Abstract: The present invention provides an automated method for forming indented embossed edges around along the periphery of a light aperture for mounting a panel light's pane and frame assembly therein. A panel blank made of sheet metal is mounted on the table of an automated CNC punch press. Next the light aperture is scored in the blank using the punch press to punch out elongated slots between widely spaced apart bridge tabs forming an aperture blank within and connected to the panel blank by the spaced apart bridge tabs. Next the indented embossed edges are formed with two cooperating punch and die sets. A first right angled die set is used to form the four corners. A second straight bar die set is used with an automated nibbling function of the CNC punch press machine to form the linear extending sides of the indented embossed edge. The cooperating punch and die sets are designed to form an edge and not punch through a hole in the blank.
Abstract: A method of manufacturing a cylindrical valve sleeve is provided. The method includes the steps of providing a cylindrical valve having an inner wall, an outer wall and an end shoulder disposed therebetween. The shoulder is machined to form a circumferential groove which defines a swedgeable shoulder area on the shoulder. The inner wall is broached to include a plurality of open ended longitudinal slots radially spaced about the inner wall. Next, the shoulder areas are swedged at preselected spaced positions contiguous to the end portions of the longitudinal slots to deform the preselected positions axially and radially inwardly into the slot end portions whereby the slot end portions are substantially closed relative to the inner wall of the sleeve. The preselected spaced positions are discontinuous relative to the shoulder to minimize the necessary force and resulting deformation.
Abstract: A process for forming a decorative trim strip by extruding a thermoplastic material around a continuous length of metal strip. The thermoplastic material is shaped with longitudinal grooves and when the strip is bent along the groove, the thermoplastic material on opposite sides of the grooves comes into contact. The strip is heated and the thermoplastic material in contact fuses to essentially eliminate the grooves.