Trueness (e.g., Devices For Repairing, Etc.) Patents (Class 72/31.02)
  • Patent number: 9090230
    Abstract: A method for alignment of a vehicle and a levelling bench arrangement in relation to one another is disclosed, wherein the levelling bench arrangement comprises a levelling bench (1), a support structure (3), a plurality of beams (5), and a plurality of fixture devices (7). According to the method the support structure is arranged on the levelling bench, at least some of the beams are locked to the support structure, at least some of the fixture devices are releasably mounted at the beams, a vehicle, which is to be repaired or inspected, is arranged above the levelling bench, the mounted fixture devices are aligned with respect to the vehicle by means of continuously moving the beams and the support structure in a horizontal plane so that the fixture devices will define certain specific reference points of the vehicle and the beams are releasably fastened to the levelling bench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Car-O-Liner AB
    Inventors: Peter Henblad, Michael Kleis, Joel Bäckman, Sivert Stenkvist
  • Publication number: 20140352148
    Abstract: A method is provided of non-destructively inspecting titanium alloy articles in the as-cast condition using ultrasonic waves to detect internal flaws, comprising modification of grain structure in the as-solidified ingot structure by the addition of trace boron to various titanium alloys. The ability to ultrasonically inspect as-cast billets combined with improved hot workability provided by trace boron enhancement permits an economical method of manufacture of titanium alloy articles destined for high performance applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: RTI International Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: Sesh Tamirisakandala
  • Patent number: 8783077
    Abstract: A portable tool designed for effective and efficient lateral truing of damaged spoked wheels, in particular bicycle wheels, is described. The tool is mountable on the bicycle frame, and allows the user to position the truing gauge with four spatial degrees of freedom. The inventive tool features a non-rigidly mounted (floating) truing indicator tip to maintain accurate tool alignment when in contact with a rotating wheel rim that is severely bent out the of the plane of the rim by decoupling rim forces from the rest of the tool. In addition, the combination of the floating action of the truing tip and its construction from a soft polymeric material avoids scratching or otherwise marring the surface of the rim during the truing procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Robert Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20130283876
    Abstract: A motorcycle frame rack enables a motorcycle frame to be repaired without removing many components from the motorcycle. A motorcycle is positioned on the motorcycle frame rack, secured in place and then the frame is adjusted using chains coupled to towers. A self-centering laser measuring system is able to be used to analyze and measure damage to the motorcycle frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Allen Cagle
  • Publication number: 20130200543
    Abstract: A processing system employs a processing tool to process workpieces, for example cold working holes and/or installing expandable members into holes. Sensors sense various aspects of the processing. Information regarding performance of the process and/or materials may be stored, for example a hole-by-hole or a workpiece-by-workpiece basis, allowing validation of processing. Information also allows dynamic operation of the processing tool. Analysis of response relationships (e.g., pressure or force versus position or distance) may provide insights into the process and materials, and/or facilitate the real-time feedback including control, alerts, ordering replacement for consumable components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: FATIGUE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Fatigue Technology, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8302441
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device (6) and method for repairing an upright profile (2) which has been bent out of an original position, in particular a profile of a warehouse rack upright for mounting of warehouse rack girders (3), wherein an inner space (13) accessible from an open side is defined in the profile. The device comprises an outer template (7) adapted to the form of the outer surface of the profile, an inner template (16,17) adapted to the form of the inner surface, wherein during use the inner template is arranged in the inner space of the profile via the open side, and pressing means for pressing the outer template against the outer side of the profile and pressing the inner template against the inner side of the profile with pressing force such that the upright profile is bent back into its original position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Reparatie Onderhoud Slavenburg
    Inventor: Johannes Cornelis Slavenburg
  • Publication number: 20120227452
    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: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua A.H. Walter, Michael J. Gravis, Charles David Apps
  • Patent number: 7921687
    Abstract: A wheel reconditioning apparatus provided. The wheel reconditioning apparatus includes a support frame upon which a base support plate is attached. A rotatable adapter plate is supported on the base support plate by a precision bearing for supporting the rotation of the adapter plate about the vertical axis of a mounted wheel. Adjustable chucks are set in place on the adapter plate. The disfigured wheel is mounted on the adjustable chucks and held in place by the chucks during the reconditioning process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: P 5 Wheels, LLC
    Inventor: Robert G. Stretch
  • Patent number: 7805972
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for performing the method of inducing compressive residual stress in blading members integrally formed with a rotor. The method includes using a caliper-type burnishing tool such that the caliper arms of the tool are contoured and oriented for placing the burnishing elements on opposite sides of the blading member to be treated. The blading member is burnished to introduce a pre-determined pattern of residual compressive stresses in a selected area of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Surface Technology Holdings Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul S. Prevey, III
  • Publication number: 20100175445
    Abstract: Apparatus for restoring the centering of tire rims, includes: a rod (2) which can be inserted into the centring hole (11) for engaging a rim (10) with the hub of a motor vehicle and provided with means (202, 212, 102, 112) for locking, coaxial with the rod, the fixing plate (13) of the rim (10) so as to position the rod along the direction of the axis of the rim (10); thruster elements (4, 4?) able to act in any direction perpendicular to the rod, movable in a direction parallel to the rod itself and provided with adjusting and support elements (3, 104) and members (164, 174) for fixing their position along the rod, the rod being mounted rotatably relative to its axis, provided with actuating means (101) and connected to elements (201, 301, 401) for detecting the balancing and geometrical deformation. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: POGLIANI & RIVOLTA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Luca Barisonzo
  • Patent number: 7574890
    Abstract: A gap-correcting device used on an assembled product is disclosed. The gap-correcting device includes a load-supporting part (22), a control part (23), and a drive part (21). The control part includes a control unit and one or more hooks (235). The control unit controls the hooks to enter and hitch one part of the assembled product to correct a gap therein. The drive part is connected with the control part and the load-supporting part. The gap-correcting device is used to correct the gaps of assembled products and can replace manual correction so that the quality of gap correcting can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (Shen Zhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Li-Chin Lu, Gui-Qing Deng
  • Publication number: 20090084150
    Abstract: A circular-shaping device for a rotating part (16), especially an exhaust housing of a turbo engine. It comprises a lower unit (4) comprising two shaping rollers (32) mounted movably along an axis X1 and one shaping roller (38) mounted movably along an axis Y1; an upper unit (8) comprising two shaping rollers (48) mounted movably along an axis X2 and one shaping roller (50) mounted movably along an axis Y2; a turntable (12) disposed between the lower unit (4) and the upper unit (8); blocking means (26, 28) for the rotating part on the turntable (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Laurent MAINE, Xavier Denis Jean Marie Olivier
  • Publication number: 20090056398
    Abstract: A wheel reconditioning apparatus provided. The wheel reconditioning apparatus includes a support frame upon which a base support plate is attached. A rotatable adapter plate is supported on the base support plate by a precision bearing for supporting the rotation of the adapter plate about the vertical axis of a mounted wheel. Adjustable chucks are set in place on the adapter plate. The disfigured wheel is mounted on the adjustable chucks and held in place by the chucks during the reconditioning process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Robert G. Stretch
  • Publication number: 20080257002
    Abstract: The present invention is a novel machine for repairing damaged wheel rims whereby pressure is applied to a damaged rim from a plurality of pressure applicators, and whereby all of the pressure applicators may be used without impairing the sightline of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Brian Len
  • Patent number: 7337640
    Abstract: A propeller repair apparatus suitable for repairing and changing the pitch of a propeller includes a first rail parallel to and spaced from a second rail. A tapered shaft extends upwardly between the first and second rails for mounting a propeller thereon. A first frame extending between the first and second rails is movably mounted on the first and second rails for movement along the first and second rails. In one embodiment, a first actuator is pivotally mounted to the first frame and includes an extendible ram engagable with a propeller mounted on the tapered shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventors: Gary J. Linden, John G. Linden
  • Patent number: 7263866
    Abstract: The golf club hosel bending fixture immovably secures a golf club head therein in order to adjustably bend the hosel angle of the club head to “fine tune” the characteristics of the club. The fixture includes an angularly articulating crown jaw assembly, a relatively fixed lower jaw assembly generally opposite the crown jaw assembly, a longitudinally disposed back jaw assembly, and a club head face jaw disposed at the base of the crown jaw track in order to remain aligned with the crown jaw. The jaw clamp and base mechanisms are laterally symmetrical, in order to provide for both left- and right-hand club heads. Two orthogonal gauges are provided to check both loft and lie angles of the hosel relative to the club head and face. The gauges may be adjustably positioned to either side of the fixture, to check either left- or right-hand club heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventor: Mondher Latiri
  • Patent number: 6823707
    Abstract: A mobile flange press adapted to be mounted on a flange of a workpiece I-beam and moved thereon including at least one clamp that contacts an underside of the flange of the workpiece I-beam, at least one hydraulic cylinder adapted to apply vertical downward pressure on the flange with resulting upward pressure at the ends of the flange to straighten the flange, and a drive mechanism for moving the mobile flange press along the flange of the workpiece I-beam to another portion of the flange. In addition, a method of straightening flanges of a workpiece I-beam where the mobile flange press is moved along the workpiece I-beam while straightening the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: ABL Fabricators, Inc.
    Inventors: Russel Andras, Kenneth Caillouet
  • Publication number: 20040035164
    Abstract: A wheel straightener for repairing a damaged or deformed wheel. The wheel straightener includes a shaft mounted to a cabinet. The shaft includes a mounting plate affixed to an extended end of the shaft. The wheel is seated on the shaft and held in a centered location by a centering cone. The centering cone is seated within a bore of the wheel and held in place by a nut threaded onto the shaft. A hydraulic cylinder/piston assembly is also mounted to the shaft. Force is applied from the shaft, outwardly toward a rim of the wheel through the hydraulic cylinder/piston assembly. The wheel straightener also incorporates a dial indicator for determining the run-out variances of a damaged wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Applicant: WHEELS TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Danny O?apos;Neil Blaser
  • Patent number: 6408663
    Abstract: The invention discloses a method and an apparatus for truing “pressed-together crankshafts” of the type found in multiple-cylinder-engines such as those used in personal watercrafts and snowmobiles. The truing of these crankshafts is effected by a truing tool comprised of a set of lockable V-block-type holding means, a hinging movable shelf so equipped as to cause one of the lockable V-block-type holding means to move the crankshaft alternatively into a measuring position and a truing position, a cam-operated lever, sliding position detection means and a top-mounted clamp, all of which are attached, directly or indirectly, to a rigid supporting base. The set of lockable V-block-type holding means is designed in accordance with the dimensions of the bearings and the journals of the crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Short Block Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Bernard Pickren