Hand Manipulable Tool Patents (Class 425/12)
  • Patent number: 10364582
    Abstract: A device for repairing a crack in a wall includes an injection nozzle that has a nozzle part, and an adsorption disk fixed to a supporting shaft in which a suction passage for sucking air is formed and can be adsorbed to a wall surface by sucking air through the suction passage, and can be detached from the wall surface by releasing the suction, an arm having a front end part and a rear end part in the axial direction, and is supported by the supporting shaft in the midpoint of the axial direction through the first universal joint and supports an inflow pipe of the injection nozzle in the front end part through a second universal joint, and a plurality of contact members attached to the rear end part of the arm, the front end thereof contacting the wall surface, and receives the moment load generated in the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SAKAEGUMI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiko Sasaki, Yoshihiro Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9463599
    Abstract: The present invention provides a connecting device for connecting an unhardened fiber layer which is arranged on a surface section of a fiber compound structure to the fiber compound structure. The connecting device comprises pressure cushion comprising a pressure cap for being arranged above the surface section and a pressure tight cap mat which is pressure tightly connected to a circumferential border of the pressure cap, thereby forming a pressure area which is limited by the pressure cap and by the cap mat. The connecting device further comprises a pressure inducing means for inducing an overpressure which presses the cap mat against the fiber layer into the pressure area. According to a further aspect the invention provides a processing method for processing a fiber compound structure. In a first step at least one unhardened fiber layer is arranged on a surface section of the fiber compound structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Felix Caspar Helfrich, Hans Marquardt
  • Patent number: 9364939
    Abstract: A device for the temporary position fixing of adjacently arranged aircraft structures to be interconnected includes a support frame with at least one vacuum suction cup for temporary surface attachment and with clamping means for the position fixing of the aircraft structures to be interconnected. The support frame with the at least one vacuum suction cup in the region of a transverse gap is attached on the side of one aircraft structure. The support frame includes mechanical contact pressure means for the gap-bridging position fixing of the adjacent other aircraft structure. On the support frame there is a counter support to pressure elements of the contact pressure means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf Bense, Eugen Gorr, Tim Strohbach
  • Patent number: 9324467
    Abstract: A mobile radiation system is provided. The mobile radiation system comprises a mobile radiation device coupled to a control unit; a radiation blocker having an adaptor opening for receiving said mobile radiation device when said mobile radiation device is in a seated position on said radiation blocker; and a mobile carrier comprising a first compartment for housing said radiation blocker, a second compartment for housing said control unit, and a carrier motion device. The adaptor opening can dimensionally fit the mobile radiation device to block radiations from the mobile radiation device when said mobile radiation device is in the seated position. The mobile radiation device can produce radiation having peak radiation wavelength in a range of from about 250 nm to about 450 nm and can have a peak irradiation power in a range of from about 0.5 W/cm2 to about 10 W/cm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignees: Axalta Coating Systems IP Co., LLC, CarMax Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: John Wilson, John Larson, Andrew Seyler
  • Patent number: 8822961
    Abstract: A curing lamp apparatus mounts to a work surface with a suction cup. A base is mounted to the suction cup. A flexible neck extends from the base to the lamp head. The lamp head includes a lamp element with first and second UV light sources which emit UV light at different wavelengths. A control circuit is located in the base. A heat sink is provided on the lamp head including a conductive plate and projecting pins. A protective housing encloses the plate and pins. A timing circuit controls the light source for automatic shut off. External or internal power is provided for the control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: TCG International Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Thomas, Keith Beveridge, David Osland, Roger Olsen, Penny Chatterton, Jay Bickford
  • Publication number: 20140225291
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for fluffing a cleaning article. The cleaning article has a layer of tow fibers and a layer of sheet material, joined together in a layered construction. The apparatus and process spray a fluid blast onto the article, disrupting the tow fibers. The fluid may be air and causes different fibers to react so as to increase the volume of the cleaning article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gavin John BROAD, Mark Mason HARGETT, Richard Matthew GIACHETTO, Patrick John HEALEY
  • Patent number: 8721311
    Abstract: A windshield repair apparatus includes a bridge for holding an injector adjacent to a break area of a windshield. The bridge includes a suction cup for mounting the bridge to the windshield. An articulating arm mounts to the bridge for holding equipment, such as a flashlight, a tool holder, and/or a sun blocker. The bridge includes a pivotally mounted arm which allows for pivotal movement of the injector away from the break area, and a registration system which allows for accurate replacement of the injector over the break area following pivotal movement back toward the break area. The arm also is pivotally moveable toward and away from the windshield and is controlled by a threaded adjustment mechanism. The injector is also threadably adjustable vertically relative to the windshield. The articulating arm includes a quick connect/disconnect feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: TCG International Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Thomas, Keith Beveridge, David Osland
  • Patent number: 8663512
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides to a kit for customizing and recycling golf balls, and related methods. The kit includes one or more sets of golf ball covers, may include one or more sets of golf ball cores, and may further include a golf ball cover removal device and a golf ball cover application device. A golfer may select a golf ball cover from a set based on a desired play characteristic. For example, the golfer may select a relatively hard cover from a set of golf ball covers having different hardness values. The golfer may then apply the selected golf ball cover to a golf ball core using the golf ball cover application device. The core may be selected from a set of cores in the kit, or the core may be obtained from a recycled golf ball using a golf ball cover removal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Che-Ching Lin, Chen-Tai Liu, Hideyuki Ishii, Chia-Chyi Cheng
  • Patent number: 8602764
    Abstract: A sealant mold for sealing a dome element particularly at a lower region about an interface with a substrate such as an aircraft fuel tank wall. The sealant mold is formed from a lightweight plastic material, and includes an outer cap portion having an opening formed therein, in combination with an integral outer skirt to define a gap or trough for receiving and supporting a metered quantity of a curable sealant material. The mold is slidably fitted onto a dome element with outer skirt displaced downwardly to extrude the sealant material about the lower region of the dome element. The sealant material is allowed to cure, after which the sealant mold can be stripped from the cured sealant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Physical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles G. Hutter, III
  • Patent number: 8591211
    Abstract: A glass repairer of the present invention includes a support base for fixation, a fluid-receiving tube, a pressing rod, and a rubber head for injecting repairing fluid. The fluid-receiving tube is disposed on the support base. The rubber head is fixed to an end of the pressing rod and is able to squeeze the repairing fluid in the fluid-receiving tube outward. Thereby, replenishing repairing fluid and cleaning become easier. Also, the present invention is able to be utilized repeatedly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Lin, Cheng-Tse Chang
  • Publication number: 20130251831
    Abstract: A windshield repair apparatus includes a bridge for holding an injector adjacent to a break area of a windshield. The bridge includes a suction cup for mounting the bridge to the windshield. An articulating arm mounts to the bridge for holding equipment, such as a flashlight, a tool holder, and/or a sun blocker. The bridge includes a pivotally mounted arm which allows for pivotal movement of the injector away from the break area, and a registration system which allows for accurate replacement of the injector over the break area following pivotal movement back toward the break area. The arm also is pivotally moveable toward and away from the windshield and is controlled by a threaded adjustment mechanism. The injector is also threadably adjustable vertically relative to the windshield. The articulating arm includes a quick connect/disconnect feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: JONATHAN THOMAS, Keith Beveridge, David Osland
  • Publication number: 20130230612
    Abstract: A glass repairer of the present invention includes a support base for fixation, a fluid-receiving tube, a pressing rod, and a rubber head for injecting repairing fluid. The fluid-receiving tube is disposed on the support base. The rubber head is fixed to an end of the pressing rod and is able to squeeze the repairing fluid in the fluid-receiving tube outward. Thereby, replenishing repairing fluid and cleaning become easier. Also, the present invention is able to be utilized repeatedly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Lin, Cheng-Tse Chang
  • Patent number: 8459975
    Abstract: A structural surface design device for creating a design with finishing surface material on a surface, the device having a base with raised projections on the bottom. Such projections have less of an affinity for the finishing surface material than does the surface on which such finishing surface material is to be applied. A handle extends upward from the base. And, optionally, the cross-sectional shape of the base is the same as the cross sectional shape of a container for the finishing surface material with the dimensions of the container and the base being such that the edge of the base, when the base has been inserted into the container, is sufficiently close to the wall or walls of the container that any finishing surface material in said container will not cure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Ray Allen Jack Epps
  • Patent number: 8328448
    Abstract: A hardware hole filling device featuring a tube having an inner cavity for holding a filling; a tip disposed on the first end of the tube; a tip nozzle removably attached to the tip of the tube; a removably screw cap for covering the tip nozzle; and a riser mechanism functioning to push the filling from the inner cavity of the tube to the tip nozzle, the riser mechanism involves a threaded riser shaft, a riser threaded on the riser shaft, and a shaft base, the riser shaft can be moved in a first direction and a second direction by twisting the shaft base causing the riser to moved upwardly and downwardly, respectively, on the riser shaft, when the riser is moved upwardly the filling in the inner cavity of the tube is pushed to the tip nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Randall S. Hufnagel
  • Patent number: 8329074
    Abstract: A device for repairing a chimney preferably includes a rod effective for positioning and manipulating a camera and a plunger blade in a chimney; a camera attached to the lower portion of the rod in a manner such that rotation of the rod results in a corresponding rotation of the camera; and a plunger blade attached to the rod above the camera. The plunger blade is adapted to apply mortar to the sides of a chimney when the device is pulled upward in the chimney. The device may further include a camera-direction indicator attached to the rod above the plunger blade in a manner such that the camera-direction indicator is effective for indicating the direction of view of said camera even when the camera is not visible to the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Merediths' Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Meredith, Thomas J. Urban
  • Publication number: 20120231100
    Abstract: A sealing and inflating assembly includes an air compressor device engaged in a receptacle for generating a pressurized air, and a tire repairing container for receiving a sealing preparation, an outlet piece attached to a mouth opening of the tire repairing container and having an inlet conduit and an outlet conduit, a pipe is disposed in the container and includes one end coupled to the outlet piece and includes a bore for directing the pressurized air to flow through the bore of the pipe and to flow into a base portion of the container without flowing through the sealing preparation, for allowing the tire sealing preparation to be effectively supplied to seal and inflate the inflatable objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Wen San Chou
  • Patent number: 8251685
    Abstract: The present invention is directed generally to building tools that are high quality, durable, and in some case lightweight and may include an output port assembly that has multiple sections that may be made separately and uniquely so as reduce tool weight, corrosion, and cost without degrading strength and durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Exceptional IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: David B. Jalbert, John V. Costa
  • Publication number: 20120111478
    Abstract: A composite repair template tool includes a tool body, a convex radius edge on the tool body and a concave radius edge on the tool body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventors: AYDIN AKDENIZ, Steven D. Blanchard, David M. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8092203
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide methods, apparatuses, and systems for repairing of abnormalities such as cracks and/or breaks in substrates such as glass and/or plastics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Glas Weld Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Boyle, Randy L. Mackey, Christopher M. Boyle
  • Patent number: 8042246
    Abstract: A tool and method of repair for removing a bulge in a stained glass window by providing at least one aperture in the metal earning of the stained glass window; positioning at least one threaded rod member through at least one of such aperture(s); further positioning two tool members one on each side of the stained glass window, each tool member having at least one aperture defined therein and a flat surface with the flat surface of one tool member being positioned against the bulge in the stained glass window and the other positioned behind the bulge, each of such tool members receiving such rod member(s), respectively, in such tool member aperture(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Inventor: Peter B. Ureneck
  • Patent number: 7993121
    Abstract: A windshield repair apparatus includes a base, a pressurizing barrel, a pressurizing bar and a rotary tube. The base includes a bracket and at least one sucking disc. The sucking disc is provided with a perforation for transfixing the pressurizing barrel. An interior of the pressurizing barrel can be inserted with the pressurizing bar and when a rotary tube is screwed on the pressurizing barrel, the pressurizing bar can be squeezed down at a same time, allowing a repairing liquid in the pressurizing barrel to flow more deeply into a crevice of windshield by strong air pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: Yi-Chang Chan
  • Patent number: 7503758
    Abstract: A technique and tool are provided for repairing damaged areas of honeycomb structures. The tool includes a plurality of rods axially translatable into the damaged area. Foam material is inserted about the rods and allowed to cure. The rods are later withdrawn leaving a porous core of material. Sleeves may be provided to receive and support the rods as they translate into the damaged area. The sleeves may remain in the damaged area after the rods are withdrawn into the sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventors: Carl Reis, Doris Reis
  • Patent number: 7393205
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for heating up extrusion dies prior to their installation in an extruder, whereby the dies are heated up to a prescribed temperature and kept at this temperature. The device is characterized in that it comprises a gas-tight and thermally insulated oven housing (50) that has at least one charging and discharging opening (70) with an oven cover (40) and, inside the oven housing, there is an impact nozzle field (20) into which a die (90) can be placed, and in that the device (10) is provided with a heating means (100) that heats up a fluid that flows through the openings (110) of the impact nozzle field (20). The invention also relates to a method for heating up extrusion dies prior to their installation in an extruder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Inventor: Rolf-Josef Schwartz
  • Patent number: 7354537
    Abstract: A laminated glass repair tool includes an injector body having a passage for applying a vacuum to a damaged area; a side chamber connected to the passage; and a resin reservoir movable within the side chamber between a first position in which resin provided in the resin reservoir is prevented from entering the passage in the injector body and a second position in which resin is allowed to flow into the passage in the injector body. A method for repairing laminated glass includes sealing the injector body to a damaged area of laminated glass; providing the filled resin reservoir in the side chamber; applying a vacuum to the damaged area of laminated glass through the passage while maintaining the resin reservoir in the first position; and moving the resin reservoir to the second position in to allow the resin to flow into the passage in the injector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Glass Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Kerry A. Wanstrath
  • Patent number: 7232304
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention a hobbyist-useable apparatus and method for fabricating decoratively shaped writing instruments is disclosed. The apparatus for fabricating decoratively shaped writing instruments having a casing includes a heater unit and a shaper unit. The heater unit includes a heat source, and a heating compartment having an opening for inserting and removing the writing instrument casing. The heat source provides heat to the heating compartment. The shaper unit includes a platform having an elongated slot, an exterior mold assembly attachable to the platform and moveable in the elongated slot; an exterior shaping surface coupled to the exterior mold assembly; and an interior mold insert having an interior shaping surface. The interior mold insert is attachable to the platform such that the movement of the exterior mold assembly in the elongated slot moves the exterior shaping surface towards and away from the interior shaping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas Killion
  • Patent number: 7140854
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for repairing a flaw in a surface, particularly in the field of vehicle glass repair. The apparatus has a housing adapted to engage the surface to be repaired, a repair seal for sealing between the housing and around the flaw to be repaired to define a repair space over the flaw. A reservoir communicates with the repair space and, in use, contains liquid repair material. A vacuum pump communicates with the repair space and the reservoir to apply a partial vacuum to the repair space and to the reservoir without repair liquid from the reservoir being drawn into the repair space in order to degas separately the flaw and repair liquid in the reservoir. After appropriate degassing, repair liquid from the reservoir is caused to flow into the repair space to fill the repair space with repair liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Carglass Luxembourg S.a.r.l.-Zug Branch
    Inventors: Philip Rawlins, Douglas Scott MacArthur, Robert Ian Lister, Graham Scott Gutsell
  • Patent number: 7125507
    Abstract: In windshield crack repair it is necessary to move a repair tool alongside a crack and manipulate a resin injection head to remain in close proximity to the crack at all times. A three cupped tool is disclosed which exhibits here before unavailable lateral and longitudinal stability even when one of the cups becomes unadhered to the windshield. The tool comprises an elongate frame having an upright injection head attachment means on one end; an upright frame height adjustment means on the other opposite end; and, a central portion having three suction cups, each having an upright axis, and each oriented for attachment to the windshield. In a preferred aspect of this tool the axis of a suction cup closest to the injection head generally is in alignment with an elongate axis of the elongate frame and the upright axis of the other two cups are offset similar amounts from the axis of the elongate frame. This arrangement facilitates visibility and manipulation of the injection head along a crack in a windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventor: Tim D. Evans
  • Patent number: 7037094
    Abstract: A foodspread applicator that stores, measures, and applies foodspreads of the present invention preferably includes a main body having a front end and a rear end, a body tip attached to the front end of the main body, and a rear body attached to the rear end of the main body. The main body is suitable for receiving a foodspread therein. At least one outlet is preferably defined in the body tip through which the foodspread may be extruded. The rear body has a rear body longitudinal axis that is substantially parallel to a main body longitudinal axis of the main body. A plunger is movably located within the main body and the rear body for forcing the foodspread from the main body through the at least one outlet. A lever is longitudinally, pivotably attached to the rear body, the lever having a range of motion defined by the front end and the rear end of the rear body. The lever has a resting position within the range of motion at an angle less than 45 degrees from the rear body longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventor: Randy Dennis Lee
  • Patent number: 7029255
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for repairing a flaw in a surface, particularly in the field of vehicle glass repair. The apparatus has a housing adapted to engage the surface to be repaired, a repair seal for sealing between the housing and around the flaw to be repaired to define a repair space over the flaw. A reservoir communicates with the repair space and, in use, contains liquid repair material. A vacuum pump communicates with the repair space and the reservoir to apply a partial vacuum to the repair space and to the reservoir without repair liquid from the reservoir being drawn into the repair space in order to degas separately the flaw and repair liquid in the reservoir. After appropriate degassing, repair liquid from the reservoir is caused to flow into the repair space to fill the repair space with repair liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Carglass Luxembourg S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Philip Rawlins, Douglas Scott MacArthur, Robert Ian Lister, Graham Scott Gutsell
  • Patent number: 6877502
    Abstract: The multi-blade concrete cutting saw cuts blocks of concrete or aerated concrete into equal sized slates with one pass through the saw. The cutting saw is supported by a frame having a base, an upper support structure and a pair of guide rails. A conveyor track transports the concrete blocks through the cutting saw. A concrete block is forced along the conveyor track and passes through six equally spaced, diamond tipped cutting blades. Each of the resultant slates have equal dimensions and weight. The cutting blades are disposed along a drive shaft and are arranged across the width of the conveyor track. The cutting blades are driven in a counterclockwise direction by a drive belt that connects the drive shaft to a motor. The conveyor track may be automatically driven by a pair of belt drives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Sean Register
  • Publication number: 20040067272
    Abstract: In windshield crack repair it is necessary to move a repair tool alongside a crack and manipulate a resin injection head to remain in close proximity to the crack at all times. A three cupped tool is disclosed which exhibits here before unavailable lateral and longitudinal stability even when one of the cups becomes unadhered to the windshield. The tool comprises an elongate frame having an upright injection head attachment means on one end; an upright frame height adjustment means on the other opposite end; and, a central portion having three suction cups, each having an upright axis, and each oriented for attachment to the windshield. In a preferred aspect of this tool the axis of a suction cup closest to the injection head generally is in alignment with an elongate axis of the elongate frame and the upright axis of the other two cups are offset similar amounts from the axis of the elongate frame. This arrangement facilitates visibility and manipulation of the injection head along a crack in a windshield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Inventor: Tim D. Evans
  • Patent number: 6685784
    Abstract: A kit for repairing a windshield break utilizing a light activated resin includes a light impervious pedestal and resin chamber with the pedestal being placed in airtight engagement about a windshield break. The kit also includes a syringe which is couplable to an opening in the chamber. The light activated resin is carried in a light impervious container having a neck dimensioned to deposit the resin directly into the chamber before the syringe is coupled to the chamber. The kit additionally includes a light transmissive film to cover the resin filled break during curing of the resin and a light impervious patch for covering the opposite face of the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Inventors: Gerald Jacino, Anthony Jacino
  • Patent number: 6663371
    Abstract: An assembly held down with suction cups repairs damage to an automobile windshield and the like. The rod of an extrusion assembly pushes liquefied resin through the interior of a tube and out the end thereof into the damaged area. The tube, jacketed by a vacuum container supplied by a vacuum pump, may be advanced to tightly contact a compression grommet shaped to seal off part of the vacuum created therein. Once that is done, partial withdrawal of the extrusion rod strengthens the vacuum. Certain obstructions, or stops, are situated to prevent damage to the windshield which might otherwise occur if the assembly were advanced too tightly against the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventor: Michael Jeffrey Curl
  • Patent number: 6656541
    Abstract: An apparatus for repairing a crack in a vehicle windshield includes a high frequency vibration applicator and repair material. The high frequency vibration applicator includes a high frequency vibration generator, an elongate vibration delivery probe, and a handle grip for manipulation of the high frequency vibration applicator by a user. The vibration delivery probe delivers high frequency vibration from the generator to the windshield via a tip of the probe. A method of repairing a crack in a vehicle windshield includes infilling the crack with a repair material, applying to the windshield a tip of an elongate vibration delivery probe of a high frequency vibration applicator, and manipulating the high frequency vibration applicator to track the probe in a longitudinal direction of the crack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Carglass Luxembourg S.A.R.L.-Zug Branch
    Inventors: Mathew Derek Archer, Christopher Davies, Darren Bates
  • Publication number: 20030205831
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for repairing a flaw in a surface, particularly in the field of vehicle glass repair. The apparatus has a housing adapted to engage the surface to be repaired, a repair seal for sealing between the housing and around the flaw to be repaired to define a repair space over the flaw. A reservoir communicates with the repair space and, in use, contains liquid repair material. A vacuum pump communicates with the repair space and the reservoir to apply a partial vacuum to the repair space and to the reservoir without repair liquid from the reservoir being drawn into the repair space in order to degas separately the flaw and repair liquid in the reservoir. After appropriate degassing, repair liquid from the reservoir is caused to flow into the repair space to fill the repair space with repair liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Publication date: November 6, 2003
    Applicant: Carglass Luxembourg S.A.R.L -Zug Branch
    Inventors: Philip Rawlins, Douglas Scott MacArthur, Robert Ian Lister, Graham Scott Gutsell
  • Patent number: 6589036
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for repairing a flaw in a surface, partcularly in the field of vehicle glass repair. The apparatus has a housing adapted to engage the surface to be repaired, a repair seal for sealing between the housing and around the flaw to be repaired to define a repair space over the flaw. A reservoir communicates with the repair space and, in use, contains liquid repair material. A vacuum pump communicates with the repair space and the reservoir to apply a partial vacuum to the repair space and to the reservoir without repair liquid from the reservoir being drawn into the repair space in order to degas separately the flaw and repair liquid in the reservoir. After appropriate degassing, repair liquid from the reservoir is caused to flow into the repair space to fill the repair space with repair liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Carglass Luxembourg S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Philip Rawlins, Douglas Scott MacArthur, Robert Ian Lister, Graham Scott Gutsell
  • Patent number: 6561778
    Abstract: An improved repair bridge for windshield repair which is easier to drag along in proper position, a repair bridge which inherently applies a balanced force on opposite sides of the chip/crack, a bridge which requires substantially less adjustment bolt force, and which is provided with an adjustment bolt force gauge so that even a novice will be able to apply optimum crack spreading force without enlarging the crack. The generally U shaped bridge comprises: a left arm portion, a right arm portion, and a middle portion extending between and connecting the arm portions. Two upright finger bolts are each matingly threaded through an unconnected end portion of one of the arms; and, two plastic suction cups are each carried by a central portion of one of the arms. An upright resin injection head is adjustably screwed through the middle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: Timothy D. Evans
  • Patent number: 6500366
    Abstract: Despite the disadvantage of reflexing a windshield, and consuming a multiple of the time taken with a single viscosity resin repair; it is generally accepted that most windshield repairs should utilize multiple viscosity resins. The multiple injection head not only eliminates the disadvantages associated with using resins of different viscosities, but additionally produces a smoother and stronger repair. The multiple injection head for injection of resins having different viscosities into a chip/crack comprises: a) a plunger housing having two upright cylindrical openings therethrough, each opening having an upper internally threaded portion and a lower chamber portion; and, b) two generally cylindrical plungers each having an upper portion adapted to be hand turned, and an intermediate portion matingly threaded with the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Inventor: Timothy D. Evans
  • Patent number: 6485281
    Abstract: The invention relates to repair devices for repairing impact resistant glass such as windshields and vertical glass. The repair device can be used to repair many types of damage to glass including cracks, bulls-eye breaks, star breaks, and angle wing breaks. For repairing breaks, the repair device removes air from the break before the resin is applied to the air-evacuated break. For repairing cracks, the repair device pushes resin into the crack while the device is slid along the crack. The repair device has a piston assembly including a piston, a piston casing, and a piston casing receiver; a mounting bracket; and a suction unit, including a manual vacuum pump. A resin is loaded into the piston assembly and delivered to the break or crack by hydraulic pressure, pneumatic pressure, and/or vacuum mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventor: Michael J. Curl
  • Patent number: 6478561
    Abstract: A kit of parts useful for sealing a crack in a concrete surface by injecting a sealing material into the crack including a plurality of injection port members and deformable metal crimping sleeves. Each injection port member has a flat base which is attached to the concrete surface by a settable adhesive compound. A disposable, aerosol-charged, supply container having a one-component polyurethane prepolymer without any granular material entrained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Flexible Products Company
    Inventors: Robert Braun, Diana Dobrez-Florez, Jess Garcia, Deborah Schutter
  • Publication number: 20020100991
    Abstract: Despite the disadvantage of reflexing a windshield, and consuming a multiple of the time taken with a single viscosity resin repair; it is generally accepted that most windshield repairs should utilize multiple viscosity resins. The multiple injection head not only eliminates the disadvantages associated with using resins of different viscosities, but additionally produces a smoother and stronger repair. The multiple injection head for injection of resins having different viscosities into a chip/crack comprises: a) a plunger housing having two upright cylindrical openings therethrough, each opening having an upper internally threaded portion and a lower chamber portion; and, b) two generally cylindrical plungers each having an upper portion adapted to be hand turned, and an intermediate portion matingly threaded with the openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Publication date: August 1, 2002
    Inventor: Timothy D. Evans
  • Patent number: 6422849
    Abstract: The present invention employs an injector base which provides a platform for the components of the overall injector tool. Connected to the injector base is a suction cup which is used to attach the injector tool to the windshield. Mounted on the injector base are two stabilizers, which allow the base to be stabilized for movement against or relative to the windshield, and an injector shell for applying vacuum, pressure and resin to the windshield crack. The injector shell includes internal to it a bore with a notched injector rod, through which resin is applied to the crack under pressure. At the bottom of the injector shell is an injector tip which is a rubber like material which is place around the crack to be filled and at the top of the injector shell is a handle which is threaded onto the injector shell by turning the handle clockwise places the area just above the crack under pressure and by turning the handle counter-clockwise places the area above the crack under negative pressure or in a vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Inventor: Christopher A. Grubb
  • Publication number: 20020058079
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method of repairing a vehicle body and a repair indexing device for estimating the damage of a vehicle body panel and providing a guide for the repair of the vehicle body. A method of repairing the damage of a vehicle body according to the present invention comprises the steps of: measuring quantitatively the depth of a recessed part caused by the damage; and selecting a method from a plurality of previously estimated processes on the basis of the measured result. The process is a work selected from a putty filling work and a sheet metal work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Publication date: May 16, 2002
    Applicant: Dukeplanning & Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Tateo Uegaki
  • Publication number: 20020058080
    Abstract: An assembly held down with suction cups repairs damage to an automobile windshield and the like. The rod of an extrusion assembly pushes liquefied resin through the interior of a tube and out the end thereof into the damaged area. The tube, jacketed by a vacuum container supplied by a vacuum pump, may be advanced to tightly contact a compression grommet shaped to seal off part of the vacuum created therein. Once that is done, partial withdrawal of the extrusion rod strengthens the vacuum. Certain obstructions, or stops, are situated to prevent damage to the windshield which might otherwise occur if the assembly were advanced too tightly against the windshield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2001
    Publication date: May 16, 2002
    Inventor: Michael Jeffrey Curl
  • Publication number: 20020043732
    Abstract: The present invention is a new resin chamber construction, a kit and method for the repair of large selection of breaks in a lens or an automobile light bulb housing and even plate glass. The kit and method enable an inexpensive in situ repair including a bead overriding the break substantially maintaining light diffusions patterns. The bead forms an environmentally impervious repair which can match the color of the housing or lens including a substantially matching light diffusion pattern to diffuse light substantially similar to that of the unbroken article. The kit includes parts enclosable in a blister pack. The blister cover may include a resin chamber construction which can be cut out from it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventors: Gerald Jacino, Anthony Jacino
  • Publication number: 20020031564
    Abstract: A windshield repair injector, to repair star, bulls-eye and elongated cracks in a laminated windshield. The device has a stepped threaded section for easy removal and installation. When the injector is placed against a glass surface, upward motion of a piston provides a vacuum in the piston chamber for removing moisture trapped in the damage region. Afterwards insertion of an optically clear resin, with an optical coefficient equal to glass is inserted under pressure, creating a permanent and virtually invisible repair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Publication date: March 14, 2002
    Inventor: Robert A. Beveridge
  • Patent number: 6338619
    Abstract: There is disclosed a glass repair fixture including a mount, a leg, and a chamber, such that the leg is rotatable around the mount that decreases set up time and manufacturing cost, and improves a resulting glass repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Auto Glass Specialists, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradd R. Rusch
  • Publication number: 20010054474
    Abstract: A method for filling cracks in concrete surfaces using a one-component, hydrophilic polyurethane prepolymer without the addition of any granular impregnating agents is disclosed. The prepolymer is provided in a hand-held aerosol container and is injected into the cracks through hollow injection ports that are adhered in place on the surfaces over the cracks and subsequently closed off when filled. The crack is filled from the bottom up to prevent the formation of air pockets in the crack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Publication date: December 27, 2001
    Inventors: Robert Braun, Diana Dobrez-Florez, Jess Garcia, Deborah Schutter
  • Patent number: 6302670
    Abstract: A windshield repair apparatus is provided which includes a bridge having a base member including an injection holder and a pivot support member pivotally connected to the base member. A suction cup is disposed for connection with the pivot support member for mounting the bridge to the windshield. A yoke extends upward from the suction cup to pivotally connect the suction cup to the pivot support member of the bridge. The yoke includes at least two side members which are adapted to receive the pivot support member of the bridge therebetween such that the bridge is permitted to pivot vertically about a pivot axis toward and away from the windshield and wherein the side members of the yoke prevent the pivot support member from rotating in a horizontal orientation substantially parallel to the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: TCG International Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan P. Thomas, Keith A. Beveridge, Paul S. Petersen, Jay L. Bickford
  • Patent number: 6241125
    Abstract: The invention teaches a kit-like system and apparatus for dispensing a multiple component reactive material from two cartridges each having an exteriorly threaded semi-cylindrical outlet nozzle, where the respective components need not be mixed together immediately, but only in close proximity of the intended use of the material. Thus, the cartridge nozzles will be spaced from one another, and at least one will be paired up with a dummy nozzle having a like exteriorly threaded semi-cylindrical nozzle, but with no outlet. Special universal fittings are provided in the kit that fit over the paired cartridge and dummy nozzles, and over a separate conventional mixer, and further that allow for hoses to be connected thereto, to define separate component flow paths from the separate cartridges to the remotely located mixer and then to the intended discharge location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Jacobsen, Louis F. Cole