Abstract: A tube cutting machine comprises a tube secured in a chuck tightened against an outer tube wall and by a mandrel expanded within the tube against the tube inner wall opposite the chuck. A blade with a conical body side on the tube body side advances into the tube at the body side angle, eliminating longitudinal force against the tube body and accumulation of tube material on the blade body side. In alternative embodiments, either the tube or the blade can rotate. As the blade edge enters the tube wall, the blade end side, opposite the body side is also conical and pushes the tube cut portion longitudinally away from the tube body, causing the tube before the blade to neck under the longitudinal force imposed by the blade end side. The blade is reversed when the neck weakens and is unable support the tube cut portion but has not yet broken, referred to as the failure point. The blade is then withdrawn and the neck is snapped off. The failure point is detected by a rod urged transversely against the tube end.
Abstract: A mandrel support is held along the centerline of a tube being processed by one or more forms attached to the rod at spaced points. Each form includes rubber rollers providing for low-friction movement of the tube thereover. The tube rests on a table comprising two parallel round steel bars which can be variably spaced apart.
Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for punching holes at any location along the length of an elongate hollow body comprising an expandable die which is insertable into the elongate hollow body. The elongate hollow body may have any shape and be of any length. In operation, the expandable die cooperates with the punch or punches of an external, conventional punch press. The expandable die self-aligns its die cavity or cavities with the punch or punches of the external punch press. The expandable die can expand to support the elongate hollow body during the punching operation to avoid denting or other damage to the elongate hollow body.
Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for punching holes at any location along the length of an elongate hollow body comprising an expandable die which is insertable into the elongate hollow body. The elongate hollow body may have any shape and be of any length. In operation, the expandible die cooperates with the punch or punches of an external, conventional punch press. The expandible die self-aligns its die cavity or cavities with the punch or punches of the external punch press. The expandable die can expand to support the elongate hollow body during the punching operation to avoid denting or other damage to the elongate hollow body.
Abstract: A lifter bore groover tool having a housing in an essentially rectilinear configuration which has an upper wall and a lower wall and a plurality of side walls. The side walls include a cutting wall and another wall and facing walls there between. A bore is formed in the housing adjacent to the cutting wall. A long cylindrical chamber beneath the bore is in communication with a guide slot extending through the cutting wall. A cylindrical cutting block is axially reciprocable within the long cylindrical chamber. A cutting tool is removably supported in the cutting block extending laterally through the guide slot for contacting the surface of the bore to be grooved. The cutting block and cutting tool are axially adjustable. A bolt is received within the bore. The bolt has an upper end with a head for rotation by the user.
Abstract: The invention provides a punch press capable of impressing a plurality of holes or other changes in a workpiece. The central core piece of the punch press receives the workpiece and expands until it touches the inner walls of the workpiece. This holds the workpiece in place and prevents any workpiece movement or distortions in the holes formed because of movement of the workpiece. Hydraulic cylinders impel the plurality of punches toward the workpiece at substantially the same pressure and time.
August 28, 1995
Date of Patent:
December 23, 1997
Unittool Punch & Die Company
Frank Deni, Joseph A. Deni, Leonard A. Deni
Abstract: An apparatus for removing burrs in confined spaces of molds or cores is disclosed. The apparatus includes a retaining body; and at least one deburring element resiliently mounted in an unloaded state on an outer circumference of the retaining body. The at least one deburring element has a ring containing a separating point. The separating point is inclined to a longitudinal axis of the retaining body at an angle of 45.degree.. Alternatively, in accordance with the invention, at least one deburring element is resiliently mounted in an unloaded state on an outer circumference of the retaining body. Each deburring element has a deburring portion projecting radially outward from a remainder of the deburring element for removing the burrs and is retained in the outer circumference to be axially displaceable with the retaining body in a first axial direction and in a second axial direction opposite to the first axial direction.
Abstract: Flexible tubular film is helically cut into a flat strip by feeding the tubular film in flattened form from a supply source to a film feeding means advancing the flat film tube at a predetermined velocity to a tube expansion zone in which the flat tube is expanded into a generally cylindrical tube and passed axially over a hollow mandrel slightly less in external diameter than the diameter of the expanded tube to be cut helically while on the mandrel into a flat strop that is removed at an angle to the mandrel axis. The tube is expanded in the zone by inflation with air fed through the mandrel in a direction countercurrent to the direction of tube movement and under a pressure sufficient to render the expanded tube stiff as it slides over the mandrel and resistant to deformation while being helically cut.
Abstract: Method for severing the ends of tubing by feeding the end of a tube through a die such that its end to be sheared extends beyond the die while presenting a shear blade with a pointed end in the interior of the tube end. After the shear blade is inserted into the tube, relative vertical movement between the shear blade and the tube is effected to cause the pointed end to initially puncture the tube wall adjacent the die. The shearing blade is thereafter shifted laterally and vertically to shear remaining portions of the tube wall.
Abstract: A system for trimming a can body wherein a can body is positioned within a cutting member so that the cutting member is at the location where the can body is to be trimmed. A resilient, deformable object is inserted into the can body and positioned therein so that at least a portion thereof is located radially opposite portions of the can body on each side of the cutting member. The resilient, deformable object is deformed so as to move a first part thereof against a portion of the can body to prevent longitudinal movement of the can body and then to move a second part thereof against the portion of the can body located between the cutting member and the open end of the can body in a radially outward direction so as to sever that portion from the can body.
Abstract: A method of cutting a piece of pipe from a length of pipe in a cutting plane by gripping the length of pipe directly adjacent the cutting plane and displacing the piece of pipe with respect to the length of pipe in the cutting plane, comprises applying a radially outwardly directed and a radially inwardly directed pressure against the length of pipe and the piece of pipe in the cutting plane and at both sides thereof, simultaneously applying an axial pressure, the pressures generating a stress amounting to at least 70% of the yield point of the material of the pipe, and maintaining the pressures during the entire cutting operation. A device for carrying out this method is also disclosed.
Abstract: A tool has a hollow elongated body 10 made up of a leading section 12 attachable to a tow-cable by a clevis 28, an intermediate section 14 and a trailing section 20 housing a hydraulic cylinder 24 and attachable to a main liner 30. The intermediate section includes a frusto-conical wall in two parts 16 and 18, each of 180.degree. angular extent. The ram 24 operates a wedge 22 longitudinally to move the first part 16 outwardly or inwardly transversely of the body. The parts 16, 18 are slidably trapped to the wedge by slide components projecting into grooves. The tool is pulled by the two cable into the main with the part 16 retracted. Then the part 16 is moved outwardly to burst and enlarge the main, allowing the tool to advance further after retraction of the part 16. The parts 16, 18 each have an external longitudinal rib 68, 70. The part 16 has longitudinal marginal extensions overlapping the longitudinal margins of the part 18.
Abstract: A knit tape manufacturing device comprising a framework, a driver supported on the framework, a feeding and guiding mechanism composed of a plurality of feeding means which, arranged peripherally, are rotatorily driven on the framework about a longitudinal axis by the driver through a power transmission mechanism and fed under guidance along a longitudinal direction a circular knitted fabric stretched externally therearound, an operating mechanism which operates the feeding means by the driver, and a cutting means for cutting spirally the rotating circular knitted fabric into a tape of width corresponding to the specific feed length which is located adjacent to the forward end of the feeding and guiding mechanism.
Abstract: Methods are provided for manufacturing a shaped charge carrier from a generally cylindrical thin wall tube. A plurality of flat areas are formed on the cylindrical tube, and an opening through the tube is associated with each of the flat areas for receiving a shaped charge therein.
June 26, 1985
Date of Patent:
November 11, 1986
Jet Research Center, Inc., Halliburton Company
Jerry L. Walker, Donald L. Crummett, William C. Behling
Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for formation of tubular segments from a generally continuous tube of material by internally cutting the tube of material. The apparatus of the present invention includes a forming mandrel upon which the tube of material to be cut is carried, and upon which the tube is preferably spirally wound. The apparatus further includes a rotary cutter assembly mounted within the forming mandrel. The cutter assembly includes a cutter arbor and a blade actuating rod, with one or more cutting blades of the cutter assembly operatively associated with the actuating rod and the arbor such that relative axial movement of the actuating rod and the cutter arbor moves the cutting blades inwardly and outwardly of the forming mandrel of the apparatus. A cam mechanism is provided for effecting this desired relative axial movement.
Abstract: This disclosure describes a device for repeatably scribing a V-shaped scratch having sharply defined dimensions on the interior surface of a nuclear reactor fuel rod tube. A cutting tool having a V-shaped cutting tip is supported within the fuel rod tube so that the V-shaped cutting tip can be pivoted about an axis and scribe a scratch on the interior surface of the fuel rod tube. Lengthwise the scratch runs parallel to a line drawn through the axis of the fuel rod tube and is in the shape of an arc, and widthwise the scratch is V-shaped. This shape is used because the dimensions of the scratch can be plugged into appropriate formulas to calculate stress intensity of cracks in fuel rod tubes. Since the fuel rod tubes which are to be scribed may be radioactive, the scratching assembly is designed for use in a fixture which allows it to be operated in a cave by remote control handling devices.
April 28, 1978
Date of Patent:
May 1, 1979
The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
Abstract: Automated machine for the continuous bias cutting of an elongated tube of material, such as tubular knitted fabric, into a plurality of individual strips, and winding the strips into a plurality of rolls. The tubular material is advanced axially at a uniform rate from a supply to a cutting and rolling section by a plurality of skewable rotatable cylinders acting as a positive feeding means. As the tubular material is withdrawn from the supply, it passes over a spreader which opens and tensions it. The skewed cylinders cause the tube to rotate about its axis as it advances. Control means are utilized to adjust automatically the skew angles of the cylinders, to increase or decrease the rate of advance of the tube, to compensate for variations inherent in the material which affect its rate of feed. Control means also are utilized to adjust automatically the tension exerted by the spreader, to correlate such tension with the rate of advance as determined by the skew angles of the cylinders.