Process Patents (Class 72/362)
  • Patent number: 11052444
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a press formed product is disclosed. The method for manufacturing a press formed product includes: when a metal sheet is press formed to manufacture a product having a product shape of a hat-shaped cross-section, in which a top plate part and a flange part are continuous in a width direction through a side wall part and the top plate part and the flange part curve convexly or concavely toward the top plate part along a longitudinal direction, a first step of manufacturing an intermediate component by press forming into a component shape having a hat-shaped cross-section, in which a curve of each of the top plate part and the flange part along the longitudinal direction has a second curvature radius smaller than a curvature radius in the product shape; and a second step of press forming the intermediate component into the product shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke Tobita, Toyohisa Shinmiya, Yuji Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 10596615
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bending press (1) and/or feeding device (2) for feeding a bending press (1) with bending tools (5, 6), comprising: at least one tool holder (3, 4; 13, 14) with a rail (7) comprising an inner profile (8) for receiving and displacing a bending tool (5, 6); and at least one transfer device (15) which can be driven by a drive (21) for displacing a bending tool (5, 6) inside the tool holder (3, 4; 13, 14) and/or between the tool holder (13, 14) of the feeding device (2) and a tool holder (3, 4) of a bending press (1), and the transfer device (15) comprises a releasable coupling (18) for connecting a bending tool (5, 6), said transfer device (15) being guided in the rail (7) of the tool holder (3, 4; 13, 14) and the active area of the coupling (18) is arranged at least partially inside the rail (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: TRUMPF Maschinen Austria GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventors: Luigi Cavicchia, Roberto Veronese, Giovanni Vidotto
  • Patent number: 10532389
    Abstract: Perfected curving machine comprising a support bench configured to simultaneously support one or more bars, wherein said support bench has an oblong development in relation to the length of the bars, and comprises at least one bending unit controllably mobile along the support bench in order to bend said bars, and clamping means configured to constrain the position of the bars on the support bench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: M.E.P. Macchine Elettroniche Piegatrici Spa
    Inventor: Giorgio Del Fabro
  • Patent number: 10312653
    Abstract: A hydraulic tool. The hydraulic tool includes a tool working end and a tool main section operably coupled to the tool working end. The tool main section comprising a ram assembly, the ram assembly includes a pretensioned return spring. A tool transmission end is operably coupled to the tool main section for hydraulically operating the tool working end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: James G. Ballard, Joseph H. Ellice, Eric Norquist
  • Patent number: 10134514
    Abstract: In a method for producing a grain-oriented electrical steel sheet by hot rolling a raw steel material containing C: 0.002˜0.10 mass %, Si: 2.0˜8.0 mass % and Mn: 0.005˜1.0 mass % to obtain a hot rolled sheet, subjecting the hot rolled sheet to a hot band annealing as required and further to one cold rolling or two or more cold rollings including an intermediate annealing therebetween to obtain a cold rolled sheet having a final sheet thickness, subjecting the cold rolled sheet to a primary recrystallization annealing combined with decarburization annealing, applying an annealing separator to the steel sheet surface and then subjecting to a final annealing, when rapid heating is performed at a rate of not less than 50° C./s in a range of 100˜700° C. in the heating process of the primary recrystallization annealing, the steel sheet is subjected to a holding treatment at any temperature of 250˜600° C. for 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Masanori Uesaka, Takeshi Imamura, Ryuichi Suehiro, Takayuki Fukunaga, Toshito Takamiya
  • Patent number: 10112322
    Abstract: A negative mold for casting a component such as a blade of a wind turbine is described. The negative mold includes a support structure and a plurality of foam blocks, which are mounted to the support structure in such a manner, that a common surface contour of the plurality of foam blocks defines an outer surface of the component, which is to be casted. Each foam block of the plurality of foam blocks is taken from a predetermined number of different types of foam blocks, each type of foam block is defined by a predetermined foam block size and foam block shape. A method for producing such a negative mold is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy A/S
    Inventor: Jason Stege
  • Patent number: 10029296
    Abstract: A forming die includes: a lower forming die having a bottom part and a side wall part; an upper forming die that is movable toward the bottom part of the lower forming die along an axis parallel to the side wall part of the lower forming die; and a push-in die that is movable toward the bottom part of the lower forming die along the axis between the side wall part of the lower forming die and the upper forming die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Yamagata, Shuji Yamamoto, Takeshi Kawachi
  • Patent number: 9003859
    Abstract: A bending instrument is disclosed having first and second lever assemblies. The first lever assembly has a first lever and a first bending member, and the second lever assembly has a second lever that is configured for pivotal motion relative to the first lever. The bending instrument also has a gear assembly that is rotatively coupled to a distal portion of the first lever and which defines a lobe on which a second bending member is mounted. The second bending member of the gear assembly is configured to be angularly rotated upon the pivotal rotation of the second lever relative to the first lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: University of Alaska Anchorage
    Inventors: Anthony James Paris, Gan Wu, Brian Patrick Glasheen Jr., Jacob Thompson
  • Patent number: 8980439
    Abstract: A method of forming a bimetallic forging includes providing a blank comprising at least a first element and a second element of a first metal, and an insert of a second metal. A blank is configured such that the insert may be substantially encapsulated by a shell defined by the first element and the second element. The blank is forged to form a bimetallic forging including an outer portion defined by the shell, an inner portion defined by the insert, and an interface layer therebetween. In a non-limiting example, the first metal is substantially comprised of aluminum and the second metal is substantially comprised of magnesium. In a non-limiting example, the blank may be forged to form a vehicle wheel including an aluminum skin substantially encapsulating a magnesium inner portion, providing wheel with a high strength to weight ratio and improved corrosion performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Blair E. Carlson, Paul E. Krajewski
  • Publication number: 20150053048
    Abstract: A consumable metal joining component having identification for improved recycling has an elongated element formed from a filler metal alloy with a predetermined alloying characteristic. The elongated element has a pair of end portions and an intermediate portion extending therebetween. Each of the end portions has a compositional indicium indicative of the predetermined alloying characteristic. One of the pair of end portions and the intermediate portion of the elongated element are configured to be consumed by heat in a metal joining process. As such, the other of the pair of end portions with the respective compositional indicium remains intact to enable recycling of the remaining end portion regardless of which end portion is consumed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph W. Harris
  • Publication number: 20150034429
    Abstract: A disc brake for vehicles, in particular for commercial vehicles, includes brake pads which are arranged on both sides of a brake disc, a brake application device for applying one of the brake pads and a brake caliper for transmitting the application force to the brake pad on the other side, that is to say on the reaction side, of the brake disc. The brake caliper of the disc brake has a caliper frame which is produced from a shaped hollow profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Johann BAUMGARTNER, Alexander WERTH
  • Publication number: 20150013854
    Abstract: A high strength and high toughness magnesium alloy, characterized in that it is a plastically worked product produced by a method comprising preparing a magnesium cast product containing a atomic % of Zn, b atomic % in total of at least one element selected from the group consisting of Dy, Ho and Er, a and b satisfying the following formulae (1) to (3), and the balance amount of Mg, subjecting the magnesium alloy cast product to a plastic working to form a plastically worked product, and it has a hcp structure magnesium phase and a long period stacking structure phase at an ordinary temperature; 0.2?a?5.0??(1) 0.2?b?5.0??(2) 0.5a?0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Yoshihito KAWAMURA, Michiaki YAMASAKI
  • Publication number: 20140363693
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a metal substrate for a fixing belt, having excellent durability. The metal substrate for a fixing belt of the present invention including an austenite stainless steel including a martensite phase includes: a region of austenite stainless steel including a martensite phase, with a nickel content of 8 mass % or more, sandwiched between regions of austenite stainless steel including a martensite phase, with a nickel content less than 8 mass %, in the thickness direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Hirotomo Tamiya
  • Publication number: 20140356221
    Abstract: Titanium alloy that is formed by subjecting titanium alloy to a treatment containing a hydrogen storing step for making the titanium alloy store hydrogen therein, a solution-treatment step for heating the titanium alloy having the hydrogen stored therein in the hydrogen storage step to apply a solution treatment to the hydrogen-stored titanium alloy, a cooling step for cooling the heated hydrogen-stored titanium alloy to develop martensitic transformation in the hydrogen-stored titanium alloy, a hot rolling step for heating the martensitic-transformed titanium alloy to a temperature which is not more than a predetermined transformation point and hot-rolling the martensitic-transformed titanium, and a dehydrogenation step for dehydrogenating the hot-rolled titanium alloy, thereby bringing the titanium alloy with the superplastic property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
  • Publication number: 20140318953
    Abstract: A backing plate integrated sputtering target includes a flange part having a Vicker's hardness (Hv) of 90 or more and a 0.2% yield stress of 6.98×107 N/m2 or more. Enhancing the mechanical strength of only the flange part of the target inhibits the target from being deformed during sputtering, and further, does not vary the original sputtering characteristics. Consequently, the target can form a thin film having excellent uniformity. This can improve the yield and the reliability of semiconductor products, which have been progressing in miniaturization and integration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Kenichi Nagata, Tomio Otsuki, Takeo Okabe, Nobuhito Makino, Atsushi Fukushima
  • Publication number: 20140305019
    Abstract: A forearm for a firearm that includes a magnesium alloy body. The forearm can be adapted for use in a modular rifle having both an upper receiver securable to a barrel and a lower receiver housing a trigger assembly. The magnesium body may also be nickel plated and have a ceramic coating on the nickel plating. Also disclosed are methods of manufacturing a forearm having a magnesium alloy body. The magnesium alloy body may be formed by extrusion or by thixotropic molding. In some embodiments, the magnesium forearm includes an outer sleeve formed out of a magnesium alloy and an inner sleeve formed out of a different material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: William Carr King, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140305177
    Abstract: A die cushion force control method and a die cushion apparatus generates a die cushion force on a cushion pad based on a die cushion force command value set in advance. A die cushion force command value equal to or larger than a target die cushion force command value is outputted initially in order to suppress an initial die cushion force overshoot generated when the target die cushion force command value configured to be stepwise is used as the die cushion force command value, then a die cushion force command value decreased continuously (gradually) so as to be smaller than the target die cushion force command value is outputted, and subsequently a die cushion force command value increasing gradually so as to be equal to the target die cushion force command value is outputted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Yasuyuki KOHNO, Tadahiro KONDO, Kazufumi TSUCHIDA, Minoru SOMUKAWA
  • Publication number: 20140288695
    Abstract: The invention relates to an operating method for a positioning system 1, in particular for the structural assembly of aircraft, wherein the positioning system 1 comprises a plurality of positioners 2a, 2b, 2c, each of which has at least one manipulator M. The manipulators M grasp a component B and manipulate it in a synchronised manner, while it is jointly grasped by the manipulators M.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Alexander Meissner, Jens Häcker, Dirk Poppe, Nihat Biyiklioglu, Taoufik Mbarek
  • Publication number: 20140255246
    Abstract: Guide wire devices and other intra-corporal medical devices fabricated from a Ni—Ti—Nb alloy and methods for their manufacture. The Ni—Ti alloy includes nickel, titanium, and niobium either up to its solubility limit in Ni—Ti, or in amounts over 15 atomic percent so as to provide a dual phase alloy. In either case, the Ni—Ti—Nb alloy provides increased stiffness to provide better torque response, steerability, stent scaffolding strength, and similar properties associated with increased stiffness, while still providing super-elastic or linear pseudo-elastic properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: John A. Simpson, John F. Boylan
  • Publication number: 20140257247
    Abstract: Guide wire devices fabricated from a linear pseudo-elastic Ni—Ti alloy and methods for their manufacture. The Ni—Ti alloy that includes nickel, titanium, and about 3 atomic % (at %) to about 30 at % niobium (Nb). Cold working the Ni—Ti alloy stabilizes the alloy's martensitic phase and yields a linear pseudo-elastic microstructure where reversion to the austenite phase is retarded or altogether blocked. The martensitic phase of cold worked, linear pseudo-elastic Ni—Ti—Nb alloy has an elastic modulus that is considerably higher than the comparable cold worked, linear pseudoelastic binary Ni—Ti alloy. This yields a guide wire device that has better torque response and steerability as compared to cold worked, linear pseudoelastic binary Ni—Ti alloy or superelastic binary Ni—Ti alloy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: John A. Simpson, John F. Boylan
  • Publication number: 20140246165
    Abstract: Processes and methods related to producing, processing, and hot working alloy ingots are disclosed. An alloy ingot is formed including an inner ingot core and an outer layer metallurgically bonded to the inner ingot core. The processes and methods are characterized by a reduction in the incidence of surface cracking of the alloy ingot during hot working.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: ATI PROPERTIES, INC.
    Inventor: Ramesh S. Minisandram
  • Publication number: 20140224519
    Abstract: An antimicrobial self-adhesive switch rocker cover is disclosed. The rocker cover includes a distal end and a base end wherein the switch cover comprises a copper or copper alloy. The copper or copper alloy may include a minimum of 60% copper. The copper or copper alloy may also include a MD-Cu29 antimicrobial copper or copper alloy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Libertas Copper, LLC d.b.a. Hussey Copper
    Inventors: Joseph MALLAK, John R. LINTON, JR., Stephanie BRICKNER
  • Publication number: 20140216125
    Abstract: The invention relates to a spur toothing on at least one coupling element for transmitting torques about a rotational axis, said spur toothing axially engaging with a corresponding mating cutting. The face cutting is provided with teeth from a material of the coupling element that has been plastically shaped in an at least partially noncutting manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Roland Langer, Ernst Masur, Ralf Heiss, Benno Fueller, Peter Niebling
  • Publication number: 20140206473
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a heel portion, a toe portion, a hosel, and a striking face. The striking face includes a plurality of scorelines each having an average depth no less than about 0.10 mm, a plurality of first micro-grooves each having an average depth no greater than about 0.010 mm, and a plurality of second micro-grooves overlaid on the first micro-grooves, each of the second micro-grooves having an average depth greater than the average depth of the first micro-grooves. Some embodiments can also have a plurality of textured surface treatment regions superimposed on the overlaid first and second micro-grooves so as to at least partially intersect the micro-grooves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Patrick Ripp, Roberto Aguayo, Jeffrey D. Brunski, Matthew R. Daraskavich, Sharon J. Park
  • Publication number: 20140196518
    Abstract: A method of improving the surface finish of a sheared end face of a cylindrical blank in a progressive forming machine comprising deforming the end face out of its original as sheared transverse plane into a first shape concentric with the axis of the blank that slightly departs from the original plane a distance that increases with proximity to the axis of the blank, thereafter deforming the end face from the first shape into a second shape in a direction opposite a direction the first shape was displaced from the original shear plane, the second shape slightly departing from a transverse plane a distance that increases with proximity to the axis of the blank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Carper
  • Publication number: 20140190230
    Abstract: A guide wire for use in a medical procedure having a shapeable tip integral with and made from the distal end of a superelastic nitinol distal section of the guide wire, wherein the shapeable tip can be finger kinked. Such a guide wire includes an elongated core made from a superelastic nitinol alloy at the distal end, the distal end of the elongated core having a tapered section leading to a shapeable distal tip. The shapeable tip is an extension of the distal end of the nitinol distal section, and includes permanent strain hardening from at least two different radial directions imparting crystallographic texture in the radial directions that eliminate superelasticity so that permanent deformation can be achieved with finger pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: William J. Boyle, Wayne E. Cornish, Raleigh A. Purtzer
  • Publication number: 20140146494
    Abstract: A housing component, for example a housing which accommodates electronics, such as a transmission control has a plurality of feedthroughs and a flatness zone. The housing component has a recess area in the region of the flatness zone. The housing component is reinforced through the recess and the flatness zone, which is disposed in the region of the recess, has a deviation from flatness of ?0.1 millimeter (mm), for example in the range of 0.005 mm to 0.02 mm per 10 mm length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Schott AG
    Inventor: Helmut Hartl
  • Publication number: 20140087892
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of iron-type golf club heads that comprise internal features in the hosel and/or heel regions of the club head that facilitate changing the orientation of the hosel bore relative to the front face of the club head. In some exemplary embodiments, the body comprises a heel cavity in a hosel/heel portion of the club head that extends from a body cavity behind the front face into the hosel adjacent the bore. In other embodiments, the hosel bore comprises a groove or cavity extending below where a distal tip of a shaft is positioned. These internal hosel bending features can reduce the amount of material in the club head in a desired hosel/heel region to facilitate post-manufacturing bending of the club head in that region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Scott Gregory Taylor, Maresala Milo, Joshua J. Dipert
  • Publication number: 20140076980
    Abstract: A railroad rail includes a body defining a first section and a tapered second section with the body defining a head section, a web section depending from the head section, and a base section depending from the web section. The head section, the web section, and the base section define an end surface configured to mate with a corresponding end surface of a complementary railroad rail when joined together. The railroad rail is formed from a single bent railroad rail having only a single bend defined by the head section, web section, and base section of the body of the railroad rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Koppers Delawre, Inc.
    Inventors: William Thomas Urmson, JR., John W. Mospan
  • Publication number: 20140070551
    Abstract: The rear lift gate swing arm ventilation assembly is for most vehicles, domestic or foreign, equipped with rear swing out window in the rear lift gate. The assembly provides improved air circulation by allowing the rear window open at a pre-set width. The swing arm acts as an extended strike loop when attached to the factory rear window loop. The assembly comprises of a “U” shaped round metal rod and a rectangle shaped metal base. The free ends of the “U” shaped rod provide a rectangle flange with bores for bolts to pass through. The metal base comprises of two rectangle metal blocks, one block with two bores with internal threads in both ends; both blocks provide a central vertical bore with internal threads. The metal base provide two bores along the longitudinal axis, to dimension as set in factory strike loop. The brackets wrap over the factory window's strike loop and secure by the central vertical bolt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Albert Waibun LI
  • Publication number: 20140020442
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for forming a surface relief on an available surface of a compacted sintered component which forms the workpiece, using a forming element that is moved in the working direction towards the available surface. The working direction runs radially in relation to the workpiece and a contact surface of the forming element. The shape of the surface having the relief is applied to the surface of the workpiece in the working direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Diego Castro Menendez-Castanedo, Juan Ignacio Lopez Martinez, Ivan Jose Presa Lopez
  • Publication number: 20140014242
    Abstract: A task of the present invention is to provide a Ti—Mo alloy material which can be improved in the yield stress at room temperature by the precipitation of an aged omega phase in the Ti—Mo alloy while maintaining large ductility at room temperature, and a method for producing the same. Provided is a Ti—Mo alloy collectively having an Mo content of 10 to 20 mass %, wherein the Ti—Mo alloy has a winding belt-like or swirly segregation portion having a width of 10 to 20 ?m in the plane of a backscattered electron image (BEI) or an energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) image of the Ti—Mo alloy, as examined under a scanning electron microscope, in which Mo content is larger than the collective Mo content of the Ti—Mo alloy. When generally observing the entire plane examined, a segregation structure in a swirly form can be observed. Further, provided is the Ti—Mo alloy which has been subjected to aging treatment so that an aged omega phase is precipitated along the segregation portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Satoshi Emura, Koichi Tsuchiya
  • Publication number: 20140000335
    Abstract: In a bending head for bending rod-shaped and tubular workpieces, with a retainer that can be rotated about a rotational axis and that carries a bending mandrel at one axial end, and with at least two further tools, which each comprise a retaining body with, at its axial end facing the bending mandrel, a bending pin and which can each be rotated—in each case independently of the other tools—the retaining bodies of the tools are arranged concentrically to the retainer of the bending mandrel and pivotable about its rotational axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Stefan Fries, Jörg Möck, Frank Weiblen, Carina Baier
  • Publication number: 20130264135
    Abstract: A battery attachment bracket and method of assembly for protecting a battery of a motor vehicle from damage during a rear impact. The bracket connects the battery to support structure of the motor vehicle in an area subject to deformation during a rear impact. The bracket is formed by a body member extending from a battery-engaging surface to a vehicle-support-engaging surface. The vehicle-support-engaging surface has a bolt-receiving aperture formed therein, and a notch cut-out adjacent to the bolt-receiving aperture located in a vehicle-front direction with respect to the bolt-receiving aperture to define a narrowed portion of the battery attachment bracket. A gusset is located on a vehicle-front-facing surface of the bracket and has an angled surface. The gusset resists deformation of the bracket and promotes separation of the bracket from the support structure of the motor vehicle adjacent the bolt-receiving aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerritt B. Meyers, Jonathan R. Young, Jesse Buehler, Naipaul Ramoutar, Taichi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8549802
    Abstract: A ridge cap includes a lower surface adapted to be placed in contact with a roof of a building, a weather protective upper surface, and first and second side sections connected to each other. The first side section is disposed at one side of a longitudinal axis and the second side section is disposed at the other side of the longitudinal axis. The ridge cap further includes an elastomeric strip and a metal strip. The elastomeric strip extends along the longitudinal axis and connects the first side section and the second side section to be of unitary construction with the first and second side sections. The metal strip backing extends along the longitudinal axis and supports the elastomeric strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Devpat, LLC
    Inventors: George F. Thagard, III, Casey G. Tzeng
  • Publication number: 20130251088
    Abstract: Fuel spacers include at least one specialized bathtub on an outer perimeter band. Specialized bathtubs include an elastic resistive extension and a corresponding deflection limiter on a same outer face of the perimeter band. The elastic resistive extension provides flexible resistance to the channel, and the deflection limiter provides rigid movement limitation beyond a particular threshold between channel and spacer. The positioning, spring constant, length, number, and other properties of the specialized bathtub can be chosen based on the desired fuel assembly properties and expected transverse loads in fuel shipping and operation against which specialized bathtubs resiliently protect. The specialized bathtubs can be formed from a simplified stamp operation out of the perimeter band. Bathtubs can be placed on any position(s) on the perimeter band of example embodiment spacers used in nuclear fuel assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: Kathryn M. Martin, David Grey Smith, Thomas J. Rambach
  • Publication number: 20130240092
    Abstract: A medical instrument comprising a mono-crystalline shape memory alloy and a method for forming thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: DENTSPLY International Inc.
    Inventors: YONG GAO, Dan Ammon
  • Publication number: 20130232890
    Abstract: A trim piece that encapsulates the roof, soffit and fascia of a building is described in addition to methods of making and installing the trim piece. The trim piece member provides, among other things, wind protection for buildings. The single piece of shaped trim is installed over roof members, fascia and soffit, and is attached to the wall. The trim member includes among other things, drip edges, ventilation holes, and a features that allows for condensation to collect and drip out of the inside of the installed trim. The trim is preferably comprised of a corrosion resistant aluminum-zinc alloy applied on steel by a continuous hot-dip process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Barry Jay Collinsworth
  • Publication number: 20130233134
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing an increased moment of applied force to a tool. An elongated member extends the effective length of tool shanks. The elongated member has tool support to fit a range of tools, such as wrenches, to the elongated member which increases the distance from the fastener to the point of applied force, thereby increasing the moment of the applied force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
  • Publication number: 20130220049
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing a component of an adjustment device for vehicle seats, wherein, in a first step, a work piece is machined such that the work piece is harder in a first region than in a second region, and/or in that the work piece is of a larger geometrical size in a third region than in a fourth region, wherein, in a second step, the work piece is deformed in such a way that a tool is moved onto the work piece at a speed greater than 1 m/s.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Johnson Controls GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Werner, Bernd Gross
  • Publication number: 20130199259
    Abstract: A method of making a custom acetabular implant for a patient. The method comprises acquiring and analyzing tomography data of the patient, and obtaining geometry and measurement parameters of the patient's pelvic anatomy. A standard acetabular prosthesis blank is selected from a plurality of pre-manufactured blanks, and includes a cup portion and at least one flange. The method includes shaping the blank acetabular prosthesis using a custom deforming fixture such that the shaped acetabular prosthesis has a final shaped geometry and measurement parameters to substantially match the patient's pelvic anatomy relative to the patient's acetabulum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Biomet Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Biomet Manufacturing Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130180305
    Abstract: A readily formable flat steel product has a ductile edge layer that is from 10 to 200 ?m thick and has a ductility greater than a ductility of an inner core layer of the flat steel product. The readily formable flat steel product is produced by annealing a flat steel product having a C content of from 0.1 to 0.4% by weight in a continuous furnace. The annealing is carried out under an annealing atmosphere that contains from 0.1 to 25% by vol. of H2 and H2O, with the balance being N2 and technically unavoidable impurities. A dew point is between ?20° C. and +60° C., and a ratio of H2O/H2 is a maximum of 0.957. In the course of the annealing, the flat steel product is heated to a holding temperature of from 600 to 1100° C. and for a holding time of from 10 to 360 seconds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Wilhelm Warnecke, Manfred Meurer, Jens Kondratiuk, Marc Blumenau, Martin Norden, Thiemo Wuttke
  • Publication number: 20130174631
    Abstract: Wire products, such as round and flat wire, strands, cables, and tubing, are made from a shape memory material in which inherent defects within the material are isolated from the bulk material phase of the material within one or more stabilized material phases, such that the wire product demonstrates improved fatigue resistance. In one application, a method of mechanical conditioning in accordance with the present disclosure isolates inherent defects in nickel-titanium or NiTi materials in fields of a secondary material phase that are resistant to crack initiation and/or propagation, such as a martensite phase, while the remainder of the surrounding defect-free material remains in a primary or parent material phase, such as an austenite phase, whereby the overall superelastic nature of the material is preserved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130168454
    Abstract: Provided are a metal payment card and a method of manufacturing the same. The metal payment card of the present disclosure has a main body made from at least one of a liquid metal alloy, aluminum alloy and copper alloy. The main body has a tangible pattern region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: HYUNDAI CARD CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hyundai Card Co., Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20130104618
    Abstract: When forming a hat-shaped cross section member having, on its cross section perpendicular to its longitudinal direction, vertical wall portions (1b and 1b) on both sides, flange portions (1a and 1a) on both sides connected to the respective vertical wall portions (1b and 1b), and a top sheet portion (1c) connected to the vertical wall portions (1b and 1b) on both sides, and having a bent portion (2) bent in the longitudinal direction with the flange portions (1a and 1a) positioned outside by using punches (5) and dices (4), a dice shoulder radius of the dice (4) for obtaining the final shape of the hat-shaped cross section member is set to R0, the hat-shaped cross section member is formed by the dice (4) having a dice shoulder radius R1 larger than the dice shoulder radius R0, and then the hat-shaped cross section member is formed by the dice (4) having the dice shoulder radius R0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Seiichi Daimaru
  • Publication number: 20130104349
    Abstract: A copper-zinc alloy product of the invention contains zinc in an amount of higher than 35% by weight and 43% by weight or less and has a two-phase structure of an ?-phase and a ?-phase. Further, the ratio of the ?-phase in the copper-zinc alloy is controlled to be higher than 10% and less than 40% and the crystal grains of the ?-phase and the ?-phase are crushed into a flat shape and arranged in a layer shape through cold working. According to the copper-zinc alloy product, it is possible to decrease the copper content and to appropriately secure the strength and cold workability by appropriately controlling the ratio of the ?-phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2010
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Yasuharu Yoshimura, Takuya Koizumi, Koichi Mikado, Takahiro Fukuyama, Atsushi Ogihara
  • Publication number: 20130075941
    Abstract: A method for bonding a plastic member onto a metal housing is provided. A metal housing having an inner surface and an outer surface is prepared. A hollow-carved area is provided on the metal housing. The inner surface of the metal housing is subjected to physical process, thereby forming a bonding area. An adhesive layer is formed on the bonding area. A plastic mold member is formed on the adhesive layer by performing a first plastic injection molding. An optical plastic member is molded on the hollow-carved area by performing a second plastic injection molding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Yu-Chih Chang, Shih-Pu Yu, Chang-Li Liu
  • Publication number: 20130066230
    Abstract: Single piece biopsy forceps having jaws that are caused to open and close in response to longitudinal movement of an actuation rod. The single piece forceps are formed from a single metal blank with opposing jaw sections connected via a self-hinge. The metal blank includes a self-hinge portion, a channel section on either end of the hinge portion and a jaw section on distal ends of the channel sections. The jaws are formed from the jaw section of the metal blank and the channel sections are bent to provide generally U-shaped channel sections. The hinge portion is bent so that the jaws are oriented in opposed aligned relation. A fixed and a movable pin are disposed through slots in the channel sections. Movement of the movable pin with respect to the fixed pin via an actuator rod or wire causes the jaws of the biopsy forceps to open and close.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Changqing Li, Matthew Otten
  • Publication number: 20130055784
    Abstract: An outer joint member which has a cup portion formed, on the inner surface thereof, with a plurality of track grooves extending in the axial direction, the cup portion having a chamfering portion provided in the region between the track grooves at the inner peripheral edge thereof, at least the inner surface and the outer surface of the cup portion being shaped by forging. The chamfering portion includes a first chamfering portion for allowing the angle shift of the joint, and second chamfering portions which are provided adjacent to both peripheral sides of the first chamfering portion and are inclined in the direction different from the first chamfering portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Yoshitada Ikuyama, Kunihiro Shibata, Hideki Fukawa
  • Publication number: 20130042949
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a soft-dilute-copper-alloy material includes a plastic working of a soft-dilute-copper-alloy including an additional element selected from the group consisting of Ti, Mg, Zr, Nb, Ca, V, Ni, Mn and Cr, and a balance consisting of copper and inevitable impurity, and a subsequent annealing treatment of the soft-dilute-copper-alloy. A working ratio in the plastic working before the annealing treatment is not less than 50%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: Hitachi Cable, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Sagawa, Seigi Aoyama, Hiromitsu Kuroda, Toru Sumi, Keisuke Fujito, Ryohei Okada, Shinichi Masui