Work And Product Patents (Class 72/16.4)
  • Patent number: 8296949
    Abstract: An apparatus for designing a tubing configuration comprising modules that receive tube design input, interpret a tube design input, calculate a final tube design, and display a final tube design. The tube design input may include point locations, bend criteria and end conditions, among others. The apparatus may further include modules that determine whether the tube design input exceeds a complexity threshold, comprises a minimum set of information, and comprises a conflicting or erroneous design. The apparatus may further include modules that determine and optimize the manufacturing cost as well as determine the manufacturability of the tube. The apparatus may further include modules that store operational challenges corresponding to emissions reduction features and secondary components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Cummins Filtration IP, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Clevenger, Donald A. Gibson, David Sarcona, Michael J. Senetar
  • Patent number: 7181942
    Abstract: An ultrasonic device and method obtains desirable crimp connections between a crimp connector and a wire, or bundle of wires, by assessing the desirability of connections made in a wire-to-wire connection and in other situations where two materials with good acoustic propagation characteristics are joined together via deformation. An embodiment of the device as a crimping tool comprises a compressing means, pulse-generating circuitry, at least one ultrasonic transmitting transducer, at least one ultrasonic receiving transducer, receiving circuitry, and a display. The user may return to a previously crimped connection and assess the desirability of the connection by compressing the device about the connection, sending an acoustic signal through the crimp, and comparing the received signal to a signal obtained from known desirable connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: William T. Yost, K. Elliott Cramer, Daniel F. Perey
  • Patent number: 7036226
    Abstract: A crimp state estimation apparatus includes: an information input section for inputting information on an crimp contact terminal, an electric wire, an anvil, and the crimper and an input compression ratio of a core wire of the electric wire; and an estimation unit for calculating a total length of the bottom wall and the pair of crimp pieces after crimp in a cross section orthogonal to the core wire based on the information and the input compression ratio and estimating a cross-sectional shape of the bottom wall and the pair of crimp pieces after crimp based on the total length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Megumi Saito, Naoki Ito
  • Patent number: 6845645
    Abstract: A swaging system includes a swaging assembly, a sensor, and a controller. The swaging assembly includes a movable tool, the movable tool operate to exert force on a die. The die is configured to reduce a dimension of a work piece responsive to the exerted force, the dimension reduction having a relationship to a stroke of the movable tool. The sensor is operable to obtain information including a measurement of the reduced dimension of the work piece. The sensor is operable to generate a measurement signal representative of the obtained information. The controller is operably coupled to receive the measurement signal from the sensor, and is operable to cause adjustment the stroke of the movable tool responsive to the measurement signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Inventors: Michael A. Bartrom, Jeffrey A. Brodt
  • Patent number: 6463781
    Abstract: A system for drawing an outer cylinder of a rubber bush comprising an inner cylinder serving as a shaft member, the outer cylinder disposed around the inner cylinder and a rubber elastic body interposed between the inner cylinder and the outer cylinder, comprising first and second turning tables each having at least two piling portions on which the rubber bushes to be drawn are piled up in a vertical direction; first and driving apparatuses for bringing up the rubber bushes piled up on the piling portion of the first and second turning tables to a predetermined robot grasping position; a drawing apparatus having a die for drawing the outer cylinder of the rubber bush; a robot apparatus for grasping and transferring the rubber bush located at the robot grasping position to set the same to a predetermined position of the die; a control apparatus for controlling the robot apparatus such that the rubber bushes from the piling portion of one of the first and second turning tables are sequentially transferred to th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Watanabe, Osamu Nakai