Including Adjustable Tool Patents (Class 72/219)
  • Patent number: 10646910
    Abstract: Methods for making curved pieces from continuous metal elements are provided. Such methods include advancing a continuous metal element through a calendering station such that each length of the element assumes a pre-established curvature; stopping advancement of the element after a curved length thereof has passed through a wrap-bending station located downstream of the calendering station; wrap-bending the length of the element located at the station, while simultaneously conveying the curved portion to a stretch-bending station; stretch-bending the curved portion; resuming advancement of the element until the wrap-bent length is at a cutting station; and cutting the element in the wrap-bent length, thus producing the desired curved piece. Curved pieces produced by such methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: BAOMARC AUTOMOTIVE SOLUTIONS S.P.A.
    Inventor: Pietro Passone
  • Patent number: 9901968
    Abstract: A pipe bend die unit comprises a clamp member having a first groove part of half-circular cross section on an outer peripheral surface thereof with a fitting recess extending in a peripheral direction by a first predetermined length on a planar surface perpendicular to a rotary axis, and a counter pressure member having a second groove part of half-circular cross section formed on an outer peripheral surface thereof, and a fitting protrusion extending in a peripheral direction by a second predetermined length from a tip end portion of the second groove part. The fitting protrusion is positioned in the fitting recess so that the first and second groove parts are combined to form a pipe-receiving groove of half-circular cross section. The counter pressure member and the clamp member are hingedly connected to one another so as to be rotatable relative to each other about the rotary axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SANGO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kentaro Nozu
  • Patent number: 7878037
    Abstract: A device for the free-form bending of longitudinal profiles, in particular pipes, in which an axial sleeve is arranged downstream of a feed unit in its direction of feed. Arranged downstream of the axial sleeve in the direction of feed, is a bending sleeve. The feed unit and the axial sleeve in each case have a drive pointing in the direction of feed, wherein the axial sleeve can be adjusted independently of the feed unit. The feed unit and the axial sleeve further have rotary drives for the simultaneous rotation in the same direction of the longitudinal profile held and guided by them. The bending sleeve can only be adjusted in a translatory manner by means of a drive in an axis running transverse to the axis of the longitudinal profile and the feed device. In addition to this, it can be pivoted by means of a drive about an axis lying transverse to the axis of the longitudinal profile and the feed device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignees: ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, Mewag Maschinenfabrik AG
    Inventors: Thomas Flehmig, Martin Kibben, Urs K├╝hni, Jacob Ziswiler
  • Patent number: 7054711
    Abstract: According to the invention, a unit (10) is proposed for the production of track elements (25), which comprises a plurality of clamping devices (14) arranged one after another in the longitudinal direction of the unit. Provided in the clamping devices (14), there is in each case a pedestal element (16), which is fixed to the floor, and a clamping table (24) which is connected at least indirectly to the pedestal element (16). A portion of a track element (25) may be placed on each clamping table (24). In order to enable the prefabrication of track elements (25) whereof the curvature, longitudinal profile and camber are individually different, the clamping tables (24) are positionally adjustable with respect to the particular pedestal element (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: Otmar Fahrion
  • Patent number: 6804980
    Abstract: Adaptor and twister apparatus, which adapts an existing bender apparatus to also twist vertically oriented metal stock, is provided. Removing the alternate function's parts avoids interaction between them. The twister has an adjustable clamp which grips the supporting pedestal, having an attached adjustable stock bottom locator. A vertical opening in the adaptor offset from the pedestal receives stock to be twisted, and pivotably mounts a lever for twisting the stock. The stock extends along the side of the pedestal through the lever, the vertical opening and the clamp. Vertical aligned holes in the clamp and the lever, which are also aligned with the vertical opening in the adaptor, are arranged to grip the stock cross-section, which results in only the stock between these parts being twisted. The location of the clamp and bottom locator can be changed to adjust the length and the location of the twisted portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Inventor: Marshall R. Bulle
  • Publication number: 20040003642
    Abstract: A metal stock bending device comprises a main body arranged to be secured to a suitable support structure and a handle assembly mounted to the main body on a shaft having a substantially vertical axis arranged such that the handle rotates on the shaft about the axis. The body is arranged to support an interchangeable die on the shaft. The handle is arranged to support an interchangeable shaper die having an axis parallel to the shaft axis positioned on the handle such that the shaper die is arranged to follow a path of a circle about the shaft axis. A block assembly arranged to support a metal stock to the die. Movement of the shaper die about the die on the shaft engages the metal stock supported by the block assembly such that the rotation of the handle forces the stock to take the shape of the die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Inventor: William George Thorne
  • Patent number: 6651475
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for producing bends in tubes, including a bending die assembly having a fixed die section that is rigidly mounted to a support member and at least one a movable die section that is movable relative to the fixed section. When used to make “wrinkle” bends the die assembly includes a pair of moveable die section that are moveable relative to the fixed die section and relative to each other along a predetermined path. The movable die section or sections are supported for movement in a common plane and include camming pins engageable with slots formed in the support member, such that the engagement of the pins with the associated slots define paths of movement for the die sections. When used to make “wrinkle” bends, the fixed die section and movable die sections define wrinkle receiving recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Beckett Gas, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. O'Donnell, Richard D. Cook
  • Patent number: 6029494
    Abstract: A spring producing device comprises a main body, a first axle, a second axle, a spindle and a motor. The first axle is arranged on the main body and has a plurality of bumps, the spindle has at least one bump, and the motor is connected to the second axle such that the motor can drive the spindle through the second axle. The rotation angle of the spindle can be precisely controlled and the yield is enhanced with little manual labor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: David Wu
  • Patent number: 6023956
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) serves to bend a hollow section (2) with which a spacer frame for insulating glass sheets is to be manufactured. For this purpose, the hollow section (2) can already be filled with drying agent during bending or, however, still be empty. The bending apparatus also has, in addition to a bending tool (11) and an abutment (13), a hold-down clamp (17) for impinging upon a side band (6) and/or a flange (10) whose cross section continues internally, and parallel thereto a support (16), so that the external proportions of the hollow section (2) remain precisely preserved even in the bending area (4). In order to support thereby the bending motion and the deformation, as well as the flow of the material of the hollow section (2) and its side bands (6)/flanges (10), the hold-down clamp (17) is subdivided and has an element (171) co-rotatable with the bending motion in the bending direction, which supports the change of direction of the side band (6)/flange (10) during the bending operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Franz Xaver Bayer Isolierglasfabrik KG
    Inventor: Franz Bayer
  • Patent number: 5653139
    Abstract: A portable pneumatic rebar bending device has a base portion, a pivoting portion, and a pneumatic cylinder connecting and operable to pivot the pivoting portion with respect to the base portion. The axis of pivot includes a radiused wheel having a shallow "V" shaped slot about which the radius of curvature of the rebar is formed. The radiused wheel can be, where necessary, removed from the pivoting members where the required bend is so extreme that the device would otherwise be trapped. A pair of handles facilitates manual positioning and carriage. A weak spring acts to reset the pivoting member with respect to the base member once the pneumatically operated cylinder is de-pressured. The weak spring prevents injury on closure, since the presence of a hand or finger is more that adequate to prevent the force of the spring from acting to close the two members. An adjustment is provided to enable a variety of sizes of rebar to be used with the device of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: Pacific Benders, Inc.
    Inventor: Jimmy Dale Lee
  • Patent number: 5626045
    Abstract: A hand operated bending apparatus uses a lever arm which acts through a compound lever to increase the applied force. A pin, which mates with a number of holes at various distances along the compound lever linkage, permits changing the lever ratio readily. A bar extending outward from a forming die is slideably enclosed by a slide lock, which can wedge against the bar to lock the slide lock to the slide bar. The slide lock provides the pivot point for the operating lever arm to permit resetting the apparatus after a bend is made to allow bending metal stock by a number of successive steps with little time penalty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Inventor: Marshall R. Bulle
  • Patent number: 5373719
    Abstract: A device for generating curved pipe portions (38, 40) bent alternately in opposite senses in a continuously supplied linear pipe (18), particularly for generating a pipe coil, comprises a machine table provided with two bending rolls (12, 13) having rotational axes (15, 16) extending at a fixed mutual distance and parallel to each other. The bending rolls (12, 13) have their peripheries formed with grooves for receiving the pipe (18) which are adapted to the cross-section of the pipe (18). Further, the device is provided with a bending drive. One bending roll has a rotational axis fixed in position relative to the machine table whereas the other bending roll is pivotable by said bending drive about the bending roll having the fixed rotationai axis, thereby bending a curved pipe portion (38, 40) of the pipe (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Assignee: Rigobert Schwarze
    Inventor: Heinz Foerster
  • Patent number: 5349838
    Abstract: Apparatus for bending metal wires is disclosed including a cylindrical housing enclosing a rotatable cage which is mounted on a longitudinally extending arm pivotable about the axis of the wire itself, the rotatable cage being rotatable about a cage axis which is perpendicular to the axis of the wire. The apparatus includes a motor for rotating the rotatable cage about its axis, a plurality of tool carrying shafts which are mounted within the rotatable cage for slidable movement along their longitudinal axes between a rest position within the cage and an extended position in which the tool carried by the tool carrying shaft projects from the cage into the path of the metal wire, a jackscrew mounted on the housing for selectively actuating one of the tool carrying members and moving it from its rest position to its extended position, and a geared motor for rotating the selected one of the tool carrying shafts about its longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Assignee: Latour & Fils S.A.
    Inventor: Yves Latour
  • Patent number: 5327769
    Abstract: This invention is an apparatus for straightening handhold safety appliances located on the side of rail cars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Inventor: Bobby Price
  • Patent number: 5203192
    Abstract: A portable bending machine has a boxlike casing with an internal support structure fastened to its top plate only. A reinforcing steel rod is bent around a fulcrum roll by a bending roll revolving about the fulcrum axis, while an adjustable abutment on the top plate of the casing bears against the work. The bending roll, the fulcrum roll, the abutment, and a drive mechanism for revolving the bending roll about the fulcrum roll are all mounted, either directly or via the internal support structure, solely to the top plate of the casing. Consequently, all but the top plate of the casing walls can be made thinner than heretofore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Ogura
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Kimura
  • Patent number: 5044188
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bending device for small-diameter pipes of various shapes usable as an oil, air or fuel supply path to be employed in automobiles and other various kinds of machines and equipment.The bending device of the present invention includes a frame, a rotary actuator having a rotary arm, a pressure roll supported by a support erected on the rotary arm and passing through the frame and a plate-like jig fixed to the upper surface of the frame and provided with a shaping roll opposing the pressure roll. The plate-like jig is light in weight and replaceable with another jig so as to meet various pipe bending shapes so that the time and labor required for bending the pipe to different shapes are sharply saved thereby improving productivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: Usui Kokusai Sangyo Kaisha Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoru Nonaka
  • Patent number: 4909059
    Abstract: A metal tubing bender forms arcs into metal tubing by engaging a swing-arm mounted roller against a clamped tubing section and rotating the roller through an arc necessary to place the desired degrees of bend into the tubing. The tubing is clamped against a forming plate that is provided with a peripheral groove of uniform radius and serves as a die for the forming operation. The forming plate stands out from a mounting plate and the roller swing arm fits between the mounting plate and the forming plate for stability of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Inventor: William E. King
  • Patent number: 4890469
    Abstract: A bending machine comprises a support to which first and second spaced cooperating bending devices are displaceably mounted. Each of the bending devices have first and second spaced cooperating bending components and the components of the first and second bending devices define a first axis extending between the bending devices and further define second and third axes extending generally transverse to the first axis and about which a length to be bent may pivot and each of the second and third axes are disposed between the components of one of the bending devices. A drive mechanism is operably associated with at least one of the components of each of the bending devices for causing displacement thereof. A guide system is operably associated with the support and with each of the bending devices so that displacement of the bending components by the drive system causes the bending components to move relative to the first axis and to engage the length to be bent extending between the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1990
    Inventor: Helmut Dischler
  • Patent number: 4799373
    Abstract: A bending machine for bending wire, tubing, or other elongate material, comprising a support structure and a bending head which is mounted on the support structure and which is capable of bending such material in a given plane which is fixed relative to the bending head. A feed unit is mounted on the support structure and is arranged to feed such material along a feed axis of the machine to the bending head. The bending head is rotatable about the said feed axis of the machine thereby to enable the machine to bend the material into more than one plane. Furthermore, substantially the whole of the bending head is positioned to one side of the said feed axis of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Inventor: Ronald E. Benton
  • Patent number: 4798073
    Abstract: A bending machine comprises a support to which first and second spaced cooperating bending devices are displaceably mounted. Each of the bending devices comprises first and second spaced cooperating bending components and the components of the first and second bending devices define a first axis extending between the bending devices and further define second and third axes extending generally transverse to the first axis and about which a length to be bent may pivot and each of the second and third axes are disposed between the components of one of the bending devices. A drive mechanism is operably associated with at least one of the components of each of the bending devices for causing displacement thereof. A guide system is operably associated with the support and with each of the bending devices so that displacement of the bending components by the drive system causes the bending components to move relative to the first axis and to engage the length to be bent extending between the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1989
    Inventor: Helmut Dischler
  • Patent number: 4719783
    Abstract: A portable pipe-bending machine that makes uniform and consistent bends of varying degree curvature in pipes is disclosed. The pipe-bending machine has a stabilizing platform to resist counter-bending forces and interchangeable elements to accommodate pipes of a different thicknesses. The pipe is forced between a solid mandrel and a movable semi-sleeve in a rotation yoke and the yoke is moved at a pre-set number of degrees, thereby putting the desired bend in the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1988
    Assignee: Joan G. Frost
    Inventor: Martin C. Corry
  • Patent number: 4718265
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bending apparatus for bending a rod-shaped or ribbon-shaped material, comprising a bending station disposed in a work plane and including at least one bending core or pair of bending cores mounted for displacement perpendicular to the work plane, and at least one rotary body carrying a bending finger mounted for rotation about the bending core and for displacement perpendicular to the work plane. With known bending apparatus it is scarcely possible to vary the bending mode, or the bending radius, respectively, without time-consuming adaptation of the bending station. Such adaptation may be required several times for a single workpiece. In accordance with the invention, the bending core or pair of bending cores is mounted, together with at least one further bending core or pair of bending cores for selectively employ in a bending operation, in a turret head mounted above the work plane for rotation at least to several operating positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1988
    Assignee: Alpha Maschinenbau Ag
    Inventor: Friedhelm Post
  • Patent number: 4682488
    Abstract: A slit fin heat exchanger is formed by wrapping slit fin tubing into a flat coil having two spaced rows of tubing. The flat coil is located on mandrels which are rotatable about spaced parallel axes with the mandrels and axes initially being in the same plane. The mandrels are rotated about their axes in opposite directions which shifts the plane in which the coil is located. The shifting of the plane of the coil moves a portion of a first row of the coil into contact with a planar portion of a platen and the second row of the coil into a nesting relationship with the portion of the first row which is in contact with the planar portion of the platen. Continued rotation of the mandrels causes folding of the portions of the coil which extends the area of nesting. The folding takes place through up to 120.degree. and the ends of the first row of the coil contacts a portion of the platen causing the formation of a knob at the end of each coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1987
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventor: John R. McManus
  • Patent number: 4608849
    Abstract: Apparatus for bending a light gauge, profiled, metal panel to a curved shape, including an anvil mounted on a frame and having a part-annular surface, an arm mounted for pivotal movement about the center of curvature of the part-annular surface, a roller carried by the arm at a position spaced from the center and rotatable about its own axis, so that it can roll in an arc adjacent the annular surface, a mandrel carried by the arm for movement therewith at a location between the roller and surface, the mandrel comprising a plurality of blocks each having its length parallel to the roller axis, the blocks being juxtaposed in side-by-side relation and each shaped to conform to the profile of the panel to be bent, and at least one flexible element passing through all of the blocks and loosely holding them in juxtaposed relation, but allowing slight relative movement whereby, in use, with the mandrel engaged in the profile of a panel to be bent, the mandrel acts as a shape retaining member for the profiled panel,
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1986
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas International N.V.
    Inventor: Johannes A. H. Brugman
  • Patent number: 4571974
    Abstract: A wire or strip bending machine has bending tools (1,2), each of which can act as an active tool or mandrel, mounted on an arm (3) which is slidable in a slot (11) in a rotatable disc (10). The disc is rotatable via gearing (13,14) to rotate one of the tools about the other, to bend material between the tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1986
    Assignee: EVG Entwicklungs- u. Verwertungs-Gesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Edgar Pollhammer, Klaus Ritter, Gerhard Ritter
  • Patent number: 3949591
    Abstract: A bender and shaper for die cutters and perforators for the printing industry. The die cutters and perforators are generally an inverted "T" shape with the center leg of the "T" constituting the knife or perforator. The bender grips the side flanges of the "T" and with a swinging arm causes the cutters or perforators to be bent around the circumference of the wheel members employed to grip the side flanges. Various desired shapes of die cutters and perforators may be made without distortion of the cutting or perforating edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 1974
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1976
    Assignee: Gregg Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Clyde G. Gregoire