Including Tool-guide (or Bushing) Patents (Class 408/97)
  • Patent number: 11874036
    Abstract: An apparatus for connecting an evacuation hose to a system for evacuation of the system. The apparatus includes a first connector, a second connector, and a seal. The first connector includes a first face defining a longitudinally extending indentation and the second connector includes a second face with a protrusion that is positionable within the indentation. The seal is positionable on the protrusion to circumscribe the protrusion and to be sealing engagement with the first connector and the second connector when the protrusion is at a preferred position in the indentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventor: James LaMont Bergmann
  • Patent number: 11696773
    Abstract: A guided punch is disclosed. The guided punch generally comprises a strike cap comprising a strike surface, a punch comprising a distal cutting edge, and a guide rod. The strike cap defines a first cavity therein. The punch defines a second cavity therein in communication with the first cavity. The guide rod is located within the first and second cavities and extends a predetermined distance beyond the distal cutting edge of the punch. The strike cap and the punch are moveable relative to the guide rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Inventors: Elizabeth J. Phelps, Robert M. Howles
  • Patent number: 11499662
    Abstract: A tapper for tapping a water main is disclosed. The tapper includes a tapping portion having an open first end for coupling to a saddle fitted on a water main. The tapping portion defines a first interior space to be fluidly connected to the water main. A coupling portion extends from the tapping portion and has a receiving end for receiving a service line. The coupling portion has a second interior space fluidly connecting the first interior space and the receiving end. A cutter is arranged in the first interior space. The cutter is advanceable from a starting position to a tapping position at the first end and retractable to the starting position. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Utility Supply Corporation
    Inventor: Jamie Jerry Norman
  • Patent number: 11383338
    Abstract: According to one implementation, a tool feeding mechanism for a handheld tool rotating device, having a holder and a first air motor, includes a coupler, a fixing member, a moving mechanism and a second air motor. The holder chucks and holds a rotating tool. The first air motor rotates the holder. The tool feeding mechanism is attached to the tool rotating device. The coupler is attached to the tool rotating device. The fixing member is attached directly or indirectly to a workpiece of hole processing using the rotating tool. The moving mechanism moves the coupler relatively to the fixing member in a tool axis direction. The second air motor powers the moving mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventors: Masao Watanabe, Tatsuo Nakahata, Ryohei Ono
  • Patent number: 10864582
    Abstract: A pocket hole jig system is formed of a plurality of jig segments, wherein each jig segment includes a main body having a drill guide and a lock feature that protrudes outward on a first side of the main body and a recess that protrudes inward on a second side of the main body. The system also includes one or more spacers that have a main body of varying width and a lock feature that protrudes outward on a first side of the main body and a recess that protrudes inward on a second side of the main body. Jig segments and spacers may be connected together by inserting the lock feature of a jig segment or spacer into the recess of an adjacent jig segment or spacer. In one arrangement opposing jig segments and/or spacers lock together with a combination of rotational movement as well as sliding movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Scott Schaaf, Timothy J. Forbes, Neil M. Holland, Brian Hill
  • Patent number: 10792772
    Abstract: A heat exchanger replacement mounting pin and drill jig for replacing a broken mounting pin of a heat exchanger, which includes the following: a replacement mounting pin portion; a bore defined by the replacement mounting pin portion for guiding a drill to a mounting site of the heat exchanger; and a nut alignment portion extending from the replacement mounting pin portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sean Schoneboom, Michael Wojdyla
  • Patent number: 10744579
    Abstract: A clamping apparatus includes a shaft; a base body that is adjustable to different positions, e.g., heights, along the shaft; a clamping leg arranged to pivot into a first clamping position and a second clamping position; an arm that includes, and extends between, a first end portion connected to the base body and a second end portion connected to the clamping leg; and a handle configured to be moved (a) into a first position that locks the position of the base body relative to the shaft and provides a clamping force to the clamping leg, and (b) into a second position in which the base body is free to be shifted into different positions along the shaft, where moving the handle into the second position releases the clamping force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: John H Drake, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10293414
    Abstract: A drilling method for forming a plurality of through-holes in a plate member includes: a first step of fixing at least one jig, which has a clearance hole, on a bed of a machine tool; a second step of placing the plate member on the at least one jig and fixing the plate member on the bed; a third step of operating the machine tool so that a leading end portion of a drilling tool of the machine tool is inserted into the clearance hole, and forming a first through-hole at a position of the plate member corresponding to the clearance hole; a fourth step of passing a fixing member through the first through-hole, and fixing the plate member on the at least one jig using the fixing member; and a fifth step of operating the machine tool to form a second through-hole other than the first through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Ryo Matsubara, Junji Noda
  • Patent number: 10012243
    Abstract: A pneumatic mechanism includes: a casing having a main body and a base seat; a drive mechanism disposed in the main body; a first air bypass disposed in the main body, a rear end of the first air bypass communicating with the drive mechanism; a second air bypass having a rear end positioned on the base seat; at least one airflow passage disposed on the base seat, one end of which communicating with the second air bypass; at least one sucker disposed on the base seat; and at least one air-sucking passage disposed between the base seat and the sucker. One end of the air-sucking passage communicates with the air chamber of the sucker, the other end communicates with the airflow passage. The pneumatic mechanism is powered by one single power source to operate and produce sucking force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Kuang-Tai Li
  • Patent number: 9969011
    Abstract: An improved pocket hole drill guide fixture. The fixture may be retrofitted onto a vise or incorporated as an integral part thereof. The fixture provides a broad clamping surface and a long top edge providing linear area for drill guide bores housed therein. Each bore enters the top edge at a known angle and exits towards the work contacting surface of the fixture. One or more workpieces per clamping cycle can be efficiently produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Frank Marusiak
  • Patent number: 9782838
    Abstract: A drill block and a method for drilling a hole through a workpiece using the drill block. The drill block may include a mounting leg for mounting the drill block, a drilling support leg having a round hole therethrough operable to receive a drill bit during a drilling operation, and a height variability leg interposed between the mounting leg and the drilling support leg, wherein the height variability leg is adjustable to select a vertical height of the drilling support leg relative to the mounting leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Aaron J. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 9636752
    Abstract: A multi-purpose layout tool and drill guide, and related components and accessories, including a mounting L bracket, laser, swivels stand, headband and lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Robert William Adkin
  • Patent number: 9433746
    Abstract: A catheter is provided for medical ultrasound imaging that can be effectively used in combination with other imaging modalities to detect medical structures of interest as well as the catheter. Markers are added to the catheter with precision, which provides a means to merge the images from different modalities. Using a template, apertures for marker placement are formed in the catheter after creating the catheter housing. The ultrasound array may be used for accurate positioning of the template. Alternatively or additionally, a rigid insert with markers connects with the array. The insert holds the markers in place and may reduce artifacts in ultrasound scanning due to flexing of the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Lex J. Garbini, Wilko Gerwin Wilkening, Ricardo Espinosa
  • Patent number: 9278394
    Abstract: A lock installation system of template drill and router guides that clamp to the door to prepare doors for locking and latching devices of many different brands. The system uses changeable template drill guides clamped to the faces of the door to drill the cross hole and other specialty holes needed. The edge drilling is done with an attachment for the proper size bit or with a ¼ inch pilot hole and hole saw. The attachment also allows the pre-drilling of the screw holes for mounting the latch assembly. After removing the edge drill setup, there is a router template to cut the mortize for the latch for commercial locksets. There is an attachment for residential locks to router cut the mortize cut out for the latch assembly. The embodiment will work on beveled and square edge doors of the two most common back sets. The embodiment will do door edge center, off set drilling and latch assembly mortizing. There is also a means to help align the embodiment on a door that has a pre-existing preparation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Ronald R. Smith
  • Patent number: 9156149
    Abstract: A system and method to remove a bushing from a bore includes an alignment tool that fits within an inner cavity of the bushing and a cutter tool aligned by the alignment tool. The method includes forming a groove on an inner surface of the bushing with the cutter tool and guiding the cutter tool with a guide associated with the alignment tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventor: Tom Cooper
  • Patent number: 9139057
    Abstract: An installation adapter includes four downwardly extending tabs which mate into the cylindrical ball tube of an underbed portion of a hitch. A center hole on the installation adapter designates a location for drilling a pilot hole upward through the bed of the pickup truck. Four arms on the installation adapter extend outward from the center hole, covering and protecting the top face of the hitch during hole sawing using the pilot hole downward through the bed material. The installation adapter is preferably molded from a brightly colored polymer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Curt Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Kristopher William Schwennsen, John William Traynor, IV
  • Patent number: 9095912
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph Louis Gargiulo, John Robert Masotta
  • Patent number: 9061424
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for positioning an effector (12) in relation to a surface (14), said effector (12) comprising at least one tool for performing an assembly step such as drilling or riveting, and being attached to the end of an articulated arm (10) which is able to apply an effort against the surface (14) by means of the effector (12), the effector (12) comprising a front wall (22) facing the surface (14). The inventive method is characterized in that it involves measuring a relative movement between the front wall (22) and a support plate (30) comprising at least one part which can be supported directly or indirectly against the surface (14) and can be immobile in relation to the surface and connected to the front plate (22) in such a way as to be able to be displaced in at least one direction and to control the articulated arm (10) such that it performs a movement for compensating the measured relative movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: KUKA Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Philippe Prat, Jean Malvaut, Franck Villegoureix
  • Patent number: 9022704
    Abstract: A case mouth chamfer tool utilizes an easily adjustable cutter holder member. The adjustable cutter holder member slides in a dovetail, is adjusted by advancing and retreating a screw, and is held in place by a set screw. The case mouth chamfer tool may be fixed to a micrometer dial threadedly engaging a barrel. A case adapter bearing is fixed to the barrel. The case mouth chamfer tool is adjusted to cut an inside chamfer and the micrometer dial is rotated to adjust the position of the case mouth chamfer tool with respect to the case adapter bearing to precisely adjust the amount of material cut from the case. The case adapter bearing is easily changed to chamfer different cases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Larry Goodman
  • Patent number: 8979442
    Abstract: A system and method for modifying a gas turbine engine in the field to drill a series of cooling holes in a turbine rotor disk made of a superalloy. A portable field repair system includes a stand configured to receive, support, and position a turbine rotor disk, a drill having a self-feeding spindle and configured to automatically drill a predetermined depth through a superalloy and to automatically stop upon completion, a drill guide configured to coordinate the drill with a plurality of radial axes associated with a precise hole pattern to be cut and a drill mount configured to mechanically couple the drill to the drill guide and to position the drill during the modification of the gas turbine engine turbine rotor disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Solar Turbines Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas C. Schacht, David Rodriguez
  • Publication number: 20140328638
    Abstract: A handheld power drill apparatus includes a drill motor, a carriage motor, a drilling implement with an interchangeable locking chuck, an electronic controller, and guide plates. The guide plate is slidably mounted to accommodate different work piece thicknesses. The drilling implement is coaxially mounted on a lead screw mounting plate. The drilling implement is positioned substantially orthogonal to the workpiece. The drilling implement is automatically driven into a workpiece by the carriage motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Mark T. Johnson, Jacob A. Hauck
  • Patent number: 8840345
    Abstract: A device for drilling pocket holes may include a guide carrier having a front surface urging a workpiece; at least one slant bore disposed at the guide carrier for receiving a drill bit; an anti-skid structure disposed at the front surface to secure the workpiece; a drill bit carrier reciprocally and slidably mounted on the guide carrier from a pre-drilling position to a post-drilled position toward and away from the guide carrier and a drill bit rotatably coupled and retained therein; a clamp disposed at the base and an amplifier to actuate the clamp for clamping or unclamping the workpiece by a user's power, wherein the amplifier is disposed away from the base; a quick positioning of the clamp by a braking lever; a lateral stop disposed at the clamp to set a lateral position of the pocket hole from a side face of workpiece; an adjustable end stop disposed at the guide structure or the guide carrier to adjust a pocket hole distance from an end face of workpiece; a lateral through opening disposed at the guid
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Kreg Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Joon Park
  • Patent number: 8834078
    Abstract: A nozzle removes by suction dust and chips from a drilling machine in an industrial plant. The nozzle has a first tubular portion for connection to a suction tube communicating with an opposite second tubular portion with an intake opening. An outer flange extends transversely from an intermediate position between the first and second tubular portions. The intake opening is directed in a lateral direction, parallel to the transverse direction of the flange. A magnetic element is incorporated in the flange. The nozzle can be applied to a drilling template having cylindrical through-openings in which respective bushings made of ferromagnetic material are fixed. When the second tubular portion is inserted through a cylindrical bushing, the magnetic element acts on the bushing, opposing axial and rotational movements of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Alenia Aermacchi S.p.A.
    Inventors: Nicola Pirro, Giancosimo Digiaro
  • Patent number: 8807885
    Abstract: A method and a machining kit for machining a bore hole into a shroud block are disclosed. The method includes designating a location of the bore hole on an exterior surface of the shroud block, positioning the shroud block in a machining device, securing the shroud block in the machining device, and machining the bore hole in the shroud block. The machining device includes a locating tool, a machining tool, a platform, a securing device, and a radial support. The radial support is configured to mate with a radial exterior surface of the shroud block such that a machining axis of the machining device may be aligned with a radial axis of the shroud block during positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John William Herbold, Paul L. Kalmar, Randall Stephen Corn, James Bradford Holmes
  • 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: 8739662
    Abstract: A telescopic handle for a hand tool includes a main shank connected to a tool head at a distal end and insertable into an outer sleeve which a user grips. The main shank has a plurality of axially spaced retained regions such that a radially movable retaining member is engageable with a selected one of the retained regions. A key-and-keyway mechanism is disposed to guide axial movement of the outer sleeve and to guard against rotation of the outer sleeve relative to the main shank so as to permit delivery of an appropriate torque to the main shank. An operating member is disposed on and movable axially relative to the outer sleeve to radially move the retaining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Chin-Tan Huang
  • Patent number: 8668410
    Abstract: In an advantageous embodiment, an apparatus comprises a housing associated with a machine, a shaft, a sleeve, and a biasing system. The shaft is associated with the housing, and the shaft has an end configured to receive a tool. The shaft is configured to be rotated by the machine about an axis of rotation extending through the shaft. The sleeve is associated with the housing, and the sleeve has a channel that is configured to receive the shaft. The biasing system is associated with the housing and configured to move the sleeve along the axis of rotation against a workpiece on which a drilling operation is performed during which a sleeve end presses against the workpiece with a force while the shaft with the tool is rotated by the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Steve L. Arana, Ike C. Schevers, David L. Fritsche
  • Patent number: 8661667
    Abstract: A hinge arm having a hinge pin hole having a worn bore, for example a hinge arm of a hinge assembly of an access door on a gas turbine engine, is repaired by forming in the worn hinge arm a new hole with a keyway extending outwardly from the new hole. A keyed bushing is provided having a cylindrical body having a central bore extending axially therethrough and a key extending outwardly from the cylindrical hole. The keyed bushing is inserted into the new hole and keyway formed in the hinge arm thereby preventing rotation of the bushing relative to the hinge arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: William Bogue, Michael J. Madel
  • Patent number: 8585332
    Abstract: A drill countersinking and seal groove machining tool to accommodate an accurate drill countersinking and seal groove machining operation. The linear compensator tool applies sufficient force to react to the drilling or seal groove machining process, but not so much force as to distort the work piece being drilled or machined. The tool ensures that the reactant force does not exceed the machine force override allowances. Varying spring rates and/or air pressures on the linear compensator system will accommodate most applications. The tool absorbs over travel of the machining tool, in order to ensure that the surface to be machined is always in contact with the machining tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Luepke, Jamie M. Smith
  • Patent number: 8529171
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing broken fasteners from an engine cylinder head having a plurality of internally-threaded bores formed therein. The apparatus may comprise a guide plate having a first surface and a second surface, with the second surface being for positioning toward the cylinder head. The guide plate may have a plurality of apertures formed therein to correspond to bores of cylinder heads, and the apertures may extend through the guide plate from the first to the second surface. The apparatus may include a plurality of securing elements removably insertable into one of the apertures for removably securing the guide plate to the cylinder head. The apparatus may include a plurality of drill positioning sleeves removably positionable in the apertures of the guide plate. The apparatus may also include sleeve securing structures associated with each of the apertures to removably secure one of the drill positioning sleeves in the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Josh Luke
  • Patent number: 8459906
    Abstract: A panel face drilling system using a plunge router wherein an attached guide assembly in conjunction with a guide rail registered to a dual position work holding fixture provides tool guiding means to repeatably drill hole patterns within an array of perpendicular columns and rows. The column and row positions are fixed in relation to the work holding fixture. Nonstandard hole positions are obtainable through use of spacers. The work holding fixture is configured to allow loading of two work pieces at a time each to be aligned against a fence, positioned against a stop, constrained by a resilient clamping means, ready for drilling. By referencing the hole position number sets marked on the tool guiding means one can quickly drill required holes in one panel and then drill a mirror image of that hole pattern in a second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Arthur Rex Schmitt
  • Patent number: 8376333
    Abstract: A jig for drilling intersecting holes in a work piece. The jig comprises a base for supporting the work piece and a first template operatively coupled to the base and having a bolt-hole guide located along a first axis of the template, the bolt-hole guide having a diameter sized to receive a first drill bit. The jig also includes a second template operatively coupled to the base and having a barrel-nut hole guide located along a second axis of the template, perpendicular and intersecting the first axis. The barrel-nut hole guide has a diameter larger than the diameter of the bolt-hole guide and is sized to receive a second drill bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Jackson Zander
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8348560
    Abstract: A tool head suitable for use in a machine tool for shaping the edge of a plastic sheet, which holds and shapes the edge of plastic sheet while a vacuum on the machine tool holds the center of the plastic sheet. Having such a desired edge renders the plastic sheet suitable for further manufacturing treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Variable Operations Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wojciech Furman, Jack Maczuga
  • Patent number: 8337124
    Abstract: A high speed handheld power drill includes a housing with a motor, a chuck rotationally driven by the motor, and a drill bit clamped in the chuck. A pressure foot is mounted on the housing for coaxial rotation about the drill bit and lockable in a selectable angular position relative to the housing. A drill guide is slidably disposed within the pressure foot at an outer end thereof and biased for coaxial sliding movement between the drill bit and pressure foot. A vacuum cuttings pickup and coolant fluid delivery tool is coupled to the drill guide and arranged to deliver coolant fluid to the drill bit and to remove drill cuttings and coolant fluid and vapor therefrom during drilling. A coolant fluid reservoir is coupled to the drill motor housing and adapted to deliver selectably metered amounts of coolant fluid to the cuttings pickup and coolant delivery tool during drilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Peter D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8292551
    Abstract: A system for removing failed fasteners from structures removes the head of the fastener in a controlled manner with precise support and alignment for the cutting tool. A drill guide, drill bushings and the cutting tool mount virtually anywhere on an underlying structure using existing fasteners and receptacles formed in the structure. This design permits the drill guide to be rigidly attached to the structure so that the cutting tool can be positioned and supported directly over the failed fastener. After the drill guide is mounted, a drill bit is extended through the drill bushing to drill a pilot hole in the failed fastener. The cutting tool is used through the drill bushing to cut off the head of the failed fastener without contacting the surrounding structure. All operations required to remove the failed fastener are accomplished through the drill bushings contained in the mounted drill guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: William L. Jenkins, William B. Carr, Ernest L. Horter
  • Patent number: 8272814
    Abstract: A crawler assembly includes an attachment mechanism that is removably attachable to a stringer. The stringer has a vertical web and a longitudinal axis. The crawler assembly includes a longitudinal slider that is engageable to the attachment mechanism and having a normalizing mechanism disposable in bearing contact against the vertical web for maintaining an orientation of the longitudinal slider relative to the stringer. The longitudinal slider is movable along a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis. The crawler assembly includes a lateral slider that is mountable to the longitudinal slider and is movable along a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The lateral slider includes a drill bushing. The longitudinal and lateral sliders cooperate to move the drill bushing to at least one predetermined hole location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James N. Buttrick, Jr., Roger A. Gage, Paul G. Kostenick, Jr., Jesus Sanchez, Dario I. Valenzuela
  • Patent number: 8267188
    Abstract: A machining tool comprises a frame mounting an extendable yoke slidable with respect to the frame in a first direction through one or more mounting pillars. A tool motor is mounted on the yoke. A drive mechanism for the yoke is also mounted in the frame, with a drive motor to drive the yoke drive mechanism. A belt is between pulleys on the drive motor and mechanism to transmit drive between them. A rotatable sleeve is around the tool motor and on which sleeve the belt engages on opposite sides of the tool motor, whereby the tool motor can extend between the drive motor and mechanism, thereby resulting in a compact arrangement of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: The University of Sheffield
    Inventor: Garth Martyn John Nicholson
  • Patent number: 8210778
    Abstract: A tool-in-tool device driven by a single power spindle performs multiple operations on a workpiece. The device includes a first tool holder for holding a tool such as a drill, and a second tool holder surrounding mounted on the first tool holder. The second tool holder may hold a second tool such as clamp for clamping the drill to the workpiece, a guide bushing for guiding the drill and a chip breaker for breaking workpiece chips generated by a drilling operation. Multiple interchangeable bushings allow matching the bushing to the size of the drill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Comapny
    Inventors: Mike P. Matlack, Kurt A. Burton
  • Patent number: 8201312
    Abstract: A working equipment comprising an external working head and an internal working head both arranged for applying a thrust on a structure having a wall. The wall comprises an external side and an internal side opposite to said external side. The thrust is opposite to the thrust applied to a same part by the other of the internal and external working head. The external working head is provided with a pressure device comprising a slide which holds a piston head comprising a supporting plate, an intermediate plate and a fixed base. The supporting plate is attached to the intermediate plate and the intermediate plate is attached to the fixed base. The supporting plate has a tool passage opening. The suction chamber is arranged inside the intermediate plate and inside the fixed base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Bisiach & Carru S.p.A.
    Inventor: Bruno Bisiach
  • Patent number: 8118520
    Abstract: In order to improve a device for a drilling machine in such a way that manual drilling can be carried out with optimum conditions, it is proposed that the device include a workpiece jigging device, a guide device for the guidance of the machine when there is a displacement of the workpiece jigging device, and a control device for the control of the feed displacement of the workpiece jigging device and the machine. The control device has combinations of impact dampers and/or springs to achieve control over the feed displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hintze, Rolf Clausen, Martin Plucinski, Enno Stover, Friedrich Meissner
  • Patent number: 8057137
    Abstract: An apparatus for aligning a machine tool with a target location on a structure. A machine plate positionable on the structure has a plate bushing providing a hole through the plate. The apparatus also includes a nosepiece for guiding a distal end of the tool through the plate bushing to the target location. The nosepiece has a collet configured to be moved at least partly through and sideward in the plate bushing to center the nosepiece on an element projecting from the structure at the target location. The nosepiece can be attached to the plate bushing to establish normality of the tool relative to the projecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gary A. Lipczynski, Eric Whinnem
  • Patent number: 8052358
    Abstract: A pocket hole jig tool system includes a base on which a workpiece is supported. A drill guide support is slidably mounted to the base. Drill guide bushings are movably mounted relative to the drill guide support for clampingly engaging the workpiece and for guiding a drill for engaging the workpiece. A stop collar assembly is adjustably mounted relative to the drill guide bushings to automatically ensure a proper pocket hole location and depth for the workpiece inserted in the tool system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. McDaniel, Sean D. Hill, Bruce A. Thorniley, Joseph C. King, IV
  • 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
  • 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: 8029214
    Abstract: A pocket hole jig tool system includes a base on which a workpiece is supported. A drill guide support is slidably mounted to the base. Drill guide bushings are movably mounted relative to the drill guide support for clampingly engaging the workpiece and for guiding a drill for engaging the workpiece. A stop collar assembly is adjustably mounted relative to the drill guide bushings to automatically ensure a proper pocket hole location and depth for the workpiece inserted in the tool system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. McDaniel, Sean D. Hill, Bruce A. Thorniley, Joseph C. King, IV
  • Patent number: 8021089
    Abstract: Method and system for producing holes of various dimensions and configurations in a workpiece (42) using a portable orbital drilling machine (44), wherein said workpiece has attached thereto a template (10) with preformed guide holes (12-40) located in a pattern corresponding to the positions of the holes to be formed in the workpiece. Each guide hole (12-40) is provided with a readable information carrier (12i-40i) containing an identification of the respective guide hole. When fixating the drilling machine (44) in a guide hole, the latter is identified by a hole database (48) by sensing the respective information carrier. A control unit (50) associated with the hole database (48) controls the drilling machine (44) to perform a relevant hole-cutting process in the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Novator AB
    Inventors: Ingvar Eriksson, Erik Odén
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7980793
    Abstract: Methods and systems for concentric clamping for manufacturing assemblies are disclosed. In one embodiment, a drilling assembly includes a spindle assembly configured to perform a drilling operation at a drilling location on a workpiece, and a clamping assembly having an actuator concentrically disposed about the spindle assembly. A nosepiece is coupled to the actuator and is configured to apply a clamping force concentrically about the drilling location on the workpiece. The actuator may include an inner housing having an outwardly extending flange, and an outer housing disposed about the flange of the inner housing. Pressurization of a first chamber moves the inner housing forwardly and applies the clamping force of the nosepiece against the workpiece, and pressurization of a second chamber moves the inner housing aftwardly and retracts the nosepiece away from the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Dennis R. Mathis
  • Patent number: 7976252
    Abstract: A pocket hole jig tool system includes a base on which a workpiece is supported. A drill guide support is slidably mounted to the base. Drill guide bushings are movably mounted relative to the drill guide support for clampingly engaging the workpiece and for guiding a drill for engaging the workpiece. A stop collar assembly is adjustably mounted relative to the drill guide bushings to automatically ensure a proper pocket hole location and depth for the workpiece inserted in the tool system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. McDaniel, Sean D. Hill, Bruce A. Thorniley, Joseph C. King, IV