With Elongated Extension Fixed To Tool Face In Use (e.g., Handle Or Shank) Patents (Class 72/479)
  • Patent number: 10944250
    Abstract: A method is provided for setting up a transmission link for electrical energy, in which at least one superconductive cable and a cryostat surrounding the same are used, the cryostat having two metal tubes arranged concentrically in relation to one another, between which a vacuum insulation is provided. The ends of the cryostat in the assembled state as well as the superconductive cable located in the same are attached on fixed parts of the transmission link. At least at one end of the cryostat, there is gaplessly connected to the same a tube body which is bent by an angle of at least 180° and likewise consists of two metal tubes arranged concentrically in relation to one another, between which a vacuum insulation is provided. The superconductive cable protruding from the cryostat is arranged in the tube body at room temperature in such a way that it runs at least in the direct proximity of the wall of the inner tube of the tube body that has the greater bending radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: NEXANS
    Inventors: Mark Stemmle, Stephan Lange
  • Patent number: 10252308
    Abstract: A paintless dent removal tool having a handle with a side and two opposing ends. The tool having a substantially rigid stem with a proximal segment and a distal segment opposite the proximal segment, and configured with the proximal segment extending from the side of the handle between the two opposing ends. The stem comprises an elongated curve between the proximal segment and the distal segment of the stem, and a substantially rigid tip extends in an angular fashion from the distal segment of the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Richard Hummert
  • Patent number: 10071415
    Abstract: An ergonomic bucking bar is disclosed herein. The ergonomic bucking bar includes a bar body having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end includes a plurality of apertures formed therein for reducing weight of the bar body at the proximal end. The ergonomic bucking bar includes a compliant hand grip positioned over the proximal end of the bar body for reducing vibrations transmitted through the bar body during a riveting operation using the bucking bar. Optionally, the distal end includes at least one aperture formed therein for receiving an insert to increase the weight of the bar body at the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventor: Jerry L. Trenary
  • Patent number: 9669442
    Abstract: A dent removing apparatus that utilizes piston technology along with the magnetism to remove dents includes a handle, a linear actuator, an interchangeable suction cup, and an interchangeable magnetized base. The handle allows the user to grasp the apparatus while the interchangeable magnetized base engages with the dent. A magnetized bottom rim of the interchangeable suction cup perimetrically positions around the dent and the interchangeable magnetized base and engaged with the surrounding surface area of the dent. Then the dent can be pulled or push to be even with the surrounding surface area through the linear actuator as the linear actuator can be manually, pneumatically, or electrically operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Jose Cruz Alvarez
  • Patent number: 9651013
    Abstract: An apparatus for setting a clearance has a movable body and a valve guide. A valve body is disposed along the axis of the movable body, and a bore hole is formed in the movable body. The bore hole is formed on the axis and includes a first bore with a first diameter, a receiving surface, and a second bore. A tool having a forward surface is inserted into the bore hole and pressed against the receiving surface. The flow of a fluid between the guide cylinder and the movable body is determined and compared against a standard. If it does not meet the criteria, the force is adjusted and reapplied until it meets the desired value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Maximilian Herbert Kronberger
  • Patent number: 9358604
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for reshaping a shoulder and/or neck portion of a metallic container are provided. A shoulder shaping or reshaping tool comprises a generally annular device with relief features provided on an internal surface. The tool is adapted to engage the exterior surface of a container to be shaped to provide outwardly extending ornamental features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin R. Jentzsch, John R. Ross, Matthias K. van de Liefvoort, Mark A. Jacober
  • Patent number: 9259824
    Abstract: A mounting tool for an axle lock nut comprises a pole, an end of the pole is a knocking end and the other end is provided with a suppressing unit and a retaining unit, the retaining unit is in adjacent to a side of the suppressing unit and the retaining unit is protruded out of a tail end of the suppressing unit. The mounting tool is used to position the axle lock nut on an automobile axle and to increase the reliability of operation for mounting the axle lock nut on the automobile axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Pi-Liang Wu
  • Patent number: 9108238
    Abstract: A tool for bending sheet metal and in particular for making bends along the edges and a bend known as a cross break for duct work. A pair of longitudinal right angle members are spaced apart at each end and welded together forming a gap through which a piece of sheet metal is inserted. A pair of parallel rods are welded one to each one of the coplanar webs and perpendicular to the two right angle members at a selected position. The parallel rods provide a handle which may be squeezed to urge the gap closed and thus clamp and hold the sheet metal tightly between the two right angle members whereby the metal can be gripped and bent at the desired angle forming a crease therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Steve R. Bryant
  • Publication number: 20150142064
    Abstract: A pair of plate benders is provided for bending a bone plate having a plurality of screw holes and a plurality of tubular drill guides removably preassembled into the screw holes. Each plate bender has a first end, a second end, and a handle extending between the first and second ends. The first end has a lower table on which the plate is received, an upper retaining structure which is adapted to engage the tubular drill guides, a recess defined between the lower table and upper retaining structure into which a portion of the plate is received such that the plate extends over a portion of the table and below a portion of the retaining structure. The retaining structure engages the periphery of the tubular drill guides to secure the plate relative to the bending tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: BIOMET C.V.
    Inventors: Alejandro Perez, Priya Prasad, Driany F. Alfonso, Sanjoy Chouduri
  • Publication number: 20150027195
    Abstract: The invention comprises a means for providing customizable identification symbols to a metal container using a custom, portable tool for stamping the symbols onto the external surface of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Ryan Fritzsche
  • Publication number: 20140157858
    Abstract: A recoilless bucking bar system that includes a cylindrical housing with a first housing end and a second housing end, a tip adaptor shaft with a neck portion and a mouth portion, a spring, and compression springs. The neck portion has a neck portion first end and a neck portion second end. The neck portion first end is partially disposed within the cylindrical housing. The mouth portion can grip a bucking bar tip. The gripped bucking her tip is able to be inserted in a space such that the system can be used as a bucking bar. The spring is axially disposed within the cylindrical housing at the second housing end. The spring communicates with the neck portion first end, and is axially aligned to the tip adaptor shaft. The compression springs are disposed around the circumference of the neck portion that is partially disposed within the cylindrical housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
  • Patent number: 8499608
    Abstract: A bending tool for bending and shaping general purpose building wire and cable. The bending tool including a main body having a first end opposite a second end. The first and second ends each include a pair of metal dowels fixedly attached with couplings. Each pair of metal dowels are spaced apart and define a spacing sized for releasably receiving a cable wire such as the 500 MCM cable, between the pair of metal dowels. Preferably, each of the pair of metal dowels define an outer knurled surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Vince May
  • Patent number: 8459090
    Abstract: A rod bender includes an elongated body having a proximal end and a distal end and extending along a longitudinal axis; a first arm having a proximal end attached to the distal end of the body and extending transversely therefrom and having a longitudinal axis offset from the longitudinal axis of the body; and a second arm having a proximal end attached to the distal end of the body and extending transversely therefrom and having a longitudinal axis offset from the longitudinal axis of the body and offset from the longitudinal axis of the first arm, said second arm including a channel positioned toward a distal end of said second arm, said channel having a longitudinal axis substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Wilcox, Brian Butler
  • Patent number: 8424361
    Abstract: A hand held Pittsburgh lock opening device is designed to open a longitudinal seam that is used in the fabrication of sheet metal ductwork. The tool has a unitary, longitudinal base having a major plane, an upper surface, and a lower surface. The base tapers from a proximal end to a distal end thereof. A plurality of parallel, longitudinal channels is oriented along the major plane on both upper and lower surfaces of the base. A protrusion is provided at the distal end of the base from its upper surface and extends from the upper surface of the base perpendicularly to the major plane thereof. The protrusion is tapered upwardly to an uppermost end and away from the base. An inverted U-shaped terminus is disposed at the uppermost end of the protrusion and forms a sharp taper for penetrating between coacting duct components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Precision Sheet Metal
    Inventor: Robert Evans
  • Patent number: 8359892
    Abstract: A rebar bending device for bending rebar. The device features a base plate and a rotator plate pivotally attached to the top of the base plate. A top plate is attached atop the rotator plate. A first pin extends from the base plate through the rotator plate and through the top plate. The rotator plate can rotate about the first pin with respect to the base plate and top plate. An arc-shaped slots are disposed in the top plate, which is adapted to receive a dial pin that is anchored to the rotator plate. A dial is marked atop the top plate (the second marker plate). A second pin is disposed on the top of the top plate near the first pin and a third pin is disposed on the top of the rotator plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Marcus Karty
  • Patent number: 8353193
    Abstract: A mandrel assembly has a mandrel, a biasing member, and a outer member. The biasing member biasly maintains the outer member in a first position, which corresponds to a contoured portion of the mandrel, when the outer member is either on the access or the blind side of a workpiece. The biasing member is compressible to allow the outer member to move into a second position as the outer member is moved through an opening in the workpiece. In the first position, the outer member includes a maximum outer circumference that is larger than the opening of the structural workpiece. In the second position, the outer member includes a maximum outer circumference that fits within the opening of the structural workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Fatigue Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy H. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8256084
    Abstract: During the manufacture of printed circuit boards, metal stencils are used as a mask over which a blade is used to squeegee solder through stencil holes onto conducting pads of the circuit board. A typical stencil is both expensive and delicate. Even minor dents, creases, or impressions (commonly referred to as “coins”) in the stencil can result in circuit board defects. Manufacturers frequently suffer significant losses scrapping their coined stencils and idling manufacturing lines while waiting for replacement stencils to be fabricated, shipped, and installed. An apparatus and method is provided for repairing metal stencil coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Your Dent Guy, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Bishop
  • Patent number: 8250899
    Abstract: A dent removal tool for removing dents from automobile panels is provided. The tool includes a body with a handle on one end and a rest plate for contacting the body panel on the opposite end. A clamp for gripping one or more studs which have been welded to the body panel is located between the handle and the rest plate. The tool gives an automobile repair technician a high degree of mechanical advantage and control in removing dents from body panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: H&S Autoshot Manufacturing Company Ltd.
    Inventor: Hamid Janversan
  • Publication number: 20120060579
    Abstract: A bending tool for bending and shaping general purpose building wire and cable. The bending tool including a main body having a first end opposite a second end. The first and second ends each include a pair of metal dowels fixedly attached with couplings. Each pair of metal dowels are spaced apart and define a spacing sized for releasably receiving a cable wire such as the 500 MCM cable, between the pair of metal dowels. Preferably, each of the pair of metal dowels define an outer knurled surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Vince May
  • Patent number: 8117885
    Abstract: Self-aligning tools may be used to install and reposition an expandable structure in a workpiece. A self-aligning installation system may include an expansion mandrel, self-aligning nose cap assembly, and an installation tool for driving the mandrel. The expansion mandrel is sized to fit within a passageway of an expandable member such that the expandable member radially expands when the expansion mandrel is moved through the passageway. The self-aligning nose cap assembly moves relative to the installation tool and mandrel. A self-aligning seating system can be used to move the installed expandable member. The self-aligning seating system includes a seat backing, a seat base, and a pull rod coupled to the seat backing and extending through the seat base. The seat backing slidably engages the seat base to permit rotation of the pull rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Fatigue Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas W. Glenn
  • Publication number: 20120036913
    Abstract: A mandrel assembly has a mandrel, a biasing member, and a outer member. The biasing member biasly maintains the outer member in a first position, which corresponds to a contoured portion of the mandrel, when the outer member is either on the access or the blind side of a workpiece. The biasing member is compressible to allow the outer member to move into a second position as the outer member is moved through an opening in the workpiece. In the first position, the outer member includes a maximum outer circumference that is larger than the opening of the structural workpiece. In the second position, the outer member includes a maximum outer circumference that fits within the opening of the structural workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: Fatigue Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy H. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8091403
    Abstract: A bodymaker ram attachment has a screwed locator (60), which is fastened to a slide block (70) of the bodymaker and can be aligned to the machine. A new ram with an internal thread and location diameter is screwed onto the locator. A clamp ring (65) tightens a locking element (80) so as to fix the ram (50) to the locator (60) when screws (68), which fasten the clamp ring to the locator, are tightened. The advantage of this new attachment is that the ram can be removed quickly by loosening the clamp ring and locking element then unscrewing the ram from the locator. The ram can then be removed and replaced by sliding through the front of the machine without the need for further disassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: William Woulds
  • Patent number: 8015853
    Abstract: By constructing clamping jaws, which are employed for applying the desired force to the rings to be crimped, and mounting the clamping jaws in a plane which is substantially perpendicular to the plane in which the handle members are positioned or constructing the clamping jaws for arcuate movement relative to the handle members, an easily employed, force generating, crimping tool assembly is achieved wherein the clamping jaws cooperatively associated with the handle members are positioned at a fixed angle relative to the handle members, or are constructed for being arcuately pivotable relative to the handle members. The crimping tool assembly is able to provide the desired crimping forces to rings mounted in areas in which access is virtually impossible to achieve using prior art tool assemblies. Alternatively, if desired, the clamping jaws may be mounted to the handle members at any desired fixed angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Rostra Tool Company
    Inventors: Richard A. Steiner, Joseph Krzyzanski
  • Patent number: 8006534
    Abstract: A wire bender or a rod bender and more particularly a wire bender or a rod bender, adaptable to bend a variety of sizes of rod or wire to at least one desirable angle, provides a bent wire or a bent rod may be formed to use with a model, especially a model of vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Du-Bro Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Broberg, Steve J. Wildkatsch, Edward P. Bojan
  • Patent number: 7987692
    Abstract: An apparatus for aligning and leveling an associated vehicle door having an elongated member, a head member attached to said elongated member adapted to engage a vehicle door lock recess, a support member extending downwardly from said elongated member towards a vehicle door and a support plate attached to said support member adapted to rest on said vehicle door. The apparatus is designed to aid in the leveling and aligning processes of a vehicle door after assembly of the vehicle. The elongated member may include a series of bends to improve the ergonomic efficiency of the vehicle door leveler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Kiefer, Jr., Patrick S. Mckinney, Jose Gonzalez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7958767
    Abstract: A dent removal tool for removing dents from automobile panels is provided. The tool includes a body with a handle on one end and a rest plate for contacting the body panel on the opposite end. A clamp for gripping one or more studs which have been welded to the body panel is located between the handle and the rest plate. The tool gives an automobile repair technician a high degree of mechanical advantage and control in removing dents from body panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Hamid Janversan
  • Patent number: 7937982
    Abstract: A hard disk destruction apparatus is presented having a penetrating point that is manually pressed against a hard disk. The point has an angled tip designed to penetrate the hard disk casing and deform the hard disk platters within. The manual pressing avoids the use of any electrical power or other fuel. In one described embodiment, a mechanical arbor press provides the necessary force. A transparent safety shield surrounds the hard disk during destruction. A restraint prevents upward movement of the hard disk when the point is extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: BBY Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Aoki, David Weese, Joshua McCombs, Bradley Parker, Joe Sexton, Robert Stephens, Duane Peterson, Andrew Strom, Tito Perfecto, Gary Griner, Kathleen Maurer, Abelardo Acuña, Brian Hanson, Michael Wegehaupt, Chris Nalezny, James D. Christophel
  • Patent number: 7926319
    Abstract: A mandrel assembly has a mandrel, a biasing member, and a outer member. The biasing member biasly maintains the outer member in a first position, which corresponds to a contoured portion of the mandrel, when the outer member is either on the access or the blind side of a workpiece. The biasing member is compressible to allow the outer member to move into a second position as the outer member is moved through an opening in the workpiece. In the first position, the outer member includes a maximum outer circumference that is larger than the opening of the structural workpiece. In the second position, the outer member includes a maximum outer circumference that fits within the opening of the structural workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Fatigue Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy H. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7797979
    Abstract: A crimping apparatus includes a support structure with an alignment element and a plurality of retainers movably attached to the support structure and radially arranged about an axis of the crimping apparatus. Each retainer includes an engagement structure. The crimping apparatus further includes a plurality of crimping members with an engagement element. Each engagement element is configured to interact with the engagement structure of a respective one of the plurality of retainers to removably connect each of the crimping members to a respective one of the plurality of retainers. The crimping apparatus further includes a tool configured to simultaneously support the plurality of crimping members. The tool includes an alignment structure configured to interact with the alignment element of the support structure to provide substantial radial alignment between the engagement element of each of the crimping members and the corresponding engagement structure of the respective retainers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Paul Beining, Michael Scott Henning, Joseph Thomas Mollitor
  • Patent number: 7761979
    Abstract: A coaxial connector crimping tool has a base, a handle, a transmittal unit and a crimping area. The base has a containment slot, and the containment slot has a guiding structure. One end of the handle is pivoted on an end of the base. Two ends of the transmittal unit are respectively pivoted on a first predetermined position of the guiding structure and a second predetermined position of the handle, and the transmittal unit has an adjustable length. The transmittal unit has an adjustable portion, and the adjustable portion is disposed between the first predetermined position and the second predetermined position. The crimping area is pivoted on the transmittal unit and disposed in the containment slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Hanlong Industrial Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Chih-Lang Wang
  • Publication number: 20100126247
    Abstract: A flashing bender system for bending flashing at a selectable range of angles. The flashing bender system includes a first bending tool and a second bending tool. The first bending tool is arranged to bend flashing to an angle of about 90° and the second bending tool is arranged to bend flashing at a selectable range of pitches. The flashing bender system may include either or both of the first bending tool and the second bending tool. The flashing bender system allows a user to bend flashing of a range of sizes at a range of angles over an unlimited length. Each of the bending tools includes a plurality of starter slots and angling channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: John D. Owens, IV
  • Patent number: 7690239
    Abstract: The sheet metal pry hooks are pry hooks having a hook end oriented in a manner to allow gripping and bending of an automotive sheet metal panel(s) in almost any situation encountered in the repair of such panel(s). As presently contemplated, the pry hooks will be made available either individually or as a kit of three pry hooks having different configurations of the hook, including at least one hook having the hook member offset from the longitudinal axis of the shank of the tool. The kit allows a user to have at hand a complete array of hooks needed for bending and orienting sheet metal panels in almost any repair situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventor: Robert J. Griffis
  • Patent number: 7624608
    Abstract: end; a first steel pin for pivotally connecting the rotator plate to the base plate, a handle disposed on the second end of the rotator plate; a second measurement plate fixedly attached to the first measurement plate and the rotator plate; a second steel pin disposed on the second measurement plate; a third steel pin disposed on the rotator plate; wherein the rebar can be positioned in between the first, second, and third steel pins; wherein a user can bend the rebar by rotating the rotator plate via the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: Marcus Karty
  • Patent number: 7603884
    Abstract: The present invention provides a right angle track clip installation tool. The tool includes a pair of handles that are pivotally coupled together and a pair of crimping blocks that are coupled to the handles through ball joints. These ball joints cause the crimping blocks to project from the handles in a generally perpendicular direction. This handle/crimping block arrangement permits a user to install snowmobile track clips to a track without removing the track from the snowmobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Inventor: Regis Clifford Michrina
  • Patent number: 7594420
    Abstract: The present invention is a novel machine for repairing damaged wheel rims whereby pressure is applied to a damaged rim from a plurality of pressure applicators, and whereby all of the pressure applicators may be used without impairing the sightline of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Inventor: Brian Len
  • Patent number: 7578161
    Abstract: Tools for expanding (i.e., flaring and swedging) the ends of metal tubes are configured for attachment to a powered impact hammer, such as an air hammer. A swedging tool for swedging an end of a metal tube has a swedging body with a die section for expanding the tube when driven thereinto and a flanged shank attached to the swedging body and configured for engagement by a powered impact hammer. A flaring tool for flaring an end of a metal tube includes a flaring body having a die section for flaring the tube when driven thereinto. A flanged shank is attached to the flaring body and configured for engagement by a powered impact hammer. A method for expanding an end of a metal tube entails attaching a die body for expanding the end of the metal tube to a powered impact hammer, aligning the die body with the inner diameter of the metal tube, activating the powered impact hammer, and urging the die body a determined distance into the metal tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Inventor: Marion M. Sizemore
  • Patent number: 7530254
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bending device for bending in a locking plate of a rotor of a turbine, by means of which a reliable fastening of the locking plate is carried out. The bending device comprises a mounting which has two sections, the first section of which is inserted into the groove of the rotor, and the second section of which, with the mounting inserted in the groove, projects from this groove. By means of a lever, which is rotatably mounted on the second section, the locking plate can be reliably bent over for securing a bolt against loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Björn Bilstein, Peter Schröder
  • Patent number: 7509829
    Abstract: A mandrel assembly has a mandrel, a biasing member, and a outer member. The biasing member biasly maintains the outer member in a first position, which corresponds to a contoured portion of the mandrel, when the outer member is either on the access or the blind side of a workpiece. The biasing member is compressible to allow the outer member to move into a second position as the outer member is moved through an opening in the workpiece. In the first position, the outer member includes a maximum outer circumference that is larger than the opening of the structural workpiece. In the second position, the outer member includes a maximum outer circumference that fits within the opening of the structural workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Fatigue Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy H. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7493792
    Abstract: The inventive crimping tool (1) comprises a pushing head (2) which contact the fold (3) of a sheet (4) and has a front convex contour (5) in a plane view and a guiding seat (6) applicable to the sheet (4), wherein the pushing head (2) and the guiding seat (6) are remote from each other and define therebetween a groove (7) bounded by faces (8, 9) which are opposite in a substantially parallel direction with respect to the pushing head and the seat. The thickness (e) of said groove (7) substantially corresponds to the thickness of parts to be crimped, the front face of the pushing head is convexly connected to said flat face delimiting the groove and the bottom (10) thereof and extends along a convex contour, in particular substantially in a parallel direction with respect to the front face (5) of the pushing head (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Inventor: Arnaud Bouchoux
  • Patent number: 7454939
    Abstract: An instrument and method for bending a surgical implant, such as a spinal rod, includes a lever pivotally connected to a handle through a movable linkage system. The movable linkage system includes one or more bearing surfaces for applying a force to a first portion of the surgical implant while a rod seat connected to the handle holds an adjacent second portion of the surgical implant in a fixed position, thereby causing the surgical implant to bend between the first and second portion. The instrument can be easily operated using a single hand, is easy to control and requires a relatively small amount of force to bend a surgical implant. The instrument can include an automatic advancement means for advancing the surgical implant after bending to bend another portion of the surgical implant by a selected amount. The instrument can also be used for bending spinal rods having a non-circular cross-section in multiple planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Garner, Thomas J. Runco
  • Patent number: 7370397
    Abstract: A method and kit for repairing vehicle door skins by reorienting vehicle hem flanges from a closed orientation to an open orientation to allow removal of a damaged door skin from a door frame and replacing with a new door skin with an open orientation hem flange that is reoriented to a closed orientation to integrate the door skin and door frame with an adhesive. The repair kit includes a first tool for lifting and opening the damaged door skin hem flange to allow removal of the damaged door skin and reuse of the door frame. The tool kit includes a second repair tool for reorientation and closing the new door skin replacement door skin hem flange on the reused door frame with an adhesive to provide a repaired vehicle door with the replacement skin and reused door frame integral as a vehicle door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Lord Corporation
    Inventor: Edward T. Staquet
  • Patent number: 7343773
    Abstract: A repairing kit for automotive dents structured from a straight bar, a connecting tube, a handle, an impact piece, a clamp mount and repair members, which can be used to repair automotive dents and restore a smooth surface to an automobile using a DIY method, without damaging the baking finish surface after repairing the automotive dent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Inventor: Yi-Chang Chan
  • Patent number: 7343772
    Abstract: A device for applying an outer skin to an automotive frame. The device comprises at least one member formed from a preselected material and having a predetermined shape and a substantially U-shaped notch formed closely adjacent a first end of the at least one member. There is a tapered portion disposed on one predetermined face of the substantially U-shaped notch for engaging an outer portion of such outer skin and forcing such outer portion to turn down and engage such automotive door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Inventor: Michael A. Shuckhart
  • Patent number: 7237425
    Abstract: The present invention is a hinge repair tool constructed from two, spaced apart pairs of modified vise grip or wrench pliers. A single, elongated, upper bar is connected to the respective top jaws of each of the pairs of pliers. Two lower bars are also connected to respective lower jaws of the two pairs of pliers. Each of the pairs of pliers is operative independently of one another, so that each of the respective lower bars can be repositioned relative to the common upper bar. The lower bars are separated from one another and a gap is formed therebetween. A rigid bar is connected to the handles of the two pairs of pliers to provide additional stability. The vise grip pliers each include a mechanism for locking the lower jaw relative to the upper jaw thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Inventor: Richard D. Wadsworth
  • Patent number: 7188509
    Abstract: A tool for aligning a door hinge with the edge of the door to which it is mounted comprising a bar having a wrench on each end of the bar. The faces of each jaw of the respective wench are contoured to fit around a single knuckle of the hinge. The bar has a slit arranged to permit the jaws to open or close around the surface of a knuckle of the door hinge. A screw through the bar is arranged to permit tightening the jaws onto the knuckle when it is required to apply force to the hinge or loosen the tool when it is required to slip the tool off the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventor: Steven M. Goldstein
  • Patent number: 7131975
    Abstract: A straightening tool is disclosed for straightening angled tissue cutting instruments including an outer member having a proximal length portion and a pre-formed bend connecting the proximal length portion with a distal length portion extending from the bend at an angle to a distal end, and a flexible inner member movably disposed in the outer member to cut anatomical tissue. The straightening tool comprises a handle and a positioning block extending from the handle coaxial with the straightening tool. The positioning block has a longitudinal bore for receiving the distal length portion therethrough to position the distal end within a cavity of the positioning block and the bend within a longitudinal slot of the positioning block with the proximal length portion extending externally through an opening of the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Medtronic Xomed, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Adams
  • Patent number: 7124617
    Abstract: A magnetic dent removal device (18), method and kit comprises a handle assembly (20) used with a burnishing element (24). The handle assembly (20) includes a handle (26), a containment cup (30) and a magnet (22) received within the containment cup (30). A magnet shield (40) is connected to the handle assembly (20), and a cover pad (38) can be attached to the magnet shield (40). A hooking element (64) can be attached to the handle assembly (20) to allow for the attachment of accessory components to aid in dent removal. An amplification bar (56) can be attached to the hooking element (64) to add strength to the magnetic force. A kit (74) for dent removal includes a carrying case (76), at least one handle (26), at least one magnet (22), at least one burnishing element (24) at least one cover pad (38), and at least one magnet shield (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventors: Eric Richard Satterlee, Wayne Tanabe
  • Patent number: 7107660
    Abstract: A method and kit for repairing vehicle door skins by reorienting vehicle hem flanges from a closed orientation to an open orientation to allow removal of a damaged door skin from a door frame and replacing with a new door skin with an open orientation hem flange that is reoriented to a closed orientation to integrate the door skin and door frame with an adhesive. The repair kit includes a first tool for lifting and opening the damaged door skin hem flange to allow removal of the damaged door skin and reuse of the door frame. The tool kit includes a second repair tool for reorientation and closing the new door skin replacement door skin hem flange on the reused door frame with an adhesive to provide a repaired vehicle door with the replacement skin and reused door frame integral as a vehicle door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Lord Corporation
    Inventor: Edward T. Staquet
  • Patent number: 7104106
    Abstract: An apparatus to form bends in a substantially rectangular metal frame. The substantially rectangular metal frame is selectively positioned in an elongated radius bend jig. The elongated radius bend jig has a pivotally connected mandrel that has an inverted J-shaped die formed at one end. The mandrel is actuated and the inverted J-shaped die engages the substantially rectangular metal frame causing an indentation in the substantially rectangular metal frame. The process of die stamping the substantially rectangular metal frame is continued until a selected radius is formed in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Francois Loignon
  • Patent number: 7069766
    Abstract: An upper die holder apparatus having a holder body has an upper die clamp supported to the holder body with a supporting point supporting the upper die clamp in a vicinity of a center in a vertical direction of the holder body. A clamping force applier is provided to the holder body for pressing an upper portion of the upper die clamp so that the upper die clamp clamps the upper die. A pressure receiver is provided to an upper portion of the upper die clamp. The pressure receiver, having a pressure sensing surface, is provided so that its advancing and retreating are adjusted to a pressing direction by the clamping force applier and the pressure receiver is provided so that an opening amount of the upper die clamp at the time of unclamping is freely selected between a plurality of stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Amada Company, Limited
    Inventors: Shiro Hayashi, Yuki Takahashi, Toshiro Kawano