To Control Speed Of Tool Patents (Class 72/443)
  • Patent number: 10350667
    Abstract: The press device includes a press device body and moving bolsters. The press device body has a slide and a slide servomotor. The slide has upper dies attached thereto. The slide servomotor moves the slide up and down. The moving bolsters are able to move between a pressing position, which is a position on the inside of the press device body, and a die replacement position, which is a position on the outside of the press device body, and have lower dies disposed thereon. The moving bolsters have an electrical storage component, a travel motor, and wheels. The electrical storage component stores regenerative electrical power generated by the slide servomotor in the pressing position. Electrical power is supplied from the electrical storage component to the travel motor. The wheels are driven by the travel motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: KOMATSU INDUSTRIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Nishida
  • Patent number: 9946246
    Abstract: A control method of a machine tool includes the steps of: determining a raised height, and determining a maneuvering height; causing the tool to move horizontally to a machining position; causing the tool to move vertically to a machining height to machine the workpiece; causing the tool to move vertically to the raised height, and when the tool is at the maneuvering height, causing the tool to move horizontally to a next machining position while the tool is moving vertically; causing the tool to move vertically to the maneuvering height while the tool is moving horizontally to the next machining position; and causing the tool to move vertically to the machining height to machine the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: ANDERSON INDUSTRIAL CORP.
    Inventor: Chin-Chu Lin
  • Patent number: 8959978
    Abstract: A forging press includes a slide configured to have a die attached thereto; a drive shaft configured to cause the slide to rise and lower by rotating; a flywheel connected to the drive shaft via a clutch; a servomotor connected to the drive shaft; and a control part configured to control respective operations of the clutch and the servomotor, wherein the control part is configured to perform such control as to cause the drive shaft to rotate with the driving of the flywheel in at least one of a rising process, in which the slide is caused to rise, to cause the slide to rise and a lowering process, in which the slide is caused to lower, to cause the slide to lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masashi Tado
  • Patent number: 8910569
    Abstract: The invention relates to a press drive by means of direct drive modules, wherein a space-saving construction with low height for the press can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Mueller Weingarten AG
    Inventor: Uwe Darr
  • 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
    Applicant: AIDA ENGINEERING, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki KOHNO, Tadahiro KONDO, Kazufumi TSUCHIDA, Minoru SOMUKAWA
  • Patent number: 8726802
    Abstract: A controller for an electric servo press includes: a press load sensor for detecting a pressure force of the slide; a pressure-force determination device for determining whether the pressure force of the slide reaches one or a plurality of different pressure-force setting values based on the one or the plurality of different pressure-force setting values and an output signal of the press load sensor, and for generating a pressure-force achievement signal each time the pressure force of the slide reaches each of the one or the plurality of different pressure-force setting values; a servo motor drive controller for controlling driving of the servo motor; and a motion command device. In response to the pressure-force achievement signal, switching of a drive control mode by the servo motor drive controller is switched, and/or a motion to be commanded by the motion command device is switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Aida Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Senda, Hiroaki Yoshida, Akira Harada, Koichi Hishinuma, Hirokazu Kawabuchi, Hideyuki Matsuda, Yasuhiro Harada, Kazuki Honjo
  • Patent number: 8464567
    Abstract: A multi-stage can necking machine having distributed drives is provided. The multi-stage can necking machine may include a plural of operation stages, wherein at least some of the operation stages may be configured for can necking operations. Each operation stage may include a main turret shaft, a transfer starwheel shaft, and a support for mounting the main turret shaft and transfer starwheel shaft. Each main turret shaft and transfer starwheel shaft may have a gear, and the gears of the operation stages may be in meshed communication to form a continuous gear train. A plural of motors may be distributed among the operation stages and mechanically coupled to the gear train, wherein each one of the motors may be capable of transmitting power to the gear train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Lee Saville
  • Patent number: 8418606
    Abstract: A device for reducing the press angle control error caused by press load variation, where the device includes: a reference value output unit that outputs a press angle reference value, a press angle detection unit, a speed command unit, and a driving unit. The press angle detection unit detects a press angle of the corresponding press machine and outputs a press angle detection value. The speed command unit outputs a command speed value of a motor of the corresponding press machine based on the press angle reference value and the press angle detection value. The driving unit controls the motor speed of the corresponding press machine based on the command speed value. The device further includes a correction unit that corrects the press angle reference value or the command speed value so the difference between the press angle reference value and the press angle is within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: IHI Corporation
    Inventors: Dai Onishi, Takeshi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8342000
    Abstract: A servo-press machine determining whether or not a drive power supply voltage between a positive power supply path and a negative power supply path that connect a power supply device and a motor rotation control section is lower than an induced voltage of a servomotor, and correcting speed-related data based on slide motion information when the servo-press machine has determined that the drive power supply voltage is lower than the induced voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Aida Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Kuboe
  • Patent number: 8302452
    Abstract: A method for operating a mechanical press including at least one electric drive motor, a drive control for controlling the at least one motor, a ram, a mechanical element for translating rotational motion of the at least one motor to linear motion of the ram in a first rotation direction, into a linear motion of the ram arranged to be lowered and raised along a linear path for operating the press to carry out a press cycle including a pressing part and one or more non-pressing parts of the press cycle, and by providing a control output to the drive control such that the speed of the at least one drive motor is varied during at least one pressing or non-pressing part of the press cycle. The press may be reversed between production cycles. Also press and system including a such press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Marc Segura Golorans, Sjoerd G. Bosga
  • Patent number: 8276426
    Abstract: Laminations to be stacked as magnetic cores are produced from a very thin amorphous metal strip, using a punch press with accurate punch/die clearance. The laminations are collected on conveyor spindles or a transport rod or pipe, in either case being arranged without the need for substantial handling. Heat annealing and anti-vibration treatments can be applied along a conveying path. The laminations are grouped in a stack to define a core and are packaged or encapsulated in electrically nonconductive coverings. The finished core has advantageous electrical characteristics and low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Magnetic Metals Corporation
    Inventors: Rodica Musat, Frank A. Raneiro, Thomas H. Rooney, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8049457
    Abstract: A press machine controller (10) for controlling a press machine (30) having a servo motor (41) to drive a slide (38) via a reduction mechanism (37) changed in reduction ratio in accordance with the position of the slide (38) is disclosed. The device includes a command generator (20) for generating at least one of a position command, a speed command and a torque command for the servo motor (41); a vibration command generator (13) for generating a vibration command based on a parameter preset for the press machine controller (10); a slide position detector (12) for detecting the position of the slide (38); and a vibration command adding portion (21, 22, 23) for adding the vibration command to any one of the position command, the speed command and the torque command for the servo motor (41) in the case where the slide position is in a predetermined range. The press machine, even if stopped with the slide at the bottom dead center, can be restarted with a small torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Fanuc Ltd
    Inventors: Tadashi Okita, Hiroyuki Kawamura, Kouki Kameta
  • Patent number: 8006538
    Abstract: A control device, for a servo die cushion, by which the speed of a die cushion is prevented from largely deviating from the speed of a slide, whereby the press force between the slide and the die cushion is not significantly reduced. The control device includes a slide speed detector for detecting the speed of the slide, a die cushion speed detector for detecting the speed of the die cushion, and a die cushion speed commanding part for controlling the speed of the die cushion. When a tentative speed command of the die cushion is largely deviated from the detected slide speed, the command of the die cushion is corrected such that the absolute value thereof does not exceed the value calculated by adding the absolute value of the detected slide speed to a positive constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignees: Fanuc Ltd, Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasusuke Iwashita, Tadashi Okita, Hiroyuki Kawamura, Satoshi Ikai
  • Patent number: 7963140
    Abstract: A variable crimp on flange (COF) tool is provided for engaging and attaching a weather strip and like structures onto a flange. The COF tool includes a housing with two or more crimp rollers that project therefrom. For example, a fixed roller is mounted to the housing to rotate in a first direction, while a movable roller is mounted to the housing to rotate in a second, opposite direction. The movable roller is axially offset from and movable relative to the fixed roller. A driving mechanism, such as a pneumatic motor, is encased within the housing, and operates to rotate the crimp rollers. A biasing mechanism, such as a pneumatic piston assembly, is also encased within the housing, and operates to move the movable crimp roller relative to the fixed crimp roller. The COF tool is engineered such that the crimp speed, crimp rate, and crimp pressure are independently adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David M. Bentoski, Theodore W. Foster
  • Patent number: 7926317
    Abstract: A press machine includes: an electric motor for raising and lowering a slide by rotating a crank shaft; a motion datum receiving module through which, by an input operation, an operator inputs a motion datum including, as input items, height positions at which the slide starts and ends an oscillation process, a speed at which the slide carries out the oscillation process, an angle at which the crank shaft is rotated in a direction during a drive-in operation, and an angle at which the crank shaft is rotated in the other direction during a return operation; a motion pattern generator for generating a motion pattern of the slide on the basis of the motion datum inputted through the motion datum receiving module; and a motor controlling module for controlling the electric motor on the basis of the motion pattern generated by the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignees: Amada Press Technology Co., Ltd., Amada Company, Limited
    Inventors: Mitsumasa Soga, Hideo Itakura
  • Patent number: 7845205
    Abstract: A die cushion controller, for driving a die cushion, disposed in opposition to a slide of a press machine, by controlling a servo motor, including: a pressure command portion which prepares a pressure command value for exerting a predetermined pressure to a press material disposed between the slide and the die cushion; a pressure detecting portion which detects an actual pressure exerted on the press material; a speed correction value preparing portion which prepares a speed correction value by multiplying a differential value of the pressure command value prepared by the pressure command portion by a coefficient; and a first speed command portion which prepares a speed command value to be instructed to the servo motor based on the pressure command value prepared by the pressure command portion, the actual pressure detected by the pressure detecting portion, and the speed correction value prepared by the speed correction value preparing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Fanuc Ltd
    Inventors: Yasusuke Iwashita, Tadashi Okita, Hiroyuki Kawamura, Satoshi Ikai
  • Patent number: 7805973
    Abstract: A method for operating a mechanical press including an electric drive motor, a drive control for controlling the motor, a ram, a flywheel, a clutch and a member for translating rotational motion of the flywheel in a first rotation direction into a linear motion of the ram arranged to be lowered and raised along a linear path for operating the press to carry out a press production cycle. The press cycle includes a pressing part and one or more non-pressing parts. The press includes a second drive motor or actuator arranged connected to the ram and by providing a control output to the drive control, the speed of the second drive motor is made variable during at least one part of the press production cycle. The press may be reversed between production cycles. A press and system including such a press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Sjoerd Bosga, Falah Hosini, Marc Segura Golorons
  • Patent number: 7752881
    Abstract: Press driving modules are provided to permit a standardized press design. The presses of a press line are equipped with always identical press driving modules, and the pressing force of the presses is varied only by the adaptation of the number of press driving modules. The press driving modules each contain two driving devices, respectively, that interact parallel or in series and have different characteristic curves. In particular, they have different maximal traveling speeds and different maximal forces. They can also have a different design with respect to their positioning capability and path resolution. This concept permits not only a standardization of presses of different performance classes within a press line but, beyond that, the largely free definition of characteristic path-time curves of the slides, and thereby finally also a freer design of workpieces, particularly of vehicle body parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Schuler Pressen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hans Hofele, Andreas Lauke
  • Patent number: 7640778
    Abstract: A servo drive system of a press machine includes a ram, an operation shaft which vertically moves the ram, and a servo motor which operates as a power source of the ram and which generates ram pressure using a torque based on at least one speed-torque characteristic of the servo motor. The operation shaft is directly driven using the servo motor. The at least one speed-torque characteristic of the servo motor is set in a manner such that a motor torque of the servo motor at which a capacity of electric energy supplied by a servo amplifier is determined becomes the motor torque at which an optimal punching pattern of the ram is generated from a light load to a heavy load according to a type of workpiece to be worked by the press machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Amada Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kinshiro Naito, Tokuzo Sekiyama, Toshiaki Otake, Haruhiko Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 7637139
    Abstract: A continuous working system of a press machine includes a ram, an operation shaft which vertically moves the ram, and a servo motor which operates as a power source of the ram and which generates ram pressure using a torque based on at least one speed-torque characteristic of a motor. The operation shaft is directly driven using the servo motor. The operation shaft is continuously reciprocated and turned through an angle range corresponding to a distance between a predetermined lower end position required for press working by the ram and an upper end position such that the ram vertically moves between these positions by the servo motor, thereby subjecting a work to a continuous press working. The upper end position is set to a position slightly below a medium height of the entire vertically possible stroke of the ram. The lower end position is set to a position slightly above a bottom dead center of the entire vertically possible stroke of the ram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Amada Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kinshiro Naito, Tokuzo Sekiyama, Toshiaki Otake, Haruhiko Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 7574891
    Abstract: A pressing apparatus using a motor, in which a driving device for fast feed, which lowers a upper die to a position immediately before pressing, and a motor for pressing, which performs a pressing operation, are used to cause the driving device for fast feed and the motor for pressing to operate cooperatively, and only one position detector, which detects a present position of a slider, is provided for a set of the driving device for fast feed and the motor for pressing. A lock device is provided so as to lock the slider and the screw shaft while the motor for pressing is operating for pressing a work piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Hoden Seimitsu Kako Kenkyusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Futamura, Hiromitsu Kaneko
  • Patent number: 7475584
    Abstract: A servo drive system of a press machine has a pair of servo motors which can generate necessary ram pressure by compositing and using a torque based on the same speed-torque characteristics. The servo motors are symmetric with each other in a mirror image manner. The servo motors are opposed to each other at opposite ends of an operation shaft which vertically moves a ram. The servo motors are integrally operated, thereby directly driving the operation shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Amada Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kinshiro Naito, Tokuzo Sekiyama, Toshiaki Otake, Haruhiko Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 7461530
    Abstract: A control apparatus for controlling a die cushion mechanism including a servo-motor as a drive source and producing a force adapted to be applied to a slide in a press machine. The control apparatus includes a force commanding section for commanding a force to be produced by the die cushion mechanism; a force detecting section for detecting the force produced by the die cushion mechanism; a motor-speed detecting section for detecting an operating speed of the servo-motor; a slide-speed detecting section for detecting a moving speed of the slide; and a force controlling section for executing a force control on the servo-motor, based on a force command value commanded by the force commanding section, a force detected value detected by the force detecting section, a motor-speed detected value detected by the motor-speed detecting section and a slide-speed detected value detected by the slide-speed detecting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Fanuc Ltd
    Inventors: Yasusuke Iwashita, Tadashi Okita, Hiroyuki Kawamura, Satoshi Ikai
  • Patent number: 7434505
    Abstract: High production processing and high accuracy processing are selectively performed with a single press. To this end, there are provided a system and method for controlling a servo press 1 in which an eccentric rotation mechanism 20 is driven by a servo motor 21 and the rotating power of the eccentric rotation mechanism 20 is transmitted to a slide 3 through a toggle linkage 15, thereby vertically moving the slide 3. In the control system and method, the rotation of the servo motor 21 is controlled in response to a motor speed command rm calculated based on the deviation ? p of the position of the slide 3 and a positional gain G(?) preset according to a speed ratio of the slide 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignees: Komatsu Ltd., Komatsu Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi Suzuki, Yukio Hata
  • Patent number: 7421878
    Abstract: A control device of a die cushion mechanism, by which a force between a slide and a die cushion may follow a commanded value even in the rapid acceleration or deceleration of the slide and, moreover, a problem such as vibration of the mechanism may be prevented in the gradual acceleration or deceleration of the slide. The control device includes a slide position detecting part, such as a position sensor, for detecting the position of the slide and a correcting part for correcting a current commanded value using an acceleration of the slide, obtained by second-order differentiation of the position of the slide detected by the position sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Fanuc Ltd
    Inventors: Yasusuke Iwashita, Tadashi Okita, Hiroyuki Kawamura, Satoshi Ikai
  • Patent number: 7401492
    Abstract: A control device (10) for a die cushion mechanism that produces a force for a slide (24) in a press machine, comprising slide velocity command-forming means (61) for forming a velocity command for the slide (24), die cushion velocity command-forming means (62) for forming a velocity command for said die cushion (20), and velocity relation calculation means (65) for calculating a velocity relation between the velocity of the slide and the velocity of the die cushion based on a rate of increase (dF) in the force produced between the slide and the die cushion immediately after the collision of the slide with the die cushion. The cushion velocity command-forming means forms the velocity command for the die cushion based upon the slide velocity command formed by the slide velocity command-forming means and upon the velocity relation calculated by the velocity relation-calculation means. This makes it possible to form an optimum velocity command for the slide and/or the die cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Fanuc Ltd
    Inventors: Yasusuke Iwashita, Tadashi Okita, Hiroyuki Kawamura, Satoshi Ikai
  • Patent number: 7392684
    Abstract: A control system, for a press machine including a plurality of die cushions, by which force control and position control may be suitably switched from one to another in each control device for each of the die cushions. The control system includes a plurality of control devices for controlling a servomotor of each die cushion and a switching signal generating part capable of collecting the judgment result of each control device. The switching signal generating part transmits a switching signal to each control device, in order to switch the control mode of each control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Fanuc Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasusuke Iwashita, Tadashi Okita, Hiroyuki Kawamura, Satoshi Ikai
  • Patent number: 7360391
    Abstract: A control device, for a servo die cushion, for precisely performing force control without using a force detector. The control device includes a slide position detecting part for detecting the position of the slide, a storing part for storing information representing a relation between the position of the slide and the speed of the die cushion, the information being predetermined such that the force between the slide and the die cushion is set to a desired force and a die cushion speed commanding part for generating a speed command of the die cushion based on the information and the position of the slide detected by the slide position detecting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Fanuc Ltd
    Inventors: Yasusuke Iwashita, Tadashi Okita, Hiroyuki Kawamura, Satoshi Ikai
  • Patent number: 7357013
    Abstract: A marking device for encoding metallic workpieces with two-dimensional matrix codes includes a striking tool for forming the code recesses, driven by an electromagnetic device. The driving movement is performed against the force of a return device. A positioning device displaceable on two axes (x, y) of a plane perpendicular to the striking direction (z) is used for positioning the striking tool in the desired code positions. An electronic control device for controlling movement of the striking tool includes means for presetting a higher current for the electromagnet device during a first acceleration phase of the striking tool and a lower current during a subsequent moving phase until the workpiece is impinged. In this manner, the precision of the code recesses in the workpiece can be exactly set or maintained, so that readability of the coding is substantially improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Borries Markier-Systeme GmbH
    Inventor: Konrad Fröhlich
  • Patent number: 7357073
    Abstract: A press drive unit and press drive method are provided which decrease the cycle time of a press to improve its productivity, enable use of small-sized, inexpensive presses and provide improved product quality. To this end, the press drive unit comprises a drive shaft coupled to a slide through a specified power transmission mechanism; a first drive system for rotationally driving a flywheel with a main motor and driving the drive shaft through a clutch disposed between the flywheel and the drive shaft; and a second drive system for driving the drive shaft at variable speed with a sub motor. Driving is carried out with the first and second drive systems in a formation zone, and driving is carried out with the second drive system alone in a non-formation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyoji Aoshima
  • Patent number: 7293500
    Abstract: A pressing apparatus using a motor, in which a fast feed drive lowers an upper die to a position immediately before pressing, and a motor for pressing performs a pressing operation. The fast feed drive and the motor for pressing operate cooperatively, and only one position detector, which detects a present position of a slider, is provided for a set of the fast feed drive and the motor for pressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Hoden Seimitsu Kako Kenkyusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Futamura, Takeo Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 7284407
    Abstract: A reciprocating drive mechanism for converting motor rotation into linear motions to produce a reciprocating drive force, and a press machine using the mechanism. The rotation of a first motor (20A) out of two motors (20A) and (20B) is converted into a high-speed low-torque rotational output and transmitted to a ball screw mechanism (50) by a first power transmission mechanism (30). The rotation of the second motor (20B) is converted into a low-speed high-torque rotational output and transmitted to the ball screw mechanism (50) by a second power transmission mechanism (40). The ball screw mechanism (50) is made of a feed screw (52) supported in a screw hole of a nut member (51) so as to be capable of screw-fed rotation. The feed screw (52) and the nut member (51) are coupled with the first power transmission mechanism (30) and the second power transmission mechanism (40), respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Toyokoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wataru Imaeda
  • Patent number: 7165490
    Abstract: A press forming method is disclosed, wherein press forming can be effected at high speed while maintaining the horizontal state of a slide plate in press-forming a work-piece by a press machine. A press machine is used in which the slide plate is pressed by a plurality of drive sources using servo-motors for driving. The speed of one of the plurality of drive sources is set to a target speed for production forming for the drive source, and by using a function that shows a delay in terms of a speed of the drive source and a load thereon and also using a load separately found, the respective speeds of the drive sources are found so as to eliminate the delay between the drive sources. Trial forming is repeated on the basis of the thus-found speed to derive conditions that enable press-forming at high speed while maintaining the horizontal state of the slide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Hoden Seimitus Kako Kenkyusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Futamura, Keizo Unno
  • Patent number: 7086327
    Abstract: A press forming method is disclosed, wherein press forming can be effected at high speed while maintaining the horizontal state of a slide plate in press-forming work by a press machine. A press machine is used in which the slide plate is pressed by a plurality of servo-motor drive sources. In trial forming, the slide plate is sufficiently slowly moved to measure the delay of each drive source. According to the magnitude of the delay of each drive source or according to the difference between the trial forming speed and the production forming speed, the respective speeds of the drive sources are corrected, and trial forming is repeated on the basis of the corrected speed to derive conditions that enable press forming at high forming speed suitable for mass production while maintaining the horizontal state of the slide plate to the extent of ensuring sufficient product accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Hoden Seimitsu Kako Kenkyusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Futamura, Keizo Unno
  • Patent number: 6874343
    Abstract: A controller for a press brake controls a servomotor to reverse the rotation of a bidirectional piston pump so as to reverse the vertical movement of a hydraulic cylinder and a ram. A command generator maintains a constant speed for a predetermined warmup time or distance after the ram movement is reversed, and afterwards changes the ram speed to a predetermined speed. A ram position, set according to a moving speed pattern, is compared to the actual position of the ram to conform the ram to the moving speed pattern. The moving speed may be limited based on at least one of a pressure and a detected by a pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: AMADA Company, Limited
    Inventor: Nobuaki Ariji
  • Patent number: 6634205
    Abstract: A tryout of a metal mold for a mechanical press suitable for mass production is carried out with a hydraulic press in accordance with the same motion curve as that of the mechanical press so as to reduce metal mold corrections at a job site as much as possible. When trial molding is carried out, an adequate amount of oil capable of obtaining a press motion curve of the mechanical press in accumulators is accumulated so that a predetermined amount of oil can be supplied to a plurality of pressing cylinders of the hydraulic press, hydraulic oil selectively is supplied to a predetermined pressure cylinder of a plurality of pressure cylinders and hydraulic control is applied to the pressure cylinders by a servo valve so as to obtain a coincidence with a press motion curve of a mechanical press with predetermined output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Kawasaki Hydromechanics Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuneaki Yashima, Kikuo Uchida, Nobuyuki Nagayasu
  • Patent number: 6427508
    Abstract: An automated collar-forming drill mechanism, having the bottom end of its rotatable drive shaft (1) fitted with a tool head (2), which is driven axially back and forth by means of a piston-cylinder assembly (5-9), the drive shaft (1) extending through its piston rod (9). The axially directed operations of the tool head (2) are effected by means of a pneumatic part of the piston-cylinder assembly and a limitation to the speed of working operations is effected by means of a hydraulic part of the piston-cylinder assembly. The operating speeds upwards and downwards, as well as the reversing points for operating speeds and direction, are adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: T-Drill Oy
    Inventors: Pertti Lehto, Kari Haavisto, Vesa Ropponen, Timo Saari
  • Publication number: 20020062676
    Abstract: A tryout of a metal mold for a mechanical press suitable for mass production is carried out with a hydraulic press in accordance with the same motion curve as that of the mechanical press so as to reduce metal mold corrections at a job site as much as possible. When trial molding is carried out, an adequate amount of oil capable of obtaining a press motion curve of the mechanical press in accumulators is accumulated so that a predetermined amount of oil can be supplied to a plurality of pressing cylinders of the hydraulic press, hydraulic oil selectively is supplied to a predetermined pressure cylinder of a plurality of pressure cylinders and hydraulic control is applied to the pressure cylinders by a servo valve so as to obtain a coincidence with a press motion curve of a mechanical press with predetermined output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Publication date: May 30, 2002
    Inventors: Tsuneaki Yashima, Kikuo Uchida, Nobuyuki Nagayasu
  • Patent number: 6378194
    Abstract: In a method for joining workpieces, in particular press fittings (24) to a pipe (23), the pressing device (1) is placed with its at least two pressing jaws (21, 22) in the open position against the joining point of the workpieces 23, 24), and the pressing jaws (21, 22) are then moved with respect to one another by means of a jaw drive (7, 50), while the workpieces (23, 24) deform plastically, into a terminal pressed position in which, at the latest, the application of power to the press jaws (21, 22) ends. According to the invention, the power of the jaw drive (7, 50) is controlled in such a way that, at least toward the completion of pressing, the pressing jaws (21, 22) have less kinetic energy than without a power controller. The invention further concerns a pressing unit (1) for carrying out said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Novopress GmbH
    Inventor: Xuang Long Nghiem
  • Patent number: 6178803
    Abstract: A crank press, wherein the power of an electric motor is transmitted to a crankshaft and a connecting rod connected thereto through a clutch to lower a slider and a brake coupled to the crankshaft slows down and stops the ascending slider at its top dead point at the end of each cycle, comprising (i) an oil-hydraulic pump/motor which engages the crankshaft through gears, (ii) an accumulator which is connected to the oil-hydraulic pump/motor by oil paths a, b and c, and (iii) first and second switching valves which switch the oil flow between an energy-absorbing mode to feed hydraulic oil to the accumulator through the oil-hydraulic pump/motor and an energy-releasing mode to feed hydraulic oil from the accumulator to the oil-hydraulic pump/motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Ozaki, Masashi Tado
  • Patent number: 6145366
    Abstract: Damage to the dies due to a die collision caused by an input error of bending data etc. is avoided without use of a specialized device for pressure detection. A die interference checking mode is provided for setting the pressure of the ram, which supports the movable die, to a value that does not cause damage in the event that the movable die and the fixed die interfere with each other and for driving the ram so as to create the set pressure. A die interference determining step is further provided in which it is determined whether the movable die and the fixed die have interfered with each other in the die interference checking step, and if it is determined that the dies have interfered, the movement of the ram is stopped, and if it is determined that the dies have not interfered, the die interference checking step is cancelled and the operation of the press brake proceeds to an ordinary bending step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignees: Komatsu Ltd., Komatsu Industries Corporation
    Inventor: Yukihiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 6012321
    Abstract: A driving device for a pressing machine, particularly effective on a turret punch press, whereby both high speed processing at times of low load and high load processing at low speeds can be carried out even with a low output motor. A driving device for a press machine that transmits the rotation of a motor 12 to a press system 11 via a rotation transmission system 29 having a speed reduction gear 30, wherein a speed change gear 31 intervenes on the rotation transmission system 29. The speed change gear 31 is arranged on the input side of the speed reduction gear 30. The press system 11 is a system for exchanging a rotation movement to a linear movement, reciprocally driving the punch tool 4 and comprises the toggle system 8 and the crank system 13 or the like. With regard to control, a method 36 for exchanging the rotation transmission ratio of the speed change system 31 corresponding to the type of process is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shunitsu Ito, Hiroshi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 5669257
    Abstract: A terminal barrel is crimped to a wire laid on an anvil. In the crimping operation, a servo-motor drives a driving axis, the forward and reverse rotation of which vertically reciprocates a crimper. The operation includes the steps of: preliminary recording reference speeds or accelerations of the crimper at vertical positions in the reciprocating movement, and the reference value of a current which is supplied to the servo-motor when the terminal is crimped; descending the crimper at the reference speeds corresponding to the crimper position while the crimper descends from its top position to its crimping start position; crimping the terminal by supplying the reference current to the servo-motor during a predetermined period while the crimper is crimping the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihiro Inoue, Kazuhiko Takada
  • Patent number: 5606888
    Abstract: A method of forming relatively hard materials is disclosed. The method includes providing tooling for performing the forming operation on a strip (10) of relatively hard material. The tooling includes a forming tool (22) and a mating die (24) coupled to a high speed stamping and forming machine (70). The tooling and machine are arranged so that the forming operation is performed within a time period that is less than the stress relaxation time constant for the material being formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corp.
    Inventor: Dimitry Grabbe
  • Patent number: 5201204
    Abstract: A control system for automatically counterbalancing the ram and tooling of a mechanical press by the measurement of strain in a press component or components subject to stress during operation of the press. The air pressure in one or more counterbalancing cylinders is varied to maintain balanced conditions in response to the strain measured at the top of the press cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Inventors: William Hinterman, Timothy Hinterman
  • Patent number: 5199293
    Abstract: The press is of the type including a pair of tool holders mounted in a frame and carrying cooperating tools (die and punch). At least one of the tool holders is motor driven and is movable towards the other tool holder. According to the invention, the press includes a first driver arranged to make one of the tool holders travel a fairly long distance towards the other tool and a second driver, distinct from the first, for making this same tool holder or the other tool holder perform, a subsequent, fairly short working stroke to bend the sheet metal and to effect any coining of the bend. Preferably both of the tool holders are movable, the second driver being arranged to make the respective tool holder complete a fairly short bending stroke, and the press includes a third driver, distinct from the first and second, arranged to make the same tool holder and the other tool holder complete a vertical stroke for coining the bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Amada Company, Limited
    Inventors: Alberto A. Catti, Franco Sartorio, Stefano Vergano
  • Patent number: 5129246
    Abstract: A mechanical expander for tubing for heat transfer products. The tubing expander includes one or more elongated rods, each having an enlargement on the forward end thereof for insertion into tubing to be expanded. The rods are supported on a carriage which in turn is slidably mount on a frame. The carriage is driven forwardly and rearwardly along the frame by a hydraulic motor operably coupled to the carriage by a continuous chain. Elongated tubes which are respectively fixedly attached to a cross member and which respectively partially surround the rods limit lateral or bowing movements of the rods. There are clamping jaws mounted on the frame for clampingly holding the ends of the tubing to be expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Ardco, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Strickland, Douglas B. Laird
  • Patent number: 5092151
    Abstract: The press is of the type including a pair of tool-holders mounted in a frame and carrying cooperating tools (die and punch). At least one of the tool-holders is motor-driven and is movable towards the other tool-holder. According to the invention, the press includes first drive means arranged to make one of the tool-holders travel a fairly long distance towards the other tool and second drive means, distinct from the first, for making this same tool-holder or the other tool-holder perform a subsequent, fairly-short working stroke to bend the sheet metal and to effect any coining of the bend. Preferably both of the tool-holders are movable, the second drive means being arranged to make the respective tool-holder complete a fairly short bending stroke, and the press includes third drive means, distinct from the first and second, arranged to make the same tool-holder and the other tool-holder complete a virtual stroke for coining the bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Amada Company, Limited
    Inventors: Alberto A. Catti, Franco Sartorio, Stefano Vergano
  • Patent number: 5069060
    Abstract: In a method of operating a press machine having a servomotor (20) and a servo controller therefor, the tool stay substantially still immediately after the completion of working a workpiece for a period of from 0.05 to 2 seconds and also the speed of the tool applying an impact to the workpiece for working is decelerated immediately before the tool strikes against the workpiece in order to reduce the noise generated when the impact is applied. The speed and positional locus of the ram (36) are set for each step using respective setting switches provided on a panel. The servomotor (20) is program-controlled according to the data input through the respective setting switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Inventor: Mitoshi Ishii
  • Patent number: 5031431
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling a stroke of a cylinder-type press machine in which a forming process control pattern comprises a pressurizing interval in which a ram of the press is maintained at its bottom position at a constant pressure for a fixed time. Accordingly, warp and distortion of a workpiece due to a spring-back of the workpiece is suppressed. Another feature of the present invention is that either the punching or forming process can be accomplished by selecting a specified pattern for various types of control patterns stored in a punching process control pattern storage section and a forming process control pattern storage section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Assignee: Amada Company, Limited
    Inventor: Kinshirou Naito