With Cutting Of Work Or Product Patents (Class 72/129)
  • Patent number: 10076779
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for bending profile sections, comprising at least one bending form (36) centered on a bending axis, provided with a peripheral groove that is interrupted by a cutout, a stack of clamping jaw counterparts (42-45) each comprising a cavity for clamping the profile section and having a shape designed to fit into the cutout of each bending form (36) with the cavity extending in the continuity of the peripheral groove of said bending form, means (51-53) for the so-called vertical movement of the stack of clamping jaw counterparts (42-45) which means are designed to move said stack along an axis parallel to the bending axis, a stack of clamping jaws (55-58), comprising cavities that complement the cavities of the clamping jaw counterparts (42-45), and means (70, 72-74, 76, 80, 81) for the relative movement of the assembly made up of the bending form(s) (36), the stack of clamping jaw counterparts (42-45) and the stack of clamping jaws (55-58).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: ADMC HOLDING, LLC
    Inventors: Philippe Jaubert, Jean Paul Chastan
  • Patent number: 10012450
    Abstract: To provide heat exchanger elements which allow the creation of Enthalpy exchangers whereby the efficiency of sensible energy exchange and latent energy exchange can be varied and controlled and especially improved, a method for the production of heat exchanger elements is provided including a) producing a plate element with defined outer dimensions and corrugations in the area within a border, b) perforating the plate in predefined areas and in predefined dimensions, c) filling the perforations with a polymer with latent energy recovery capability and d) curing the polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: WESTWIND LIMITED
    Inventor: Marcel Riendeau
  • Patent number: 9890877
    Abstract: A corrugated metal vent pipe includes a helically corrugated pipe structure formed by helical winding of a corrugated metal strip, wherein the helically corrugated pipe structure has a diameter of between 15 inches and 36 inches and a plurality of vent openings distributed thereon. A first pipe end treatment is located on a first end of the helically corrugated pipe structure, and a second pipe end treatment is located on a second end of the helically corrugated pipe structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: CONTECH ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventors: Greg L. Robbins, Wayne Peterson, William L. Zepp
  • Patent number: 9764434
    Abstract: A generator assembly apparatus is provided for merging a first annular component and a second annular component of a generator. The generator assembly apparatus includes first and second component support frames, a moving device and an adjustment device. The first component support frame supports the first component securely mounted to the first component support frame. The second component support frame supports the second component securely mounted to the second component support frame. The moving device moves one component support frame relative to the other component support frame to merge the components by inserting one component at least partially into an interior region of the other component. The adjustment device adjusts a position of a support frame such that a pre-defined separation between the first component and the second component is maintained during merging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Soeren Juul Jensen, John Krath Pedersen, Rune Roenne Therkelsen
  • Patent number: 9636732
    Abstract: Bending machine for one or more metal products such as, for example, bars (11a, 11b), reinforcement round pieces, structural shapes, tubes or other profiles, comprising at least a bending unit, a main drawing unit, able to draw the bar along an axis of advance toward the bending unit, and a main shearing unit disposed between the bending unit and the main drawing unit. The machine also comprises a secondary drawing or extraction unit disposed between the main drawing unit and the main shearing unit. The secondary drawing or extraction unit is configured and programmed to draw an end portion of bar, exiting from the main drawing unit, along the axis of advance toward the bending unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Giorgio Del Fabro
  • Patent number: 9522430
    Abstract: A machine for cutting eavestrough into two segments. The machine has a guide plate and a pair of cutting wheels. The guide plate has an opening of a shape similar to that of the cross-section of the eavestrough but slightly larger so that as the eavestrough is fed through the opening, it is guided by the guide plate. The cutting wheels are positioned such that after the eavestrough exits from the opening, its bottom wall passes between the wheels where it is cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Scott Tripp
  • Patent number: 9452464
    Abstract: A method for roll-forming a tubular member is provided. The method includes providing a roll-forming machine having a pair of rollers and a forming roller adjacent the pair of rollers. Further, cutting a strip of sheet metal to form a segment having free leading and trailing ends extending between a predetermined length; feeding the segment between the pair rollers; calculating the thickness of the segment via feedback from the pair of rollers; automatically adjusting the position of the forming roller in response to the determined thickness of the segment; advancing the segment between the pair of rollers and against the forming roller to form an annulus; and forming a weld joint between the free ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle T. Roberts, Preston M. Eason
  • Patent number: 9427831
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a nested profile combination, including: planishing process, forming process, punching process, cross section shaping process, nesting process, and fastening process. A system for manufacturing the nested profile combination, includes: a profile planisher; a first rolling die set; a punching device; a second rolling die set; a cutting device; a nesting device; and a third rolling die set. The first rolling die set including a plurality of first rolling sets. The punching device includes a punching bed and a punching machine. The second rolling die set including a plurality of second rolling sets. The cutting device includes a cutter. The third rolling die set includes a third rolling set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Ningbo Bangda Intelligent Parking System Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jianhua Zhu
  • Patent number: 9358596
    Abstract: A forming machine for forming a longitudinal margin of a strip of material into a desired profile and methods encompassing the steps inherent in the described mechanical structures and operation thereof. The forming machine includes a frame, a drive mechanism, a plurality of forming elements, and an edge guide mechanism. The edge guide mechanism applies pressure along the edge margin in a lateral direction, thereby following the edge margin as the strip is advanced through the machine. The edge guide includes a carriage assembly attached to the frame that comprises a carriage support frame and a carriage movably disposed thereon. The edge guide mechanism includes an actuator connected to the carriage that is operative to urge the carriage toward edge margin. At least one guide roller is mounted to the carriage and adapted to receive the edge margin of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Mazzella Holding Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald W. Schell, Brandon Tatum, Adam J. Binderup
  • Patent number: 9166521
    Abstract: A solar panel rack may comprise a vertical support, a transverse support, brackets attaching hollow beams to the transverse support, and brackets configured to attach solar panels or solar panel assemblies to the hollow beams. Internal splices may couple collinearly arranged hollow beams in the solar panel rack. Some or all of these components may be formed from folded sheet metal blanks comprising bend lines predefined by bend-inducing features formed in the blanks. Preformed slots, holes, or other openings in the sheet metal blanks may predefine the relative positions of various components in the solar panel rack and predefine the positions of solar panels or solar panel assemblies to be supported by the solar panel rack. Individual components of the solar panel rack may be useful in other structures and applications apart from solar panel racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL ORIGAMI, INC.
    Inventors: Max W. Durney, Keith A. Bell
  • Patent number: 8881396
    Abstract: In one aspect, a fan assembly is provided that can be manufactured while producing a significantly reduced amount of scrap material. More specifically, the fan assembly utilizes a hub ring and one or more hub strips to support a plurality of blades rather than a solid center disc or end disc used by some prior approaches. In another aspect, a method is provided that includes bending a member into an annular configuration and joining end portions of the member together to rigidly fix the member in the annular configuration. The rigid annular member may be used as an end ring, a hub ring, an orifice, or other component, while producing significantly less scrap material than traditional approaches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Revcor, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig R. Hall, Dominic Phillip Menoni, Richard R. Shelby, Stephen A. Adamski, Michael F. Buckley
  • Publication number: 20140311203
    Abstract: System and method for automatically bending a surgical rod are provided. The system includes a linear movement device configured to axially feed the surgical rod, a rotational movement device configured to rotate the surgical rod as it is axially fed, and a bending device including a roller to impose bending forces against the rod. The rod is free from contact with the bending device after it is axially fed past the roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Neil R. Crawford, Nicholas Theodore, Philip M. Reyes, Anna G.U.S. Newcomb, Seungwon Baek
  • Publication number: 20140290323
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing springs by a numerically controlled spring machine includes feeding a wire in a feed direction to a forming device of the spring winding machine by a feed device under control of a control program forming the wire into a spring with the aid of tools of the forming device in a forming operation, the forming device having a mandrel with a mandrel axis oriented at right angles to the feed direction, and windings of the spring surrounding the mandrel during the forming operation, and adjusting a position and/or orientation of the feed device with the aid of a controllable machine axis during the forming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: WAFIOS AG
    Inventors: Uwe-Peter Weigmann, Alexander Jannotti, Andreas Sigg, Dietmar Sautter
  • Publication number: 20140287840
    Abstract: A gaming machine includes curved panel edges that may be illuminated. The panel edges have compound curves. A tool and method for forming compound curved edge shapes is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Ryan D. McComb, Brian R. Soules
  • Patent number: 8820132
    Abstract: A material to be formed, which is uncoiled by an uncoiler from a coil while controlled against meandering, is adjusted in inclination angle by an approach angle adjuster and guided into a separator-forming mill. The material to be formed is introduced and pressurized between rolls in the mill so as to continuously form a separator. The separator formed by the mill is discharged and tension controlled by a pinch roll device with opposite widthwise ends of the separator being pinched. The separator discharged by the pinch roll device is cut without stopping the same by a flying shear at portions with no passages formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: IHI Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Tazoe
  • Patent number: 8601845
    Abstract: Profiles (50) are formed in a production line with a cross-section that varies along their length from a plane metal strip (10) that is unwound from a coil (9), whereby edge cutters (14) and a number of roll-forming units (17-24) are used where not only the edge cutters but also the roll-forming units can be displaced individually sideways relative to the strip. The edge cutters (14) and the roll-forming units (17-24) are individually controlled such that they follow the lines of extent of the side edges (51, 52) that are cut and the lines of the corners (53-56) that are subsequently formed, and the forming of one corner with a number of roll-forming units is started only after the forming of a corner that lies more closely to the edge of the strip has been completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Ortic 3D AB
    Inventor: Lars Ingvarsson
  • Patent number: 8561448
    Abstract: A flanged duct blank has a male part defined by lead notches formed at each side of a leading end and has a female part defined by trail notches formed at each side of a trailing end. The male part includes a lock tab. The female part includes a leg part and a Z-bend. The Z-bend includes a leg part and a gap. The duct blank is repeatedly clamped and bent by a pivoting wiper to form a duct portion. The pivoting wiper includes a clench tool that has a retractable rib and a retractable roller. With the lock tab inserted into the Z-bend and the retractable rib engaged with the Z-bend, the retractable roller clenches the leg part over the lock tab to lock the male and female parts together in a duct seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Mestek Machinery, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael C. Borwig
  • Patent number: 8505351
    Abstract: A three dimensional shape core mass is manufactured by machining a ribbon or tape of any material with various slots, channels, or holes of any shape before the ribbon or tape is spooled or layered onto a layering template or spooler. The machining is adjusted so the slots, channels, or holes of any shape extend in a radial or stacked direction perpendicular to the axis of spooling rotation or the plane of layering but with any curve or straight line and with any stacked length. For example, core masses that are manufactured as described are suitable as magnetic cores for high frequency rotating or linear transformers or for rotors and for stators of rotating or linear electric machines when an appropriate magnetic material is used, such as magnetic metal or amorphous metal ribbon or tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Frederick William Klatt
  • Publication number: 20130061541
    Abstract: According to the invention, an extendable member is disclosed. The extendable member may include a structure having a first state and a second state. The structure may be deformable between the first state and the second state. In the first state the structure may include a compact form. In the second state the structure may include a hollow longeron having a slit along the entire length of the hollow longeron. One or both longitudinal edges along the slit of the hollow longeron may have lateral protrusions. The lateral protrusions of a longitudinal edge may act in such a way with the other edge, and possibly its protrusions, to at least partially inhibit relative motion of the edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: Composite Technology Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Taylor, Dana Turse, Larry G. Adams, Mark Reavis, Doug Richardson
  • Publication number: 20130056085
    Abstract: A rupture disk (20), along with associated methods, is disclosed. More particularly, a miniaturized rupture disk is disclosed, comprising a transition area (23) configured to determine a pressure at which the rupture able portion will rupture. A method for forming a rupture disk is also disclosed, wherein a radius (R) of a transition area is configured to set the burst pressure of the rupture disk. A rupture disk having an indent at its apex (24) and a circular line of weakness configured to improve opening performance is also disclosed. Additionally, a method of relieving pressure in a pressurized system is disclosed, wherein a set of rupture disks is provided, wherein each rupture disk in the set has a different radius of transition area. A rupture disk may be selected from the set and installed based on a burst pressure set by the radius of transition area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: John Tomasko, Paul Goggin, Geof Brazier
  • Publication number: 20130008218
    Abstract: A method for roll-forming a tubular member is provided. The method includes providing a roll-forming machine having a pair of rollers and a forming roller adjacent the pair of rollers. Further, cutting a strip of sheet metal to form a segment having free leading and trailing ends extending between a predetermined length; feeding the segment between the pair rollers; calculating the thickness of the segment via feedback from the pair of rollers; automatically adjusting the position of the forming roller in response to the determined thickness of the segment; advancing the segment between the pair of rollers and against the forming roller to form an annulus; and forming a weld joint between the free ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Kyle T. Roberts, Preston M. Eason
  • Publication number: 20120279168
    Abstract: A pre-notched drip edge assembly and related method includes a plurality of drip edge sections interconnected end-to-end to form a continuous water barrier along a roof edge. Each drip edge section has a formed one-piece construction with a top flange and a bottom flange having an inverted L-shape with upper and lower legs. The forward edges of the top flange and the upper leg are integrally interconnected along a folded-over nose having a wedge-shape. A pair of notches are formed in the opposite ends of each drip edge section which extend through the upper edge of the lower leg and the forward edges of the upper leg and the top flange to define flat end tab areas that are inserted into the noses of the next adjacent drip edge sections to horizontally and vertically locate the same along the building roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: C. Scott Rasmussen, Paul W. Vander Laan
  • Publication number: 20120280192
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a furcated composite post (1) comprising at least two strips (7, 8) that are joined together along their length in a furcated manner. The method comprises the steps of feeding one or more of the strips (7, 8) at a set rate to working rolls of a roll mill for profile rolling to a desired cross section/profile, feeding the strips (7, 8) at the same set rate to positioning rolls for holding the strips (7, 8) in a correct orientation for joining, and joining the strips together, preferably by welding the strips (7, 8) along their length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Ashley Dean Olsson, Ashley Norman Olsson, Nathanael Dean Olsson, Stafford James Olsson
  • Publication number: 20120246939
    Abstract: An integrated method and system for producing cold-formed steel wall, roof, and/or floor panels is disclosed. Included in the present general inventive concept is the input of design parameters into a computer having design software operating thereon, the generation of design decisions based on those parameters, the issuance of fabrication instructions to one or more roll formers to fabricate the panel components substantially according to those fabrication instructions, and the fabrication of the panel components by the roll formers substantially in accordance with the fabrication instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: Odom Construction
    Inventors: Daniel Maston Odom, William Patrick Odom
  • Publication number: 20120227456
    Abstract: A machine to bend tubular elements comprising bending means provided with a bending arm and a bend core disposed, when in use, inside said tubular element. The bend core comprises a support bar, a contrasting ogive and a possible bend-follower element disposed articulated at the head of the contrasting ogive. The machine also comprises movement means to move said tubular element in a direction toward said bending means and cutting means to cut a segment of tube. The machine comprises holding means disposed on the perimeter around said tubular element and configured to maintain said bend core in a condition of suspension inside said tubular element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: SIMAT SRL
    Inventor: Valdi Toniutti
  • Publication number: 20120198902
    Abstract: A metal sheet is formed by passing it between a pair of closely spaced shaped bodies fixedly mounted on driving shafts by intermediate pieces which limit the angular portion of the circumferences of the shaped bodies with which the sheet comes into contact. The configuration of the surfaces of the shaped bodies define the respective top and bottom surface configurations imparted to the sheet by being passed between the rotating shaped bodies with pressure, and, optionally, heat. The direction of rotation of the shaped bodies is reversed, without the application of pressure to the sheet, to bring the sheet back to a starting position for each repeated pass of the sheet through the shaped bodies thereby to progressively change thickness and/or shape of the sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: OSTSEESTAAL GMBH
    Inventor: Guenter Eilers
  • Patent number: 8215145
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing steel bars that are cut to length in response to a customer order. The method includes producing a continuous length of steel bar from a rolling mill, cutting the continuous length of steel bar into successive segments, each representing a multiple of the length of the bar of the customer order, cutting the segments in in-line cold shears first into two times the length of the bar of the customer order and then in half into lengths equal to the length of the bar of the customer order while maintaining the production of the continuous length of steel bar produced by the rolling mill, and bundling the bars of the length of the customer order for discharge from the mill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: David Teng Pong
  • Publication number: 20120164932
    Abstract: A beaded soffit panel and related method for buildings and the like includes a plurality of generally flat, imperforate base portions shaped to enclose at least a portion of the soffit when the soffit panel is mounted in a generally horizontal orientation under the eave. A plurality of generally M-shaped, contoured beads extend between the base portions, and have oppositely inclined sidewalls with center walls therebetween to create a decorative appearance on the soffit panel. A plurality of narrow vent slits extend through the exterior faces of the bead sidewalls at a predetermined acute angle to define angled tabs that extend inwardly, whereby when the soffit panel is installed, vision through the vent slits from a position generally underneath the eave is substantially blocked by the angled tabs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventors: C. Scott Rasmussen, Paul W. Vander Laan
  • Patent number: 8136379
    Abstract: This invention provides an apparatus for manufacturing a helical part by feeding a wire W toward a pointing tool 21 and pushing the wire W against the pointing tool 21 to forcibly wind the wire. The apparatus comprises: a feed roller 12 for feeding the wire W toward the pointing tool 21; a wire feeding motor 111 for rotatably driving the feed roller; a grindstone tool unit 30, which holds a discoid grindstone 31 rotatable and movable, for cutting the wire W by the rotating discoid-grindstone 31; and a CPU 100 for controlling the wire feeding motor 111 and grindstone tool unit 30 to move the discoid grindstone 31 on a plane which is substantially perpendicular to a coil growing direction of the helical part and to cut the wire W in a direction which is substantially perpendicular to the coil growing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Itaya Seisaku Sho
    Inventor: Ichiro Itaya
  • Publication number: 20120042705
    Abstract: A winding apparatus for and method of manufacturing structures (116) includes a rotating faceplate (74) upon which are mounted a forming station for forming a supply of strip material before it is wound into a desired structure and a plurality of inner supports in the form of rollers (110) mounted for rotation about an axis and with said faceplate and a plurality of outer driven rollers (92) provided on an outer faceplate (118). The inner rollers (110) are mounted for radial movement relative to the inner faceplate (74). In operation, the inner rollers (110) act to support an inner portion S1 of strip material wound thereon whilst allowing it to be supplied from an inner diameter thereof to said forming station and the outer rollers (92) act to support an outer portion S2 of said strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: ITI SCOTLAND LIMITED
    Inventor: Richard Martin Curtis
  • Publication number: 20120036910
    Abstract: A winding apparatus for and method of manufacturing helically wound structures (116) includes: a rotating faceplate (74) upon which are mounted a forming station for forming a supply of strip material before it is wound into a desired structure; a plurality of inner supports in the form of rollers (110) mounted for radial displacement and rotation about an axis; an outer faceplate (118) having a plurality of outer support rollers (92) mounted for radial displacement and rotation about an axis. In operation, the inner rollers act to support an inner portion S1 of strip material wound thereon whilst allowing it to be supplied from an inner diameter thereof to said forming station and the outer rollers (92) act to support an outer portion S2 of said strip. The inner rollers (110) are moved radially to maintain support of said strip material as it is consumed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: ITI SCOTLAND LIMITED
    Inventor: Vic Leedham
  • Publication number: 20120031602
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing tubes, in particular for heat exchangers, composed of endless ribbons on a roller mill, wherein the tubes are composed of at least two ribbons which are subjected to a shaping process on the roller mill, wherein perforations or predetermined break points are introduced into the ribbons at predetermined locations, wherein a step of making the perforations in the ribbons is carried out, after which the ribbons are combined to form the tube and after which individual tubes are separated off at the predetermined locations. The formation of the perforations or the predetermined break points in at least one of the two ribbons is performed within or at the end of the shaping process of the corresponding ribbon so that some of the pairs of rollers do not require a drive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: Siegfried Eisele
  • Patent number: 7958762
    Abstract: An apparatus for straightening a coiled tubing has an injector that receives the coiled tubing, a straighter that straightens the coiled tubing from the injector, and a shear that cuts the straightened coiled tubing. The straightener has a frame having a first section rotatably connected to a second section, an actuator connected to the second section, and a straightening wheel connected to the actuator. The injector has a first drive chain and a second drive chain. The first and second drive chains each have semi-circular members forming circular channels that grab an outer surface of the coiled tubing. The shear has a trolley, a clamp, a tubing cutter, a return mechanism, and an automated controller. The automated controller actuates the clamp and the tubing cutter while the trolley translates along rails from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Clifton E. Wolf
  • Publication number: 20110049448
    Abstract: The invention includes a method, and a component made according to the method having at least one thread pattern formed thereon from a stamping method. The invention includes a tubular member comprising a body having a wall formed from a wrapped sheet of stock to define an interior wall and an exterior wall, a seam in the wall defining a first and second end of the wrapped sheet of stock, and a thread pattern stamped on one of the interior and exterior wall. The method comprises the steps of forming a blank from sheet of stock having first and second opposing surfaces and at least a first and second edge. A thread pattern is formed onto at least one of the first and second opposing surfaces extending between the first and second edge while in a substantially sheet-like form. Following the formation of the thread pattern, the method includes bending the sheet stock into a tubular member such that the thread pattern on one of the first and second surfaces is substantially aligned about a circumference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: Middleville Tool & Die Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas M. Johnson, Robert L. Middleton, SR., Robert L. Middleton, JR.
  • Patent number: 7866016
    Abstract: An information processing system for producing a building material has a design drawing generator, a list generator and a member production controller. The design drawing generator generates design drawing information of an objective building. The list generator generates list information of the members used for the objective building. The member production controller controls the production of the members used for the objective building, based on the list information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Nippon Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichiro Hashimoto, Tomohisa Hirakawa, Jun Shimizu, Yoshitomo Ito, Kimihiko Imai, Yoshimitsu Murahashi, Tetsushi Horibe
  • Patent number: 7832250
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for manufacturing sinuous springs wherein each spring comprises a discrete length of sinuous spring wire having parallel straight bar segments interconnected at their opposite ends by oppositely directed curved connecting segments. This apparatus is operable to adjust the length of the sinuous spring wires exiting the machine without turning off or stopping the machine. An operator need only rotate a handle outside a housing of the machine to increase or decrease the length of the sinuous spring wires exiting the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Kelly M. Knewtson
  • Publication number: 20100281939
    Abstract: An information processing system for producing a building material has a design drawing generator, a list generator and a member production controller. The design drawing generator generates design drawing information of an objective building. The list generator generates list information of the members used for the objective building. The member production controller controls the production of the members used for the objective building, based on the list information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: Shinichiro Hashimoto, Tomohisa Hirakawa, Jun Shimizu, Yoshitomo Ito, Kimihiko Imai, Yoshimitsu Murahashi, Tetsushi Horibe
  • Patent number: 7797813
    Abstract: An information processing system for producing a building material has a design drawing generator, a list generator and a member production controller. The design drawing generator generates design drawing information of an objective building. The list generator generates list information of the members used for the objective building. The member production controller controls the production of the members used for the objective building, based on the list information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Nippon Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichiro Hashimoto, Tomohisa Hirakawa, Jun Shimizu, Yoshitomo Ito, Kimihiko Imai, Yoshimitsu Murahashi, Tetsushi Horibe
  • Patent number: 7784320
    Abstract: Aluminum coils of pre-printed metal are pre-cut to lengths and angles to fit a wooden door jamb. Then, a rolling machine accepts a chosen width of sheet metal and rolls out a cladding strip. The strips require only a minimal manual bend of an end tab. The strips can be packaged in the wooden door jamb for field installation onto the wooden door jamb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventors: Duane A. Brown, Kathleen M. Brown
  • Publication number: 20100139353
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and machine for producing a slotted wound core (50). The machine includes a punch arrangement (16) arranged to punch apertures in a length of material (12a), a mandrel (22) for receiving the punched material, a control means and a mandrel indexing means. The positioning of the punch arrangement (16) and the mandrel (22) is fixed and the mandrel (22) is arranged to be rotated by the mandrel indexing means after each operation of the punch arrangement so that a roll of punched material is formed on the mandrel (22). The mandrel (22) is rotated by an amount (&ggr;) determined by the control means. The control means determines the indexed amount so that selected apertures punched in the length of material align with one another when the material (12a) is rolled onto the mandrel (22) so that the aligned apertures form respective slots (52) of a desired configuration in the core (50).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: IN MOTION TECHNOLOGIES PTY. LTD.
    Inventors: Dean James Patterson, Steven Peter Camilleri, Lyell Douglas Embery
  • Patent number: 7730754
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and method for manufacturing a spiral duct in which straight connection parts are integrally formed with both ends of a curved duct. Further provided are an apparatus and method for manufacturing a spiral duct capable of improving cutting quality of a metal band and precisely and securely coupling bent parts of edges of the metal band. The apparatus comprises a cutting roll to cut a metal band into two parts, the cutting roll having a horizontal rotation angle that can be varied to cut along a straight or a waved line in order to form a duct having straight and curved parts, and in order to adjust a diameter of the duct. In addition, the apparatus includes rolls for forming bent parts at edges of the cut metal bands, and for winding and seaming edges of the metal bands to form ducts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Jinwoong Technology
    Inventors: Kyu-Seok Cha, Seok Heo
  • Patent number: 7703208
    Abstract: An improved vehicle box assembly with an upright front or side panel defined by a monolithic one-piece roll-formed steel sheet member having a desired three-dimensional configuration. The sheet steel member is roll-formed in the lengthwise direction thereof. The panel has a channel, preferably a closed tubular channel on the front panel, roll-formed along one edge of the sheet steel during forming of the panel. The closed tubular edge rail is preferably closed by a seam weld which extends lengthwise therealong and is performed in line with the roll-forming operation. The roll-formed panel is preferably provided with a flat shelf deformed horizontally to extend lengthwise along the panel downwardly from the top rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Pullman Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank G. McNulty, D. James Zimmerman, Edward J. Engler
  • Publication number: 20100077822
    Abstract: A flanged duct blank has a male part defined by lead notches formed at each side of a leading end and has a female part defined by trail notches formed at each side of a trailing end. The male part includes a lock tab. The female part includes a leg part and a Z-bend. The Z-bend includes a leg part and a gap. The duct blank is repeatedly clamped and bent by a pivoting wiper to form a duct portion. The pivoting wiper includes a clench tool that has a retractable rib and a retractable roller. With the lock tab inserted into the Z-bend and the retractable rib engaged with the Z-bend, the retractable roller clenches the leg part over the lock tab to lock the male and female parts together in a duct seam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: FORMTEK, INC.
    Inventor: MICHAEL C. BORWIG
  • Patent number: 7617847
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for forming a single strand wire with improved flexibility and a stranded cable from a single strand wire. In one embodiment, the flexible single strand wire has a solid, single strand wire body and at least one helical groove formed on an outer circumferential surface of the wire body. The stranded cable includes a plurality of strands. In one embodiment, one of the strands has a planar surface that extends along a longitudinal axis of the cable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas M. Clerkin
  • Publication number: 20090260411
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for manufacturing sinuous springs wherein each spring comprises a discrete length of sinuous spring wire having parallel straight bar segments interconnected at their opposite ends by oppositely directed curved connecting segments. This apparatus is operable to adjust the length of the sinuous spring wires exiting the machine without turning off or stopping the machine. An operator need only rotate a handle outside a housing of the machine to increase or decrease the length of the sinuous spring wires exiting the machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: L&P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventor: Kelly M. Knewtson
  • Patent number: 7392681
    Abstract: To easily adjust and change a locus of a leading end (an endless locus) of a cutter, a wire rod cutting apparatus of spring manufacturing machine has structure so that a slide may vertically slide via a connection rod by rotating a rotation shaft, and a cutter mounting oscillating arm can oscillate laterally via a sliding element by oscillating the connection rod, so that the locus thereof in the oscillating arm can be set to a predetermined shape which is endless in a front view and different between an outward and a homeward routes, by sliding the slide and oscillating the oscillating arm by actuation of the actuating apparatus and that a lateral oscillating amount of the oscillating arm can be changed by changing the position of the sliding element, to change the locus of the cutter leading end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Shinko Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuhide Tsuritani
  • Patent number: 7337642
    Abstract: A computer controlled roll-forming apparatus is adapted to provide a repeating pattern of different longitudinal shapes to a continuous beam “on the fly” during the roll-forming process. A sweep station on the apparatus includes a primary bending roller tangentially engaging the continuous beam along the line level and an armature for biasing the continuous beam against the primary bending roller for a distance partially around a downstream side of the primary bending roller to form a sweep. Further, actuators adjustably move the armature at least partially around the downstream side of the primary bending roller between at least first and second positions for imparting multiple different longitudinal shapes into the continuous beam. In one form, the apparatus also includes a coordinated cut-off, so that when separated into bumper beam segments, the ends of the individual beam segments have a greater sweep than their center sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Shape Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce W. Lyons, Bryan E. Gould, James H. Dodd, Richard D. Heinz
  • Patent number: 7296452
    Abstract: Disclosed are metallic wire with high surface quality and low-cost suitable for use as material for grip rings and a producing method and apparatus thereof. Metallic wire 34 deformed in a coil shape is passed through a shape correction unit 14 so as to straighten it. Furthermore, while upper and lower pressing rollers 19, 20, 26, 27 prevent the metallic wire 34 from warping upwardly and downwardly, wedge-shaped grooves are continuously formed on the metallic wire 34 by means of a first cutting roller 21 and a second cutting roller 23.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Hiroaki
    Inventor: Shin Sumimoto
  • Patent number: 7260967
    Abstract: An agricultural harvesting machine that comprises a crop processing mechanism and an elevator assembly for conveying harvested crop material to the crop processing mechanism is provided. The elevator assembly comprises an elevator housing, an elevator mechanism mounted in the housing, at least two flexible endless members and a plurality of slats mounted transversely to the flexible members. The slats have an S-shaped cross section that provides additional strength to the slats while reducing the chance of damage to the crop conveyed by these slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventor: José G. T. Gryspeerdt
  • Patent number: 7257873
    Abstract: The present invention addresses an ATV clamp assembly. The clamp assembly includes a central body having a handlebar leg and a hand guard leg, a handlebar clamp pivotally connected to the handlebar leg and removably clamped to the ATV's handlebar and a hand guard member pivotally connected to the hand guard leg and removably connected to the hand guard. Also addressed is a motorcycle clamp assembly including a handlebar clamp removably connected to the motorcycle's handlebar and having a generally rectangular shape with rounded ends and having a tapered aperture configured to mate with handlebar's tapered portion, and a hand guard member connected to the hand guard and pivotally connected to the handle bar clamp. A method for manufacturing hand guards is disclosed. Using that method, one or more bends are cut in the X-Y plane and a bender is used to form at least one bend in the Z-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Inventors: Kenneth T. Laivins, Glen A. Laivins