Oppositely Moving Lateral Clamps Patents (Class 408/108)
  • Patent number: 10307898
    Abstract: An oblique fastening apparatus includes first and second clamping units. The first clamping unit includes a first main body, a first guide member, a first clamping member, and a first oblique fastener passage extending through the first guide member and the first clamping member and having a first discharge section communicating with ambient atmosphere. The second clamping unit includes a second main body movable relative to the first main body, and a second clamping member. The first and second clamping members are configured to clamp a workpiece therebetween. A guide unit is provided to guide relative movement of the first and second main bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Chao-Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 10005565
    Abstract: Devices and methods for stabilizing a structural component are provided. The devices may include a main body component, a pair of opposed stabilization feet engageable with opposed regions of the structural component, a pair of coaxially disposed and reciprocal rectilinearly movable support shafts coupling the stabilization feet to the main body component, and an actuator assembly for rectilinearly moving the support shafts opposite to one another which in turn moves the stabilization feet between retracted and extended positions relative to the main body component. In use, the device may be positioned between opposed flanges of a structural component so as to stabilize the component and facilitate automated assembly processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: EMBRAER S.A.
    Inventors: Adir Rodrigues de Oliveira, Bianca Lis Rossi Dias Endo, Marcos Roberto Cruz, Pedro Candia de Miranda, Maurilio Augusto Pinto, Mauro Pereira de Sousa
  • Patent number: 9190224
    Abstract: A switch assembly that includes the coaxial assembly of a cylindrical core extending from a base to a distal end, an outer knob rotatable about the core, a switching means generating an electrical signal dependent on the rotations of the knob, and a guiding means for guiding the knob in its motions relative to the core. The guiding means includes an upper-guide in the vicinity of the core-end and the knob-top, and a lower-guide in the vicinity of the core-base and the knob-base. The upper-guide includes elements rolling between an upper-guide inner race integral to the core and an upper-guide outer race integral to the knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrzej Polak
  • Publication number: 20140178141
    Abstract: A tool drills holes into different sized wooden blocks so that the holes are precisely positioned while providing a means to position the tool to match an existing line or slot on the wooden block. The tool includes two identical pieces that, when assembled, adjusts to accommodate variable sized model car blocks, provides a view port to look through the tool for positioning, and contains perfectly aligned drill guide holes on either end and in the middle of the assembly to guide a drill bit that drills the required holes needed to accurately place axles and eyelets into the model car. The tool is adjustable to accommodate different sized blocks. The holes can be angled to create wheel camber when axles inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph Louis Gargiulo, John Robert Masotta
  • Patent number: 8545144
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing an eyeglass lens which is capable of forming a hole or various shapes on an eyeglass lens is disclosed. The apparatus includes a pair of lens fixing shafts for clamping a lens; a carriage which supports and moves the lens fixing shafts; a lens rotation motor for rotating the lens fixing shafts; and a drilling part for forming a hole on the lens, wherein the drilling part includes: a drill head having a drill to which a drill bit is fixed; a drill head mover which is connected with the drill head and moves the drill head straightly; and a fixing block which supports and fixes the drill head mover on the apparatus for processing an eyeglass lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Huvitz Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Young-Hun Kim
  • Publication number: 20130058732
    Abstract: There is described a device for a remote controlled, submarine machining unit arranged for machining of a surface on an installation element by rotation and axial displacement of a tool head and also displacement of one or more cutter holders relative to the tool head, the machining unit being provided with means for releasable mounting of the machining unit at or on the installation element, wherein the tool head is fastened in a rotor shaft axially displaceably supported in a frame and axially rigidly supported in a primary adjustment works enclosing an end portion of the rotor shaft; and a secondary adjustment works is connected to the rotor shaft and comprises means arranged for transfer of a rotary movement of an adjustment handle projecting from the rotor shaft end portion, to a displacement of the cutter holders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Roger Anda, Bjørnar Helgen, Jan Kåre Bredal
  • Publication number: 20120051865
    Abstract: A clamping apparatus for drilling oblique holes has a clamping device and a guiding device. The clamping device has a positioning set and a clamping set. The positioning set has a positioning arm and an operating handle. The operating handle is pivotally connected to the positioning arm and has a release lever and a pushing lever. The clamping set is pivotally connected to the positioning set and has a clamping arm and an adjusting shaft. The clamping arm is pivotally connected to the positioning arm and has a holding grip. The adjusting shaft is rotatably connected to the holding grip. The guiding device is detachably and adjustably connected to the clamping device and has a guiding mount. The guiding mount is detachably and adjustably connected to the clamping arm and has a guiding hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventor: Yu-Chun LIU
  • Patent number: 8021086
    Abstract: Embodiments include a method and apparatus for drilling holes or cutting at specified locations on a beam or other material, even if the beam is offset from an ideal beam configuration. In some embodiments, the apparatus is configured to determine the correct locations of holes in the beam despite the beam's offset and drill holes in the beam according to this determination. The apparatus may be capable of drilling holes at specified locations on a web of an I-beam. In some embodiments, the method comprises determining the correct locations of the holes in the particular beam using the apparatus and drilling the holes in the correct locations in the beam according to that determination. Some embodiments include using one or more clamping mechanisms and one or more drilling members to determine the correct locations of the holes in the particular beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Controlled Automation, Incorporated
    Inventors: Travis A. Rogers, Forney B. Lile
  • Publication number: 20090279968
    Abstract: A device to aid the user to drill a hole in the exact transverse center of an elongated object, such as the edge of a board to be joined by dowels. It has a single pivoted cross which expands and contracts in response to movement of a pair of spaced parallel channels that contain the cross. Channel movement is controlled by a clamp screw acting in conjunction with spring means urging the channels apart. The ends of the arms of the cross carry locator pins equidistantly spaced from the pivot axis, so that as the locator pins snugly retain both sides of the object to be drilled, the pivot axis is automatically centered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: George Kiezel
  • Patent number: 7258512
    Abstract: A drill clamp comprising a clamp mechanism and a hole-locating pin. The clamp mechanism has a first clamp portion and a second clamp portion. The second clamp portion includes a drill-receiving opening sized for receiving a drill bit. The hole-locating pin is operatively connected to the first clamp portion. The clamp mechanism is adapted and configured for movement of the first and second clamp portions relative to each other between clamped and unclamped positions. The hole-locating pin is farther from the drill-receiving opening when the clamp mechanism is in the unclamped position than when the clamp mechanism is in the clamped position. The hole-locating pin and the drill-receiving opening are aligned with one another when the clamp mechanism is in the clamped position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James L. Morrison, Thomas O. Blankenship, Kenneth W. Bates
  • Patent number: 7171734
    Abstract: An apparatus for semi-automatically reconditioning an articulated connector while it is still mounted to the end structure of a rail car is disclosed. The apparatus is mountable to the connector and measures to find areas and amounts of wear on portions of the connector. The apparatus then applies weld metal to the worn portion of the connector. The excess weld metal is automatically machined away by the apparatus so that the connector falls within the required dimensions. The apparatus can again measure the weld area to ensure that the specified dimensions have been achieved. A method of aligning an articulated connector to a reconditioning fixture is also disclosed. The method includes securing the fixture to the connector and the use of gauges and tools to appropriately align the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: TTX Company
    Inventors: Richard A. Brueckert, William A. Guess, Donald F. Kroesch
  • Patent number: 7094008
    Abstract: A portable combined clamp and bit guide assembly guides a bit, turned by a power driver, into the exact center between the opposing faces of the clamp. The clamp is designed to hold workpieces having substantially parallel edges and a substantially linear centerline on their upper surfaces, and provides a drill path perpendicular to that centerline. An optional incline adapter supports the clamp and bit guide at an angle to the workpiece, while also aiding in support of the workpiece itself. The entire assembly may be carried in a single case with a power driver and bits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Inventor: William Richard Hartsfield, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6543973
    Abstract: An automatically retractable stop mechanism is provided for machine tools. The stop apparatus includes a base that is releasably fixed to the machine tool table. A stop bar is retractably mounted to the base. A spring urges the bar into a retracted condition disengaging the metal part being machined. The spring permits the bar to be selectively actuated to engage the part being machined and properly position that part on the machining table. After positioning is complete, the stop bar is released and the springs automatically retracted so that the machining operation can be performed without interference from the stop apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventors: Joseph W. Lapikas, George M. Creamer
  • Patent number: 6494649
    Abstract: A table for a drill press that includes a plate for attaching to the column of the drill press, a receptor associated with the plate and providing a well for providing clearance for a sanding cylinder operatively attached to the head of the drill press, a block replaceably disposed at least in the receptor for providing a work surface for resting a workpiece on when the workpiece is being drilled by the drill press or for securing a conventional vise to, and a clamp threadably engaging the cup, and when tightened against the block, maintains the block in the well. The plate has a throughbore that extends centrally therethrough. The receptor is a cup that depends perpendicularly from the throughbore in the plate. The block includes a lower portion that fills the cup, an optional upper portion that rests upon the plate, and an optional throughbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Inventor: Juan C. Queipo
  • Publication number: 20020159848
    Abstract: A table for a drill press that includes a plate for attaching to the column of the drill press, a receptor associated with the plate and providing a well for providing clearance for a sanding cylinder operatively attached to the head of the drill press, a block replaceably disposed at least in the receptor for providing a work surface for resting a workpiece on when the workpiece is being drilled by the drill press or for securing a conventional vise to, and a clamp threadably engaging the cup, and when tightened against the block, maintains the block in the well. The plate has a throughbore that extends centrally therethrough The receptor is a cup that depends perpendicularly from the throughbore in the plate. The block includes a lower portion that fills the cup, an optional upper portion that rests upon the plate, and an optional throughbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventor: Juan C. Queipo
  • Patent number: 6309146
    Abstract: A door drilling fixture is provided for drilling a long straight hole in a door from the hinge edge of the door to a through aperture of the door adjacent the latch edge of the door. The hole is for passing wires from the hinge edge to a device such as an electric lock in the aperture. The fixture ensures that the hole will run parallel to a broad face of the door by clamping to the door face at the hinge edge and at the aperture. The fixture includes an elongate body with a planar, non-marring bearing surface for clamping tightly against the broad face of the door. A set of drill bushings aligned along a drill axis parallel to, and spaced apart a fixed distance from, the bearing surface is mounted at one end of the body. A clamp assembly for clamping to the hinge edge is attached to the fixture adjacent the drill bushings. A second clamp assembly attached to the other end of the body passes through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Inventor: Ronald E. Lasseter
  • Patent number: 6283684
    Abstract: The apparatus includes a drill motor and a cutter drive mechanism coupled with the drill motor for rotating and advancing a rotary cutter along an axial direction, and a clamping mechanism having a pair of opposed clamping members and an actuator that moves the clamping members relatively toward and away from each other for clamping and releasing a workpicce. The actuator is a fluid-operated cylinder such as an air cylinder, and a fluid circuit associated with the cylinder is arranged such that in a normal state of the fluid circuit the cylinder urges the clamping members together to clamp the workpiece. The apparatus includes a control valve that can be operated to cause the fluid circuit to control the cylinder to move the clamping members apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Robert Kenneth Jarvis
  • Patent number: 6244794
    Abstract: A clamp-type doweling jig comprising a guide block, to which are attached an alignment fixture at one side, and a clamping feature at the opposite side. In the guide block several bores are aligned and extend through The distance between one end of the guide block and the first of the several holes is equal to the distance between the opposite end of the guide block and the last of the several holes. The above arrangement of the components of this clamp-type doweling jig is adapted, for example, for edge-to-edge, edge-to-end joints. For drilling dowel receiving holes in the face of a wooden workpiece, the clamping fixture is removed from the above arrangement and re-positioned to the alignment fixture. Optionally, the doweling jig is provided with a flip stopper element at each of its ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Inventor: James Scullion Lindsay
  • Patent number: 6010284
    Abstract: There is disclosed a boring machine capable of achieving high processing precision and high processing efficiency. A table is mounted on a bed for reciprocal movement in right and left directions. A workpiece fixing device for fixing workpieces W of a semi-cylindrical shape is mounted on the bed. Cutting tools P and Q for cutting the workpieces W, a workpiece carry-in device and a workpiece carry-out device are provided on the table. The table is moved to a left side, and the workpieces W are placed on the workpiece carry-in means. Then, the table is moved to a right side to transfer the workpieces W to the workpiece fixing device. The table is again moved to the left side, so that each workpiece W is subjected to a boring processing by the cutting tools P and Q. The workpiece carry-out device receives the processed workpieces W, and then the workpieces W are unloaded from the boring machine by a workpiece unloading device, and are fed to a subsequent step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Daido Metal Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Ito, Katsumi Asai, Takayoshi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 5957638
    Abstract: Apparatus for the machining of bar material, profiles and the like comprises a rotation mechanism with a rotational drive. The rotation mechanism has a workpiece holder which holds the workpiece, and the said workpiece holder rotates about an axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Siegbert Winkler
  • Patent number: 5899705
    Abstract: A multi-chip module (MCM) and method of manufacturing is disclosed that provides for attachment of semiconductor dice to both sides of the MCM printed circuit board (PCB). Semiconductor dice attached to the top surface of the PCB may be attached by conventional wire bonding, TAB or flip chip methods whereas those semiconductor dice attached to the bottom surface of the PCB are wire bonded or TAB connected to the top surface through openings in the PCB. The openings provide a lead-over-chip (LOC) arrangement for those semiconductor dice attached to the bottom surface resulting in shortened wire bonds. The bottom surface of the PCB may be provided with die recesses into which the openings extend, to receive the dice and bring their active surfaces even closer to the top surface of the PCB for wire bonding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: Salman Akram
  • Patent number: 5860774
    Abstract: A device for resurfacing the valve face of a poppet valve in which the pressure between a cutting surface and the valve face is controllable by the operator during the surfacing operation. A bearing case is rotatably attached to a base which is attached to a pair of gripping blocks. A cutting head is rotatably mounted on the bearing case. The cutting head, the bearing case, the base and the gripping blocks define a passage into which a valve stem is inserted. The gripping blocks are clamped in a vise which in turn clamps the valve stem in the device. When the bearing case is rotated, pressure between the cutting surface and the valve face is increased. When the cutting head is rotated, the valve face is resurfaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Neway Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Boris R. Teper
  • Patent number: 5810522
    Abstract: A tool housing is secured to the head of an electric hand drill so that a tool head, which is secured in the drill chuck, extends into the housing. The housing is secured to one end each of a pair of spaced, parallel guide rods that extend slidably through the upper end of the frame of a working-clamping vise and which are secured at their opposite ends to an end bracket. Compression springs which surround the guide rods between the housing and the vise frame normally resist movement of the housing and the tool head toward the vise. In use, two jaws on the vise frame are moved into clamping engagement with a piece of bar stock to support the tool on the stock with the tool head and cutting bits therein disposed in spaced registry with the end of the work that is to be machined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Inventor: Val Parker
  • Patent number: 5797708
    Abstract: A universal drill guide (10) comprising a base (12) being a frame-like configuration having a large central opening. A pair of elongated columns (14) are provided. A structure (16) is for pivotally mounting lower ends of the elongated columns (14) parallel to opposite sides of the base (12), so that the elongated columns (14) can go from upright positions to angled positions. A cross slide (18) rides upon the elongated columns (14). A bearing spindle assembly (20) is rotatively carried centrally within the cross slide (18). A guide chuck (22) is connected to the bearing spindle assembly (20) above the base (12). An adjustable cradle (24) is affixed to the cross slide (18) to hold an electric drill (26) in a stationary position, so that the drill chuck (28) can engage with the bearing spindle assembly (20) above the cross slide (18). A facility (30) is between the cross slide (18) and the elongated columns (14), for moving the cross slide (18) up and down on the elongated columns (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Inventor: Stjepan Bencic
  • Patent number: 5735647
    Abstract: A drilling apparatus for drilling a worn and/or damaged tap hole refractory liner sleeve from a tap hole nozzle of an oxygen blown steelmaking vessel, the apparatus including an elongated, hollow boom structure with an elongated drill shaft rotatably disposed within the boom structure, motor means for rotating the drill shaft and moving it in both directions within the boom structure, and a clamp means at the outer end of the boom structure adapted to attach the outer end of the boom structure to the tap hole nozzle in an accurate, axially aligned position. A drill bit for use with the above drilling apparatus comprises a plurality of conventional rock drill bits attached to a base plate equally spaced in a pair of concentric circular arrangement around an axis of the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Woodings Industrial Corporation
    Inventors: Robert T. Woodings, Martin P. Miller
  • Patent number: 5713702
    Abstract: An adaptor mounting a drill stand on an I-beam comprises a base plate which is clamped to a flange of the beam by clamping arrangements. A table of the drill stand is then bolted to cross-members slidably mounted on the base plate. In another arrangement, the pillar of the drill stand 11 is fitted in a collar housing which is slidably mounted on a base plate. In yet another arrangement, the pillar of the drill stand is mounted on the flange of an I-beam by opposed jaws which are slidable along the pillar and locked in position by screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: Gordon Henry Turner
  • Patent number: 5542796
    Abstract: A system is provided for drilling through contiguous first and second plate members so as to avoid the formation of burrs at their interface. Using a jig, the plate members are held together at distant locations while assuming a desired mutual orientation in a longitudinally extending upright plane. Loosely suspended from a frame manually movable along the length of the jig, a horseshoe shaped yoke is positioned in a laterally extending upright plane and has a pair of depending legs straddling and adjacent to their associated plate members to be drilled. A hole finding pin on a first leg is manually inserted into a pilot bore provided in the first plate member. Thereupon, opposed clamps on the depending legs firmly engage the plate members in the region of the pilot bore. From the side of the second plate member, enlarged sized bores are drilled through the plate members axially aligned with the pilot bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: James M. Bratten, Stephen F. Howard
  • Patent number: 5507607
    Abstract: The present invention is a device for locating fastener positions and is more particularly concerned with the aspect of precise location for removal of material by boring or drilling by means of a hand held electric drill motor or drill press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Inventors: Colin Ericksen, Richard Hardwick, Jeffrey Asher
  • Patent number: 5407307
    Abstract: A doweling jig for mounting workpieces together by one or more of the three major doweling operations: 1. edge-to-edge, 2. edge-to-end, and 3. edge-to-surface. The doweling jig is a clamp type, which is comprised of two clamping jaw and drill guide assemblies. Each clamping assembly consists of a clamping face, an end face, and drill guides. The upper assembly has alignment slots, which increase the jig's capability to items 2. and 3. as referenced above. The said drill guide centers are fixed with respect to the clamping face and the end face, whereby both faces are utilized as a reference/gauging surface for positioning of said drill guides. Both clamping assemblies are movable and guided by rods with respect to each other via a thrust screw assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Inventor: Joon Park
  • Patent number: 5346337
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting threads in holes of fabricated parts including a vertical support shaft supporting at least one arm extended out over the part with a tap coupled to a motor on the end of each of the at least one arm. The arm is supported on the vertical shaft by a joint support which can be rotated around the vertical shaft and slide vertically on the shaft. A spring on the shaft is biased to return the joint support to a rest position. The vertical shaft can also be positioned vertically by virtue of a manually operated friction drive located in the base. These several degrees of freedom enable a user to position a tap in any one of a multiplicity of holes located over a large area of the part. A means and method for securing the tap in the tap chuck is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Inventor: T. Bruce Truesdell
  • Patent number: 5174693
    Abstract: A jig for drilling all the dowel and fixture mounting holes for the 32 mm system of cabinet construction consisting of a pair of parallel rails having face and side, a third rail identical to the two parallel rails and attached perpendicularly to the parallel rails, a saddle which straddles the rails and containing a bushing that fits through the saddle and into the holes of the rails and two asymmetric clamping frames having a clamping thumbscrew and a locating thumbscrew with a thread cut on a 1 mm pitch that rigidly attaches to one of the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1992
    Assignee: Lee Valley Tools Ltd.
    Inventors: Robin C. Lee, Leonard G. Lee, Francis A. McLean
  • Patent number: 5154214
    Abstract: A self-contained mortising jig is disclosed which enables adjustable positioning and sizing of a mortise and which enables the use of a router or other tool to form finish or shallow mortises for mounting hardware, such as flush bolts, hinges, strike plates, reinforcement plates, finish lock mortises in door edges and other hardware. The mortising jig can be quickly applied to and removed from a surface to be mortised, and the position of the jig can be quickly and accurately adjusted. The mortising jig also enables mortises to be made in the edge of a door which is either bevelled or not bevelled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Inventor: Randolph S. Hagerman
  • Patent number: 5127139
    Abstract: A stringer clip end effector (21) suitable for use with a computer-controlled (CC) machine tool is disclosed. The stringer clip end effector (21) includes a pair of jaws (45,47) for picking up a clip (23) at a presentation location. After being moved by the CC machine tool to an insertion location adjacent to a hat-shaped stringer (31), a pair of cams (60a, 60b) located on opposite sides of the clip (23) are extended into the stringer cavity (25) and rotated to spread the stringer walls (27,29). Thereafter, the clip (23) is positioned in the stringer cavity (25). Then, the cams (60a, 60b) are rotated to a nonspread position, and clamp elements (49a, 49b, 51a, 51b) are actuated to press the walls (27, 29) of the stringer (31) against the clip (23). Next, drill bits (57a, 57b, 59a, 59b) that face the outer surface of the stringer walls (27, 29) are energized and moved toward the stringer walls. After holes are drilled through the stringer walls and the clip, the drill bits are withdrawn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Peter D. McCowin, Hugh R. Schlosstein
  • Patent number: 5054969
    Abstract: A device for marking centerlines of wood board edges to facilitate drilling dowel holes in the edges of different boards to provide matching, with parts to locate holes and hold such boards while drilling is performed, and where holes in the same relationship in such boards are desired, and a guide or guides for drilling such holes to provide for matching the same so that dowels may be inserted in corresponding holes to maintain the boards in connected relation with the planes of the board surfaces coinciding where desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Leichtung, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy H. Gibson, Lawrence E. Buehner, Paul J. Collander
  • Patent number: 5051042
    Abstract: A dual dowelling jig having clamping parts for a pair of boards or the like with articulating connections at the ends of the parts which connections include drill guides, the drill guides being arranged to locate holes in the boards precisely opposite one another and equi-distantly spaced to in turn provide for the insertion of dowels in holes drilled through the guides and subsequently locate the boards for gluing and thus fastening them in planar and edge to edge alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1991
    Assignee: Leichtung, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy H. Gibson
  • Patent number: 5046901
    Abstract: A flush bolt boring jig is rigidly attached to a drill. The drill has a bit which is the length of the bore to be formed in the door. The jig holds the drill rigidly so the bore being drilled in the door is parallel to the free end of the door. This is done by tracks mounted by clamps in such a way that the tracks are parallel to the free end of the door. The jig is attached to a pair of slide tubes which slide on the tracks. Since the drill is attached to the jig, as the hole in the door deepens, the drill moving with the slide tubes over the tracks moves in a straight line so that the bore being formed is exactly parallel to the free end of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1991
    Inventor: Richard Taylor
  • Patent number: 4981400
    Abstract: A self-centering jig for planar articles having a vertical and horizontal centerline, capable of centering in both the horizontal and vertical directions, is disclosed. The self-centering jig comprises a jig body a having a template section, a first pair of operatively connected arms extendibly mounted in the jig for uniform horizontal movement in opposite directions from a vertical centerline, and a second pair of operatively connected arms extendibly mounted in the jig body for uniform vertical movement in opposite directions from a horizontal centerline. The template section may be removable, and can be interchanged with other templates to permit drilling of different patterns using the same jig. The template section may also contain a plurality of holes for a plurality of patterns, such that a single template may be used to drill several patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Inventor: H. Lee Stover
  • Patent number: 4930952
    Abstract: A glasses frame carrier for a reproducing machine, of the type comprising a base plate (1), two parallel strips (8, 9) slidably mounted on the base plate are relatively movable toward and away from each other, and a device for centering the glasses frame between the two strips. The strips are respectively fixed to opposed parallel portions of a cable (16) forming a loop around two spaced-apart pulleys, one pulley (14) constituting a cable-driving element (16) and including a braking device (21, 23, 24) which is adjustable and constituted by an elastic element (23) which biases the pulley (14) in contact with a friction element (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Assignee: Briot International
    Inventors: Michel J. M. Lecerf, Raynald M. G. Longuet
  • Patent number: 4884926
    Abstract: A dowelling jig having provision for simultaneously clamping workpieces in which dowels are to be inserted, wherein the jig comprises a pair of movable clamping elements, movable toward and from a stationary element, and arranged for uniform movement in that manner by a screw member which causes the clamping action to be effected simultaneously with each of at least two workpieces, the elements being connected by links which in turn provide for drilling in guides at the ends thereof, the drill guides being movable on axes which are maintained in alignment by the linkage arrangement thereof, the links causing parallel, simultaneous movement of the drill guide means whereby the drilling for dowels is uniformly spaced in each workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Assignee: Leichtung Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy H. Gibson
  • Patent number: 4848327
    Abstract: A method for placing screws in an orthopedic nail used in setting fractures of the long bones of the body. A fluoroscope assembly is used initially to develop an image on a monitor. This image enables the physician to adjust the fluoroscope assembly until the x-rays from the fluoroscope are propagated along lines which are coaxially aligned with the nail screw holes. This status of alignment is then used to allow reference marks to be made on the skin located on one or more lines projected through the limb containing the fractured bone in coaxial alignment with the nail screw holes.The limb is then incised at the location of one or more of these alignment marks allowing tubular drill guides of a jig to be set against the bone in a position of coaxial alignment with the screws holes through the nail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Inventor: Kevin D. Perdue
  • Patent number: 4813826
    Abstract: A jig for use with routers and other augering equipment for cutting the proper openings in a door for the installation of mortise locks. The jig formed in a U-shaped configuration is placed over the edge of the door at a proper height from the door sill or from the heading of the door frame and through a pivotal end plate adjustably positions itself on the door regardless of the contour of the encased edge of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Inventor: Raymond R. Riedel
  • Patent number: 4789279
    Abstract: An engine block reboring system for main bearings in which the block is mounted on a pair of rails extending laterally on a workbed and is rebored by a tool driven by a right-angle drive extension on a vertical boring machine after the position of the block has been adjusted so that the vertical axis of the boring machine spindle and the desired reboring axis are in the same vertical plane, and the proper height for the tool is set for reference, so that the bearings can be rebored by manipulating the spindle vertically and horizontally in said vertical plane with respect to the height reference. Apparatus is provided for initially properly aligning the block and keeping it in aligned position during the reboring operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1988
    Inventors: Donald B. Rottler, David Engnell
  • Patent number: 4753556
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are disclosed for enabling a single operator to correctly position and clamp a power tool, such as a drill, onto a rail or beam-shaped workpiece. The apparatus has an adjustable clamp, comprising gauge blocks that provide snug multi-point stable contact with the workpiece in cooperation with a movable guided jaw. A sight hole ensures correct positioning of the clamp by direct viewing of a mark on the workpiece. A thrust bearing positioned between the movable clamp jaw and a clamp locking nut facilitates clamping and unclamping in repeated use and permits the application of a clamping force sufficient to carry the weight of the entire apparatus, including a power-tool attached to the clamp. The drill, including a hollow centrally-lubricated annular drill bit, is manually guided into the workpiece along guide rails attached to the clamp in the same plane as the drill axis for maximum stability during operation in any orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Inventor: John D. Solko
  • Patent number: 4739682
    Abstract: A tube and rod end finishing machine embodies a generally tubular portable housing within which a spindle carrying a finishing tool is axially movable. An end of the housing adjacent the tool forms one jaw of a clamshell work holder, the other jaw of which is pivoted on the housing on an axis normal to and intersecting the axis of the spindle, for movement toward and away from clamping relationship with said first mentioned jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1988
    Inventor: Orville J. Birkestrand
  • Patent number: 4650379
    Abstract: A pin machining fixture 10 has a plurality of openings 25 extending through a body having exterior surfaces 11-16 that lie accurately in three pairs of parallel planes that intersect perpendicularly. Each of the through openings 25 has a location notch 26, and the apexes of location notches 26 are equally spaced apart and arranged in a plane parallel with a pair of exterior surfaces. Set screws 30 threaded into the body clamp a pin or work piece 20 in each of location notches 26 so that a portion of each pin 20 extends beyond one exterior surface for machining. An abutment key 40 is preferably adjustable within the exterior surfaces of fixture 10 for locating ends of a plurality of pins 20 to be clamped and machined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Inventor: Henry M. Jaskolski
  • Patent number: 4611957
    Abstract: A fixture for the adjustable mounting of board-like furniture parts on the work table of a drilling machine. Underneath the drilling head of the machine, backstop rails which project slightly above the supporting surface of the work table are disposed in alignment with one another and longitudinally displaceably at equal distances on opposite sides of a longitudinal central plane. The ends of a threaded spindle are threaded into the ends of the backstop rails adjacent the drilling head, the threaded spindle being provided on each half with contrary threads of equal pitch. The threaded spindle is mounted rotatably but in a longitudinally undisplaceable manner on the work table. Cursors are longitudinally displaceable on the upper sides of the backstop rails and can be fixed at given uniform distances on the associated backstop rail, and each bears a stop which is biased to a position projecting toward the surface of the work table, and which can be retracted into the cursor against the bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1986
    Assignee: Karl Lautenschlager KG Mobelbeschlagfabrik
    Inventor: Karl Lautenschlager
  • Patent number: 4583889
    Abstract: A jig for locating holes to be drilled in two panels (P1, P2), in particular wood panels, for assembling the panels at right angles to each other by means of dowels (82) lodged in the holes. The jig comprises a housing (10) having two perpendicular branches (14, 16) each of which slidably receives a corresponding plate having a drilling bush (32, 34) passing therethrough, and means (68) for moving the two plates in synchronism with one another as a function of the thickness of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1986
    Assignee: La Francaise Metallurgie
    Inventor: Regis Fallon
  • Jig
    Patent number: 4521140
    Abstract: A jig is disclosed having a unique clamping assembly and tool support assembly having a novel tool support bushing allowing for accurate drilling or reaming in limited space and around obstructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1985
    Inventors: George C. Doescher, Jim W. Clark
  • Patent number: 4421442
    Abstract: A clamp-type doweling jig is disclosed which comprises two clamping jaw and drill guide assemblies, each of these assemblies having a clamping face and a drill guide which is immovable with respect to the clamping face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1983
    Inventor: Cyril M. Lindblad
  • Patent number: 4419031
    Abstract: An apparatus for drilling matching dowel holes in at least two companion workpieces includes a frame with a top surface and a drilling mechanism driven by a motor. The drilling mechanism is slidably attached to the top surface of the frame and movable along a first drilling axis substantially parallel to the top surface. A centering mechanism automatically centers the workpieces with respect to the first axis by movement along a second axis. A positioning mechanism is rigidly attached to the centering mechanism and positions the centering mechanism such that each of the workpieces is positioned in at least two dowel hole drilling positions along the first drilling axis. The positioning mechanism includes spaced-apart first and second stop members which define first and second dowel hole drilling positions. A stop engaging member is positioned movably between the first and second stop members and rigidly connects the positioning mechanism with the centering mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1983
    Inventor: James F. Palma