; providing a plurality of pins; bringing the penetrable substrate into close proximity with the strap lead substrate so as to bringing the first plurality of strap leads into contact with the plurality of dies; pressing the first plurality of strap leads against the plurality of dies using the plurality of pins; and, moving the penetrable substrate away from the strap lead substrate while using the plurality of pins to maintain contact between the first plurality of strap leads and the plurality of dies. An apparatus for assembling a semiconductor device is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Haochuan Wang, Ali Mehrabi, Kouroche Kian, Xiaoming He, Stephen Li
  • Publication number: 20080104815
    Abstract: A fixture exchange rail system is provided having first and second fixture assemblies movably mounted with respect to respective first and second stationary rails. A movable rail is disposed substantially adjacent to, and movable between, the first and second stationary rails. The movable rail is sufficiently configured to selectively receive the first and second fixture assemblies thereon. A method of operating a workstation having a fixture exhange rail system operable to enable work on a workpiece is also provided including the steps of: A) determining the style of workpiece present at the workstation; B) aligning a movable rail with one of a first and second stationary rail having a respective first and second fixture assembly mounted thereto corresponding to the style of workpiece; and C) moving the fixture assembly corresponding to the style of workpiece from the stationary rail to the movable rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew S. Kussmaul
  • 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: 7076865
    Abstract: A manufacturing system for assembly of component parts to produce an article includes a plurality of separate process modules for executing the various process steps, and a plurality of magazine units, which can be coupled to the process modules, for storage and transport of article components produced in the process steps. The process modules have a substantially identical base structure which can be suited to the respective process steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Electrovac, Fabrikation elektrotechnischer Spezialartikel Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Morbitzer, Josef Reithofer
  • Patent number: 7043827
    Abstract: A device for loading a rivet and the like in a rivet holder belt which can continuously and securely load a large number of rivets and the like to the rivet holder belt includes: a hopper 11 for storing the rivets and the like at random; a chute 14 which is continuous from the hopper 11 to guide the rivets and the like that are contained in the hopper 11 to a delivery position of a rivet wheel 15; the rivet wheel 15 which rotates to receive the rivets and the like from the lower end of the chute 14 and store them one by one in each of plural grooves 29 that are formed in the rims of flange bodies; a pushing member 42 which is provided to face the circumference of the rivet wheel 15 to push the rivets and the like resting in the grooves 29 of the rivet wheel 15 into holding notches 37 of a rivet holder belt 36 that is guided along the rivet wheel 15; and a sprocket 35 which is provided in a trunk 27 of the rivet wheel 15 and feeds the rivet holder belt 36 while engaging with engagement holes 38 that are opened
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Opt Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Ohuchi, Hirokatsu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 6836946
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing nails from a tape is provided. The apparatus comprises a guide that directs a path of movement of the tape through the apparatus. The guide has a transition end over which the tape passes as the tape moves through the apparatus. The guide transition end is adapted to form a bend in the tape thereby exposing a head of the nail from the tape as the tape passes over the guide transition end. The apparatus further comprises a claw that is adapted to engage the nail head as the nail head is exposed when the tape passes over the guide transition end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventor: Terry C. Ward
  • Patent number: 6836959
    Abstract: A chip mounting system includes a substrate supply apparatus and a chip supply apparatus. The substrate supply apparatus includes a transport conveyor formed to be moved for a length corresponding to the size of a discrete substrate and a stage with a disposition surface corresponding to the size of the discrete substrate. In the chip supply apparatus, the lowermost chip tray of a plurality of stacked chip trays is sequentially transported to a chip supply stage, and a tray stage is disposed near the chip supply stage. In addition, the chip supply apparatus includes a box for surrounding an area in which the substrate and the chip are transported as a substantially closed space and a clean fan for flowing clean air into the closed space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Watanabe, Masashi Tsunabuchi
  • Patent number: 6804880
    Abstract: An assembly apparatus that may easily conform to increase in production volume and change in specifications of parts, and exhibits high production efficiency is provided. The assembly apparatus 1 includes a part-supplying station 2 in which an operator 8 supplies parts to a conveyor pallet 5, a part-assembling station 3 in which assembly robots R1, R2 assemble the parts in the conveyor pallet 5, and a conveyor means 4 that conveys the conveyor pallet 5 from the part-supplying station 2 to the part-assembling station 3. After the assembly robots R1 have finished assembling the parts on one conveyor pallet 5 in a work area A1, the conveyor means 4 conveys the one conveyor pallet 5 from the work area A1, and concurrently conveys the next conveyor pallet 5 following the one conveyor pallet 5 in the work area A1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6763575
    Abstract: A process for forming printed circuit boards having integral inductor cores. According to the invention, a thin nickel layer is formed on a copper foil. The copper foil structure is then laminated to a substrate such that the nickel layer is in contact with the substrate. The copper foil is removed, leaving the nickel layer on the substrate. Using photomechanical imaging and etching techniques known in the art, NiFe is plated and patterned directly on the nickel layer, thereby forming integral inductor cores of the substrate. This process of the present invention allows for the elimination of several steps used in known processes, while also reducing etch time and minimizing waste of NiFe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Oak-Mitsui Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Meigs, Wendy Herrick
  • Patent number: 6742246
    Abstract: Apparatus for assembling injection devices includes first and second pairs of shafts spaced apart from one another and defining axes extending parallel to a first inclined axis. The shafts include grooves extending helically between ends of the shafts, the helical grooves together defining passages extending vertically between the shafts. The shafts are rotated about their axes such that the passages move between first and second ends of the shafts. Syringes are introduced into successive passages to carry the syringes downwardly along the inclined axis between the first and second ends of the shafts while maintaining the syringes oriented vertically and spaced apart. Guards are carried along a horizontal axis that converges with the inclined axis at a convergence region. The guards are spaced apart and suspended vertically below corresponding syringes such that the syringes are received in successive guards at the convergence region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Safety Syringes, Inc.
    Inventor: David Karl Stroup
  • Patent number: 6606788
    Abstract: A component recognizing method, and an apparatus for executing the method, for applying light to leads on a mounting surface of an electronic component and executing positional detection of the leads by a height detecting section, comprising a 3-D sensor, on the basis of light reflected from the leads. The method includes limiting a region to be measured by the height detection section so that light reflected from objects behind or near the leads is excluded from the region and processing light reflected from the region, thereby removing the reflected light from objects behind or near the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masamichi Morimoto, Eiichi Hachiya, Atsushi Tanabe, Akira Noudo, Kimiaki Sano
  • Patent number: 6591488
    Abstract: A production system includes a shuttle (2) for moving a work (W) on a predetermined track (1), a storeroom (3) for storing components of a plurality of types to be assembled to the work, and a plurality of assembly stations (4) arranged along the track between the track and the storeroom (3), each assembly station (4) including an assembler (41) for selecting and attaching one of tools of a plurality of types corresponding to the types of components and assembling the components to the work (W) using the applied tool, and a conveyor unit (42) arranged between the assembler (41) and the storeroom (3) to convey the components stored in the storeroom (3) to the assembler (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Hirata Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuyoshi Tachibana