Work Or Object Holding Type Patents (Class 335/285)
  • Patent number: 9730501
    Abstract: A fluid application device and a device for storing and dispensing a fluid, as a massage device, includes: a holder including a cavity that has a visible depth for the cavity; at least one magnet contained within a recess that is present in the holder; and an application head including at least one portion made of a magnetizable material that is formed so as to be attracted by the magnet(s). The application head has an application surface higher than half the total outer surface of the application head, the device being arranged such that the application head is rotatably movable within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Eugene Joseph Diezinger
  • Patent number: 9666346
    Abstract: Disclosed is a magnet plate assembly that includes a plurality of magnetic bodies, each magnetic body having a first surface formed to correspond to a flat surface of a substrate and to contact the flat surface of the substrate and a second surface formed in a different direction from that of the first surface, and a support frame which supports the plurality of magnetic bodies and has a plurality of grooves in which the plurality of magnetic bodies are respectively seated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sokwon Noh, Kookchol Park
  • Patent number: 9617768
    Abstract: A belt for electromagnetic sucker includes a first substantially U-shaped section, a second substantially U-shaped section, an electromagnetic sucker coupled to at least one of the first and second substantially U-shaped sections, at least one of the first and second substantially U-shaped sections being structured and arranged to be secure to a support, and a connector structured and arranged to secure the first and second substantially U-shaped sections to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: DIGIT
    Inventor: Jacob Benhammou
  • Patent number: 9569002
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a portable electronic device having a sensor arrangement for gesture recognition and a method for gesture recognition. In accordance with one example embodiment, the portable electronic device comprises: a processor; a flexible housing including a magnet; a magnetic sensor connected to the processor which monitors a magnetic field generated by the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: David Ryan Walker
  • Patent number: 9401239
    Abstract: An electrical component for attachment to paper and other substrates comprises, according to one embodiment, a functional electronic part including one or more support pillars on an underside thereof. Each of the support pillars comprises: a channel extending therethrough from a top opening to a bottom opening, where the top opening of the channel is adjacent to the functional electronic part; and a magnet moveably positioned in the channel in electrical contact with the functional electronic part, where the bottom opening of the channel has a width smaller than a maximum lateral dimension of the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: ELECTRONINKS WRITEABLES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael A. Bell, Analisa Russo
  • Patent number: 9396857
    Abstract: There is provided a magnetic circuit including a first magnetic body configured to include a magnet and a yoke plate, and a second magnetic body. The yoke plate forms an opening space at a position facing the second magnetic body. The magnet is disposed in the opening space or at a position sandwiched between the yoke plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akihito Kinoshita, Hitoshi Kubota, Yasushi Tsuji, Shuichi Chihara, Masahiro Kobori, Junichiro Misawa
  • Patent number: 9346140
    Abstract: An anvil for ultrasonic machining includes an air-supported support part which is floatingly supported via an air bearing at a carrier part, wherein the support part and the carrier part are connected to one another via at least one linear guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: MS SPAICHINGEN GMBH
    Inventors: Daniel Risch, Elmar Noder
  • Patent number: 9333641
    Abstract: An elastic band comprising a depository area is disclosed. The band may be closed or open-ended. The depository area may hold a magnet. A magnet-retaining band attached to a handle portion of a tool can secure magnetically and removably the tool to a ferrous object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Macias, Marco Galli
  • Patent number: 9281108
    Abstract: A clamp assembly comprises a first clamp including a plurality of magnet devices. Each magnet device includes a permanent magnet and a coil surrounding the permanent magnet. The clamp assembly further comprises a controller for pulsing the coils to selectively magnetize and demagnetize the permanent magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, Daniela Lucia Rus, Andrew Dominic Marchese
  • Patent number: 9155385
    Abstract: There is a display device configured to couple to a structure, such as a wall. The display device includes a display module having a base plate. The display module includes an array of containers extending from the base plate. The display module includes a plurality of supports disposed between each of the containers of the array of containers. The display module includes a pair of end tabs coupled to each end of the array of containers. The display device includes a pair of brackets configured to couple to the pair of end tabs of the display module. The pair of brackets include a support plate and a channel disposed on the support plate about a 45 degree angle. The pair of brackets include an attachment surface disposed on the support plate and a vertical slit aperture disposed adjacent the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Victor David Williams
  • Patent number: 9138128
    Abstract: A medical instrument includes a handle, on which at least one electric switch is arranged. The switch has an annular mechanical actuation unit whose outer side forms a grip surface running peripherally of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Richard Wolf GmbH
    Inventor: Elmar Teichtmann
  • Patent number: 9090167
    Abstract: A transport system including at least one guideway, at least one levitation generator, at least one lifting member, at least one drive generator, and at least one drive member is presented. The at least one guideway, at least one levitation generator, at least one lifting member, at least one drive generator, and at least one drive member can each be implemented with other systems. The at least one drive generator is configured to: generate a driving magnetic flux; move with a corresponding at least one drive member; and be driven relative to the at least one drive member by the driving magnetic flux. The at least one levitation generator can be configured to: generate a levitating magnetic flux; move within a corresponding at least one lifting member; and elevate above a rest position relative to the at least one lifting member in response to the levitating magnetic flux.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: skyTran Inc.
    Inventor: John Lee Wamble, III
  • Patent number: 9067290
    Abstract: The invention relates to an attaching device, an arrangement and a method for attaching an object to be worked to a working base. The attaching device comprises: a first holder in the first end of the attaching device for attaching the attaching device to the working base or to another attaching device or to the object to be worked; a second holder in the second end of the attaching device for attaching the attaching device to the working base or to another attaching device or to the object to be worked; and a controller for controlling the holding forces produced by the first and second holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: IXTUR OY
    Inventors: Reijo N├Ątti, Janne Pulkkinen
  • Publication number: 20150130572
    Abstract: The present invention is a system for carrying individualized articles, said system comprising: a main carrier having at least one magnetic material incorporated therewith; at least one expandable ring, having a central cavity and a relaxed configuration and an expanded configuration, whereby said expanded configuration is achieved by applying pressure to an expandable material incorporated with said expanded ring, said expanded ring further comprising at least one magnet constructed and arranged to interact with said magnet of said main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Jessica Goirigolzarri
  • Patent number: 9027232
    Abstract: A cylindrical magnet assembly has at least one coil mounted on a former, assembled to a bore tube by a number of inserts within holes formed in a material of the former. Each insert can bear on a dished radially outer extremity of a radially-outwardly directed protrusion or each insert can bear on a radially outer concave surface of a radially-inwardly directed protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Plc.
    Inventor: Russell Peter Gore
  • Patent number: 9021704
    Abstract: A method for assembling parts. A sealant is placed between a plurality of parts in a stack up to form a workpiece. The workpiece is clamped using a permanent magnet unit and an electromagnetic clamping device in an activated state such that a number of forces caused by a magnetic field clamps the workpiece between the electromagnetic clamping device and the permanent magnet unit. A number of holes are drilled in the workpiece. A number of fasteners are installed in the number of holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, Harry Asada, Manas Chandran Menon
  • Patent number: 9022018
    Abstract: A combination oven and cutting board has a front opening door and a metal upper surface with features that cooperate with the cutting board. The oven may have an internal heating cavity and a front opening door that incorporates a magnet that is used to pull a rack out of the oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Breville Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Keith James Hensel
  • Patent number: 9013257
    Abstract: For simplifying the handling of magnet bodies during magnetization and for inserting the magnetized magnet bodies into a component of a magnetic system such as an electromagnetic drive, a magnetic travel or angle system or the like, an apparatus is proposed which includes a plurality of cavities for receiving at least one magnet body respectively, wherein the magazine comprises a plurality of interconnected and mutually movable magazine elements. The invention further relates to a method for holding magnet bodies during their magnetization and for inserting the magnetized magnet bodies into a component of a magnetic system and to a magnet body handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Magnet-Physik
    Inventor: Dietrich Alfred Steingroever
  • Patent number: 9000872
    Abstract: For an information carrier (1) for magnetically attaching to an object (8) to be marked, according to the invention the information carrier (1) is provided with a contact-breaking surface (4), which is connected to a contact surface (2) of the information carrier (1) at an angle, wherein the contact surface (2) enables the information carrier (1) to magnetically adhere to the object (8) to be marked. By tipping the information carrier (1) onto the contact-breaking surface (4) by means of a corresponding device, the information carrier (1) can be removed from the object (8) to be marked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Harting Applied Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Franke, Volker Huckriede, Thomas Heimann, Michael Koch
  • Patent number: 9000871
    Abstract: A case for a tablet-type electronic device, in particular a tablet computer, comprises a casing shaped so as to at least partially cover a rear surface of the device and equipped with fastener members for fastening it to the device; the casing is equipped with a magnetic coupler element, acting from a rear surface of the casing and able to cooperate with a corresponding fastener element carried by a protective cover for the screen of the device, so as to magnetically fasten the cover to the casing on the rear of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Tucano S.r.l.
    Inventor: Fabio Cencioni
  • Publication number: 20150077846
    Abstract: A positioning system comprising a mounting assembly arranged to move a positioning device via a magnetic coupling interaction between the mounting assembly and the positioning device. The positioning device is configured to limit the spread of flux away from the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Commonwealth of Australia as represented by Department of Industry
    Inventors: Peter Gillingham, James Gilbert, Gregory Smith, Nicholas Staszak, Jerzy Brzeski, Stanislaw Miziarski, Scot Smedley, Tony Farrell, Lewis Waller
  • Patent number: 8981887
    Abstract: A magnetic tool-holder, comprising a flexible outer web defining an enclosed area and enclosing an array of solid, rigid magnets. The magnets are regularly interspersed in direction of polarization, so that the nearest neighbors of a magnet having a north pole facing in a first direction all have a north pole facing in a second direction, opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Alexander Erlandsson
  • Publication number: 20150068014
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment comprises a stacked configuration including an attachment surface, a magnetic coupling device, and a device comprising at least one magnet. A thin non-conductive sheet may be positioned between the magnetic coupling device and the at least one magnet. The magnetic coupling device may include an aperture through which radio signals may pass. The magnetic coupling device may comprise alternating layers of magnetically permeable material and non-magnetically permeable material. The magnetic coupling device may have an adhesive backing layer and may be provided in a kit for a user to apply to a device. The embedded coupling device may be configured within the shell of a host device, or within a cover of a device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Colne Salmon
  • Publication number: 20150070118
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus combined with magnetic attraction force includes a first body and a second body. The first body includes at least one first magnetic element; the second body includes at least one receiving groove, at least one moving assembly, and at least one assistant magnetic element. Each moving assembly is movably disposed in each receiving groove, and each moving assembly includes a second magnetic element. Each assistant magnetic element is fixed in the receiving groove, and the magnetic attraction force between the assistant magnetic element and the second magnetic element is smaller than that between the first magnetic element and the second magnetic element. When the second body is combined with the first body, each second magnetic element is attracted by each first magnetic element such that each moving assembly is driven to move toward the first body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Yi-Mu Chang, Chyun-Nan Liu
  • Patent number: 8975991
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew D. Lauder, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8970334
    Abstract: There is provided a magnetic substance holding device that controls permanent magnet energy with which it is possible to obtain a strong holding force with a simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: TaeKwang Choi
  • Patent number: 8963666
    Abstract: Connectors and methods of coupling electronic devices and cables are provided. In one embodiment, a connector has a first coded magnet on a first surface of a first device. The first coded magnet has at least two different polarity regions on the first surface. A second coded magnet on a second surface of a second device is also provided. The second coded magnet is configured to provide identifying information regarding the device on which it is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Bilbrey, Aleksandar Pance, Peter Arnold, David I. Simon, Jean Lee, Michael D. Hillman, Gregory L. Tice, Vijay Iyer, Bradley Spare
  • Patent number: 8963668
    Abstract: An improved field emission system and method is provided that involves field emission structures having electric or magnetic field sources. The magnitudes, polarities, and positions of the magnetic or electric field sources are configured to have desirable correlation properties, which may be in accordance with a code. The correlation properties correspond to a desired spatial force function where spatial forces between field emission structures correspond to relative alignment, separation distance, and the spatial force function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Correlated Magnetics Research LLC
    Inventors: Larry W Fullerton, Mark D Roberts
  • Publication number: 20150049426
    Abstract: A cover is described that is magnetically attached to a tablet device. The cover includes at least as flap. In the described embodiment, the flap includes a plurality of segments. The cover includes a number of magnets formed into a number of magnetic arrangements that provide a number of useful features associated with the cover and the tablet device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel G. Smith, Taylor Harrison Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20150042428
    Abstract: Method and device for self-regulated flux transfer from a source of magnetic energy into one or more ferromagnetic work pieces, wherein a plurality of magnets, each having at least one N-S pole pair defining a magnetization axis, are disposed in a medium having a first relative permeability, the magnets being arranged in an array in which gaps of predetermined distance are maintained between neighboring magnets in the array and in which the magnetization axes of the magnets are oriented such that immediately neighboring magnets face one another with opposite polarities, such arrangement representing a magnetic tank circuit in which internal flux paths through the medium exist between neighboring magnets and magnetic flux access portals are defined between oppositely polarized pole pieces of such neighboring magnets, and wherein at least one working circuit is created which has a reluctance that is lower than that of the magnetic tank circuit by bringing one or more of the magnetic flux access portals into clo
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Franz Kocijan
  • Publication number: 20150042427
    Abstract: Method and device for self-regulated flux transfer from a source of magnetic energy into one or more ferromagnetic work pieces, wherein a plurality of magnets, each having at least one N-S pole pair defining a magnetization axis, are disposed in a medium having a first relative permeability, the magnets being arranged in an array in which gaps of predetermined distance are maintained between neighboring magnets in the array and in which the magnetization axes of the magnets are oriented such that immediately neighboring magnets face one another with opposite polarities, such arrangement representing a magnetic tank circuit in which internal flux paths through the medium exist between neighboring magnets and magnetic flux access portals are defined between oppositely polarized pole pieces of such neighboring magnets, and wherein at least one working circuit is created which has a reluctance that is lower than that of the magnetic tank circuit by bringing one or more of the magnetic flux access portals into clo
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Franz Kocijan
  • Patent number: 8953310
    Abstract: A cover is described that is magnetically attached to a tablet device. The cover includes at least as flap. In the described embodiment, the flap includes a plurality of segments where the first segment includes a first plurality of edge attach magnets arrayed along a first edge of the flap and where a second segment includes a second plurality of edge attach magnets arrayed along a second edge of the flap opposite the first edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Samuel G. Smith, Jared A. Sartee, Florence W. Ow, Andrew D. Lauder, Jeremy C. Franklin
  • Patent number: 8947185
    Abstract: A multilevel magnetic system described herein includes first and second magnetic structures that produce a net force that transitions from an attract force to a repel force as a separation distance between the first and second magnetic structures increases. The multi-level magnetic system is configured to maintain a minimum separation distance between a transition distance where the net force is zero and a separation distance at which a peak repel force is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Correlated Magnetics Research, LLC
    Inventors: Larry W. Fullerton, Mark D. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20150022299
    Abstract: Method and device for self-regulated flux transfer from a source of magnetic energy into one or more ferromagnetic work pieces, wherein a plurality of magnets, each having at least one N-S pole pair defining a magnetization axis, are disposed in a medium having a first relative permeability, the magnets being arranged in an array in which gaps of predetermined distance are maintained between neighboring magnets in the array and in which the magnetization axes of the magnets are oriented such that immediately neighboring magnets face one another with opposite polarities, such arrangement representing a magnetic tank circuit in which internal flux paths through the medium exist between neighboring magnets and magnetic flux access portals are defined between oppositely polarized pole pieces of such neighboring magnets, and wherein at least one working circuit is created which has a reluctance that is lower than that of the magnetic tank circuit by bringing one or more of the magnetic flux access portals into clo
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Franz Kocijan
  • Patent number: 8928437
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8912872
    Abstract: A clamp assembly comprises a first clamp including a plurality of magnet devices. Each magnet device includes a permanent magnet and a coil surrounding the permanent magnet. The clamp assembly further comprises a controller for pulsing the coils to selectively magnetize and demagnetize the permanent magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, Daniela Lucia Rus, Andrew Dominic Marchese
  • Patent number: 8907752
    Abstract: Accurate and reliable techniques for wirelessly powering a tablet device are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Justin Richard Wodrich, Stephen Robert McClure
  • Patent number: 8902031
    Abstract: A guide having passive gravity compensation via a magnet assembly for guiding a first body relative to a second body in a vertical direction has a spring guide which allows movements between a first and second body in the vertical direction and blocks the same in all other directions. The first body is connected to a first magnet and the second body to a second magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Dr. Johannes Heidenhain GmbH
    Inventors: John Compter, Bart Van Campen, Arjan Bakker
  • Patent number: 8884730
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8878637
    Abstract: A cover is described that is magnetically attached to a tablet device. The cover includes at least as flap. In the described embodiment, the flap includes a plurality of segments where the first segment includes a first plurality of edge attach magnets arrayed along a first edge of the flap and where a second segment includes a second plurality of edge attach magnets arrayed along a second edge of the flap opposite the first edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventors: Jared A. Sartee, Samuel G. Smith, Santhana K. Balaji, Florence W. Ow
  • Patent number: 8872608
    Abstract: An improved field emission system and method is provided that involves field emission structures having irregular polarity patterns defined in accordance with one-dimensional codes, where an irregular polarity pattern is at least one of an asymmetrical polarity pattern or an uneven polarity pattern. Such one-dimensional codes define at least one peak force and a plurality of off peak spatial forces corresponding to a plurality of alignments of said first and second field emission structures per code modulo, where a peak force is a spatial force produced when all aligned field emission sources produce an attractive force or all aligned field emission sources produce a repellant force and an off peak spatial force is a spatial force resulting from cancellation of at least one attractive force by at least one repellant force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Correlated Magnetics Reserach LLC
    Inventors: Larry W. Fullerton, Mark D. Roberts, James L. Richards
  • Patent number: 8866573
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment device comprises a pad, the pad including a base, a backing plate mounting a plurality of magnets, and a top plate. The base is connected to the backing plate and the top plate is connected to the backing plate, the top plate being connected to the backing plate by fasteners, and the pad further comprises flexible sealant situated in a void formed between surfaces of the base and/or the magnets and/or the backing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventors: Christos S. Haritou, Alan Fada, Ian Fada
  • Patent number: 8857044
    Abstract: An system for manufacturing a field emission structure is provided that involves a magnet supplying device and a magnet placement device for placing each of a plurality of magnets at a corresponding location of a plurality of locations of the field emission structure. The corresponding location and a corresponding orientation of each of the magnets relative to each other are defined in accordance with a code that specifies at least one magnet of the plurality of magnets having a first polarity orientation and at least one other magnet of the plurality of magnets having a second polarity orientation that is opposite from the first polarity orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Correlated Magnetics Research LLC
    Inventors: Larry W. Fullerton, Mark D. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8844121
    Abstract: An improved field emission system and method is provided that involves field emission structures having electric or magnetic field sources. The magnitudes, polarities, and positions of the magnetic or electric field sources are configured to have desirable correlation properties, which may be in accordance with a code. The correlation properties correspond to a desired spatial force function where spatial forces between field emission structures correspond to relative alignment, separation distance, and the spatial force function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Correlated Magnetics Research LLC
    Inventors: Larry W. Fullerton, Mark D. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20140285295
    Abstract: A method of removably mounting objects on a surface by embedding a magnet in the surface and securing it in place either of the following: providing a hollow insert which frictionally engages both the magnet and the surface, providing a restraining material which once affixed to the surface prevents the magnet from being dislodged, or affixing the magnet into the surface by means of a filler material. Means have also been provided to improve the mounting performance for different types of objects, including the following magnetically responsive tags which once affixed to the object increase its overall magnetism and including features on said magnetically responsive tags that engage with either the magnet installation directly or with engagement articles affixed to the surface in the vicinity of the installed magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Oke Fred Liimatta
  • Patent number: 8839505
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a magnet assembly that includes surrounding a bonded magnet with a sleeve, heating the magnet, and compressing the magnet in an axial direction such that the magnet and sleeve expand in a radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Matthew John Childe, Nigel Youan Dymond
  • Patent number: 8832940
    Abstract: An electromagnetic clamping system contains a housing, numerous permanent magnets, numerous low friction surfaces having a number of wheels, an end effector, an electromagnetic clamping device, first, second, and third coil systems, and a core. The end effector performs operations on a workpiece. The electromagnetic clamping device has an activated state and a deactivated state. The electromagnetic clamping device further includes a first coil system generating a first magnetic field causing normal forces on the permanent magnet unit and the clamping device; a second coil system generating a second magnetic field causing side forces on the permanent magnet unit; and a third coil system generating a third magnetic field causing a rotational force on the permanent magnet unit. The core provides access to the workpiece surface for performing operations thereon; and concentrates forces from a number of magnetic fields on the core surface contacting the workpiece surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, Harry Asada, Manas Chandran Menon
  • Patent number: 8823477
    Abstract: A shielded magnetic attachment apparatus is provided, having engaged and disengaged configurations, and comprising: at least one magnet; a first casing comprising ferromagnetic material attached to one side of the at least one magnet; a second casing comprising ferromagnetic material operably magnetically attachable to the at least one magnet; and a release mechanism attached to either the first or second casing for transitioning the shielded magnetic attachment apparatus from the engaged to the disengaged configuration; wherein the shielded magnetic attachment apparatus is in the engaged configuration when the at least one magnet provides a magnetic force which acts to keep the shielded magnetic attachment apparatus in the engaged configuration, and the shielded magnetic attachment apparatus is in the disengaged configuration when not in the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: They Innovate Inc.
    Inventors: Danilo Dmitro Malanczyj, Jeffrey Nathan Mclarty, Thiago Ike Avila, Michael William James Sinclair
  • Patent number: 8816806
    Abstract: Provided is a magnetically coupled device, a method of assembling the magnetically coupled system, and a method whereby positioning a first arrangement and a second arrangement prevents a magnetic field generated from within a first plurality of magnets and a second plurality of magnets from affecting a magnetically sensitive component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Tait Towers Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Tait, Adam Davis, James Fairorth
  • Publication number: 20140210577
    Abstract: Provided is a component for fixing the curvature of a flexible device. The component includes a permanent magnet substrate and a magnetic substrate connect to the permanent magnet substrate. The permanent magnet substrate includes a first permanent magnet structure, and the magnetic substrate includes an electromagnet structure, a second permanent magnet structure, or a ferromagnetic material structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Yi-Cheng Peng, Yi-Ming Zhu