Sensing Work Or Product (e.g., By X-ray) Patents (Class 72/17.3)
  • Patent number: 10022839
    Abstract: First, it is determined in a determination step by a determination unit whether there is a nitrided layer on a surface of a water-cooled hole of a mold, by using an eddy current sensor. Next, in a shot step, when it is determined in the determination step that there is no nitrided layer, the surface of the water-cooled hole of the mold is shot-peened under a shot condition set according to a base material of the mold, and when it is determined in the determination step that there is the nitrided layer, the surface of the water-cooled hole of the mold is shot-peened under a shot condition which maintains a state where there is the nitrided layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: SINTOKOGIO, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Kobayashi, Akinori Matsui
  • Patent number: 10005115
    Abstract: A method, process, system, and apparatus for straightening of thin tubular shapes. A method of straightening of thin tubular shapes includes: supporting a tubular product between a plurality of first support members and a plurality of second support members of a bending apparatus; applying loads to the tubular product at respective locations along a length of the tubular product using a plurality of actuators of the bending apparatus; and using a recipe-based program to calculate the loads at the respective locations and control the plurality of actuators to apply the loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Gabriel M. Badea, Josiah Morgan, Gregory A. Hart
  • Patent number: 9108237
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for determining and calibrating a K-factor for material and to methods and systems for calibrating forming devices, forming device controls, and/or forming device components. The disclosed systems and methods can dynamically provide exact and calibrated values for the parameters needed to produce correct and accurate flat patterns based on any type of material or any tooling combination. As such, the systems and methods of the present disclosure can be used to achieve a first run perfect or near-perfect part capability that does not currently exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Macaulay
  • Publication number: 20150143861
    Abstract: Provided is a plastic working method of steel including austenite, the method including: analyzing a strain ratio ?x of an estimated breaking point which is specified during plastic deformation of the steel; heating a steel such that a local temperature Tlocal is within a temperature range indicated by the following expression 1, when T?x represents a strain-induced-transformation-maximum-ductility-temperature in the unit of ° C. for the strain ratio ?x, ?L?x represents the standard deviation of a fitted curve of critical equivalent strain which depends on the strain ratio ?x on a lower temperature side than T?x, ?H?x represents the standard deviation of a fitted curve of critical equivalent strain which depends on the strain ratio ?x on a higher temperature side than T?x, and Tlocal represents a local temperature in the unit of ° C. of the estimated breaking point; and plastically deforming the steel after heating: T?x?2×?L?x?Tlocal?T?x+1.25×?H?x??(Expression 1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Koichi Sato, Masahiro Kubo, Masaaki Mizumura, Tohru Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20150107320
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting a defective part and the type of defect formed during stamping operations. The system and method will not only detect the defect but also the nature of the defect and the time at which the defect occurred during stamping operations. Such information is useful not only in quality control but also in isolating a problem which may exist in stamping operations and thus eliminating time for isolating such problems and correcting them. The system and method uses a profile of a properly stamped part to detect a defect, and the root cause of the defect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Joshua A.H. Walter, Michael J. Gravis, Charles David Apps
  • Patent number: 9003851
    Abstract: To provide an embossing device, an embossing method and an embossed can which are capable of conducting embossing having a non-shaped section and an arbitral number of embossed areas, and are capable of improving quality or productivity. An embossed can 10 is a double-embossed surface can in which on a can barrel 101 a first pattern 104 is printed; a first concave part 105 is formed in the state that it is so positioned as to almost conform to the first pattern 104; a second pattern 106 is printed at a position which is distant in the circumferential direction with the non-shaped section therebetween; and a second concave portion 107 is formed in the state that it is so positioned as to almost conform to the second pattern 106.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazumoto Obata, Keiji Sasaki, Wataru Ookubo, Masayuki Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20150089985
    Abstract: A computer-based apparatus for performing a multiaxial forging method is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a process control computer and a pair of forging dies connected thereto, wherein each of the dies comprises a piston (1, 2), said pistons being moveable along a common axis (z), and wherein a shaping anvil (3) is mounted on each of the pistons (1, 2), and the pistons (1, 2) are equipped with position measuring sensors. The apparatus further comprises a measuring instrument (20) attached to the pistons (1, 2) of the dies for directly measuring the distance between the two pistons (1, 2) at a location adjacent to the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: COLLEGE OF DUNAÚJVÁROS
    Inventor: Péter BERECZKI
  • Publication number: 20150013406
    Abstract: A system and method for removing a dent from a wind turbine tower is provided. The system includes a measuring system configured for measuring a shape of the dent in at least two dimensions. A ram assembly is configured to be placed against the dent and an inside portion of the wind turbine tower. A control system is connected to both the ram assembly and the measuring system, and the control system is configured for controlling operation of the ram assembly based on data received from the measuring system. The measuring system monitors the shape of the dent during activation of the ram assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Ilayarajan Arumugam, Mohan Muthu Kumar Sivanantham
  • Publication number: 20140230508
    Abstract: The invention concerns an anode straightening apparatus (10, 30, 60) for the straightening of an anode (100) typically used in an electrowinning process. In the preferred embodiment the apparatus includes clamps (21, 41, 71) for clamping a busbar (101) of the anode and clamps (22, 42, 71) for clam in a blade of the anode to the apparatus during the course of the straightening process. At least one sensor (29, 52, 85) monitors the curvature of the blade (102) of the anode (100) when the anode is secured to the apparatus by the clamps. The apparatus ((10, 30, 60) includes a movable head (24, 44, 78) housing straightening means for bending the anode in a desired direction in response to feedback received from the sensor. The head is movable in two planes of movement which are transverse to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: ZIMCO GROUP (PROPRIETARY) LIMITED
    Inventors: Charles Rudolph Meyer, David Marian Evans, Marthinus Hendricus Serfontein
  • Publication number: 20140166752
    Abstract: A method of tagging an article is disclosed. Data that identifies the article is encoded into at least one stress value. A stress region having a stress that corresponds to the at least one stress value is created in a surface of the article to the tag the article. The at least one stress value is read by a measurement device to read the data and identify the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Supratik Guha, Yves C. Martin, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Publication number: 20140150509
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing an irrigation pipe (100) comprising an extrusion unit (300) a calibrator unit (400) a cooling unit (600) for cooling the irrigation pipe (100) in a cooling liquid (30) a traction unit (500) for drawing the irrigation pipe (100) in the cooling unit (600) the cooling unit comprising a device for detecting holes (102) in the wall of the irrigation pipe (100) and arranged for being immersed in the cooling liquid (30), this device for detecting holes comprising at least one optical transmitter (1) and at least one optical receiver (2) which define an optical barrier (10), this device being arranged so that the holes (102) in the irrigation pipe (100) located below this device produce gas bubbles (20) which modify this optical barrier (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: MAILLEFER S.A.
    Inventors: Alain Wisler, Jean-Charles Zaramella
  • Patent number: 8646300
    Abstract: A method to check and control a roller bending machine for continuously bending an elongated workpiece at variable curvature radii in a bending machine using a series of rollers for bending, comprises the steps of measuring the distance of the elongated work piece in a point that is situated downstream the series of rollers for bending in successive instants, calculating a curvature radius of each bend section of the elongated workpiece, comparing the calculated curvature radius with the desired curvature radius and determining a difference between them, calculating the change of position to which an upstream roller has to be subjected in order to annul such a difference and operating the upstream roller on the base of the calculated change of position. A machine embodying the method is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: CML International S.p.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Caporusso, Eugenio Schiarante, Giuseppe Roso
  • Patent number: 8627694
    Abstract: During the bending of sheet metal sections (1, 2) for forming can bodies by means of a bending machine, the sheet metal characteristics of the individual sheets are measured, e.g. the thickness and/or the strength of the sheets. The measured value is used to control the bending machine (4). This permits a substantially constant bending result to be achieved, even with varying sheet metal characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Soudronic AG
    Inventor: Peter Schreiber
  • Publication number: 20130340494
    Abstract: Described is a procedure for bending a sheet of sheet metal on a panel bender machine wherein upon bending the sheet of metal sheet a first software (BE) for machine control transmits to a second software (VS) for management of a TV camera (17), positioned in alignment with the bending line, the data relating to the nominal bending angle, the bending length, the distance of the bent edge from the centre line of the panel bender and the thickness of the metal sheet. The second software (VS) acquires an image of the bent metal sheet, identifies the spatial position of the straight line corresponding to the bent edge of the sheet of sheet metal and then calculates its geometric coordinates in accordance with a preset referencing system, and supplies to the first software (BE) the value of the angle of the bend performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: FINN-POWER ITALIA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Andrea Frigo
  • Publication number: 20130283875
    Abstract: A device for regulating a residual stress is comprised of: input means; a residual stress database; a process condition database; first searching means for searching a residual stress (?0) from the residual stress database; a calculator for calculating a first bending moment (Mrs) in a ridge line originated from the residual stress, and a second bending moment (Mz) in the ridge line originated from bending to obtain a total bending moment (Mrs?Mz) and calculating a camber curvature (?z) of the workpiece originated from the total bending moment (Mrs?Mz); comparing a difference (|?z??z0|) between the camber curvature (?z) and a target value (?z0) with a tolerable value (?); second searching means for searching a process condition satisfying a tolerable condition (|?z??z0|??) from the process condition database when (|?z??z0|>?); and regulating means for regulating a residual stress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: AMADA COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Yingjun Jin, Takahiro Shibata, Junichi Koyama, Hitoshi Omata
  • Publication number: 20130233039
    Abstract: A pre-rounding element (14) is used in a rounding apparatus (4) for rounding can body blanks from sheet metal blanks. The lower element part (22) of the pre-rounding element (14) is displaceable by an actuation element (23). This allows the adjustment of the pre-rounding element even during operation of the rounding apparatus. Preferably a measurement of sheet metal blank properties takes place. The measurement may include a thickness measurement and/or a strength measurement of blanks. The pre-rounding element is controlled in dependency of the measurement result. This allows a constant rounding result even with varying sheet metal properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Soudronic AG
    Inventors: Guy Boissin, Oliver Schulthess
  • Publication number: 20130098127
    Abstract: Measuring sheet material flatness includes projecting a bright and dark pattern P made up of bright parts and dark parts onto a sheet material surface S travelling in a lengthwise direction, picking up an image of pattern P with image pickup device to acquire a pattern image, with the pickup device having a field of view larger than a sheet material width. The acquired pattern image is analyzed, wherein a pattern P in which a bright part is disposed at a predetermined set pitch respectively in longitudinal and lateral directions is formed by an LED light at a predetermined pitch respectively in the longitudinal and lateral directions. The pattern P is projected onto the surface such that the longitudinal direction of the pattern P lies along a lengthwise direction of the sheet material, and the lateral direction of the pattern P lies along a width direction of the sheet material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Yoshito ISEI, Tomoya KATO, Masahiro OSUGI, Hideyuki TAKAHASHI
  • Publication number: 20130065193
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a bent orthodontic arch or a bent retaining arch for orthodontic treatment, comprising the bending of portions of a metal wire. The invention is characterised in that it comprises the use of an apparatus of the type intended for the production of springs, comprising bending tools and means allowing the continuous movement of the wire to be bent. The invention also relates to the device used to perform the aforementioned method, to the resulting orthodontic arch or retaining arch and to an orthodontic appliance comprising same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: H 32
    Inventors: Patrick Curiel, William Ayache, Philippe Salah
  • Publication number: 20120297847
    Abstract: A thin walled body is deformed in a process in which the body is gripped securely in a holding station and, whilst gripped in the holding station, tooling engages to deform the peripheral wall of the body at a predetermined wall zone. The tooling is provided at a tooling station which is adjacent the holding station during deformation. The predetermined wall zone is co-aligned with the tooling by rotation of the body about an axis prior to securing at the holding station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Santiago Garcia Campo, Juan Saiz Goiria
  • Publication number: 20120285212
    Abstract: The present application provides a method for adjusting spring characteristics of a spring to desired spring characteristics. In the adjusting method of the present application, first, the spring is compressed until a “load-displacement” measurement line obtained by measuring the load applied to the spring and the displacement of the spring meets a “load-displacement” target line determined based on “load-displacement” characteristics of the spring and the desired spring characteristics (S10-S14). Next, the spring is expanded such that the load applied to the spring decreases along the “load-displacement” target line (S18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: CHUO HATSUJO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinsuke Okura, Shuji Kamiya, Yukimasa Kabeya, Junya Narukawa, Takashi Goto
  • Publication number: 20120266641
    Abstract: A system and method for electromagnetic surface treatment of a work piece has an electromagnetic pulse generator and an electromagnetic pulse tool. The work piece has a working surface. A current pulse generated by the electromagnetic pulse generator travels through the tool producing an electromagnetic pulse. The electromagnetic pulse interacts with the working surface causing an indentation to form. A residual compressive stress layer is also formed. The indentation has a smooth and continuous topography that is described by an indentation perimeter, an indentation transition region, an indentation sidewall, an impact transition region, and an impact region. The method may also simultaneously, or subsequently, form a second indentation which overlaps with the indentation. An inter-indentation overlap region is formed when the indentations overlap. The inter-indentation overlap region is smooth and continuous. Multiple treated surfaces may easily be formed on the working surface of the work piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: James R. DYDO, Sergei P. YUSHANOV
  • Publication number: 20120180539
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a method of shot-peening treatment that substantially improves the durability (particularly, heat check resistance) of the treated surface of the steel products in the process of treating by shot peening (hereafter, “SP”) the surface of the steel product that is the work to be treated and that was treated by heat hardening. The SP treatment of the present invention that gives the SP treatment to the steel product that was heat-treated and that is a work to be treated comprises the first SP treatment that removes the compound layer (white layer) and a second SP treatment that gives compressive residual stress to the first SP treated surface that was treated by the first SP treatment where the second SP treatment is carried out only to the products where it has been proved by the non-destructive inspection that the compound layers are removed by the first SP treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Yuji Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20120067096
    Abstract: A method for vibration damping and shape control of a suspended metal strip is provided. The method includes the steps of: measuring distance to the metal strip by a plurality of non-contact sensors, providing distance measurements; generating a deflection profile based on the distance measurements; decomposing the deflection profile to a number of base shapes; and controlling the deflection profile by a plurality of non-contact actuators. The step of controlling includes providing for each of the base shapes a corresponding combination of force profiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Mats Molander, Robert Stal, Peter Rybing
  • Publication number: 20110277523
    Abstract: A method for of aligning a vehicle comprising the steps of: supporting a first portion (19A, 19B) of the vehicle and deforming the vehicle by applying a force to a second portion (5) of the vehicle. The method is characterised in positioning at least one motion sensing measuring unit (9A, 9B) including at least one accelerometer on the supported first portion (19A, 19B) of the vehicle before the deforming step, and tracking any movements of the supported first portion (19A, 19B) of the vehicle during the deformation by means of the motion sensing measuring unit (9A, 9B). An arrangement for aligning a vehicle is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Jonas Bäckman
  • Publication number: 20110239718
    Abstract: A method of producing helical springs by spring winding with a numerically controlled spring winding machine includes feeding a wire, controlled by an NC control program, through a feed device to a forming device of the spring winding machine, forming a helical spring from the wire with tools of the forming device, defining a desired nominal geometry of the helical spring and an NC control program adapted to produce the nominal geometry, measuring an actual position of a selected structural element of the helical spring relative to a reference element at least one measurement time, which occurs after a start and before an end of production of the helical spring in a measurement area which is at a finite distance from the forming device in a longitudinal direction of the helical spring, wherein the distance is less than an overall length of the finished helical spring, comparing the actual position with a nominal position of the structural element for the measurement time to determine a current position differ
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: WAFIOS AG
    Inventor: Volker Kalkau
  • Publication number: 20110239719
    Abstract: A method produces helical springs by spring winding with a numerically controlled spring winding machine, a wire is fed, controlled by an NC control program, through a feed device to a forming device of the spring winding machine and is formed with the aid of tools in the forming device to form a helical spring. A measurement time is defined which occurs in a final phase of an overall manufacturing time for the helical spring at a time period before the end of the overall manufacturing time. A position of a spring end which is formed by an end surface of the wire is measured at this measurement time to determine an actual angle position of the spring end. A remaining distance for the wire feed is then calculated to achieve a nominal angle position of the spring end, as intended for the helical spring, at a reference time which occurs at a later time and the wire is fed through the remaining distance. The method allows the relative angle position of the spring ends of a helical spring to be set very precisely.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: WAFIOS AG
    Inventors: Volker Kalkau, Daniel Buck
  • Publication number: 20110192204
    Abstract: A method produces a bent part by two- or three-dimensional bending of an elongate workpiece, in particular a wire or tube, in a bending process wherein at least one portion of the workpiece is moved into an initial position in the region of engagement of a bending tool by one or more feed operations by the coordinated activation of the movements of driven machine axes of a bending machine numerically controlled by a control device and is formed by bending in at least one bending operation with the aid of a bending tool. The movements of the driven machine axes are generated according to a movement profile predeterminable by the control device of the bending machine and include at least one oscillation-relevant movement leading to an oscillation of the free end portion of the bent part. During an oscillation-relevant movement, a compensating movement, reducing the generation of oscillation and/or damping the oscillation, a machine axis is generated in at least one compensation time interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: WAFIOS AG
    Inventors: Werner Steinhilber, Stefan Fries, Anton Schoenle, Matthias Groeninger
  • Patent number: 7954353
    Abstract: A method and a device for determining a quality of a metallic surface of a metallic substrate, for example a steel or steel alloy substrate, are provided. The device includes a mould, a sheet holder and a die, with which the metallic substrate is formed to produce a drawn test surface. The method and device are used to test the quality of the metallic surface of a metallic coating with a view to a later utilization, especially with a view to a later forming, wherein the metallic substrate is formed at least in-an area of a test surface, wherein a main and an additional shape change of the metallic substrate in the area of the test surface assume predetermined values that are related to the later utilization of the metallic substrate, and wherein the quality of the metallic surface is tested on the test surface after forming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Steel AG
    Inventors: Andreas Birkenstock, Peter Heidbüchel, Michael Linnepe
  • Publication number: 20110094279
    Abstract: A system, method and software arrangement are provided for generating press-formed parts having a more consistent quality based on improved determination of processing conditions. For example, an apparatus can be configured to compare actual performance values of material properties provided by a material property database with standard values, and to adjust forming conditions such as a forming speed and a blank-holder pressure in accordance with the compared result. A control arrangement can be provided to control a press-forming device using the adjusted forming conditions. Accordingly, it may be possible to reduce occurrences of defects such as cracks and wrinkles when press-forming materials, and to obtain products having consistent quality and substantially identical shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicants: Nippon Steel Corporation, ARCELOR France
    Inventors: Noriyuki Suzuki, Akihiro Uenishi, Yukihisa Kuriyama, Toshiyuki Niwa, Takuya Kuwayama
  • Publication number: 20110094278
    Abstract: A method to check and control a roller bending machine for continuously bending an elongated workpiece at variable curvature radii in a bending machine using a series of rollers for bending, comprises the steps of measuring the distance of the elongated work piece in a point that is situated downstream the series of rollers for bending in successive instants, calculating a curvature radius of each bend section of the elongated workpiece, comparing the calculated curvature radius with the desired curvature radius and determining a difference between them, calculating the change of position to which an upstream roller has to be subjected in order to annul such a difference and operating the upstream roller on the base of the calculated change of position. A machine embodying the method is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: CML INTERNATIONAL S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Caporusso, Eugenio Schiarante, Giuseppe Roso
  • Publication number: 20110023567
    Abstract: A thin walled body is deformed in a process in which the body is gripped securely in a holding station and, whilst gripped in the holding station, tooling engages to deform the peripheral wall of the body at a predetermined wall zone. The tooling is provided at a tooling station which is adjacent the holding station during deformation. The predetermined wall zone is co-aligned with the tooling by rotation of the body about an axis prior to securing at the holding station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: Santiago Garcia Campo, Juan Salz Goiria
  • Publication number: 20100269602
    Abstract: An automated inspection system for inspecting, sorting and re-coining each of the locking bar, the rack, and the pin of a rekeyable lock cylinder, as well as other small close-tolerance components in an average cycle time of 1.5 seconds. The inspection system includes a high-speed pneumatic sorting matrix which selectively transfers the components into various length measuring stations, camera inspection stations, mechanical gauge stations, and/or coining stations, and then positions the parts at those stations for combined gauge and visual tolerance checking and sorting. Defects are identified by a combination of visual and machine-gauge inspection, and the sorted components are sorted into three bins: rejects; good parts; and parts for coining. The inspection/sorting system is capable of tolerance-checking down to 0.00011811?, with a repeatability of 0.00005906.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventor: Gerry Damikolas
  • Publication number: 20100257908
    Abstract: A portable conduit bending frame assembly has a support member, a shoe and a heating device. The support member has a first alignment end, a second alignment end, and a first conduit measuring device that extends an approximate width of the support member. The support member also has a flat conduit support surface fixed thereto, and extending substantially perpendicular to a top surface of the support member. The top surface has at least a portion of a first attachment strip located thereon. The shoe has a first alignment surface extending substantially perpendicular to a second alignment surface, an arcuate conduit bending surface extending between the first and second alignment surfaces, and a complementary attachment strip extending at least partially on a major surface of the shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Herbert A. Trebilcock, Salvatore Anastasi
  • Patent number: 7802456
    Abstract: A bending angle detecting device for a workpiece used in a bending machine that bends the workpiece in cooperation of upper and lower tools. The bending angle detecting device has a detector which includes a casing and which can detect a bending angle of the workpiece with the casing fixed in contact with a contact portion of the lower tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Amada Company, Limited
    Inventors: Hidekatsu Ikeda, Ken Hatano
  • Patent number: 7797975
    Abstract: An element (10) for use in a tooling system which comprises a plurality of elements arranged in an array, the elements of the array being movable between a closed position in which the elements contact one another and are secured in position, and an open position in which the elements of the array are spaced apart and are capable of vertical movement relative to one another is characterized in that the element comprises tagging means (8) providing the element with a unique identifier. The tagging means preferably comprises a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Surface Generation Ltd
    Inventor: Ben John Halford
  • Patent number: 7784319
    Abstract: Systems and methods are employed for monitoring and controlling a can necking process in a multi-stage can necking machine. Sensors are employed that communicate with local controllers. A local controller is used at each stage of the multi-stage can necking machine. The local controllers are used to perform fast processing of information from the sensors located in the stage associated with the local controller. A main controller is then used to determine drop rates. Predefined threshold rates may be used to compare with calculated drop rates. A multi-stage can necking machine may be controlled in part based on drop rates crossing threshold rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Crown, Packaging Technology, Inc
    Inventor: Benjamin Lee Saville
  • Patent number: 7721585
    Abstract: An integrated forming, assembly and inspection system includes a plurality of robotic material conveyors. The integrated system also includes a forming subsystem including sheet metal drawing apparatus, a roller hemming subsystem, and an inspection subsystem. The plurality of robotic material conveyors are operable to convey assembly workpieces to and from the subsystems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Hirotec America, Inc.
    Inventor: James B. Toeniskoetter
  • Patent number: 7721577
    Abstract: A method for working a component to reduce a propensity for advanced dynamic change analyzes affects of a StressWave process on at least one location on a size and shape of the component. The component is also analyzed as to the affects of adding at least one feature on a size and shape of the component. A beginning shape of the component is then extrapolated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: David B. Smith
  • Publication number: 20090288462
    Abstract: To provide a component crimping apparatus control method which enables a measuring tool to directly measure a temperature of a part pressed by a pressing head. The component crimping apparatus control method is applied to a component crimping apparatus which crimps a component onto a plate-shaped work, and causes a measuring tool shaped identically as the work to measure a temperature or a pressure of a pressed part in a pressing process of pressing a component onto the work using a heated pressing head. The method includes acquiring information indicating whether or not the measuring tool is held in the component crimping apparatus, and, in the case where the information indicating that the measuring tool is held is acquired, positioning the measuring tool identically as the work, and executing the pressing process on the component to be attached to the measuring tool after the positioning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventors: Tomotaka Nishimoto, Yasuhiro Okada, Chihiro Jgarashi, Takanori Yoshitake, Nobuhisa Watanabe
  • Patent number: 7617709
    Abstract: The invention matches the material quality of a product to target data, even when a materials quality model is insufficient in prediction accuracy. Heating a metallic material, rolling, forging, or leveling the metallic material, and cooling the metallic material are each conducted at least once. Prior to manufacture of a metallic product of a desired size and shape, qualitative data of the metallic material are measured at a position by materials, quality sensor in a manufacturing line, and modifications based on measured data are made to heating, processing, or cooling conditions in at least one of the steps, upstream of the materials measured data sensor so that the quality of the metallic material at the measuring position agrees with target data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuhiko Sano, Kazuhiro Ohara, Masashi Tsugeno
  • Patent number: 7614269
    Abstract: A device for machining the flange part of a wheel arch, wherein a machining mechanism includes, as general-purpose drive parts, first to third cylinders, and the work bending mold for bending the flange part of the wheel arch, work receiving mold, and work guide of the machining mechanism are replaceable with those of the other types. When a dedicated mold is replaced according to the shape of a work, the entire part of the machining mechanism must not be replaced, but merely the work bending mold, work receiving mold and work guide may be replaced with those of the other types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Honda, Tsutomu Yokota, Yoshihiro Kageyama, Keishi Okunaka, Tadashi Tobita, Satoru Matsuo, Akira Kodama
  • Patent number: 7610785
    Abstract: Regarding predetermined positioning criteria (M1, M2), ((G1, G2), (N1, or N2), (K1, K2)), there is provided image processing means (40B) for obtaining by image processing, measured values (CD1, CD2) ((GD1, GD2), (ND1, or ND2), (KD1, KD2)) and reference values (CR1, CR2) ((GR1, GR2), (NR1, or NR2), (KR1, KR2)), and for moving a work (W) in a manner that the measured values (CD1, CD2) ((GD1, GD2), (ND1, or ND2), (KD1, KD2)) and the reference values (CR1, CR2) ((GR1, GR2), (NR1, or NR2), (KR1, KR2)) coincide with each other, thereby positioning the work (W) at a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Amada Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ichio Akami, Koichi Ishibashi, Teruyuki Kubota, Tetsuaki Kato, Jun Sato, Tatsuya Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7600404
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a surface treatment apparatus and method for inducing compressive residual stress in the surface of a workpiece with dimensional variations. The method comprises the acts of measuring the dimensions of the workpiece during a surface treatment operation and adjusting the surface treatment process parameters to account for the measured dimensions. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises two surface treatment elements oriented in opposition to one another in a caliper configuration. The surface treatment elements are positioned and impinged against the surface of a workpiece by an actuator controlled by a computer control unit. The depth to which the surface treatment elements are impinged is precisely controlled to achieve the desired magnitude and depth of compressive residual stress. A sensor operatively connected to the apparatus senses and relays the dimensions of the workpiece to a computer control unit that adjusts the operating parameters accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Surface Technology Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul S. Prevey, III
  • Patent number: 7584637
    Abstract: A method of bending a metal object, such as a tube, is provided that uses real time, closed-loop feedback of the actual springback of the object in order to modify the applied bending force or preprogrammed bending coordinates so that the final desired bend geometry is achieved. The variability of springback from object to object is thus accounted for and the number of objects that must be scrapped due to incorrect bends (over bend or under bend) is reduced. The method is carried out using an apparatus such as a rotary draw bender with a measuring device operable to measure actual bend coordinates of metal objects bent by the bender. A controller is operatively connected to the bender and the measuring device and is configured to control the bender to bend the metal objects at least partly based on measured bend coordinates provided by the measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike M. Ghiran, Spyros P. Mellas, William M. Crantas, Kevin R. Marks, David R. Friddell, Paul D. Larsen
  • Patent number: 7458243
    Abstract: The spring winding machine (1) comprises a measuring device (25a) with a measuring sensor (27) which is arranged in front of the shaper (11) with respect to the conveyor direction of the wire (13) to be shaped. The activation of the shaper (11) is changed by the measured variables of the measuring sensor (27) with respect to a predefined activation function (K1) in a manner such that the shaped wire has the desired spring properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Spuhl AG
    Inventors: Martin Ruzovic, Josef Reissner
  • Publication number: 20080250832
    Abstract: A method and device are provided for verification of the quality of placing of blind rivets. The verification method involves successively carrying out, during the application of traction force to a stem, initial measurements in an initial state of the application of the traction force to obtain an initial traction force and an initial displacement of the rivet stem relative to the rivet body, intermediate measurements in an intermediate stage of the application of the traction force to obtain an intermediate traction force and an intermediate displacement, and terminal measurements in a terminal stage of the application of the traction force to obtain a terminal traction force and a terminal displacement. The obtained values are compared to acceptable values in an assignment table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: Desiderio Sanchez-Brunete Alvarez
  • Patent number: 7412863
    Abstract: Regarding predetermined positioning criteria (M1, M2), ((G1, G2), (N1, or N2), (K1, K2)), there is provided image processing means (40B) for obtaining by image processing, measured values (CD1, CD2) ((GD1, GD2), (ND1, or ND2), (KD1, KD2)) and reference values (CR1, CR2) ((GR1, GR2), (NR1, or NR2), (KR1, KR2)), and for moving a work (W) in a manner that the measured values (CD1, CD2) ((GD1, GD2), (ND1, or ND2), (KD1, KD2)) and the reference values (CR1, CR2) ((GR1, GR2), (NR1, or NR2), (KR1, KR2)) coincide with each other, thereby positioning the work (W) at a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Amada Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ichio Akami, Koichi Ishibashi, Teruyuki Kubota, Tetsuaki Kato, Jun Sato, Tetsuya Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7398665
    Abstract: A thin walled body is deformed in a process in which the body is gripped securely in a holding station and, whilst gripped in the holding station, tooling engages to deform the peripheral wall of the body at a predetermined wall zone. The tooling is provided at a tooling station which is adjacent the holding station during deformation. The predetermined wall zone is co-aligned with the tooling by rotation of the body about an axis prior to securing at the holding station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Envases (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Santiago Garcia Campo, Juan Salz Goiria
  • Publication number: 20080134740
    Abstract: A sensing system for sensing the presence of a blank or part in the sheet metal forming tool. A blank holder assembly has a fixed bracket that is fixed to a lower die of the tool and a movable bracket that is moved with the upper die of the tool. A proximity sensor is attached to the movable bracket and senses the presence or absence of an edge of a blank or part during the course of a sheet metal forming operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Diane Xu, Joseph Genereux, Gary Smith
  • Patent number: 7353680
    Abstract: The compression spring former disclosed by the present invention contains an external diameter mechanism, spacing mechanism, wire-feeding mechanism, cutting mechanism, length-detecting mechanism, sorting mechanism, and microcomputer control mechanism. Within the working range, specific springs can be formed simply by inputting the parameters describing the external diameter, spacing, roll number, and other allowance requirements. The control mechanism has a built-in length detecting and automatic sorting mechanism, which can modify the spring spacing according to different free heights, ensuring the allowance of free height. The cutter has a working mode for repeated cutting. The lowest point of the cutter shaft is set to “0” degrees for cutting the springs. If the cutter swings from positive 20 degrees to negative 20 degrees, or from negative 20 degrees to positive 20 degrees, the spring will be cut. That is to say, a spring is produced in every rotation of 40 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Inventor: Jin-Tarng Huang