By Relatively Movable Offset Tool-faces (e.g., For Bending Or Drawing) Patents (Class 72/380)
  • Patent number: 10695814
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a press-formed product includes: a first step of preparing a long material having a bending portion; and a second step of decreasing curvature of the bending portion while restricting both ends of the long material in a longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Nitta, Tohru Yoshida, Hiroshi Yoshida, Nobuo Yoshikawa, Shigeru Yonemura
  • Patent number: 9751122
    Abstract: A tie bar tensioning system that allows a bending machine operator to removably couple an upper end of a bend die post of the bending machine to a base of the bending machine via a tie bar, and to lock the tie bar in a tensioned position. The tensioning system includes a stationary member and a rotatable member, each with aligned tie bar passages for receiving the one end of the tie bar. Both the stationary member and the rotatable member include respective engagement surfaces, with the rotatable member engagement surface being rotatable relative to the stationary member engagement surface between a released position and a tensioned position whereat the rotatable member is selectively lockable. The rotation of the rotatable member with the rotatable member engagement surface in engagement with the stationary engagement surface longitudinally displacing the rotatable member relative to the stationary member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ADDISONMCKEE INC.
    Inventor: Andrew Ian Carruthers
  • Publication number: 20150129556
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and method for producing at least partially closed profiles from metal sheet, having a first tool part, a second tool part, and at least one supporting core. The insertion movement of the supporting core between the bending jaws is limited by a stop and, in its insertion position limited by the stop, protrudes with respect to the bending jaws in the direction of the die, in that the supporting core is arranged on a carrier that is movable relative to the die, and in that the bending jaws are assigned at least one displacement element connected rigidly thereto, the displacement element coming into contact with the carrier when the bent metal sheet portion engages around the supporting core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG
    Inventor: Thomas Grosseruschkamp
  • Publication number: 20150027193
    Abstract: A machine to bend pipes and the like, equipped with at least one bending die working table more than the machines used to bend pipes and the like,
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Alessandro Pace, Claudio Bargna
  • Patent number: 8776570
    Abstract: A workpiece bending method of forming a final formed article that has two surfaces on opposite sides of an inclined area, in which an inclined area is made up of a first bend portion, a second bend portion, and a flat surface portion, includes: cantilevering an end portion of a workpiece by a stationary die and a holding member; and curving an area in the workpiece that corresponds to the flat surface portion by moving a movable die to the stationary die so that the movable die presses a free-end side of the workpiece, and then forming the first bend portion and the second bend portion, and unbending the area in the workpiece that corresponds to the flat surface portion of the inclined area, by causing the movable die to press the workpiece to the stationary die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Maeda, Yoshiyuki Fukuyama, Tatsuya Asai
  • Patent number: 8640520
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bending device of which a beam is inserted between laminated moldings formed by slidably layering a plurality of molding plates, and the bending device of which deformation of the laminated moldings may simultaneously realize bending of up and down directions and side directions of a curved portion of a beam, and thus the bending device may realize a 3-dimensional bending process at once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sungwoo Hitech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mun-Yong Lee, Sang-Eon Park
  • Patent number: 8607603
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are provided for bending an elongate member used in association with a medical procedure. In one form, a device for bending an elongate member includes a support platform and a plurality of engaging members positioned on the support platform. Each of the plurality of engaging members includes at least one engaging portion configured for positioning in contact with the elongate member. Each of the plurality of engaging members is movable in at least three directions relative to the support platform to form one or more bends in the elongate member. In one aspect, the elongate member is formed of a heat deformable material and the device includes a heating member configured to apply heat to one or more portions of the elongate member to facilitate bending. However, other embodiments, forms and applications are also envisioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff R Justis, Hai H Trieu
  • Patent number: 8601855
    Abstract: A vise apparatus with a bending fixture is disclosed in which the bending fixture includes a collection of projections on an operative and substantially vertical front face of a holding arrangement of the vise apparatus. The bending fixture supports and enables gravity assisted bending of a workpiece. The vise apparatus promotes bending workpieces with reduced effort and minimizes manufacturing costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: James E. Hamm, Prasad Chatursingh Patil, Sachin Shashikant Dakare, Mahesh Janardan Patil, Nilesh Vidyadhar Puntambekar
  • Patent number: 8590359
    Abstract: A pin regulator for an electronic component includes a base seat, a regulating member rotatably connected on the base seat, and a driving module assembled on the base seat. The base seat defines a latching groove, and a sidewall of the latching groove defines a plurality of regulating slots to receive the pins of the electronic component therein. The driving module is rotatably connected to the regulating member to engage the regulating member in the latching groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hai-Yuan Li
  • Publication number: 20130269409
    Abstract: A device for configuring foil for use in cooking food comprising: a base portion; a first plurality of rotatable elements operatively associated with the base portion; a support mounted on the base portion; and a second plurality of rotatable elements operatively associated with the support; the support operating to pivot relative to the base portion so as to allow entry of foil between the first and second plurality of rotatable elements in a first position and engagement of the first and second plurality of rotatable elements in a second position; whereby in the second position the first and second plurality of rotatable elements impart a configuration to the foil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Lawrence E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8555694
    Abstract: A bending apparatus for performing accurate non-destructive bending of material includes first and second jigs that are rotatable about a rotary shaft and that bend the material attached to the jigs as they rotate relative to each other. The first jig includes a bending section that is arranged offset from a rotary center to a rotating side of the material and that has a partially cylindrical surface with a radius of curvature corresponding to the radius of curvature of an inner peripheral surface of the material. Each of the first and second jigs has a suppressing section for suppressing displacement of the material, and a bending center of the material is arranged such that the material is not displaced relative to the first and second jigs when the material is bent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventors: Masaki Saito, Shingo Hashimoto, Fumio Shindo
  • Publication number: 20130255347
    Abstract: A method for forming a wave form for a stent includes moving a first forming portion of a first forming member across an axis along which a formable material is provided in a first direction substantially perpendicular to the axis to engage and deform the formable material while engaging the formable material with a first forming portion of the second forming member. The method includes moving the first forming portion of the first forming member and the first forming portion of the second forming member across the axis in a second direction that is substantially opposite the first direction to draw and form the formable material over the first forming portion of the second forming member, disengaging the first forming member from the formable material, and rotating the first forming member to position a second forming portion of the first forming member to face the formable material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Medtronic Vascular, Inc. A Delaware Corporation
    Inventors: Lance Ensign, Erik Griswold
  • Publication number: 20130233042
    Abstract: A device for configuring foil as it is dispensed comprising a first section comprising a first configuration; a second section comprising a second configuration; the foil dispenser adapted to dispense foil between the first and second sections, the first and second sections imparting a grill-like configuration to the foil as the foil exits the dispensing device. A method of creating a cross sectional configuration in foil comprising: passing the foil through an opening; the opening having first and second sections which impart a configuration to the foil; the first and second sections being configured to create a grill-like configuration along the longitudinal axis of the foil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Lawrence E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8459076
    Abstract: A device for producing at least partly closed profiles from a blank includes at least one first die and at least one second die which can be positioned opposite the first die. The first die has a cavity and two side walls, wherein the side walls and the cavity of the first die can be raised and lowered relative to one another. A U-punch is provided to produce a U-shaped cross-sectional shape of the blank with the first die. The second die of the device has a cavity for producing an at least partly closed cross-sectional shape from a U-shaped blank. The device also has at least one supporting core. The cavity of the second die has elongated side walls in the direction of the first die, with which, the side walls of the first die can be lowered relative to the cavity of the first die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG
    Inventors: Thomas Flehmig, Michael Brüggenbrock
  • Patent number: 8453488
    Abstract: An apparatus for bending a resilient tab, includes a chassis to support the tab, a securing element to hold the tab and a sliding element for pressing the tab. The securing element has a clamping portion pressing against a base of the tab and a blocking portion extending towards the sliding element. The sliding element includes a base, a pressing element and a bending element slidably connected to the base. The pressing element is pivotably connected to the bending element. The sliding element can move towards the securing element. As the sliding element moves towards the securing element, the pressing element is pressed by the blocking portion to move relative to the bending element. The bending element is driven by the pressing element to raise and presses the free distal end of the tab at a required angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bao-Qin Xu
  • Patent number: 8418518
    Abstract: A contact bending fixture includes a lower die slider, a positioning rod, a linear actuating mechanism, and an upper die slider. A lower die mounted on the lower die slider includes a die holder, a lower bending module, a contact holding stick, and a bearing roller. The lower bending module includes a smooth sustaining side surface facing the bearing roller for defining an insertion gap therebetween. An upper die mounted on the upper die slider opposes the lower die and includes a punch holder, a hold-down plate, an elastic component, and an upper bending module. The hold-down plate presses and holds down an end of an under-bending contact on the top surface of lower bending module with an opposite end of the contact suspending in the insertion gap. Therefore, the contact bending fixture is capable of bending a contact at a required angle in one step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-chuan Chiu, Feng-chi Lee
  • Publication number: 20130067907
    Abstract: Exposing nitinol to a shape setting temperature while the nitinol is in an unstrained or minimally strained condition. The nitinol is then substantially deformed in shape while at elevated temperature. After deformation, the nitinol remains at the elevated temperature for a time to shape set the material. The nitinol is then returned to approximately room temperature 20° C. by means of water quenching or air cooling for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: Joel M. Greene, Christopher C. Lasley
  • Patent number: 8393192
    Abstract: A tooling assembly for scoring a can end is provided. First and second opposing tool members cooperate to create a depression in the can end, and to form a scoreline within the depression. A conversion press for converting a can end shell into a can end, and a method for scoring a can end are also provided. The method includes engaging a first side of the can end with a score knife, supporting at least a portion of a second side of the can end with a score anvil, depressing the can end into a cavity of the score anvil to form the depression, and forming the scoreline within the depression. The depression and scoreline are formed substantially simultaneous within the same tool station of the conversion press. A sealant, which is applied to the scoreline, forms a pool within the depression, thereby completely covering the scoreline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Craig A. McEldowney, Mark R. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20130000375
    Abstract: A bent member having excellent dimensional accuracy is manufactured by stably forming a high temperature portion uniformly in the circumferential direction of a steel tube and in a narrow region in the axial direction of the steel. The bent member is manufactured by supporting a steel tube at a first position while feeding it, performing induction heating of the steel tube at a second position with an induction heating coil, cooling the steel tube at a third position to form a high temperature portion which moves in the axial direction of the steel tube, and three-dimensionally varying the position of a gripping mechanism for the steel tube in a region to apply a bending moment to the high temperature portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: SUMITOMO METAL INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Okada, Atsushi Tomizawa, Naoaki Shimada
  • Patent number: 8266942
    Abstract: A bending machine includes an operating platform, a lower die clamp received on the operating platform, an upper die holder, and an upper die clamp. The upper die holder includes a main body, a positioning pin, a spring, and an operating rod. The main body includes a lower surface and two opposite side surfaces, the lower surface defines a sliding groove having a bottom surface with a positioning hole defined thereon. One of the two opposite side surfaces defines a sliding slot communicating with the positioning hole. The spring and the positioning pin are received in the positioning hole in sequence. The operating rod is received in the sliding slot with one end received in the latching hole and the other end extending out of the sliding slot. The upper die clamp is slidable in the sliding groove and defines a pinhole corresponding to the positioning pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shu-Wei Zhou, Teng-Chiao Shen
  • Patent number: 8256119
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing forks for lift trucks comprises the steps of: providing a straight metal bar designed to make the fork, heating the bar at a segment thereof where the fork knee is to be formed, bending the bar at the heated segment in order to form the knee by carrying out bending in a closed-die press provided with containment walls that, when bending has been completed, enclose the knee so as to define the surface contours of the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Bolzoni S.p.A.
    Inventor: Emilio Bolzoni
  • Patent number: 8250762
    Abstract: Projections of a bevel gear or a vibrating body are formed by bending a metal-made plate member having a plurality of projections so as to direct them in the same direction and make their projecting direction include a component of out-of-plane direction and subsequently applying a load to the bent plate member to crush the projections so as to reduce the height thereof and increase the plate thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Tamai
  • Publication number: 20120192612
    Abstract: A pipe manipulator is configured to move a pipe in an apparatus for bending a pipe. The apparatus includes a feeding device, a heating device configured to annularly surround the pipe. at least one bending arm disposed axially downstream from the heating device in a pipe feed direction, and a bending lock disposed on the at least one bending arm and configured to grasp a pipe section to be bent and to move around a bending axis of rotation during a feeding of the pipe. The pipe manipulator includes a receiving sleeve axially displaceable in the pipe feed direction and disposed displaceably in the feeding device at an end of the pipe. The receiving sleeve is configured to reach into the pipe and to firmly clamp the pipe from an inside of the pipe and to guide the pipe in a defined manner axially through the heating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: AWS SCHAEFER TECHNOLOGIE GMBH
    Inventor: August-Wilhelm Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20120170262
    Abstract: A lighting device (1; 21; 41) having at least one heat sink (5; 44) for cooling at least one light source, wherein the at least one heat sink (5; 44) comprises one or more at least bent sheet metal parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Guenter Hoetzl, Fabian Reingruber
  • Publication number: 20120043340
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container comprising a diaphragm (40) secured to a can body (1) by means of a clamped seal. In particular, a method and apparatus for making the container are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: CROWN PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew Gregory Ioannides
  • Publication number: 20120024036
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bending machine for the production of bent profile sections, in particular for exchanger tubes, including a frame on which an articulated arm is mounted consisting of a rotatably fixed arm capable moving along a transverse axis of movement, and a rotary arm supported by a rotary shaft and having a means for attaching a clamping jaw, a means for mounting either a freely rotating roller or a clamping shape rotatably secured about said rotary shaft on the rotary shaft of the articulated arm, driving rollers distributed in two series and positioned on either side of a bending axis, and a means for actuating said driving rollers for synchronously rotating the latter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: EATON LEONARD EUROPE
    Inventor: Philippe Jaubert
  • Publication number: 20120011915
    Abstract: A method of incrementally forming a workpiece. The method includes incrementally forming a first monotonic wrap surface in a first direction and incrementally forming a second wrap surface in a second direction disposed opposite the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Vijitha Senaka Kiridena, Feng Ren, Zhiyong Cedric Xia
  • Publication number: 20110247388
    Abstract: Provided is a die for shear drawing capable of performing continuous drawing and shear deformation at the same time. The die for shear drawing includes a material processing channel in which a material is sheared and drawn while passing therethrough, wherein the processing channel includes an inlet path positioned at a front end thereof, and an outlet path positioned at a rear end thereof, when viewed from a movement direction of a material. The inlet path and the outlet path are connected to intersect a central axes thereof at a certain angle, and the processing channel includes a cross-section reduction segment allowing an outlet cross-sectional area of the outlet path to be smaller than an inlet cross-sectional area of the inlet path to thereby draw out a material from an exit of the outlet path with the material filled therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: POSCO
    Inventors: Ki-Ho Rhee, Il-Heon Son, Joong-Ki Hwang, Duk-Lak Lee
  • Publication number: 20110226032
    Abstract: According to the invention a flat metal plate for the manufacture of pipe is first oriented generally horizontally on horizontally spaced and longitudinally extending supports. A longitudinally extending center tool is pressed down against the workpiece between the supports so as to downwardly plastically deform the workpiece while simultaneously a brace body is pressed with an upward force against the plate directly opposite the center tool so as to hold the plate in contact with the center tool. The center tool and brace body are then synchronously displaced downward relative to the supports with the plate clamped between the center tool and brace body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventors: Uwe FELDMANN, Manfred Kolbe
  • Publication number: 20110210111
    Abstract: The present invention provides a printer-machine-plate manufacturing device which facilitates manufacture of a cylindrical printer machine plate. A machine-plate manufacturing device is adapted to manufacture a machine plate 2 which has a cylindrical machine-plate body 17 formed by superposing and joining together opposite end portions of a sheet 19 of a magnetic material, an engagement portion 21 formed on the inner side of a joint portion 20, and a forme area 18 provided on the outer circumferential surface of the machine-plate body 17. The machine-plate manufacturing device 30 includes a cylinder section 32 having an outer circumferential portion around which the sheet 19 is wound. A groove 40 into which the engagement portion 21 of the sheet 19 is removably inserted from its distal end is forted in the outer circumferential portion of the cylinder section 32.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventor: Masayuki Izume
  • Patent number: 8001689
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for forming a variable gauge metal sheet into a desired shape, said process comprising: providing a variable gauge metal sheet having a first surface and a second surface, the metal sheet having a thickness measured at any point on the metal sheet as the distance between the first surface and the second surface, the thickness of the metal sheet being different over a first portion of the sheet than over a second portion of the sheet, and forming said metal sheet into a first desired shape by bending the metal sheet about a first fold line, said first fold line extending through both the first portion and the second portion, to bring segments of the first surface of the metal sheet on either side of the first fold line into increased opposition with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Van-Rob Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Axel Lindgren, Wayne W. C. Wong
  • Publication number: 20110174868
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a closed structure part has a closed section using a blank made from a metal plate by pressing the blank using a press forming die and fixing a pair of joint ends of the blank to each other, the method including a pre-forming step of processing the blank into an interim part having a closed section corresponding to the closed structure part, a closing step of, after the pre-forming step is completed, moving the joint ends of the interim part toward each other and urging, against one of the joint ends, a concave flange processing portion formed on one of a pair of press forming surfaces of the press forming die at the edge end adjacent to the other press forming surface, and a press joining step of, after the closing step is completed, further moving the press forming die in a pressing direction, bending the one of the joint ends using a pressing force applied from the flange processing portion so that the joint end overlaps the outer surface of the other join end and a latch flange
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Higai, Yuji Yamasaki, Takaaki Hira, Katsuhiro Ochi
  • Patent number: 7937983
    Abstract: A curved surface forming apparatus includes a first member to be curved; a second member which is placed with a distance from the first member and holds the first member; and a pressurizing mechanism which pressurizes the first member and the second member to curve at least a part of the first member toward at least the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Yoshimura, Kouji Terasawa
  • Patent number: 7874832
    Abstract: An assembly for creating a folded edge for a flexible headliner material. A table defines an outer configured perimeter upon which is supported the headliner with or without a supporting template. Pairs of primary and secondary fingers are arranged at perimeter spaced locations in mounted fashion over the outer configured perimeter. The fingers contact outwardly displaceable fashion relative to the headliner inner perimeter, and such that the fingers are cooperatively displaced in a first step imparting a bent edge to the headliner. A projecting edge of the secondary finger is subsequently displaced over a terminating edge of the first finger in order to fold over the bent edge, or against the template, to form the edge profile to the headliner in a non-pleated fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Kimastle Corporation
    Inventor: Ray Kujawa
  • Patent number: 7762112
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fitting device for producing the arrangement for locking a sealing element, arranged at the front end on a rotor of a turbine, against a displacement in the circumferential direction, the sealing element locking moving blades arranged on the rotor against an axial displacement. Furthermore, the invention comprises a method of producing the arrangement for locking a sealing element, arranged at the front end on a rotor of a turbine, against a displacement in the circumferential direction. The quality of the fitting can be further increased by means of a modular, mobile fitting device which secures the sealing element for the duration of the bending operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marcus Brücher, Christian Bäumler, Andreas Föhrigen, Detlef Gruhn, Armin Hülfenhaus, Adam Przybyla, Sabine Rintzel, Melanie Uckert, Claus Vögelin, Uwe Wegmann
  • Publication number: 20100092796
    Abstract: Method of forming depressions (e.g. dimples) in a sheet material to form a textured surface thereon involves pressing one or more tool tips into a metallic or non-metallic sheet material while the sheet material is supported by a support layer that is relatively softer (e.g. having a lower Young's modulus) than the sheet material so as to allow plastic deformation and reduce pile-up of raised displaced material of the sheet material at the edges of the depressions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Jian Cao, Anthony Swanson, Tiffany Davis
  • Patent number: 7473257
    Abstract: Bending pliers are described for perforated bone plates with two jaws movable relative to one another. A receiving jaw has two spaced receptacles for insertion into holes of a bone plate to be received. A pressure-exerting jaw comprises a pressure-exerting element which, when the bending pliers are actuated, cooperates with a received bone plate in a region between the two receptacles. The receptacles have an outside diameter which is variable along their axial extent in order to cooperate, preferably in a form-fitting manner, with different hole types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Stryker Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Knöpfle, Frank Thorsten
  • Patent number: 7415860
    Abstract: An upper mold member 32 having an upstream upper punch 32a, an upper recess portion 32b and a downstream upper punch 32c that are serially arranged, from a feed upstream side of a sheet material W and a lower mold member 24 having an upstream lower punch 24a, a lower recess portion 24b and a downstream lower punch 24c that are serially arranged from the feed upstream side of the sheet material W are caused to displace towards a feed downstream side of the sheet material W while the upper mold member 32 and the lower mold member 24 sandwich the sheet material W between them. The productivity of a press apparatus can be improved and the cost can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 7114359
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing bent spring rails from an endless spring band. The method is characterized by the following steps: continuous bending of a section of spring band; cutting the bent section of spring band into a spring rail; discontinuous reverse bending to reduce the internal stresses of the bent, cut-to-length spring rail by subjecting the spring rail to at least one reverse bending force and/or heat-treating the cut-to-length spring rails, the heat treatment being a low-temperature treatment in this case, preferably at a temperature of less than 200 *C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Oliver Lenzen, Gerald Pachur, Oliver Blumenstock
  • Patent number: 6988390
    Abstract: A method of forming a tubular workpiece which consists in pre-bending a metal plate along at least two longitudinal lines of bend (12–13) then in bending the plate along at least one of the lines of bend (12–13) using a bending member (103–104) that exerts an external clamping force (F7, F8) along a part (23, 24) of the plate towards the at least one of the lines of bend (12, 13). Thereby preventing any sliding of part (23, 24) of the plate along the bending member (103–104) as the bending member bends the part. The bending member is articulated about a virtual geometrical axis (a, c) located inside a tubular section of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Imphy Alloys
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Jeandeaud, Jean-Pierre Reyal
  • Patent number: 6915677
    Abstract: A system for shaping a single curvature parabolic membrane. The system includes a shaping rail and a bending rail. At least two rollers operably connect the shaping rail and the bending rail. The rollers are operable to alter a position of the shaping rail relative to the bending rail. A compression adjustment bar is operably connected to ends of the shaping rail to apply a load to the shaping rail. A bending adjustment bar is operably connected to ends of the bending rail to apply a moment to the shaping rail through the at least two rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Jason Andrew Tolomeo
  • Publication number: 20040055354
    Abstract: A method for the quality assurance of crimp joints on crimping devices, in which, based on a setpoint dimension of crimp force and/or crimp height, the actual value of crimp force and/or crimp height is measured continuously within defined upper and/or lower tolerance dimensions of crimp force and/or crimp height, and a corrected re-adjustment of crimp height is effected after the actual values have reach a correction value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Applicant: Schaefer Werkzeug-und Sondermaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Erhard Anton
  • Publication number: 20030213278
    Abstract: A bending machine for the bending of tube, rod and bar shaped workpieces (24, 24a) includes a machine base unit (2), a collet (6) for mounting a workpiece, and a tool assembly (15) with at least one bending tool. The bending tool can be opened and closed in the transverse direction of the workpiece by the relative movement of tool components to form a workpiece holder. The tool assembly (15) is mounted on a swivel support (10) to rotate around a tool axis of rotation (16) extending axially of the workpiece, and the swivel support (10) is mounted on the machine base unit (2) to be rotatable around a swivel support axis of rotation (11) extending in the axial direction (12) of the workpiece. The swivel support axis of rotation (11) and the tool axis of rotation (16), and the tool axis of rotation (16) and the workpiece holder, are radially offset relative to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventors: Frank Schmauder, Winfried Richter, Jurgen Wolf, Stephan Lausterer, Erwin Holder, Stefan Deuter, Rainer Hofmann
  • Patent number: 6550303
    Abstract: A die assembly for machines used to bend lengths of pipe for pipeline applications. The die assembly includes three major components, an exterior housing, a flexible die, and an eggcrate assembly. The exterior housing encompasses the flexible die and eggcrate assembly and pins into conventional bending machines. The flexible die includes a plurality of narrow plate segments positioned along a pair of tie rods. The plate segments are free floating and spaced so as to converge or diverge with respect to the direction of flex of the tie rods. The eggcrate assembly provides support for a plurality of spring plates. Each spring plate has a radius of curvature consistent with the amount of desired bend in the length of pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Dieco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: John Allen Rogers, Robert W. Buchanan, John Alfred Schrawger, Jr., Danny Eugene Ford
  • Patent number: 6523389
    Abstract: A segmented pipe-bending die produces curvature across the pipe contacting surface of the die by varying the radii of the semi-circular pipe bending segments, or by offsetting the position of adjacent segments having equal or varying radii semi-circular apertures, laterally, longitudinally, or both. The pipe-bending die is formed from a plurality of metallic segments, which are affixed together. Each metallic segment of the die has a semi-circular pipe contacting surface portion. The radius of a plurality of the semi-circular pipe-contacting surface of each segment differs in length so that the pipe-contacting surface has a predetermined curvature formed by the resultant difference in height of the pipe contacting surface portions of each segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Inventor: Daniel D. Girdner
  • Patent number: 6377871
    Abstract: An integrated die cast system is provided comprising a die casting machine, a servo-controlled ladle, a servo-controlled sprayer, a pick and place robot, an integrated controller, and a programming pendant. The die casting machine includes a die casting machine controller. The servo-controlled ladle includes a molten material ladle and a servo-motor arranged to cause the ladle to transfer molten material to an injection chamber of the die casting machine. The servo-controlled sprayer includes a sprayer assembly and a servo-motor arranged to orient the sprayer assembly proximate a die cavity of the die casting machine. The pick and place robot is arranged to access a die cavity of the die casting machine. The integrated controller is in communication with the die-casting machine controller, the servo-controlled ladle, the servo-controlled sprayer, and the pick and place robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Motoman, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. DeCamp, Alan G. Livingston, Scott D. Colwell
  • Publication number: 20010032489
    Abstract: A die assembly for machines used to bend lengths of pipe for pipeline applications. The die assembly includes three major components, an exterior housing, a flexible die, and an eggcrate assembly. The exterior housing encompasses the flexible die and eggcrate assembly and pins into conventional bending machines. The flexible die includes a plurality of narrow plate segments positioned along a pair of tie rods. The plate segments are free floating and spaced so as to converge or diverge with respect to the direction of flex of the tie rods. The eggcrate assembly provides support for a plurality of spring plates. Each spring plate has a radius of curvature consistent with the amount of desired bend in the length of pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Publication date: October 25, 2001
    Applicant: Dieco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: John Allen Rogers, Robert W. Buchanan, John Alfred Schrawger, Danny Eugene Ford
  • Patent number: 6298706
    Abstract: A pipe bending machine, a segmented bending die for use in a pipe bending machine, and a method for bending pipe are disclosed. The pipe bending machine includes a frame, a segmented bending die, a support structure, a stiffback, and a pin up shoe. A pipe is inserted in the pipe bending machine, over the pin up shoe, between the segmented bending die and the support structure, and onto the stiffback. By raising the stiffback upwardly and securing an end of the pipe with the pin up shoe, the pipe is bent against the segmented bending die. The segmented bending die and the support structure conform to the external surface contours of the pipe to support the walls of the pipe, thereby preventing distortion, buckling, flattening, or collapsing of the pipe during bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher F. Dunn
  • Patent number: 5960836
    Abstract: Apparatus injects fluid such as sealing and balancing fluid into inflated tires, even two tires on a dual rim wheel, while on a vehicle. It seals to the valve stem so that the valve core can be unscrewed and retracted under pressure, providing an unobstructed fluid injection path before replacing the core without significant pressure loss. Tools for bending tire stems in situ facilitate apparatus installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventor: Robert P. McInnes
  • Patent number: 5481896
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for bending a sheet die cutting knife to a specified shape, in which a knife is supported by a supporting mechanism and a clamping mechanism in connection with the upper face of the surface plate and bent by a bending mechanism in which the edge portion of the bending die which constitutes the bending mechanism is brought into contact, through vibrations and drive, with the knife side opposite to the direction along which the knife is about to be bent, by alternatively repeating a specified staying time and knife feeding time by the knife feeding mechanism every time such a bending process is carried out. This makes it possible to bend the knife to various shapes by properly changing the operating time of the bending mechanism and the feeding mechanism with a control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: Itami Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chuji Yanagimoto