Magnetic Or Suction Means Patents (Class 408/76)
  • Patent number: 10730641
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing fuselage sections. A first fuselage section is held in a cradle system. A current shape of the first fuselage section in the cradle system is measured. Forces to change the current shape of the first fuselage section to a desired shape for connecting the first fuselage section to a second fuselage section are identified. The forces identified are applied using a system to change the current shape of the first fuselage section towards the desired shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Hunt, Naveed Moayyed Hussain
  • Patent number: 10369670
    Abstract: A magnetic drill is provided with an alternate power source. The drill is comprises of: an electric motor for driving a tool; a controller configured to receive an AC input signal and operable to control a drive signal to the electric motor; an electromagnet arranged in a base of the drill housing and operable, in response to a DC voltage, to magnetically couple the base to a surface proximate to the base; an AC/DC converter configured to receive the AC input signal and operates, independent from the controller and in the presence of the AC input signal, to output a DC voltage to the electromagnet; and an alternate power source circuit that monitors the DC voltage output by the converter and, in the absence thereof, provides an alternate DC voltage to the electromagnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniele C. Brotto
  • Patent number: 10071429
    Abstract: A magnet sensing portable autonomous device includes a platform. A plurality of wheel sets is coupled to the platform. A drive system is used for driving the plurality of wheels. An attachment mechanism is positioned on an underside of the platform for securing the device to a surface. A control board is used for controlling the operation of the device. In some embodiments, a drill spindle assembly is coupled to the platform. A drill feed assembly is coupled to the drill spindle assembly for raising and lowering the drill spindle assembly. A plurality of sensors are operable to sense one or more magnets disposed below the surface. A drive table is used for positioning the drill spindle assembly in an XY plane based on an output of said plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Noel A. Spishak, Charles M. Richards, Jeffrey M. Hansen, Stephen G. Moore, Dan D. Day
  • Patent number: 10005139
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include portable milling tools and methods for milling components. In an embodiment, a portable milling tool can be provided for a component including a plurality of dovetail slots therein, each of the plurality of dovetail slots being oriented substantially axially relative to a rotation axis of the component. The portable milling tool can include: a mounting plate configured to engage the component; a tool-aligning member slidably coupled to the mounting plate and extending along a chordal axis relative to the rotation axis of the component; and a milling head extending axially from the tool-aligning member to a selected one of the plurality of dovetail slots, such that sliding movement of the tool-aligning member relative to the mounting plate moves the milling head along the chordal axis to contact a selected one of the plurality of dovetail slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bryan Edward Williams, Charles Van Buchan, Andrew Joseph Colletti
  • Patent number: 9857789
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an aircraft part for an assembly includes creating a 3D geometry model for an aircraft part having surface features and holes represented by the 3D geometry model and sized to nominal dimensions. The method includes generating a NC machining program directly from the 3D geometry model, with instructions for a single NC machining apparatus to machine the aircraft part, and including instructions to machine the holes to nominal. And the method includes machining the aircraft part utilizing the NC machining program. For this, the NC machining apparatus utilizes a hole-forming tool set at substantially the nominal, instead of at a high or low side of a related hole-diameter tolerance range to allow for tight geometric dimensioning and tolerancing requirements, whereby the holes are machined to substantially the nominal. This method enables the full process capability of the CNC machines while utilizing inspection tolerances that are measureable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Donald Leroy Erion, David Ray Turner
  • Patent number: 9452521
    Abstract: A magnetic drill press includes a main housing, a drill unit supported by the main housing for relative movement therewith in a direction of a rotational axis of the drill unit, and a magnetic base coupled to the main housing for selectively magnetically latching to a ferromagnetic workpiece. The magnetic base includes a plurality of grooves formed on a surface of the magnetic base engageable with the ferromagnetic workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Terry L. Timmons, James Wekwert
  • Patent number: 9259791
    Abstract: A drilling machine includes a frame, a control unit, a drilling unit and a cable assembly. The control unit is connected to the frame. The drilling unit is movably supported on the frame. The cable assembly electrically connects the control unit to the drilling unit. The cable assembly is substantially concealed by and between the frame and the drilling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Shajeng Hardware Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jen Tsung Liao
  • Publication number: 20150003927
    Abstract: A portable device to drill holes has a platform. A plurality of wheel sets is coupled to the platform. A drive system is used for driving the plurality of wheels. An attachment mechanism is positioned on an underside of the platform for securing the device to a surface. A control board is used for controlling the operation of the device. A drill spindle assembly is coupled to the platform. A drill feed assembly is coupled to the drill spindle assembly for raising and lowering the drill spindle assembly. A plurality of sensors are operable to sense one or more magnets disposed below the surface. A drive table is used for positioning the drill spindle assembly in an XY plane based on an output of said plurality of sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Noel A. SPISHAK, Charles M. RICHARDS, Jeff HANSEN, Stephen G. MOORE, Dan D. DAY
  • Patent number: 8911186
    Abstract: A suction cup dust extractor for a drill having a housing; a drill collar attached to the housing, having a drill passage formed through it; a recess formed by the walls of the housing having an opening and which, in use, locates against a work piece to create a chamber; a single aperture located on the housing through which air can pass; at least one first air passage formed by the walls of the housing which connects between the drill and the aperture to enable air to pass from the drill passage to the aperture; and at least one second air passage formed within the housing which connects between the recess and the at least one first air passage and which enables air to pass from the recess to the aperture via a part of the at least one first air passage; characterized in that there is a dividing wall which forms both one of the walls of the recess and one of the walls of the first passage, the at least one second passage being an aperture formed through that wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Norbert Hahn
  • Publication number: 20140314507
    Abstract: A magnetic drill press includes a main housing, a drill unit supported by the main housing for relative movement therewith in a direction of a rotational axis of the drill unit, and a base coupled to the main housing for selectively magnetically latching to a ferromagnetic workpiece. The base includes a magnet holder, a fixed magnet assembly supported within the magnet holder, a rotatable magnet assembly supported within the magnet holder, and a transmission. The transmission includes an input, an output coupled to the rotatable magnet assembly for rotating the rotatable magnet assembly relative to the fixed magnet assembly through a predetermined rotation angle, and a gear train positioned between the output and the input. The gear train is configured to provide a variable gear ratio between the output and the input during at least a portion of the predetermined rotation angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Terry L. Timmons, James Wekwert
  • Publication number: 20140314506
    Abstract: A drill press includes a main housing, a base coupled to the main housing and having an electromagnet, a drill unit supported by the main housing for relative movement therewith, a first switch selectively electrically connecting the electromagnet to a power source to energize the electromagnet, and a second switch for selectively interrupting power to the electromagnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventor: Terry L. Timmons
  • Publication number: 20140227054
    Abstract: A magnetic drill press includes a main housing, a base coupled to the main housing and including a magnet for selectively magnetically latching to a ferromagnetic workpiece. The magnetic drill press further includes a drill unit supported by the main housing for relative movement therewith in a direction of a rotational axis of the drill unit, a spindle assembly operable to selectively position the drill unit relative to the main housing, and a handle assembly. The handle assembly is removably coupled to the spindle assembly without the use of tools, for driving the spindle assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Terry L. Timmons, Andrew J. Plowman, James Wekwert
  • Patent number: 8757937
    Abstract: The disclosure provides in one embodiment for an integral seal for a drill template tool for a structure having an outside mold line surface fabricated according to a precise definition using computer aided design (CAD). The integral seal comprises an inner surface in contact with an interior portion of a continuous groove portion formed in a bottom surface of a vacuum housing of the drill template tool. The integral seal further comprises an outer surface in contact with the structure. The integral seal is formed in the groove portion on the bottom surface of the vacuum housing, and the groove portion is formed using one of selective laser sintering, fused deposition modeling, or stereolithography, during fabrication of the drill template tool. The integral seal prevents leakage of fluids and debris generated by a drilling process of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John E. Inman, David M. Dietrich, John G. Macke, Jr., Michael W. Hayes
  • Patent number: 8753047
    Abstract: A suction cup dust extractor for a drill having a housing; a drill collar attached to the housing, having a drill passage formed through it; an aperture located on the housing through which air can be sucked out by a suction device; a recess formed by the walls of the housing having an opening which, in use, locates against a work piece to create a chamber; at least one first air passage formed within the housing which enables air to pass from the drill passage to the aperture; at least one second air passage formed within the housing which enables air to pass from the recess to the aperture; and a manually operable valve mechanism mounted in the housing which is connected to the recess and which, when operated, allows air surrounding the housing to freely enter the recess when its opening is located against a work piece; characterized in that the housing further comprises a hand grip), the valve mechanism being mounted, at least in part, inside of the hand grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Norbert Hahn
  • Patent number: 8628277
    Abstract: A cutting apparatus includes a workpiece supplying member, a positioning mechanism, a transportation robot, and an annular cutting blade. The workpiece supplying member includes a number of slots for receiving a number of plate-shaped workpieces therein. The positioning mechanism includes a number of side surfaces and a number of recesses. The transportation robot is configured for unloading a workpiece from the workpiece supplying member, transporting the workpiece from the workpiece supplying member to the positioning mechanism, and loading the workpiece on the positioning mechanism. The positioning mechanism is rotatable about the central axis such that one of the side faces can be selectively oriented to face the transportation robot so as to load the workpiece transported by the transportation robot in the corresponding recess. The cutting blade is configured for cutting a workpiece loaded on the positioning mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shao-Kai Pei
  • Patent number: 8596936
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying a leverage force to a hand drill has a rigid elongated support having a first end and a second end. A travel member is movable axially along the support with a friction lock for locking the travel member to the support in a selected axial position. A lever is pivotally attached to the travel member. The lever has an engagement surface for engaging a spine of a hand drill, whereby a force is exerted upon the hand drill by means of the lever. A stop is positioned at the second end of the support to prevent axial movement of the support when a force is exerted by the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: George McKenzie
  • Patent number: 8568066
    Abstract: A drilling machine, in particular a core hole drilling machine, having a mount on which an electromagnet is provided for attachment to a metal part on which a drilling unit is supported in displaceable fashion, wherein the drilling unit has a housing that accommodates an electric motor for driving a tool, is provided. There is provided a controller having at least one switch for switching on and off the electric motor and the electromagnet. The controller includes an operating and supervisory panel that is supported on an end of the housing opposite the tool. The switch for switching on and off the electromagnet and for switching off the electric motor is designed so that in the activated condition of the electric motor any operation of the controller will first cause the electric motor to be switched off before the electromagnet can be switched off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: C. & E. Fein GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Beichter
  • Patent number: 8568069
    Abstract: A machining method for machining a superficial portion of a laminate using machine tool having a depth limiter which restricts a maximum depth of the machine tool. A guide frame having an inner guide contour restricts a maximum dimension of the superficial portion, and is secured over the superficial portion. The superficial portion is machined while the machine tool is guided by the guide contour. From another point of view, a machining apparatus for machining a superficial portion of a material is provided. The machining apparatus comprises a guide frame, an inner guide contour for guiding a machine tool, an attachment member for securing the guide frame to an attachment member, adjacent to the superficial portion, of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Willem Brugman
  • Patent number: 8545139
    Abstract: A magnetic drilling stand is disclosed having a drilling unit (20), having an electromagnet (14) for fixing the magnetic drilling stand (10) on a component (12), having a voltage source which can be coupled to the electromagnet (14), and having a controller (28) for monitoring the holding force of the electromagnet (14), with the controller (28) having a device for monitoring the current level of the electromagnet (14), in order to identify a fault state or an adequate magnetic holding force, with a signal for an adequate magnetic holding force being produced only if, within a test phase, the current level of the electromagnet is below a respectively predetermined threshold value at at least two predetermined times after the start of the test phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: C & E Fein GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Beichter, Rudolf Stoppel
  • Patent number: 8496416
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a housing, a spindle system located in the housing, a tool guide associated with the housing, and a magnetic unit associated with the housing. The spindle system may be capable of rotating a tool about an axis of rotation. The tool guide may be capable of engaging a receptacle at a location on a workpiece. The magnetic unit may be capable of securing the tool guide in the receptacle when the tool guide is engaged with the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Allen H. Fischer, Raymond J. Slesinski
  • Patent number: 8491235
    Abstract: In a state where a rail drilling machine is attached to a rail, a drive source, a cutter support mechanism, and a support base are arranged on one side of the rail. A support plate having an upper support surface and a lower support surface is provided on either end of the support base in the longitudinal direction. The upper support surface and the lower support surface of each support plate contact a lower surface of the rail head and an upper surface of the rail foot, respectively, so that the support base is prevented from moving vertically with respect to the rail. The support base has a magnetic sticking portion located between the support plates. The magnetic sticking portion has a sticking surface that is stuck to a side surface of the rail web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Omi Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shohei Omi, Kazuyoshi Inagaki
  • Patent number: 8454280
    Abstract: A drill template includes a vacuum housing with a skirt having a CAD-formed contact surface formed to an exact fit with a mold line surface of a structure. The drill template includes at least one drill guide bushing extending through the vacuum housing from a top surface to an interior surface of the vacuum housing; a vacuum port integral to the vacuum housing; and at least one index hole for positioning and aligning the vacuum housing on the structure. Index holes extend from the top surface through to the CAD-formed contact surface of the vacuum housing. A CAD-formed edge of part locator is formed according to a CAD solid model of the aircraft fuselage and fits to a precise location of the structure for precisely positioning the template on the structure. A vacuum port provides vacuum to the interior of the vacuum housing for removing drilling debris and dust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Bryan G. Dods, John Macke, James Morrison, Robert W. Scott
  • Patent number: 8414230
    Abstract: A suction cup dust extractor for a drill having a housing with a drill collar attached to the housing and having a drill passage formed through the housing. A recess formed by the walls of the housing has a planar opening and a seal is attached to the walls of the recess which surrounds the planar opening and which, in use, locates against a work piece to create an air tight seal between the housing and the work piece. The housing also has an aperture located thereon through which air can pass; at least one first air passage formed within the housing which enables air to pass from the drill passage to the aperture; and at least one second air passage formed within the housing which enables air to pass from the recess to the aperture; characterized in that the seal comprises a base which is attached to the walls of the recess and a flange which is attached to and extends from the base at an oblique angle to the plane of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Norbert Hahn
  • Patent number: 8393834
    Abstract: A machining method for machining a superficial portion of a laminate using machine tool having a depth limiter which restricts a maximum depth of the machine tool. A guide frame having an inner guide contour restricts a maximum dimension of the superficial portion, and is secured over the superficial portion. The superficial portion is machined while the machine tool is guided by the guide contour. From another point of view, a machining apparatus for machining a superficial portion of a material is provided. The machining apparatus comprises a guide frame, an inner guide contour for guiding a machine tool, an attachment member for securing the guide frame to an attachment member, adjacent to the superficial portion, of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Willem Brugman
  • Patent number: 8376667
    Abstract: A drill press includes a housing and a motor assembly, with a motor carriage attached to the housing. The motor assembly includes an electric motor and drill bit, and the motor carriage is operable for moving the motor assembly relative to the housing. A base, coupled to a portion of the housing, is operable for magnetically coupling the tool to a workpiece. The drill press also includes a DC power source and an AC power input for providing power to the motor. A power supply switching unit, electrically coupled to DC power source and the AC power input, selectively electrically couples the motor with one of the DC power source and the AC power input for providing power to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Edward D. Wilbert, John S. Scott, Jonathan A. Zick
  • Patent number: 8347470
    Abstract: Portable robot for carrying out the drilling process in the assembly of aeronautical components which are secured on a support known as a stand. The robot comprises a displaceable platform in order to permit it to be located close to the stand, and an arm, which supports a frame comprising a beam intended to support a drilling head that can be displaced in the three axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations, S.L.
    Inventors: Javier Gonzalez Sáinz, Juan Ramón Astorga Ramírez, Agustin J. Sáenz Fernández, Valentin Collado Jiménez
  • Publication number: 20120294684
    Abstract: Machining tool to perform machining processes in the field, comprising a magnetic drill (19) with a vertical advance joined to a sliding table (12) with a longitudinal advance, all of which are mounted onto a bracket support (1) allowing the assembly to adapt to the existing space inside the wind turbine. The sliding table (12) is positioned and leveled by correctly combining bolts (15 and 16) which collaborate in their respective slots (5) and holes (6), consolidated with a series of support feet (8), securing a machining with the to required precision and minimizing vibrations in the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Gorka URIARTE MIJANGOS, Inmaculada ALONSO HERNANDEZ
  • Publication number: 20120189392
    Abstract: A power supply device for an electromagnetic base of a drill, particularly of an electric drill, used primarily for steel structure drilling including a drill controller. The drill controller (S) through a power supply detector (D) connected to supply terminals of the electromagnetic base (PD) is connected with a converter (P) which in case of a loss of line voltage (AC), after automatic activation, supplies during a time (t) a standby voltage (UPD) of a value enabling the generation of a base clamping force (PD).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: PROMOTECH SP. Z O.O.
    Inventors: Zbigniew Golabiewski, Adam Czyzewski
  • Patent number: 8186294
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of cutting (1) a small first orifice (1-1) in a wall (6) at the bottom of the sea and of opening/closing said first orifice, the method comprising anchoring a base (2) that includes a large second orifice (2-1) and a cutter device comprising: a said base, a deformable stopper (3) connected to said base and enabling said large second orifice to be opened or closed depending on the position of the stopper on the base, circular cutter means (4) secured to said base, and anchor means (5) secured to said base and suitable for anchoring said base reversibly on said wall (6). The present invention also provides a method of recovering a viscous fluid that is lighter than water, such as a polluting effluent, and that is contained in a tank of a sunken and/or damaged vessel resting on the sea bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Saipem S.A.
    Inventors: Michel Baylot, Robin Galletti
  • Patent number: 8118521
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drilling apparatus which is held firmly on the workpiece by means of feet, and which has a step-down transmission for easier manual feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: MV Marketing und Vertriebs-GmbH & Co. KG Wielaender + Schill
    Inventors: Norbert Lay, Marcus Eberle, Martin Strasser
  • Patent number: 8113747
    Abstract: Object: A drill dust collector is provided that is capable of drilling holes in an area ranging from a position near a corner to a position distant from the corner and that can be positioned with a side face in contact with an upright face such as a wall during drilling. Means for Solving: The drill dust collector has (i) an opening 2C provided in the upper face of a box having an open lower face 1C, for receiving a drill inserted therein; (ii) a suction port 1U connected to the leading end of a suction hose 3 connected to an suction apparatus; and (iii) a contact member 1A of high flexibility formed so as to extend around the lower face of the box. The box has a lid member 3 composed of the opening 2C and its peripheral part, and a box body 1. The lid member 3 is placed so as to be rotatable relative to the box body 1 and the opening 2C is located at a position the center of which is shifted from the center of rotation of the lid member 3 relative to the box body 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Miyanaga
    Inventor: Masaaki Miyanaga
  • Publication number: 20120014759
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing operations on a workpiece. A first frame in a frame system may be held on the workpiece by applying a vacuum to the first frame. A second frame in the frame system may be detached from the workpiece by applying a pressure to the second frame. The second frame may be moved to a location on the workpiece. The second frame may be attached to the workpiece by applying the vacuum to the second frame. An operation may be performed on the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, David Hassan Amirehteshami
  • Patent number: 8080077
    Abstract: A vacuum assembly has a vacuum housing. The vacuum housing has lower and upper ends. The vacuum housing has a cylindrical wall adapted to secure the system onto a work surface. An enclosure assembly has an enclosure housing. The enclosure housing has lower and upper ends. The enclosure housing has a cylindrical wall. The upper end has two semi-circular closure panels. The panels have hinges. The panels are adapted to cover the upper end. The panels having mating semi-circular recesses. In this manner a passageway is formed. A horizontal membrane couples the vacuum and enclosure housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Mark G. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8052357
    Abstract: A device for removing drill dust when drilling a hole into a wall has a base member and at least one vacuum chamber provided in the base member. At least one suction site is provided. A connector is connected to the base member and adapted to connect a vacuum unit that removes by suction at the suction site the drill dust produced by drilling. The at least one suction site and the at least one vacuum chamber are spatially separated from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Electrostar Schöttle GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Eugen Bruntner
  • Patent number: 8043033
    Abstract: A laser-guided coordination hole tool for precisely drilling holes in large parts includes a positioning table, a bushing cavity for receiving drill bushings, a clamping device, and a laser target. A laser-guided coordination hole tool may include a software interlock to prevent drilling in an improper location on the part. A method of drilling coordination holes includes probing a part to determine its reference frame, rigidly affixing a laser-guided coordination hole tool to the part, probing a target on the laser-guided coordination hole tool to determine the reference frame for the laser-guided coordination hole tool, accurately positioning a drill bushing over the hole location, and drilling a hole. A system for drilling coordination holes includes a laser-guided coordination hole tool, a bushing, a tooling, a drill motor, a laser tracker, and a computer running a coordination-hole drilling program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gregory L. Clark
  • Patent number: 8043034
    Abstract: A device for the manufacture of drilled holes, cut-outs, plane surfaces or the like, includes an attachment structure, which is designed for the attachment of the device to at least one component to be machined, a feed device, which is designed to track a drill of a drilling machine, and a control device for controlling the feed device and a drilling machine. In one example, the feed device includes a support for the drilling machine, which is arranged substantially in the center of a crossbeam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Urban, Hamid Ebrahimi, Harald Schueler
  • Publication number: 20110222977
    Abstract: An apparatus for drilling holes in a glass plate has a supporting member for sucking and supporting a glass plate which is used for an automobile window or the like, as described later, and the supporting member is comprised of a suction pad for sucking the glass plate and a pair of supports for supporting the glass plate on an outer side of the suction pad. The supports are detachably mounted on the outer side of the suction pad, and the supporting member is adapted to rotate about the suction pad in an R direction. The apparatus for drilling holes in a glass plate further includes a hole forming means for forming in the glass plate holes shown in FIG. 7; a supporting means having the supporting member and for supporting the glass plate in which the holes are to be formed by the hole forming means; and a transporting means for transporting onto the supporting means the glass plate in which the holes are to be formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: BANDO KIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuaki Bando
  • Patent number: 8016522
    Abstract: A heat sink for a drill press includes a main body having a receiving chamber which has a top provided with a limit tube, a guide unit mounted on the main body, and a sponge mounted in the main body. The guide unit includes an outer tube mounted on the receiving chamber and protruding from the limit tube, a plurality of inner tubes laminating each other and mounted in the outer tube, and a positioning tube mounted between the limit tube and the outer tube and abutting the inner tubes to position the inner tubes in the outer tube. Thus, the guide unit has an adjustable size by provision of the inner tubes and the outer tube so as to fit drill bits of different sizes and specifications, thereby enhancing the versatility of the heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Lung-Chih Chen
  • Patent number: 8002503
    Abstract: A system for removing debris generated by a cutting tool draws the debris into a mixing chamber formed in a workpiece clamp where the debris is combined with a high velocity airflow. A vacuum source draws the debris-air mixture into a cyclonic airflow extraction chamber where the mixture is accelerated before being extracted from the clamp through an exhaust channel. A clamping ring seals the area surrounding the cutting site so that air velocity in the mixing chamber is increased and debris is accelerated into the extraction chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James D. Gamboa, Christopher J. Erickson, Branko Sarh
  • Publication number: 20110135411
    Abstract: A method of reducing foreign object debris (FOD) during drilling operations is provided. The method includes disposing a vacuum housing with a computer aided design (CAD) formed drill template in an operative position on a work piece, actuating a vacuum operatively connected to the vacuum housing, thereby creating negative pressure between the template and the work piece, the negative pressure acting on the debris resulting from the drilling operations, and enhancing the negative pressure without manipulating the vacuum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: John E. Inman, David Michael Dietrich, John G. Macke, JR., Michael W. Hayes
  • Publication number: 20110027026
    Abstract: In a state where a rail drilling machine is attached to a rail, a drive source, a cutter support mechanism, and a support base are arranged on one side of the rail. A support plate having an upper support surface and a lower support surface is provided on either end of the support base in the longitudinal direction. The upper support surface and the lower support surface of each support plate contact a lower surface of the rail head and an upper surface of the rail foot, respectively, so that the support base is prevented from moving vertically with respect to the rail. The support base has a magnetic sticking portion located between the support plates. The magnetic sticking portion has a sticking surface that is stuck to a side surface of the rail web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: OMI KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shohei Omi, Kazuyoshi Inagaki
  • Patent number: 7862267
    Abstract: A rotary cutting machine 10 has a machine body 14 and an arbor 18. The arbor 18 includes a proximal rotary shaft 22 mounted to the machine body 14 for rotation, an intermediate rotary shaft 24 telescopically connected to the proximal rotary shaft via a splined connection, and a distal rotary shaft 26 telescopically connected to the intermediate rotary shaft 24 via a splined connection. A cutting tool C secured to the arbor 18 is extended and retracted via a feed mechanism 20 including first, second, and third racks 30, 31, and 32, and first and second pinions 33, 34.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Nitto Kohki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keisuke Shimada
  • Publication number: 20100290847
    Abstract: A magnetic drilling stand is disclosed having a drilling unit (20), having an electromagnet (14) for fixing the magnetic drilling stand (10) on a component (12), having a voltage source which can be coupled to the electromagnet (14), and having a controller (28) for monitoring the holding force of the electromagnet (14), with the controller (28) having a device for monitoring the current level of the electromagnet (14), in order to identify a fault state or an adequate magnetic holding force, with a signal for an adequate magnetic holding force being produced only if, within a test phase, the current level of the electromagnet is below a respectively predetermined threshold value at at least two predetermined times after the start of the test phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: Martin Beichter, Rudolf Stoppel
  • Patent number: 7832496
    Abstract: A deep-hole boring machine (100) includes a base (11) to be fitted to an upper face of a floor, a pillar (14), a fixing mechanism (40), a guide member (15), a rotary tool (17), a tool rotation driving section (16), a rising/descending mechanism (50), a guide base (60) and a tool guide mechanism (30). The deep-hole boring machine 100 can be used to bore a vertical hole or an inclined hole in a concrete in a construction site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Goei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomomi Nakayabu
  • Publication number: 20100254778
    Abstract: A method for performing operations on a structure. A moveable platform may be positioned in an area relative to the structure to define a working envelope. The moveable platform may be connected to a tool that may be moved around a plurality of axes within the working envelope using the moveable platform. The tool may be moved to a plurality of locations within the working envelope using the moveable platform. An operation may be performed with the tool through the working envelope at each of the plurality of locations using the moveable platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Eric Whinnem, Gary A. Lipczynski, John A. Baumann
  • Patent number: 7794183
    Abstract: A burrless, flexible track drilling system employing a counterweight tool balancing subsystem. The counterweight tool balancing subsystem provides essentially a “weightless” feel to a machining subassembly of the system that carries a drill and an electromagnet. This enables an operator to move the machining subassembly vertically with only a very minimal degree of effort being required. The machining subassembly also includes a plurality of lifting subassemblies that aid the user in lifting and lowering the electromagnet away from and toward a pair of panels on which a drilling operation is being performed. This also significantly reduces operator fatigue and contributes to a highly ergonomic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Rodney S. Wright, Chris J. Erickson, John J. Jimenez
  • Publication number: 20100021249
    Abstract: A drilling machine, in particular a core hole drilling machine, having a mount on which an electromagnet is provided for attachment to a metal part on which a drilling unit is supported in displaceable fashion, wherein the drilling unit has a housing that accommodates an electric motor for driving a tool, is provided. There is provided a controller having at least one switch for switching on and off the electric motor and the electromagnet. The controller includes an operating and supervisory panel that is supported on an end of the housing opposite the tool. The switch for switching on and off the electromagnet and for switching off the electric motor is designed so that in the activated condition of the electric motor any operation of the controller will first cause the electric motor to be switched off before the electromagnet can be switched off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Martin Beichter
  • Patent number: 7632047
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for counterbalanced manufacturing operations are disclosed. In one embodiment, an assembly includes a base, a tool support assembly, and a biasing device. The tool support assembly includes a first component coupled to the base and a second component moveable along a translation axis relative to the first component. The second component is configured to be coupled to a tool operable to perform the manufacturing operation on a workpiece. The biasing device includes a first portion coupled to the first component, a second portion coupled to the second component, and a control component. The first and second portions are moveably coupled and configured to apply a biasing force to the second component to at least partially counterbalance a force exerted on the second component along the translation axis by a weight of the tool support assembly and the tool during performance of the manufacturing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James N. Buttrick, Jr., Roger A. Gage, Lyle M. Wallace
  • Patent number: 7578642
    Abstract: An apparatus having a single, elongated flexible rail with a plurality of attachment devices connected to the rail and spaced at intervals therealong for releasably affixing the rail to a surface of a work piece by vacuum. The rail bends and twists as needed to substantially follow the surface of the work piece. An X-axis carriage is coupled to the rail and adapted to traverse the rail along an X-axis, wherein the X-axis is parallel to a length of the rail. A Y-axis carriage is coupled to the X-axis and adapted to traverse the X-axis carriage along a Y-axis, wherein the Y-axis is perpendicular to the X-axis. A fastening device clamps the X-axis carriage to the Y-axis carriage. A laser associated with the X-axis carriage facilitates precise locating of a drill carried by the apparatus relative to a spot where a hole is to be drilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Fritsche, Thomas P. Von Minden
  • Patent number: 7578044
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for use are disclosed for coordinating a hole of one part with a hole of another part. The apparatus may include a base member, a pin member defined by a slot having a first length in one direction which is greater than a second length in a second direction, and an index member extending beyond an end of the base member. The index member may be adapted to position the first length of the slot in a position parallel to a datum of a part being joined by the apparatus. During operation, a portion of the pin member may be inserted in a hole of one part. The slot may be at least partially aligned with a second, smaller hole in another part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gregory L. Clark