Hinged Mold Sections Patents (Class 425/442)
  • Patent number: 9022765
    Abstract: A vibrating machine for producing a molded body by compacting a granular raw mixture includes an oscillatable vibrating table configured to receive a molding box. A clamping device is produced by at least two clamping closures, each including: a pivot bracket having a lower end being pivotally mounted on the vibrating table and an upper end including a cranking which is directed outward; a double-acting hydraulic pivot cylinder pivotally mounted on the vibrating table; a two-armed rocker arm pivotally connected to the pivot bracket and including an inner part that cooperates with the molding box and an outer part that cooperates with the hydraulic pivot cylinder; and a compression spring disposed between the cranking and the outer part of the rocker arm such that the rocker arm releases from a position closing the respective clamping closure upon a pressure in the hydraulic pivot cylinder being relieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Hardy Nagel, Wilfried Schumacher, Monique Schmitt
  • Patent number: 9011137
    Abstract: A mold and method for making a hollow core concrete block. The mold has two opposing side walls; a bottom wall; a front wall; a top side with an opening through which the block can be removed from the mold; a cover, and a rear side through which liquid, such as concrete, can be poured into the mold. Extending from the two side walls are a pair of trunnions about which the mold is rotatable, such that when the mold is suspended by the trunnions and the mold is empty, gravity rotates the mold from a block-removal orientation in which the top side faces upwards to a mold-filling orientation in which the rear side faces upwards. The trunnions are also positioned such that when the mold is filled with the liquid, gravity rotates the mold from the mold-filling orientation to the block-removal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Magnum Forms Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Garrett, Arthur Garrett
  • Patent number: 8920152
    Abstract: The present teachings provide a modular articulating cement spacer mold for forming a temporary implant comprising a mold first portion, a mold second portion, and a ventilation forming surface feature on an interior surface of at least one of the mold first portion or the mold second portion. The first mold portion and the second mold portion have corresponding interior surfaces that form a cavity therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: H. Gene Hawkins, William Hartman, Kristen Martin, Nathan A. Winslow
  • Patent number: 8905751
    Abstract: A molding machine comprises a machine ejection assembly and an auxiliary ejection assistant assembly coupled to the machine ejection assembly, wherein the auxiliary assistant assembly is used to generate an additional ejecting force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Christophe Halter, Arnold Heinz Mai
  • Patent number: 8894402
    Abstract: An apparatus for vacuum foaming containers for refrigeration of foodstuffs, in which a polyurethane mixture is injected into hollow walls of a container closed under vacuum condition within a foaming cell. The apparatus includes a main frame for supporting the foaming cell, and an auxiliary frame movable between a lowered opening position and raised closing position of the foaming cell. The foaming cell includes a pallet for supporting a container to be foamed, side shore panels, transversal shore panels, and an internal shore plug member supported by the main frame. The side panels are hingedly connected to slides transversally movable with respect to the auxiliary frame for enabling their distance to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cannon Ergos S.p.A.
    Inventors: Claudio De Rossi, Fabrizio Pobbiati
  • Patent number: 8894397
    Abstract: In a process and a device for producing blocks of expanded polystyrene, a loose mass (7) of polystyrene spheres is expanded in a mold (2-3), where a rear surface (9) of the polystyrene block (8) previously produced delimits the mold forming chamber. Therefore, through adherence the newly formed block (7-8) is joined to the rear end (9) of the block previously formed, and the block (8) made in this way is fed forward until it forms the rear end (9) for another newly expanded block (8), and so on to produce a sort of continuous block (8), which can be formed for cutting to any desired size, without producing any waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Angelo Candiracci
  • Patent number: 8888481
    Abstract: A machine for and method of manufacturing concrete U-wall construction blocks, each having a front wall portion and a pair of stem portions extending from said front wall portion. The method involves providing a system of molding jacket panels, including a core molding assembly having a pair of inside stem jacket panels that are adjustably supportable in a substantially parallel manner during a molding process, and arranged is such a manner that the front wall portion is molded in downwardly facing direction toward a horizontal support surface and completely enclosed in one or more molding jacket panels. Before block molding operations, the thickness of the front wall portion of the U-wall construction block is set by determining the thickness of a front wall surface liner and installing the front wall surface forming liner within the system of molding jacket panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignees: Stable Concrete Structures, Inc., Concrete Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond O'Neill, Dennis Carr
  • Patent number: 8807985
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for forming molded tapered products, such as masonry blocks, whereby high quality finished products are removed from their mold without the need for complex machinery for demolding. The mold may include one or more mold cavities having one or more movable cavity walls. The movable cavity walls may include an end liner having a planar product forming surface capable of moving from a vertical position to an angled position. Tapered products may be formed by moving the mold towards a pallet so that the pallet engages with the end liner and causes the end liner to move from the vertical position to the angled position. Moldable material may then be introduced into the mold cavity and may be allowed to remain in the mold cavity until it is self-sustaining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Rampf Molds Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Josef Ott
  • Patent number: 8790109
    Abstract: A pre-cast concrete wall system for crawlspace applications is herein disclosed. The system includes a plurality of interconnected pre-cast concrete wall panels having a recessed area along one side to reduce concrete usage and weight, while maintaining load bearing properties. The wall panels are securely fastened to a substructure, such as footers, using anchors and to each other by opposingly aligned keyways and connecting fasteners. Each wall panel includes at least one (1) pair of leveling bolts which provides for the leveling of the wall panels and correct for any unevenness in the footer. The wall panels are fabricated using a rotating casting table which allows an operator to pour concrete at ergonomic heights and rotate the casting table and cured wall panel member to a vertical position for convenient unloading and transportation of the wall panel to a job site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Thad J. Brownson
  • Patent number: 8770966
    Abstract: A mold assembly comprises a first (1) and a second mold part (2) said mold assembly further comprising a hinge mechanism optionally detachably connected to the two mold parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: LM Glasfiber A/S
    Inventor: Karsten Schibsbye
  • Publication number: 20140070456
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for forming molded tapered products, such as masonry blocks, whereby high quality finished products are removed from their mold without the need for complex machinery for demolding. The mold may include one or more mold cavities having one or more movable cavity walls. The movable cavity walls may include an end liner having a planar product forming surface capable of moving from a vertical position to an angled position. Tapered products may be formed by moving the mold towards a pallet so that the pallet engages with the end liner and causes the end liner to move from the vertical position to the angled position. Moldable material may then be introduced into the mold cavity and may be allowed to remain in the mold cavity until it is self-sustaining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: RAMPF MOLDS INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Josef OTT
  • Patent number: 8572845
    Abstract: A mold system for manufacturing wind turbine blades includes two mold halves shaped for molding respective mold halves. A first mold is supported by a hinge system which is capable of moving the mold from a first position wherein the mold faces upwards to a position wherein the first mold faces the second mold. A final linear displacement of the first mold is carried out by actuators which may be integrated with the first or the second mold. The actuators are engaged with the hinge system so that the first mold is displaceable or the hinge system holding the first mold is displaceable. In both alternatives the actuators merely transfer the load of the first mold to a support via the hinge system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Damien Rajasingam
  • Publication number: 20120219658
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods are disclosed for manufacturing slices of sausages that appear to have been cut from a conventional round sausage log at an angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Davor Juravic, Yomayra Alvarez, Oscar Ortiz, Dwayne P. McDowell, II, Geoffrey Chase Thornhill, Mark P. Donatucci, Franjo Baltorinic
  • Patent number: 8241031
    Abstract: An apparatus for releasing a part that has an undercut, particularly in an injection molding system. A flange is moveably mounted with respect to a moveable part of an injection mold. A head is moveably mounted with respect to the moveable part. A joint, such as a ball-and-socket joint, is used to connect the head with respect to the flange. The head has a shoulder that contacts a stop which is longitudinally fixed with respect to the moveable part, when the mold is in a closed position. A bias element can be used to normally urge the head in a lateral direction with respect to the moveable part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Progressive Components International Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn Starkey, John N. Wakefield
  • Patent number: 8241029
    Abstract: A low-cost crimping tool is provided for crimping non-metallic tubing such as PEX tubing connections. The tool includes two primary pieces which fit together forming an integral pivot without being pinned together about which the tool may be closed with pliers to form a secure tubing connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Bruns Daniel Kidd
  • Patent number: 8221111
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mold wherein one bottom surface member (2) and four lateral surface members (3) are assembled. The sides of each lateral surface member (3) are respectively provided with a projection (5) and a recess (6) for combining the lateral surface members together, and the projection (5) of one lateral surface member (3) is engaged with the recess (6) of the adjacent lateral surface member (3). By using the one bottom surface member (2) and four lateral surface members (3), a mold can be assembled or disassembled without using screw or bolts. Consequently, the assembly or disassembly work of the mold is dramatically simplified, thereby improving work efficiency significantly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Youhei Sakai, Yoshiyuki Amano
  • Patent number: 8211355
    Abstract: Rotary forming drums that have a unique vacuum distribution and control system imparting a vacuum to the insert trays in a region or zone of the drum in a controlled manner. The rotary drum also has insert trays that are forced outward by the movement of follower cam activation upon a roller cam which in turn forces molded articles from the trays quickly, cleanly and efficiently. Once the product is removed from the insert trays internal and external springs return the insert trays to their original position to repeat the process on a continuous basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventors: Melvin Otto, Joe Garvin
  • Patent number: 8206143
    Abstract: The present teachings provide a modular articulating cement spacer mold for forming a temporary implant comprising a mold first portion; a mold second portion; a hinge region connecting the mold first portion and mold second portion; and a self-securing device to removably secure and separate the mold first portion and the mold second portion. Other modular articulating cement spacer molds are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: H. Gene Hawkins, William Hartman, Kristen Martin, Nathan A. Winslow
  • Patent number: 8182260
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for forming molded tapered products, such as masonry blocks, whereby high quality finished products are removed from their mold without the need for complex machinery for demolding. The mold may include one or more mold cavities having one or more movable cavity walls. The movable cavity walls may include an end liner having a planar product forming surface capable of moving from a vertical position to an angled position. Tapered products may be formed by moving the mold towards a pallet so that the pallet engages with the end liner and causes the end liner to move from the vertical position to the angled position. Moldable material may then be introduced into the mold cavity and may be allowed to remain in the mold cavity until it is self-sustaining. The mold may then be moved away from the pallet such that a molded product remains on the pallet, thereby allowing the end liner to move from the angled position to the vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Rampf Molds Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Josef Ott
  • Patent number: 8177543
    Abstract: A demolding device (10) for demolding a work piece from a mold comprises a hold-down element (18) that is disposed between the mold pieces in the closed state of the mold and extends up to or into a cavity provided for producing the work piece. A control sleeve (11) is connected to the hold-down element (18) and is coupled with one of the mold parts in a form-fitting manner via a guide device. The piston (11) is displaceable along a first path (w1) along the stroke direction limited by the guide device and is mounted in the guide device in a pivotable fashion. Upon a pivot motion, the end of the piston (11) facing the cavity moves away from the cavity. A first control piece (16) is connected to the other mold piece, the control piece blocking a pivoting of the piston (11) and/or the hold-down element (18) during the first path (w1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: D-M-E Europe CVBA
    Inventor: Horst Jung
  • Patent number: 8168108
    Abstract: A molding apparatus can include a primary mold, a stripper, and a swinging member. The swinging member can comprise a molding surface defining an undercut portion of a molded item. The swinging member can directly contact or attached to the stripper and the primary mold. To facilitate removal of a molded item, the swinging member can withdraw through a hole in the primary mold as a direct result of a motion of the stripper to pull the molded item off the primary mold. The molded item can then be easily removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Pactiv LLC
    Inventors: Dean Brown, Terry Vovan
  • Patent number: 8146882
    Abstract: Cubipods are heavy concrete objects used as protection means for dyke or breakwater mantles on coasts or the like and have a cubic or orthohedral shape with projections on the faces (3) thereof; the number, position and geometric shape of said projections (2) may vary. The mold comprises a table (4) with a plate (6) wherein is hollowed a recess (5) corresponding with the lower projection of the cubipod (1) and has support legs (9) on a rigid plinth (10). A prismatic casing (11) with the cubipod (1) shape but lacking the upper base, rests on the table (4). A frame of profiles (18, 19) with a hood (17) for forming the upper projection is hinged on an upper edge. Mould removal is achieved by raising the casing (11), after taking away a number of dihedral surfaces (14-15) which form the lower face of the projections (2) and lower part of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Sociedad Anonima Trabajos y Obras Gobelas
    Inventors: Antonio Corredor Molguero, Carlos Fermin Menéndez Diaz
  • Patent number: 8038433
    Abstract: An injection molding tool having a first section moveable with respect to a second section. In a first position, the first section contacts the second section along a parting line and forms a cavity. An expandable cavity part is moveably mounted with respect to the second section. In a closed condition, the expandable cavity part is in a retracted or molding position. The expandable cavity part can be moved away from the molding position or the closed condition to a release position or an expanded condition with allows access to molded part or other article. A core pin is either moveably mounted with respect to the expandable cavity part or is in a fixed position with respect to the expandable cavity part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Progressive Components International Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Cullison, David Helenius, Glenn Starkey
  • Patent number: 8012286
    Abstract: A 360° tool for making a one-piece composite tubular structure, such as a skin of an acoustic liner, is adjustable between a molding position and a non-molding position. The tool includes a base, a fixed segment mounted to the base, first and second doors hingedly connected on either side of the fixed sector, and third door hingedly connected to the second door. The third door has a circumferential extent that is less than one-fourth that of either the first or second door. Sealing members are provided between the doors. Collectively, the fixed sector, and the first, second and third doors have a predetermined shaped surface that corresponds to a portion of the contour of the tubular structure to be formed. After composite material is applied on the outer surfaces of the fixed sector and the doors, a vacuum bag is formed to surround the composite material and also the joint areas on the inner surface of the tool. The entire tool may be placed in an autoclave for curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Rohr, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Stubner, Joseph Irrgang, Steve Holt, Alan Douglas
  • Patent number: 8007269
    Abstract: Rotary forming drums that have a unique vacuum distribution and control system imparting a vacuum to the insert trays in a region or zone of the drum in a controlled manner. The rotary drum also has insert trays that are forced outward by the movement of follower cam activation upon a roller cam which in turn forces molded articles from the trays quickly, cleanly and efficiently. Once the product is removed from the insert trays internal and external springs return the insert trays to their original position to repeat the process on a continuous basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Future Mold Corporation
    Inventors: Melvin Otto, Joe Garvin
  • Patent number: 7878790
    Abstract: A low-cost crimping tool is provided for crimping non-metallic tubing such as PEX tubing connections. The tool includes two primary pieces which fit together forming an integral pivot without being pinned together about which the tool may be closed with pliers to form a secure tubing connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Bruns Daniel Kidd
  • Patent number: 7845932
    Abstract: A molding apparatus can include a primary mold, a stripper, and a swinging member. The swinging member can comprise a molding surface defining an undercut portion of a molded item. The swinging member can directly contact or attached to the stripper and the primary mold. To facilitate removal of a molded item, the swinging member can withdraw through a hole in the primary mold as a direct result of a motion of the stripper to pull the molded item off the primary mold. The molded item can then be easily removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: PWP Industries
    Inventors: Dean Brown, Terry Vovan
  • Patent number: 7841848
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing a rolled food product, such as sushi. The apparatus has a container having a first end and a second end, wherein at least the first end has one aperture. The container is positionable between a closed position, defining a hollow interior space, and an open position, presenting a plurality of cavities. Each of the cavities can receive food material such as rice. There is also a plunger assembly that passes the aperture when the container is in the closed position. The plunger assembly is then used to compress the food material in the hollow interior space to form a roll having a desired consistency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Warren Tatham
  • Patent number: 7798797
    Abstract: A foaming die device is provided, in which can be directly placed a basic armrest unit having a shaft element and a connecting bracket rotatably secured to the shaft element. The foaming die device comprises a lower die, an upper die, and an auxiliary die element of split type to be incorporated in a working die area defined by the lower and upper dies. The auxiliary die element comprises two die pieces that can be mated together so as to be in a slidable engagement about one end portion of the shaft element. Hence, the mated two die pieces or auxiliary die element is slidable along the shaft element for its partial engagement in a through-hole of the basic armrest unit, whereupon all the basic armrest unit and auxiliary die element may be directly placed in the working die area of lower and upper dies and subjected to foaming process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Tachi-S Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Tabata
  • Patent number: 7766643
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a forming arrangement closable in a direction to form an object, said forming arrangement comprising at least two reciprocal movable elements along respective arched trajectories to disengage from said object, said arched trajectories having respective components parallel to said direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Sacmi Cooperativa Meccanici Imola Societa' Cooperativa
    Inventor: Zeno Zuffa
  • Patent number: 7753667
    Abstract: A resin-sealing mold for sealing a semiconductor element with resin includes an upper die (12), a lower die (14) disposed so as to be opposed to the upper die (12), and a plurality of middle dies (13a, 13b) sandwiched between the upper die (12) and the lower die (14), wherein the plurality of middle dies (13a, 13b) are provided with molding faces at tip ends and are placed so that the molding faces are opposed to each other during the sealing. Because of this, the middle dies (13a, 13b) can be opened to the right and left from dividing faces I, and even a resin package of a semiconductor device with a concave part formed in a side surface can be molded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Noriaki Koga, Tadaaki Ikeda, Koki Fujiwara, Takuro Endo
  • Patent number: 7740471
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing products using a mold having at least one mold cavity which is at least partly defined by at least two movable wall parts, wherein the mold is closed and the at least two movable wall parts (35A, 35B) are brought to a retracted position relative to the mold cavity, so that the volume of the mold cavity is enlarged relative to the volume required for a product to be formed, wherein at least partly molten material is introduced into the mold cavity and then in a first step a first one (35A) of the at least two movable wall parts is set into motion in the direction of a forwardly moved position and in a second step a second one (35B) of the at least two movable wall parts is set into motion in the direction of a forwardly moved position, wherein the movable wall parts are moved into said forwardly moved position for the formation of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: ECIM Technologies, B.V.
    Inventor: Hendricus Antonius Hoogland
  • Patent number: 7726962
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for molding composite material with a selectable uniform predetermined temperature during most of the curing time. The mold apparatus has two cooperating and complementing mold bed assemblies hingedly mounted to each other and movable between two extreme positions, open and closed. A composite inner skin and outer skins sandwich a spacer in between. The spacer member includes interconnecting passages throughout. An outer perforated composite skin member covers the spacer member. A source for pressurized gas is applied to the mold assemblies when in the closed position. A predetermined cooperative temperature is selectably used to uniformly control the curing characteristics of the first and second skin members as the pressurized hot gas or air forced to pass through the outer skin and the spacer member adjacent to the inner skin thereby exposing the form being molded to a uniform temperature gradient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventors: Joseba Aramburu, Sergio Velez
  • Patent number: 7713054
    Abstract: There is provided a split mold insert and a mold stack incorporating same. The split mold insert for defining, at least partially, a neck area of a preform suitable for blow molding into a final-shaped article, in particular, is provided. The split mold insert comprises a body having (i) a cavity defining portion for defining, in use, a portion of the neck area and (ii) a top projecting portion and a bottom projecting portion located at opposite sides of the body; a first female taper portion associated with the top projecting portion; a second female taper portion associated with the bottom projecting portion; the first female taper portion and the second female taper portion for cooperating, in use, with a first male taper of a first mold component and a second male taper of a second mold component, respectively, for aligning the body into an operational configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Arnold Mai
  • Patent number: 7670132
    Abstract: An injection molding apparatus includes a first mold half, a second mold half opposite to the first mold half, an eject pin, a component collector and a buffer device. The eject pin penetrates through the first mold half. The component collector is configured for receiving the molding component molded. The buffer device includes a buffer plate, a connection plate and an elastic element. The elastic element includes two elastic arms connected with each other. The two elastic arms form an angle ? in a range 0°<?<180° in its natural state and partly inserting into the buffer plate and the connection plate respectively. The buffer device is disposed at a same side as the first mold half and the buffer plate is adjacent to the second mold half. The buffer device is configured for buffering the molding component during a knockout process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Feng Huang
  • Patent number: 7640961
    Abstract: A 360° tool for making a one-piece composite tubular structure, such as a skin of an acoustic liner, is adjustable between a molding position and a non-molding position. The tool includes a base, a fixed segment mounted to the base, first and second doors hingedly connected on either side of the fixed sector, and third door hingedly connected to the second door. The third door has a circumferential extent that is less than one-fourth that of either the first or second door. Sealing members are provided between the doors. Collectively, the fixed sector, and the first, second and third doors have a predetermined shaped surface that corresponds to a portion of the contour of the tubular structure to be formed. After composite material is applied on the outer surfaces of the fixed sector and the doors, a vacuum bag is formed to surround the composite material and also the joint areas on the inner surface of the tool. The entire tool may be placed in an autoclave for curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: ROHR, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Stubner, Joseph Irrgang, Steve Holt, Alan Douglas
  • Publication number: 20090258117
    Abstract: A pipe mold assembly is composed of a mold and a pin block. The mold can be composed of two sides. The bottom side of the mold contains an insert for forming the bowl of the pipe. The insert can be conical shaped and indented to form a lip. A pin block is inserted between the top and bottom sides of the mold to create a smoking channel. The pin block can form a carburetor if the pins are long enough. The pipe is formed by placing the pin block on a flat surface, surrounding the pin block with the mold, and pouring an edible solution into the opening. Once the solution is sufficiently cool, the pin-block and mold are removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: KZee Novelty Products LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Tak Lee, Zeaad Handoush
  • Patent number: 7510383
    Abstract: A foaming die device is provided, which has a closure element rotatably provided therein. The foaming die device allows a three-dimensional trim cover assembly with an opening defined therein to be placed therein and also allows a liquid foaming agent to be injected into an inside of so placed trim cover assembly for foaming operation. In operation, when the trim cover assembly is placed in foaming die device prior to the foaming operation, the closure element is able to be rotated toward and easily inserted in the opening to prevent leakage of the liquid foaming agent therethrough, whereas, when the trim cover assembly is taken out from the foaming die device subsequent to the foaming operation, the closure element is able to be rotated and easily removed from that opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Tachi-S Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Tabata
  • Patent number: 7458800
    Abstract: Molds and processes that permit high-speed, mass production of retaining wall blocks having patterned or other processed front faces, as well as retaining wall blocks formed by such processes. The invention permits the front face of the block to be impressed with a pattern or otherwise directly processed, to allow the formation of pre-determined block front faces, while at the same time facilitating high-speed, high-volume production of blocks. Pre-determined front faces can include front faces having pre-determined patterns and textures, front faces having pre-determined shapes, front faces made from different material(s) than the remainder of the block, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald J. Scherer, David M. LaCroix, Paul W. Bailey
  • Patent number: 7306451
    Abstract: An improved forming tool apparatus for forming an article having a negative draft angle that locks the formed article within the forming tool. First and second forming tools are closed relative one another to define a forming tool cavity in which the article is formed and opened for removal of the formed article from the forming tool cavity. The first forming tool has a removable cavity wall segment having an undercut cavity wall that provides a desired shape to the formed article but locks the formed article against removal from the forming tool cavity. A pivot linkage normally establishes the removable wall segment in a forming position in which the undercut wall is poised for forming of the article and selectively pivots the removable wall segment out of the forming position when the forming tools are opened so that the undercut wall is pivotally lifted and releases the formed article for removal from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Kruger, Mark G. Konopnicki, John E. Carsley
  • Patent number: 7270534
    Abstract: The invention relates to an operating system for an externally operated part of a closing unit, in particular for a mold carrier of a closing unit. During operation, the entire closing unit (12) moves in a predefined first direction (D) and the externally operated part (18) can be moved between at least two positions. The externally operated part (18) includes a guide element in the form of a cam roller (22) which is moveable for reaching at least one of the positions in a predefined second position (A) by at least one operating unit (29) arranged separately to the closing unit (12). The operating unit (29) includes at least one gripper member (48) which grabs the cam roller (22) for moving the part (18) to the predefined second position (A) and moves it in this direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Erwin Laar, Manfred Holzner, Janusz Hontz
  • Patent number: 7140867
    Abstract: Molds and processes that permit high-speed, mass production of retaining wall blocks having patterned or other processed front faces, as well as retaining wall blocks formed by such processes. The invention permits the front face of the block to be impressed with a pattern or otherwise directly processed, to allow the formation of pre-determined block front faces, while at the same time facilitating high-speed, high-volume production of blocks. Pre-determined front faces can include front faces having pre-determined patterns and textures, front faces having predetermined shapes, front faces made from different material(s) than the remainder of the block, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald J. Scherer, David Matthew LaCroix, Glenn C. Bolles
  • Patent number: 7028973
    Abstract: A structure of foaming die for forming a generally inverted-L-shaped headrest, which is designed to receive and enclose an incomplete headrest unit comprising a hollow trim cover assembly of a generally “inverted L” shape having a horizontal upper portion and a vertical head support portion, and at least one headrest stay extending vertically from the horizontal upper portion. This die structure includes die surface portions workable for receiving and enclosing a whole of the hollow trim cover assembly. A movable die element is movably provided so as to be movable toward and away from an operative position where the movable die element is normally set to receive a back cover surface region of such head support portion, thereby allowing the movable die element to be moved away from the operative position and thus allowing a resulting headrest to be removed from the die subsequent to a foaming process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Tachi-S Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenzo Hibino, Tsuyoshi Tabata
  • Patent number: 6974317
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing lightweight concrete composite blocks includes a form, a station conveyor, a form-loading station, a form assembly station, a curing oven, and a block removal station. The station conveyor conveys the form or a multitude of forms around the apparatus in a continuous loop to produce a desired rate of production of lightweight concrete composite blocks. The form-loading station fills the form with a lightweight concrete composite. The form assembly station assembles the form to seal the composite within the form. The curing oven cures the lightweight concrete composite into a lightweight concrete composite block. The block removal station removes the lightweight concrete composite block from the form prior to the return of the form to the form-loading station for re-use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Amazon Forms One, Inc.
    Inventor: Orbin F. Sumrall
  • Patent number: 6827570
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for manufacturing unitary concrete blocks includes a form that defines the desired shape of the unitary concrete block. A form loading station delivers a lightweight concrete composite into the form. A station conveyor conveys the form from the form loading station through a curing oven. In the curing oven, the composite-filled form is cured into a unitary concrete block. The station conveyor conveys the form to a block removal station that removes the unitary concrete block from the form. The station conveyor returns the form to the form loading station to manufacture more unitary concrete blocks. For increased production, multiple forms can be conveyed between stations simultaneously. Additionally, a metering ingredient assembly may be used to deliver appropriate amounts of desired ingredients to a mixer for producing the lightweight concrete composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Amazon Forms One, Inc.
    Inventors: Orbin F. Sumrall, Wondel G. Creager
  • Publication number: 20040115300
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing hollow articles made of plastics having internal undercuts, comprising at least one compression-molding unit (S), which is composed of an upper male mold part (1) which comprises a plug (15) and of a lower female mold part (2) which is aligned, along a vertical axis, with the male mold part (1), means for actuating the mold parts (1, 2) between a spaced position, at which a dose of plastic material sufficient to mold an article is deposited in the female mold part (2), and a mutually adjacent position, in order to produce the compression molding of an article, the male mold part (1) comprising a plug, which can slide in a sleeve (34) that constitutes an extractor (36) associated with the plug in order to remove the molded article when the mold parts are in the spaced position, the apparatus comprising a tube (30) which can slide in the sleeve (34), a stem (3) which is accommodated coaxially inside the tube (30), the tube (30) having an end portion (32) provided with angularly di
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventor: Zeno Zuffa
  • Patent number: 6565902
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a three dimensional confectionery of frozen confectionery which can be easily handled and consumed, consists of a frozen confectionery body and a handling member for holding it. The handling member passes through the body and projects from the ends of the body, so that the confectionery can be consumed while being held by the two ends with both hands. The invention is also directed to a process for making and a mold and production line apparatus for making the confectionery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Miguel Ruano Del Campo, Eduardo Domenech Sendra
  • Patent number: 6565351
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) for fabricating composite structures is provided that includes first and second tooling portions (110, 120) that are configured to support at least one layer (160) of composite materials during curing to form a composite structure. The apparatus (100) further includes a flexible hinge (140) that is disposed between and couples the first and second tooling portions (110, 120). The flexible hinge (140) couples the tooling portions (110, 120) such that they may be peeled away from the composite material after curing by bending the apparatus (100) at the flexible hinge (140).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Terrell R. Holsinger
  • Patent number: 6554605
    Abstract: An apparatus for injection molding multi-colored plastic lures, utilizing an openable mold into which a mold mandrel is pivotally inserted between a pair of mold plates. A separator bar is selectively positioned between an injection and a joining position. In the injection position the separator bar separates an adjacent and a successive element of a multi-element cavity permitting communication of a selected plastic source with an adjacent element, while preventing communication with a successive element. In a joining position the separator bar permits communication between the adjacent element and the successive element, while preventing communication with the selected plastic source. Pivotally inserted, axially extensible mandrels define an inner article form and extract the formed lures from the mold cavities when the process is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Braxton McNaughton
  • Patent number: 6440349
    Abstract: To form a candle blank, a volume of hot liquid candle wax is injected into a generally cylindrical chamber having a length and a diameter. The hot liquid candle wax is then cooled and the length of the generally cylindrical chamber is reduced as the wax cools, so that the volume of the chamber remains substantially that of the volume of the shrinking wax. By operating in this manner, there is no room for a void to form. An apparatus to carry out the process comprises a block, a piston, a gate, a means to inject the wax, and a means to move the piston so that it follows the shrinkage of the wax as it solidifies. The block defines a generally cylindrical mold chamber for the candle blank. The mold chamber has a generally vertically positioned longitudinal axis, an upper end, and a lower end. The piston is positioned in the chamber to slide from the upper end to the lower end of the chamber. The gate is positioned at a lower end of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Wallace E. Johnson