Having Swinging Feed Nut And Tool Bar Patents (Class 82/111)
  • Patent number: 6880436
    Abstract: A shave tool holder for use with an automatic screw machine and for machining a rotatably driven workpiece. The tool holder includes a shank engageable with the screw machine and for providing reciprocating motion of the shave tool holder. A dovetail shaped recess is defined within a forward mounting portion of the shank and a corresponding dovetail shaped projection in an opposing surface of the body in order to engage the body with the shank in a vertically deflectable and adjustable manner. A roller is secured in vertically adjustable fashion to a forward facing location of the body. A tool post is releasably secured to the body, through aligning apertures formed in the body and the tool post, a mounting bolt inserting through the aligning apertures for securing the tool post to the body. A cutting insert is secured upon the tool post in a desired spaced relationship relative to the roller and so that the rotatably driven workpiece is adapted to being received between the roller and the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Inventor: David R. Schlitters
  • Patent number: 6540450
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel has an outboard face which includes a smoothed portion to provide a cosmetic finish to the wheel face. The smoothed portion is formed by pressing a cutting tool having a non-symmetrical tip against the wheel surface as the wheel is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey L. Gatton, Richard T. Guernsey
  • Patent number: 6164877
    Abstract: A formed rotary cutting tool including; a generally cylindrical body portion having (a) a plurality of flutes which are formed in the body portion to generally axially extend and which are located around the axis so as to be angularly spaced apart from each other, and (b) cutting edges which cooperate with each other to have a diameter that changes in the axial direction, so that the body portion has a desired configuration. The tool is rotated about the axis to form a groove whose configuration corresponds to the desired configuration, in a solid workpiece. Each of the cutting edges is defined by an intersection of a rake face and a flank face which has a predetermined clearance angle that is constant in the axial direction, irrespective of the change of the diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: OSG Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Kamata, Naomi Tatebe
  • Patent number: 6164173
    Abstract: A multi-spindle CNC lathe comprises a frame assembly mounted on a base and including spaced apart, rigidly interconnected subframes defining spaced, parallel alignment surfaces. A plurality of spindles each includes a collet for rotating a stock about a spindle axis. An indexing mechanism positions the spindles in alignment with stations located at equally spaced intervals about a central axis. Internal tool slides mounted on the alignment surface of one of the subframes each comprise a servo mechanism for advancing and retracting a cutting tool along a work station axis. External tool slides mounted on the alignment surface of the other subframe each comprise a first servo mechanism for advancing and retracting a cutting tool toward and away from the work station axis and a second servo mechanism for selectively moving the cutting tool back and forth along a path extending parallel to the work station axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Crudgington Machine Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Crudgington, Graham J. Crudgington
  • Patent number: 6161991
    Abstract: A method of machining a crankshaft from a workpiece whereby all of pin and journal portions of the workpiece are milled and thereby machined with a single crankshaft miller unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Komatsu Machinery Corp.
    Inventors: Tadashi Kumazawa, Masumi Shimomura
  • Patent number: 6158124
    Abstract: A brake disc assembly including an inner hub (14) extending between a drive end (16) and a wheel end (18) and a disc flange (20) extending radially about the circumference of the inner hub (14) at the wheel end (18) with the inner hub (14) having a bore (22) extending between the ends for receiving a drive shaft. A brake disc has a base (26) attached to the disc flange (20) about the circumference of the inner hub (14) and a rotor (28) extends radially from the base (26) and presents parallel braking surfaces (30). A bearing assembly surrounds the hub (14) between the drive end (16) and the disc flange (20) for supporting the hub (14) with an outer race (32) presents a support flange (34) for attachment to a support structure (36) and an inner race member (58) is disposed about the drive end (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Varga Brakes, Inc.
    Inventor: Vince Austin
  • Patent number: 6155148
    Abstract: A basic spiral operation of a tool is controlled by storing, in a controller, an automatic operation program of a threading cycle which regulates the basic spiral operation of the tool corresponding to a thread shape by specifying a spindle revolving speed RC, a thread lead ZR and a thread cutting finish point Z2 or the like. A depth of cut by the tool is determined by an operator who operates a handle of a manual pulse generator to cut the work and confirms the cutting conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Fanuc Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoru Shinozaki, Susumu Nagayama
  • Patent number: 6145419
    Abstract: A method of drive decoupling, and a drive decoupling device, utilized in connecting a driving member to a driven members that is attachable to a workpiece to be rotated about a drive axis, includes a laminated plurality of flexible sheet material, attached to the driving member by at least one off axis connection and to the driven member by at least one other off axis connection circumferentially spaced from the one off axis connection, and which is torsionally rigid in a plane perpendicular to the drive axis so as to accommodate any eccentricity developed through misalignment of the driving member and driven member. The coupling device is centrally apertured so that a headstock can extend therethrough. A pair of drive decoupling devices are also provided in series by connecting the driven member of one to the driving member of another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Unova UK Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Laycock
  • Patent number: 6142044
    Abstract: A system is provided for trimming excess vinyl film from a hoop assembly. The hoop assembly may be used to manufacture semiconductor workpieces. The system uses a pressure applying member applied to the excess film with a bearing surface sufficient to receive such pressure on the opposite side of the excess film. The system may be rotated such that the film is trimmed around the entire hoop assembly at the position of the pressure applying member. The bearing surface may be part of the support for the system or incorporated into the hoops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Freund, George J. Przybylek, Dennis M. Romero, Raymond F. Gruszka
  • Patent number: 6138540
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a cutting insert for threading. The method aims to produce a thread in a rotary work piece. The threading insert has a polygonal basic shape including at least one cutting corner. The cutting corner has two cutting tips with different projections which cutting tips each comprises a cutting edge, which is provided to form a thread top substantially between the cutting tips. The total projected length of the cutting edge is smaller than two thread pitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Seco Tools AB
    Inventor: Matti Niemi
  • Patent number: 6125727
    Abstract: A method and related structure for operating an engine lathe comprising performing the desired lathe operation by automatically translating the tailstock toward a workpiece and automatically stopping said translation at predetermined distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Tail Feed, Inc.
    Inventor: David William Brockman
  • Patent number: 6122999
    Abstract: In one form, the disclosure describes a lathe apparatus and method for manufacturing a product with a non-axisymmetric shape from a workpiece, such as a toric contact lens, comprises a spindle for rotating the workpiece about an axis of rotation, a cutting tool, a two-axis bed for supporting the cutting tool and for moving the cutting tool along a predetermined path adjacent the workpiece as the spindle rotates the workpiece, and a mechanism for oscillating the cutting tool along an oscillation axis as the two-axis bed moves the cutting tool along the predetermined path, wherein the oscillation axis is oriented at a non-zero angle with respect to the axis of rotation. Preferably, the non-zero angle is about 45.degree.. In a second form, a lathe apparatus comprises a rotary bed for arcuately moving a cutting tool adjacent a workpiece and a mechanism for translationally reciprocating the cutting tool as the cutting tool is arcuately moved adjacent the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Armando Durazo, Drew Morgan, Charles Mannor
  • Patent number: 6122998
    Abstract: A force control method for a bar feeder supporting a workpiece in a lathe, including seizing the workpiece by a Z-axis spindle of the lathe and the bar feeder, performing position control by the Z-axis spindle of the lathe, and performing force control by the bar feeder to apply a constant torque to the workpiece during the force control of the bar feeder supporting the workpiece in the lathe. This control of the bar feeder does not require the Z-axis spindle of the lathe and the bar feeder to be synchronized for the position control in the Z-axis direction, and prevents the workpiece from being deflected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Fanuc, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasusuke Iwashita
  • Patent number: 6114653
    Abstract: An improved method of cutting a pattern in a hollow, tubular workpiece to form a stent or the like involves the use of a novel workpiece fixture. The workpiece fixture is rigidly carried on a laser cutting tool to support a long piece of stock tubing in a cantilever manner beneath the laser beam of the cutting tool. The fixture is spaced from the laser beam by a distance which is in a range of approximately the same as to slightly greater than the length of any axial repeat in the pattern. The laser beam cuts the pattern in the stock tubing piece as the stock tubing is advanced past the laser beam. Accuracy is increased because the workpiece fixture is carried on the laser cutting tool, and because the cutting takes place in a zone that is close to the end of the fixture and the cantilever support provided thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Spectralytics, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary E. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 6105476
    Abstract: A toolholder apparatus includes a head, a cutting tool mounting fixture attached to the head for holding the cutting tool, and a floating roller assembly pivotally mounted relative to the head. These components are arranged and constructed so that during the cutting of a workpiece with the cutting tool the floating roller assembly can pivot about a pivotal axis relative to the head to allow the floating roller assembly to align with the workpiece. A mechanism is also provided for accomplishing the initial adjustment of alignment of the cutting tool with the rotating workpiece. This mechanism includes a cylindrical shaft extending from the head, and having an eccentric cam follower lug extending transversely from the shaft. A mounting block has a cylindrical bore disposed therethrough, and the shaft is received through the bore of the mounting block. A cam piece is slideably disposed within the mounting block to rotate the shaft as the cam piece slides relative to the mounting block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Peterson Tool Company
    Inventors: John L. Peterson, Mark G. Charleton, Lawrence A. Ballew, Fred E. Chaffin
  • Patent number: 6092445
    Abstract: A telescoping die holder apparatus a having a outer covering shell with a tapered rear morse into which a shank is fitted. This shank is associated with a biasing member and is reciprocally mounted to the shell by two retaining pins. Each of the pins extend through the shell into one of the four spaced shank slots that run lengthwise in the shank. Each shank slot is closed at one end and opened at the other end. At their opened ends the slots have outwardly opening chamfer rear ends. One end of the shank allows for a replaceable held die that is used to engage a rotatable work piece stock. At the shell's opposite end, a morse tapered end on the shell fits in the lathe's tail stock. An front optional adaptor can be placed in a large inner diameter opening in an enlarged front end of the shank and is used to accommodate a smaller sized die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Inventor: Jerry Lynn Skackelford
  • Patent number: 6088903
    Abstract: To provide a lathing method and apparatus capable of realizing lathing of a bar member made of a hard cutting material and lathing a stock made of a hard cutting material by a lathe including an NC automatic lathe, although lathing of the hard cutting material is impossible in a conventional case, a round bar is rotatably held to be fed along the longitudinal direction of the round bar by a guide bush fixed on the main body side of the lathing apparatus, and the round bar is sequentially fed from the guide bush to a machining tool arranged on the main body side, thereby lathing the round bar in a cantilevered state. Alternatively, a stock is gripped by the chuck of a lathe which performs turning or a lathing device which performs any other machining in addition to the turning, and the stock is lathed while the outer surface thereof is held to prevent an off-axis error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Matsuo Kogyo Sho, Nitto Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Matsuo
  • Patent number: 6082234
    Abstract: An adjustable toolholder apparatus includes a base plate having a planar supporting surface. A holder body includes a bottom planar supported surface which slideably engages and rests upon the supporting surface of the base plate. A linear position adjuster provides a linear sliding motion of the holder body upon the base plate. An angular position adjuster provides a rotational sliding motion of the holder body upon the base plate. The holder body has a wedge shaped recess within which is received a wedge shaped carrier block. A vertically adjustable column supports the wedge shaped carrier block from the base plate to adjust a height of the cutting tool. After linear and angular adjustment of the cutting tool relative to the base plate, the wedge shaped carrier block is clamped to the holder body, and the holder body and base plate are clamped to a cross slide to fix the cutting tool in its final desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Peterson Tool Company
    Inventors: John L. Peterson, Carl E. Herbert, Fred E. Chaffin, John D. Hargis, Mark G. Charleton
  • Patent number: 6073524
    Abstract: A boring tool for use with compacted graphite iron materials includes at least one self-propelled rotating cutter insert. The insert is carried in a cartridge in which the insert is rotatable about is axis which is a secondary axis relative to a boring tool body in which the cartridge is mountable and which is rotatable about a primary axis. In the tool, the insert has its cutting point most distant from the tool axis that is the location at which axial and radial rake angles are defined to assure that the insert rotates during boring about its axis in the correct direction and at sufficient speed to assure cooling of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Rotary Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Harry M. Weiss, Philip S. Szuba, Peter M. Beecherl, Gregory J. Kinsler
  • Patent number: 6071049
    Abstract: A crankshaft (6) is rotated about its axis (7), and all of its crankpins (28, 29, 30), which each respectively have an eccentricity (e) relative to the axis (7), are simultaneously rotary milled by respective allocated rotary milling cutters (34, 35, 36) of a milling cutter set (12). The individual milling cutters (34, 35, 36) each respectively have an eccentricity (e) corresponding to the eccentricity of the respective crankpin that is allocated to be machined by the respective milling cutter. Furthermore, the milling cutter set (12) is rotated at the same rotational speed, i.e. with a rotational speed ratio of 1:1, relative to the rotating crankshaft, while simultaneously the milling cutter set is moved in the X-direction toward the crank-shaft axis to achieve a feed advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Hegenscheidt-MFD GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Janssen
  • Patent number: 6071047
    Abstract: A coolant liquid feeding method comprises feeding a coolant liquid, with air bubbles caused to form continuously therein, for cutting or grinding operation to a region under machining, expediting the splashing of air bubbles in all directions when the air bubbles impinge on the region under machining and burst, and also expediting the entry of accelerated splashed liquid particles into a cutter/workpiece pressure contact plane, thereby improving the cooling and lubrication of the region under machining, whereby the air bubbles in the coolant liquid which has failed to reach the region under machining or which, though reaching there, has left there for the recovery channel are allowed to adhere to suspended foreign matters in the liquid, thereby expediting the surfacing of the foreign matters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Zeta Heiwa Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Nakai
  • Patent number: 6065377
    Abstract: A method of cutting hardened steel using a cBN sintered tool which can improve the surface roughness while maintaining high dimensional accuracy. The upper limit of the tool feed rate is set at such a value that a theoretical surface roughness calculated from the feed rate is between 2/3 and 1/1000 of the target surface roughness. The amount of change of the feed rate between the upper and lower limits of the tool feed rate is set to be between 0.002 and 0.05 mm/rev, and the amount of every feed rate change is set not to be equal to the original feed rate multiplied by an integer. The feed rate is changed forcibly for every number of workpieces for which the total cutting length is between 10 and 1000 meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Harada, Tetsuo Nakai, Tomohiro Fukaya, Junichi Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 6062116
    Abstract: A hollow shaft is manufactured by defining a through hole axially in a shaft blank to produce a cylindrical hollow shaft blank, inserting a mandrel in the through hole of the hollow shaft blank, holding opposite ends of the mandrel concentrically with the through hole, and rotating the hollow shaft blank about its own axis while cutting an outer circumferential surface of at least one end of the hollow shaft blank concentrically with the through hole to form a reference outer circumferential surface on the at least one end of the hollow shaft blank. After the reference outer circumferential surface is formed, it is held in position, and the hollow shaft blank is rotated about its own axis while cutting a predetermined thickness of an outer circumferential surface of the hollow shaft blank over a substantially entire length thereof for thereby finishing the hollow shaft blank into a hollow shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo K.K.
    Inventors: Takeshi Morioka, Taizou Kitamura, Tatsuo Ichinokawa
  • Patent number: 6063332
    Abstract: The method of making the metal fiber sintered body includes making a coiled material by coiling a thin sheet of Fe--Cr--Al--La, Fe--Cr--Al--Y or Fe--Cr--Al--Ce stainless steel; making a tow of Fe--Cr--Al--La, Fe--Cr--Al--Y or Fe--Cr--Al--Ce continuous fibers by lathe turning an end face of the coiled material at a tool feed speed of from 5 to 40 .mu.m/rev; extending the tow in a width direction and cutting the tow with a roller type cutting assembly to form Fe--Cr--Al--La, Fe--Cr--Al--Y or Fe--Cr--Al--Ce stainless steel fibers having a fiber length of 20 to 200 mm; feeding the Fe--Cr--Al--La, Fe--Cr--Al--Y or Fe--Cr--Al--Ce stainless steel fibers having the fiber length of 20 to 200 mm to a conveyor; dropping the stainless steel fibers onto the conveyor and dispersing the stainless steel fibers by making an air current act on the stainless steel fibers; transporting the resulting sheet-shaped accumulation on the conveyor and compressing it to form a web and sintering the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Sintokogio, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato Imamura, Kiichi Nakajima, Akira Yanagisawa, Masao Kaneko
  • Patent number: 6058816
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for supporting a beam having a longitudinal axis. The apparatus includes a clamping assembly that surrounds and grips a portion of the beam. The clamping assembly is relatively compliant to deflections of the beam in at least one direction transverse to the axis, but relatively resistant to axial displacements of the beam and to torsional rotations of the beam about the axis. The apparatus further includes at least one actuator situated externally to the beam and arranged to urge the beam in the compliant direction or directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: General Dynamics Advanced Technology Systems
    Inventor: Igor Golioto
  • Patent number: 6056484
    Abstract: Both a device and method for adjusting the position of a cutting insert relative to the body of a cutting tool such as a milling cutter are provided. The device includes a cantilevered wall integrally connected to the tool body, that forms a portion of the pocket in the tool body that supports a side of the insert, and a wedge mechanism for elastically flexing the cantilevered wall to adjust the position of a cutting edge of the insert relative to the tool body. The wedge mechanism may take the form of a screw threadedly engaged to the tool body that has a conical head engaged against the cantilevered wall such that when the screw is turned, the conical wedge formed by the screw head flexes the cantilevered wall a small distance. The device advantageously allows fine adjustments to be made in the position of the cutting edge of an insert by the simple turning of a single screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Kennametal Inc.
    Inventors: Robert N. Mitchell, Glenn W. Sheffler, Ronald L. Dudzinsky
  • Patent number: 6053081
    Abstract: A method for machining a variable displacement compressor piston. The piston is connected to a swash plate by a pair of semi-spherical shoes. One end of the piston has a slot for receiving the swash plate. The slot includes a pair of opposed walls. Each wall has a concave spherical recess for supporting one of the shoes. When forming the recesses, a tool having an asymmetrical spherical cutter is placed between the slot walls in the piston. Then, the piston is rotated about a machining axis that is perpendicular to the axis of the piston and intersects the midpoint between the walls. Then, the tool is moved such that the center of the cutter is located on the rotation axis of the piston. This forms the recesses on the walls such that the recesses conform to a single sphere, the center of which is located on the axis of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyoda Jidoshokki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Kazuya Kimura, Hiroaki Kayukawa, Masaki Ota
  • Patent number: 6053083
    Abstract: A work station between an active spindle adaptor and a passive spindle adaptor having a common rotational axis, receives a workpiece ring supplied from a loader shuttle. The ring has circular outer edges in parallel spaced planes perpendicular to the cylindrical axis of the ring. Chamfered centering crescents on oppositely facing ring positioners engage opposite edges of the ring and simultaneously clamp and center the ring on the spindle axis. The active spindle then moves the clamped ring to position abutting the passive spindle adaptor and clamps the ring between the spindles. The crescents retract, the active spindle rotates the ring and the ring is machined outside and inside simultaneously. External turning tools are fixed to one toolholder slide, and an additional external tool is movably mounted to the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventor: George N. Mosey
  • Patent number: 6026719
    Abstract: A method of breaking chips is disclosed in which the chip generated during cutting is broken into small pieces by increasing the shear strain at the shear plane, which is the joint between the chip and the workpiece, until fracture occurs at the shear plane. This is achieved by forming the chip (1) generated during cutting into a lever, in which the head (11) of the chip is the load-lifting point receiving a force from a first plane (9), the contact between the chip (1) and a second plane (12) of the chip breaker is the fulcrum, and the root (8) of the chip, which joins the chip to the shear plane, is the force-exerting point exerting a force additional to the shear force acting along the shear plane to strain the material until fracture occurs at the shear plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Inventor: Xiao Ping Li
  • Patent number: 6024001
    Abstract: A method is provided for turning a first work and a second work held on a first spindle and a second spindle, respectively. The first spindle and the second spindle are positioned on the same axis and confronting each other, so that the first work and the second work are rotated about the same axis. A tool rest is provided with a first tool and a second tool and is moved for turning the first work by the first tool. The second spindle is moved in synchronism with the movement of the tool rest for turning the second work by the second tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Dainichi Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Oya
  • Patent number: 6012976
    Abstract: Improved chucks for supporting elongate objects having conical end portions, such as single crystal ingots of semiconductor material, while such objects are held and rotated, as in a lathe. A base portion of the chuck includes bores to accept fasteners to fasten the base to a headstock or tailstock of a lathe. The base includes a receptacle for holding an annular chuck insert which has a conical socket surface to engage the body, such as a conical end portion of a single crystal ingot, to be held and rotated. Alternatively, the base may have three or more rollers spaced equally about a central axis and rotatable about roller axes all located in a plane perpendicular to the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: SEH America, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Aydelott, Travis Nice, Richard Robert Brown
  • Patent number: 6000305
    Abstract: In order to improve a multiple-spindle turning machine comprising a machine frame, a spindle drum arranged to rotate relative to the machine frame around a drum axis having a number of work piece spindles movable in the direction of rotation, said work piece spindles being respectively provided with a work piece receiving means for a work piece, and a number of stations, comprising at least one machining station, arranged consecutively on the machine frame in the direction of rotation of the work pieces corresponding to the number of work piece spindles, in such a way that the number of tools which may be used can be increased at low expense, it is proposed that for machining the work pieces, the at least one machining station has a first and a second spindle position, which are arranged at an angular distance from one another relative to the drum axis; that the spindle drum is rotatable in such a manner that a work piece spindle with a work piece may be positioned in each of the spindle positions; and that e
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Index-Werke GmbH & Co. KG Hahn & Tessky
    Inventor: Helmut Friedrich Link
  • Patent number: 5996454
    Abstract: A lathe adapter/apparatus for reshaping surfaces of a brake rotor and eliminating run-out comprising an adapter plate assembly mounted on an adapter mounting member with a first fixed plate of the plate assembly defining a first planar end surface perpendicular to the axis of adapter mounting member and a second planar end surface that forms an angle with the axis. A movable plate is mounted on the adapter mounting member adjacent the fixed plate, the moveable plate defining a first planar end surface perpendicular to the axis of the adapter mounting member and a second planar end surface that forms an angle with the axis, the angled end surface of the first movable plate member engaging the angled end surface of the first fixed plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: James Ronald Brinks, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5992581
    Abstract: An improved method for final balancing a brake drum determines the location and length of a first constant depth cut and a second constant depth cut along the squealer band which are necessary to correct the imbalance, and using a cutting machine, makes the first and second constant depth cuts at the predetermined location and for the predetermined length along the squealer band to produce a final balanced brake drum. Preferably, the cutting machine is a milling machine which produces a plunge type entrance/exit cut. It is a further feature of the invention to provide a feather type entrance/exit cut to reduce the stress concentrations, and produce a cosmetically more appealing final balanced brake drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Meritor, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay K. Julow, Robert A. DeRegnaucourt, John C. Hall
  • Patent number: 5979276
    Abstract: A skiving apparatus for simultaneously skiving the outer and inner surfaces of an end of reinforced hose. The apparatus comprises an outer diameter cutting tool, an internal skiving mandrel and a bracket for holding the outer diameter cutting tool and the internal skiving mandrel in a substantially perpendicular relation. The internal skiving mandrel has a nose for coaxially receiving a hose end thereover, spiral cutting threads and a stop collar. To achieve the desired simultaneous skiving effect, the internal skiving mandrel and the outer diameter cutting tool have a coincident cutting direction. Thus, when the hose is fed over the mandrel and the apparatus is rotated the simultaneous skiving of the inner and outer surfaces of the hose is accomplished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Mertz, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean M. Blais, Russell L. Cummings
  • Patent number: 5974920
    Abstract: To provide a lathing method capable of realizing lathing of a bar member made of a hard cutting material and lathing a stock made of a hard cutting material by a lathe including an NC automatic lathe, although lathing of the hard cutting material is impossible in a conventional case, a round bar is rotatably held to be fed along the longitudinal direction of the round bar by a guide bush fixed on the main body side of the lathing apparatus, and the round bar is sequentially fed from the guide bush to a machining tool arranged on the main body side, thereby lathing the round bar in a cantilevered state. For this purpose, a round bar having a solid lubricant layer having a predetermined thickness on the outer surface of the round bar in advance, thereby lathing the round bar so as to reduce friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Matsuo Kogyo Sho, Nitto Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Matsuo
  • Patent number: 5970829
    Abstract: A fixture for holding a brake drum or other similarly shaped workpiece for machining. The fixture includes a body having a body cavity and a clamping assembly disposed therein. The clamping assembly includes a positioning plate having a plurality of positioning posts secured thereto. The positioning posts are received within fastener apertures formed in the brake drum mounting face for locating the drum within the fixture so that the drum axis is coaxially aligned with the fixture axis for proper machining. The clamping assembly further includes a clamping plate and clamping flange for clamping the mounting face of the brake drum during machining to simulate the compressive forces applied to the drum as it is mounted to a vehicle during operation. The fixture further includes first and second pluralities of chucking assemblies for gripping the body of the brake drum along respective first and second spaced apart planes thereby reducing distortions caused by the cutting tool during machining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary D. Conley
  • Patent number: 5964133
    Abstract: The present invention is for a method of precision finishing a vacuum imaging drum (300) comprising the steps of positioning a finishing tool (352) at an axial starting point; rotating said vacuum imaging drum (300) at a predetermined speed; moving the finishing tool (352) to a radial first position; translating the finishing tool (352) in a first direction, approximately parallel to an axis of rotation (301) of the vacuum imaging drum (300), until at least a portion of a surface of the vacuum imaging drum (300) is transversed; stopping rotation of the vacuum imaging drum (300), wherein a first axial recess (322) is located adjacent the finishing tool (352); returning the finishing tool (352) to the axial starting point; moving the finishing tool (352) to a second radial position (348), wherein the second radial position (348) is closer to the axis of rotation (301) than the first radial position (346); and repeating steps b-g until a predetermined amount of material has been removed from the surface of the v
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Roger S. Kerr
  • Patent number: 5960686
    Abstract: An alignment pin has a first cylindrical portion having a first diameter equal to the outer diameter of a work piece, and axially aligned therewith is a second cylindrical portion having a second diameter equal to the inner diameter of a work piece. The pin is inserted into a tube squaring machine to align the cutting tool of the machine for squaring a work piece having outer and inner diameters equal to the first and second diameters of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: The E. H. Wachs Company
    Inventor: William Bonow
  • Patent number: 5957016
    Abstract: Methods of and apparatuses for mitigating chatter vibrations in machine tools or components thereof. Chatter therein is suppressed by periodically or continuously varying the stiffness of the cutting tool (or some component of the cutting tool), and hence the resonant frequency of the cutting tool (or some component thereof). The varying of resonant frequency of the cutting tool can be accomplished by modulating the stiffness of the cutting tool, the cutting tool holder, or any other component of the support for the cutting tool. By periodically altering the impedance of the cutting tool assembly, chatter is mitigated. In one embodiment, a cyclic electric (or magnetic) field is applied to the spindle quill which contains an electro-rheological (or magneto-rheological) fluid. The variable yield stress in the fluid affects the coupling of the spindle to the machine tool structure, changing the natural frequency of oscillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel J. Segalman, James M. Redmond
  • Patent number: 5946993
    Abstract: An unloading device for removing a workpiece from a lathe having a spindle for holding the workpiece includes an unloading apparatus for receiving the workpiece configured to couple to the spindle. A pneumatic system is coupled to the unloading apparatus whereby air flow acts on the workpiece and causes the workpiece to exit the spindle and travel to the unloading apparatus. The unloading apparatus extends into a machining chamber of the lathe to couple to the spindle. A downstream end of the unloading apparatus is configured to create a venturi effect. A workpiece receiving tray is located downstream of the unloading apparatus. After exiting the unloading apparatus the workpiece is directed against a damper. A safety door is located between the unloading apparatus and the damper. The unloading device has a footprint of a limited dimension permitting use of the unloading device with a chip conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Mark S. Flanagan
  • Patent number: 5946991
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for knurling a workpiece in which the knurl pattern includes grooves of at least two different configurations. The apparatus includes a knurl wheel holder that allows angular rotation of the knurl wheel about the holder longitudinal axis while maintaining the knurl wheel point of contact on the longitudinal axis. The apparatus also a knurling wheel that includes teeth of at least two different configurations. Also disclosed is a method of molding a molded article with the knurled workpiece to impart the inverse of the knurl pattern onto the molded article, such a molded article, a method of forming a structured abrasive article with the molded article, and such an abrasive article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Timothy L. Hoopman
  • Patent number: 5943927
    Abstract: An apparatus (20) for counterboring a pipe (25) includes an expander unit (24), a shaft (26) extending from the expander unit, a flywheel (30) rotatably and slidably mounted on the shaft, a frame (34) mounted on the flywheel to be movable in a radial direction, a tool mount (50) and a guide wheel mount (52) formed on the frame, the tool mount traveling with the flywheel into the interior of the pipe during counterboring and the guide wheel mount traveling outside of the pipe during counterboring, the guide wheel mount being connected to the tool mount by guide wheel arm (51) having a radial member (54) that is axially offset to the rear of the tool mount by a distance at least the length of the counterbore to be machined in the pipe, a cutting tool (56) adjustably mounted to the tool mount, a guide wheel (72) rotatably mounted on the guide wheel mount, an inward force applying member (116) and an outward force applying member (122) connected between the flywheel and the frame such that the frame can be moved
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Inc.
    Inventors: Beverley F. Hanson, Oliver Trueman Dierlam
  • Patent number: 5941143
    Abstract: A method is provided for assessing chip breaking performance of a selected tool insert used in finish turning for automated machining operations. The method broadly includes the steps for developing a chip groove classification system based upon selected geometric parameters of commercially available tool inserts. Additionally, the method includes creating a fuzzy rule base utilizing the chip groove classification system and actual chip breaking performance data for the commercially available tool inserts. The fuzzy rule base is then used for assessing the chip breaking performance of the selected tool insert. The method takes into account selected geometric parameters, such as, land, primary rake, secondary rake, groove width, groove depth, groove height and slope of backwall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: University of Kentucky Research Foundation
    Inventors: Ibrahim S. Jawahir, Ranajit Ghosh, Marshall M. Lin
  • Patent number: 5937499
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a brake disc assembly comprising the steps of inserting a fixture post (72) through a bore (22) in the hub (14) and disposing a nose-shaped pressure plate (74) into a pocket (73) within the circumference of the inner hub (14) with a washer/nut (78) over the pressure plate (74) to place the post (72) in tension against the bearing assembly to maintain a pre-load on the bearing assembly. The outer race (32) of the bearing assembly is clamped with the gage surface (54) drawn against a gage (84) to properly orient the outer race (32) about a fixed axis (A). A spoke or disc (77) extends radially from the pressure plate (74) and is disposed in axially spaced relationship to the base (26) of the brake disc to be in circumferential driving relationship with the studs (64).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Varga Brakes, Inc.
    Inventors: Vince Austin, Glenn Kochan
  • Patent number: 5931068
    Abstract: A method of lathing a lens, especially a contact lens, involves attaching the cylindrical blank of lens material to a first block of machineable plastic material, lathe cutting a desired first lens surface in the cylindrical blank, attaching the machined first lens surface of the blank to a second block, lathe cutting to remove the block of machineable plastic material, and lathe cutting a desired second lens surface in the blank. Both the first and second blocks may be adhered to the lens blank with an adhesive curable by ultraviolet radiation, and a two-piece block, composed of a head section and a body section, is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventors: Buford W. Council, Jr., Lorenzo J. Salvatori, Philip D. Goller, Wayne R. Manning
  • Patent number: 5927166
    Abstract: In a plural-roll rolling mill having a pass line arranged by the respective sets of rolls, each having a caliber formed on the outside peripheral surface thereof, the outside peripheral surfaces being disposed close to each other, the calibers of the rolls being cut with a cutting tool of a three-dimensionally (forward and rearward, rightward and leftward and upward and downward) movable cutting machine. The rolling mill, which has a reference column disposed on the outside surface thereof at a position spaced apart from the pass line by a predetermined distance, is removed from a rolling line and fixed, and the positional alignment of the cutting tool is carried out by causing a contact sensor disposed on the cutting machine at a position spaced apart from the cutting tool by a predetermined distance to come into contact with the reference column. With this arrangement, there are provided a method and apparatus capable of cutting the rolls of the plural-roll rolling mill while mounted on the rolling mill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Kawasaki Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Takeda, Hidenori Kondo, Yoshihiro Shinkai
  • Patent number: 5927167
    Abstract: An apparatus for profiling a wheelset comprised of a milling cutter with a first axis of rotation, driven friction rollers for rotating the wheelset about a second axis of rotation, and computer numerical control apparatus for rotating the milling cutter about its first axis of rotation while disposing it so that the first axis of rotation is substantially perpendicular to the second axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: NILES SIMMONS Industrieanlagen GmbH
    Inventors: Hans J. Naumann, Reinhard Robotta, Gunter Schroter, Wolfgang Gerhard
  • Patent number: 5923560
    Abstract: A method of the invention detects a machining load acting on a tool during a machining process, estimates abrasion amount of the tool based on the machining load and a tool abrasion characteristic registered in advance in a memory, and changes automatically tool position compensation amount based on the tool abrasion. The estimating computation of tool abrasion amount is performed by, for example, obtaining in advance a tool abrasion coefficient based on tool abrasion amount per unit time when a main spindle load current value is taken as a reference machining current value, and integrating for a machining time the product of a ratio of a main spindle load current value during an actual machining process to the reference current value and said tool abrasion coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Toshiba Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuo Ozaki, Tomoo Hayashi
  • Patent number: 5915502
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a brake disc assembly comprising the steps of machining a radially extending gage surface (54) on the support flange (34) of an outer race (32) of a bearing assembly disposed around a hub (14) and inserting a fixture post (72) through a spring washer (68) and through the bore (22) in the hub (14). A clamp plate (74) is disposed in engagement with the base (26) of the brake disc with a washer/nut (78) over the clamp plate (74) to place the post (72) in tension to urge the spring washer (68) against the bearing assembly tomaintain the pre-load on the bearing assembly. The outer race (32) of the bearing assembly is clamped with the gage surface (54) drawn against a gage (84) to properly orient the outer race (32) about a fixed axis A. Thereafter, the clamp plate (74) is engaged by rotating jaws (90) which rotate about a floating axis B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Varga North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond C. Rapisardi, Vince J. Austin