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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
029522100 Radially expanding part in cavity, aperture, or hollow body 31
029515000 Inward deformation of aperture or hollow body wall 18
029509000 Overedge assembling of seated part 16
029521000 Surface interlocking 5
20100186215Method of joining plates of material to form a structure - A method of joining plates of material to form a predetermined structure, the method comprising: assembling a first plate (07-29-2010
20100242255Fixing method for fixing components together - There is provided a fixing method for fixing components together in which two components in the form of a first component and a second component are positioned such that they are mutually superimposed in predetermined relative positions, and are then fixed together, wherein the first component has at least two portions for engagement that are recessed in a contact surface thereof which is placed against the second component towards a surface thereof which is located on an opposite side from the contact surface, and the second component is formed from thermoplastic resin and has at least two protruding portions that protrude from positions that correspond to the portions for engagement of the first component on a surface of the second component which is located on the opposite side from a contact surface thereof which is placed against the first component, and wherein the fixing method for fixing components together includes: a first step in which the contact surfaces of both the first component and the second component are placed against each other, and the positions of the portions for engagement and the protruding portions are matched together; and a second step in which, by pressing a transmitting component that transmits ultrasonic waves against the protruding portions of the second component, the second component is softened by the ultrasonic waves and forms engaging portions that are protrude into the portions for engagement of the first component and become engaged with these portions for engagement.09-30-2010
20100031491Method of Incorporating a Tip into an Endovascular Device - An endovascular device tip assembly and method of making the same, incorporating a tip device with a first and second flange, usable with catheters and other suitable endovascular devices is provided. The tip assembly incorporates a tip device by providing a counterbore within a primary bore of a tubular end portion of an endovascular device. The tip device is fitted securely within the counterbore by placing the first flange within the counterbore and the second flange on the outside of the end portion.02-11-2010
20120079707Tongue-in-groove floor and wall - A method of making a set of interlocking floor or wall panels includes providing a single solid layer with a veneer layer on top. The fabrication method involves the use of edge routing using a tongue cutter on one edge and a groove cutter on the opposite edge to form the edge shapes equivalent to those of the previous embodiment. If two routing heads are spaced apart the appropriate distance for a particular sized panel, a single pass can form a tongue on one edge and a groove on the opposite edge simultaneously. One cutter is spun clockwise while the second is spun counterclockwise to equalize the forces on the panel. Thus two passes are needed to form the edges of a panel. The veneer layer, which may be bamboo, birch, or other woods such as cherry wood, is adhesively bonded to the top surface.04-05-2012
20080250627FASTENING TWO COPLANAR EDGES WITHOUT A WELD - A method and apparatus for fastening two substantially coplanar edges without a weld is disclosed. The method includes: configuring a dovetail feature on a first edge; configuring a complementary dovetail feature receptacle on a second edge to receive the dovetail feature therein; disposing the dovetail feature within the complementary dovetail receptacle; and swaging an interface defined between the dovetail feature in said first edge and said complementary dovetail feature in the second edge to swage mating edges defining the dovetail feature and the dovetail receptacle at least six swage contact points. In one embodiment the swaging is with a hollow circle punch.10-16-2008
029506000 Securing cup or tube between axially extending concentric annuli 4
20130097844Hex Swaged Fluid Coupling And Method Of Making Same - A fluid coupling including a cylindrical stem having a fluid conduit therethrough and a hollow shell provided over a first end of the stem. A tool engaging hexagonal shape on an outer surface of the shell is disposed radially outward from a swage joined portion of the shell to the stem. The tool engaging hexagonal shape includes six non-contiguous flats having rounded portions therebetween. The swage joined portion and the tool engaging hexagonal shape are located at the same axial location along a centerline of the hollow shell, and the swage joined portion has an axial length along the centerline corresponding to an axial length along the centerline corresponding to an axial length along the centerline of the tool engaging hexagonal shape.04-25-2013
20130152371CLAMPED LINER-BOSS CONNECTION - A pressure vessel for storing a fluid, the pressure vessel including an annular inner boss having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface forming a passage adapted to receive a utility device therein, wherein the inner boss includes a liner channel formed intermediate the inner surface and the outer surface, a vessel liner having a portion thereof disposed in the liner channel of the inner boss, and an outer boss secured to the outer surface of the inner boss.06-20-2013
20110252624CORRUGATED CONDUIT AND METHOD OF EXPANDING TO FORM A LINED TUBULAR MEMBER - Methods of forming a lined tubular member are described herein. A method includes forming at least one corrugated portion in a conduit having at least one substantially tapered end to form a corrugated conduit, providing the corrugated conduit to a tubular member; and expanding the corrugated conduit while the corrugated conduit is inside the tubular member.10-20-2011
20110173798Crimpable or Swageable Fluid Power Ferrules, Couplings, Systems and Methods Employing Torque Communication - A hose end coupling comprising a unitary one-piece stem having an exterior barb end portion and an exterior ferrule interface portion, with a unitary one-piece radially crushable ferrule disposed over the stem, with a crushable socket portion disposed about the barb end portion, a deformable attachment portion disposed about the ferrule interface portion, and a torque communication portion defined between the socket portion and the attachment portion. The socket portion may retain a “C” shaped insert, one or more coiled inserts, or a plurality of stacked inserts, for gripping a hose end and the socket portion might define a lip, with a seal disposed in the socket portion between the insert(s) and the lip. Some embodiments of a “C” shaped insert define inner-circumferential teeth and corresponding outer-circumferential depression indentions.07-21-2011
029514000 Of parallel side-by-side elongated members 2
20100275433Method and apparatus for the attachment of a fastener element to a component, in particular to a sheet metal part - A method and an apparatus for the attachment of a fastener element to a component, for example a sheet metal part, wherein the fastener element is a nut element and has an axis of symmetry, a head part having a contact surface which enters into contact with the component, a threaded bore and also at least one undercut which receives the material of the component, and wherein the material of the component is pressed against the contact surface and into the undercut by means of a first tool having a die button shape matching the design of the nut element. A local force is exerted on the head part of the nut element or onto the tool to the side of the axis of symmetry and is moved circularly around the axis of symmetry while simultaneously carrying out a relative feed movement between the tool and the nut element between which the component is arranged in order to press the material of the component into the undercut.11-04-2010
20130139373CLAD ALLOY SUBSTRATES AND METHOD FOR MAKING SAME - A method for producing a single-clad or multiple-clad product includes providing a welded assembly comprising a cladding material disposed on a substrate material. Both the substrate material and the cladding material are individually selected alloys. At least a first edge of the cladding material of the welded assembly does not extend to a first edge of the substrate material and thereby provides a margin between the first edges. A material that is an alloy having hot strength greater than the cladding material is within the margin and adjacent the first edge of the cladding material. The welded assembly is hot rolled to provide a hot rolled band, and the material within the margin inhibits the cladding material from spreading beyond the edge of the substrate material during the hot rolling. In certain embodiments of the methods, the substrate material is stainless steel and the cladding material is nickel or a nickel alloy.06-06-2013
20080256778Method for Joining Tubes - A method is provided for joining tubes. An outer tube and an inner tube are provided. An end of the inner tube is inserted into an end of the outer tube to form an overlapped region of tube wall and form a pressure tight joint between the tubes. The overlapped region of the tubes is heated. The tubes are placed in pair of dies having a die cavity adjacent to the outer tube. Pressure is introduced into the tubes to expand the overlapped region of the tubes outwardly into the die cavity and thereby form an interlocking joint between the overlapped region of the outer tube and the inner tube.10-23-2008
20090211076STENT-GRAFT COVERING PROCESS - A method of making a stent-graft includes providing a self-expanding stent having a collapsed configuration with a first diameter and an expanded configuration with a second diameter greater than the first diameter, the stent including a polymeric coating on at least an inner surface, disposing a graft on a mandrel having a third diameter greater than the second diameter, and contacting an outer surface of the graft with the coated inner surface of the stent, the stent applying a compressive force to the graft.08-27-2009
20130042460PRESSING DEVICE - A chain-like pressing device and a method of using same for press-joining a tubular or hose-shaped workpiece with a fitting and/or a ferrule is provided. The device at least two pressing members interacting over the circumference in the radial direction. The pressing members can move relative to each other in the circumferential direction at their interacting surfaces that transmit the pressing force. The interacting surfaces enclose an angle of less than 180° therebetween. The pressing device includes a plurality of pressing members forming a first linkage for enclosing the workpiece, at least one of the pressing members transmits pressing force only by pressure or tension application through a further first pressing member.02-21-2013
20130025110METHODS FOR UNIFORM CRIMPING AND DEPLOYMENT OF A POLYMER SCAFFOLD - A medical device-includes a scaffold crimped to a catheter having an expansion balloon. The scaffold is crimped to the balloon by a process that includes one or more balloon pressurization steps. The balloon pressurization steps are selected to enhance scaffold retention to the balloon while retaining, at least partially, the original balloon folds as the balloon is pressurized and de-pressurized within a crimper head. By at least partially retaining the original balloon folds, a uniformity of scaffold expansion by the balloon is improved.01-31-2013
20080256779HEMMING WORKING METHOD AND HEMMING WORKING DEVICE - A hemming working device is provided with: a jig body configured to support a first workpiece and a second workpiece which are overlapped; and a working drive portion configured to join the first workpiece and the second workpiece and perform a hemming on the first workpiece and the second workpiece. The jig body is provided with: a holding mechanism capable of holding the first workpiece and the second workpiece; and a backing member capable of being contacted with a portion of the first workpiece where hemming working is executed.10-23-2008
20100037449METHOD OF FASTENING FIRST AND SECOND THERMOPLASTIC PARTS, AND TWO-PART ASSEMBLY - The invention relates to a method of fastening first and second thermoplastic parts of a motor vehicle, the first part having a protuberance projecting from a face and the second part having an engagement surface, the method consisting in bringing the second part into contact with the face of the first part, in heating the protuberance, and in plastically deforming the protuberance towards the second part so that the second part is gripped between the face of the first part and an end portion of the protuberance.02-18-2010
20120174381APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FRAME CRIMPING - Described are embodiments of a portable crimping device for creating frame assemblies. The device includes in embodiments a rod that is movable from a first position to a second position. A head is connected to the rod, and a stud is connected to the head. When the rod is moved from the first position to the second position the stud engages a rail of a frame and deforms a portion of the rail, which secures a bracket in a channel of the rail. A second rail can then be secured to a second side of the bracket in a similar way to create a corner of a frame. The process can be repeated to generate an enclosed frame assembly for holding items such as photovoltaic panels.07-12-2012
20090049674HOLLOW BAR MANUFACTURING PROCESS - A process for forming a relatively thick-walled hollow bar by hot rolling an elongate member including the steps:02-26-2009
20100043197METHODS AND DEVICES FOR CRIMPING SELF-EXPANDING DEVICES - Described here are devices and methods for crimping self-expanding devices. The crimping devices may be useful for crimping a variety of different self-expanding devices (whether such devices are biodegradable or bio-durable). The crimping devices may have crimping members to engage the self-expanding device to reduce the device from an expanding configuration to an unexpanded configuration. The crimping member may comprise or include a suture, wire, ribbon, guiding hoop, pusher, prong, holding bar, balloon, jaws, combinations thereof, or the like. The crimping devices may also include or comprise a holding structure to hold the self-expanding device in an unexpanded or expanded configuration.02-25-2010
20100043198Stent crimping apparatus and mehtod - An apparatus for crimping a stent by segmental radial compression, comprising a stationary base member; a rotatable drive hub which is moveable in relation to the stationary base member; and a crimping head aligned with respect to the stationary base member and to the rotatable drive hub. The crimping head includes at least ten segments. The segments each have a proximal end and an angled distal end with at least one angled side face terminating in an edge of a predetermined length, each segment having a centerline between the proximal and distal ends, each segment having a proximal point and a distal point, the distal point being disposed on the centerline and the proximal point being disposed off the centerline, and the proximal point being pivotally coupled by pins to the stationary base member and the distal point being pivotally coupled by pins to the rotatable hub member. The segments are arranged so that the segment distal ends are disposed adjacent to and a predetermined distance away from a central point and defining a central aperture with a cylindrical dimension. Also, the segment centerlines extend therefrom toward the segment distal ends and are oriented away from the central point. The segment distal ends move closer to the central point upon rotation of the rotatable hub member in a predetermined direction, whereby the stent is disposed around a base substrate, aligned in the central aperture and crimped round the base substrate upon rotation of the rotatable hub. A method of crimping a stent is also disclosed.02-25-2010
20100058573USE OF BARRIER FILM FOR PARTS LUBRICATION IN HUB TO SHAFT PRESS FIT OPERATION - Methods or devices are provided to press fit operations using barrier film to lubricate parts or components of an assembly. Embodiments are capable of eliminating current common problems in press fit operations and related fields including the contamination of adjacent parts with oils or other lubricating fluids, the requirement of excessive and damaging Press Forces, and the presence of pronounced Force/Displacement “ripple” or “chatter.” Embodiments allow for a barrier film to act in place of a lubricant during the hub-shaft press operation, but require no press operator application or clean-off after pressing.03-11-2010
20130047406DEVICE FOR SIMULTANEOUS ATTACHMENT AND FOLDING OF BRACKETS FOR ROOFING SHEET - Device for simultaneous attachment and folding into a low flange of plate or sheet coverage of at least a part of an end portion of a connecting tongue of a bracket for roofing sheet to an underlay, said device comprises a hollow longitudinal housing (02-28-2013
20100095513APPARATUSES FOR CRIMPING AND LOADING OF INTRALUMINAL MEDICAL DEVICES - Crimping apparatuses for reducing the diameter of an intraluminal medical device from a first diameter to a second diameter prior to loading the medical device into a catheter delivery system and loading apparatuses for introducing the medical device into a catheter delivery system, the devices constructed and arranged for matingly engaging one another, combinations thereof, and methods of using the devices.04-22-2010
20120180301One-Hit Tooling for Flush Mounted Rotatable Captive Nut - A two-stage punch accomplishes the two-step process of sheet deformation and nut flaring to attach the nut to the sheet in a single stroke of an assembly press. The punch comprises an outer cylindrical sleeve which captivates a resiliently biased center punch. When the punch is moved downward into contact with the sheet, an embossing ring on the sleeve deforms the sheet material around an aperture in the sheet. When the punch is moved farther downward, a pointed end of the center punch extends beyond the embossing ring and into forcible contact with the nut. The nut is thereby flared capturing the sheet between flared edges of the nut and a nut flange.07-19-2012
20100088878METHOD FOR DECORATING AN EXTERIOR LIGHT FIXTURE - A method for decorating an exterior light fixture includes the step of providing a decorative body with an ornamental design corresponding to a single event, where the decorative body has a rear side with an elastically deformable couple and a front side with the ornamental design. The method also includes the step of elastically deforming at least a part of the rear side to removably attach the decorative body to an exterior light fixture that is attached to an exterior surface of a building structure such that the ornamental design is positioned on a side of the light fixture opposite the structure. The ornamental design and at least a portion of the body surrounding the ornamental design have differing translucences such that light emitted from the light fixture enhances visibility of the ornamental design from a distance away from the body.04-15-2010
20120222286METHOD OF MAKING INTERVENTIONAL MEDICAL DEVICE SYSTEM HAVING A SLOTTED SECTION AND RADIOPAQUE MARKER - A system is provided that includes an elongated introducer navigable through body vessels of a human subject and a pusher component for incorporation within the introducer. The pusher component includes a tubular portion with a slotted section. A radiopaque marker is secured to at least a portion of the slotted section such that an outer surface of the radiopaque marker is substantially flush with an outer surface of the tubular portion immediately proximal and/or immediately distal the radiopaque marker. According to a method of manufacturing such a component, the slotted section is formed by a laser cutting operation and a pre-assembly radiopaque marker member is crimped onto the slotted section.09-06-2012
20110138605CRIMPED/SWAGED-ON TUBING TERMINATIONS AND METHODS - A tubing termination comprises a termination portion adapted to make a fluid connection and a tube attachment portion, adapted to receive a tube and to be crimped or swaged. The tube attachment portion comprises a retention mechanism that is adapted to be manipulated during crimping or swaging to bite the tube so as to lock the tube attachment portion relative to the tube. This retention mechanism may take the form of a deformable bite ring, a deflectable c-insert, irregularities defined on an inner surface of the tube attachment portion, and/or the like. The tube attachment portion also may include a resilient sealing mechanism adapted to provide a seal between the tube and the tube attachment portion, and thereby a fluid-tight connection between the tube and the termination portion.06-16-2011
20110277305STENTS WITH HIGH RADIAL STRENGTH AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING SAME - Polymeric stents having fracture toughness and resistance to recoil after deployment are disclosed along with methods of manufacturing such stents. Improvements to mechanical characteristics and other improvements may be achieved by having polymer chains within individual stent struts oriented in a direction that is closer to or in line with the axis of the individual stent struts. The desired orientation of polymer molecules may be achieved by one or any combination of extruding polymers into hollow tubes to induce axially oriented polymer chains, applying a tensile load to polymer tubes to induce axially oriented polymer chains, and radially expanding polymer tubes to induce circumferentially oriented polymer chains. Stent patterns include struts defining diamond shaped cells and/or W-shaped cells.11-17-2011
20110289760Attachment of a Connector to a Fiber Optic Cable - This disclosure describes techniques for attaching a connector to a fiber optic cable. As described herein, lengthwise slits are made into the jacket and the buffer tube of a fiber optic cable, thereby exposing interior segments of the optical fibers of the fiber optic cable. A loop is then made in the fiber optic cable at the slits. The ends of the optical fibers can then telescopically slide out the end of the fiber optic cable. When this happens, the exposed interior segments of the optical fibers slide out of the buffer tube and the jacket through the slits, forming a smaller loop within the loop. A connector may then be attached to the exposed ends of the optical fibers. When the fiber optic cable is unlooped, the exposed interior segments of the optical fibers slide back into the buffer tube and jacket. The jacket may then be resealed.12-01-2011
20100275432LOCKING ELEMENT FOR VASCULAR CLOSURE DEVICE - In one illustrative example, a device for sealing an opening in a vessel wall and/or tissue tract may include an anchor, a filament, a plug, and a knot. The anchor may be configured to be disposed adjacent to an interior surface of the vessel wall adjacent the opening in the vessel wall. The filament may have a distal end coupled to the anchor and may be configured to extend proximally through the vessel opening and/or tissue tract. The plug may be disposed about at least a portion of the filament member. The knot may be disposed about the filament proximal of the plug and may be configured to move over the filament and secure the plug relative to the anchor. The knot may be independent of the filament member.11-04-2010
20100077594Subterranean Screen Manufacturing Method - A screen that conforms to the borehole shape after expansion is disclosed. The screen comprises a compliant outer layer that takes the borehole shape on expansion. The outer layer is formed having holes to permit production flow. The material that is selected preferably swells with prolonged contact to well fluids to further close off annular gaps after expansion. In an alternative embodiment, the screen is not expanded and the swelling of the material alone closes off annular gaps. The outer sleeve is placed over the screen and the screen is placed on a base pipe and initially expanded from within the base pipe to secure the components of the screen assembly for running downhole, while minimizing or eliminating any welding among the layers. A variety of expansion tools can be used to expand the screen or screens downhole.04-01-2010
20090276994Method for the manufacture of a connection between a corrugated tube and a further body - The present invention relates to a method for the manufacture of a connection between a corrugated tube and a further body, wherein the further body has a bore having a bore diameter which is smaller than the outer diameter of the corrugated tube, with the method including the step of drawing or pressing the corrugated tube into the bore.11-12-2009
20100122447Method for Downhole Screen Manufacturing - A method of making a screen for downhole use uses mesh screen layers that are diffusion bonded to each other. The ends that will overlap to make a seam when the sheets that are attached together are rolled into a tube are compressed before the tube shape is created or thereafter when the tube shape and an inner base pipe are drawn through a die to join the seam made by the overlapping edges. Because of the compression of the edges, when they overlap to form a tube the wall thickness at the overlap is about the same as the remaining thickness of the screen portion. Optionally, a resilient material can be compressed into the open areas of the screen portions that will be overlapped to make the generally longitudinally oriented seam. The seam can be parallel to the screen axis or spiral around it. The outer perforated shroud provides a compressive force that maintains a barrier resistant to flow of sand particles between the seam overlapping surfaces as the outer perforated shroud, filtration tube and inner base pipe assembly is drawn through a die.05-20-2010
20090288284Panel integrating method - An outer panel and an inner panel are integrated by placing peripheral parts of the outer panel on a top surface of a lower mold such that bending parts formed by bending the peripheral parts of the outer panel are set up upward; placing a central portion of the outer panel on a top surface of a lifting device; lifting the central portion of the outer panel by the lifting device to open leading end sides of the bending parts of the outer panel outward; placing the inner panel on the top surface of the outer panel so as to superimpose those onto each other; lowering the central portion of the outer panel by the lifting device; and pressing the bending parts toward the lower mold by an upper mold to further bend the bending parts, and making the bending parts to closely contact with the peripheral parts of the inner panel.11-26-2009
20100139074Drum assembly in washing machine and method for fabricating the same - Drum assembly, and method for fabricating the same is disclosed, for making a capacity larger and enhancing stiffness and strength. The drum assembly includes a drum for holding laundry, a connector attached to an outside surface of a bottom of the drum, and a driving member coupled to the connector for rotating the drum, wherein the bottom includes an expansion region unoccupied by the connector, the expansion region being protruded toward an outside of the drum, to expand a capacity of the drum. The method includes a first time pressing for pressing a plate for forming a bottom of a drum, for securing a space for expanding a capacity of the drum, and a second time pressing for forming a seat for attaching a connector connecting a driving member and the drum.06-10-2010
20120060346Lateral pipe lining method and lateral pipe lining apparatus - A lateral pipe lining material having a flange on one end thereof is installed on a head collar which is hermetically mounted on a pressure bag that stores the lateral pipe lining material. The head collar comprises a curved section and a cylindrical section projecting from the curved section. An expandable member is mounted to the outer circumferential surface of the cylindrical section of the head collar, and expanded so that the outer circumferential surface of the expanding member comes into close contact with the inner circumferential surface near the flange, and the inner circumferential surface thereof comes into close contact with the outer circumferential surface of the cylindrical section of the head collar. This allows a hermetical connection between the lateral pipe lining material and the head collar and ensures a reliable eversion and insertion of the lining material into a lateral pipe.03-15-2012
20090313803Method for making a press-in connection between a joining element and a workpiece, press-in connection, and joining element - In order to form a reliable, process-safe pressout- and twist-safe press-in connection between a joining element and a workpiece, the joining element is pressed with a shank region into a hole in the workpiece, with shank material of the shank region being pressed into a reception space between the shank region and the hole margin for this purpose, so as to make a frictional connection, without a positive form-lock connection which acts in the axial direction being made. As a result, it becomes possible to have a pressout-safe press-in connection without deformation of the hole, along with a level metal sheet underside, and without the formation of a fastening collar. The press-in connection is suitable particularly in the case of a combination of a low-strength joining element with a higher-strength metal sheet.12-24-2009
20090077786JOINING METHOD FOR OPERATING A FASTENING TOOL - In a method for joining at least two plate-shaped workpieces by a fastening tool and a device for operating the fastening tool, the fastening tool comprises a punch for exerting a punch force to perform a joining operation and a clamp for exerting a clamping force upon the workpieces at the joining area. During the joining operation the punch exerts a high punch force to perform the joining operation and the clamp exerts substantially no clamping force to allow for free material deformation in the joining area. After the joining operation both the punch and the clamp exert high forces at the same time to reduce any material deformations of the workpieces and to provide for compression of the workpieces in the joining area. Preferably the invention is used in a riveting tool for setting self-piercing rivets; as an alternative it may be used in a clinching tool.03-26-2009
20090113692Jack and method for fixation of jack to panel - A method for fixation of a jack to a panel or bracket of an electronics module. A jack having an encircling flange is machined to include a barrel having at least one longitudinal knurl and an inwardly-tapered interior section. A swaging tool includes a body having a lower surface with an open circular channel arranged to circumscribe the circular open end of the barrel of the jack. The jack is fixed to a circular port within the panel by inserting the jack into the port so that the flange contacts a surface of the panel and then applying a downward-acting force onto the swaging tool aligned with open end of the barrel to compressively fix the jack to the panel.05-07-2009
20110005059TISSUE PROSTHESIS PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY - A heart valve prostheses crimping apparatus and method for deducing the diameter of stents containing heart valve prosthesis. A medical prosthesis catheter loading apparatus, including a crimping assembly for reducing the diameter of a prosthesis; and a catheter clamp for holding a catheter adjacent to the prosthesis. Also disclosed is an apparatus for reducing the diameter of a medical prosthesis, including a base, a crimp head connectable to the base, and an actuation mechanism connected to the base and connectable to the crimp head to actuate the crimp head. Also disclosed is a method of loading a medical prosthesis into a catheter, including the steps of reducing the diameter of a prosthesis from its normal deployed state to a diameter less than that of the lumen of the catheter; holding a catheter adjacent to the reduced diameter prosthesis; and moving the prosthesis into the catheter lumen.01-13-2011
20100180424RING INSERTION AND CRIMPING DEVICE FOR AN ATTACHMENT COMPRISING A ROD HAVING A RING CRIMPED THEREON - The invention relates to a device for inserting and crimping a ring on an attachment rod in a hole, comprising a robot, a monitoring and control system and an end tool designed to crimp the ring on the rod. The end tool includes a crimping device and a ring installation device which are solidly connected to a fine-positioning device, by means of which the end tool is attached to an end element of the robot. A ring insertion subassembly of the ring installation device and a crimping nose of the crimping device can move on the end tool so as to be positioned alternatively on an axis of an attachment to be installed, with no controlled movement of the robot when the end tool has been pre-positioned.07-22-2010
20110030193SYSTEM FOR PREPARING PRE-ASSEMBLED HANGER SUPPORTS - A system for preparing a pre-assembled hanger support. The system includes a bending tool operable to form a bight in the distal end of a structural wire, the bight having a transverse tail extending away from the shaft of the structural wire. The system also includes a wrapping tool having a drive rotor with a clip attachment interface that removably supports a hanger clip and provides selective rotation of the hanger clip and the structural wire, a wire support brace that supports the shaft of the structural wire in substantial alignment with the axis of rotation of the drive rotor, and a tail stop positioned to restrain the rotation of the transverse tail. The hanger clip is supported about the structural wire and positioned within the bight, and together the hanger clip and structural wire are installed onto the clip attachment interface, so that selective rotation of the drive rotor rotates the hanger clip and shaft of the structural wire causing the restrained transverse tail to wrap around the shaft and secure the hanger clip within an eyelet formed in the structural wire, thereby forming the pre-assembled hanger support.02-10-2011
20110030194ENDOSCOPIC INSERTION PORTION AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A method of manufacturing an endoscopic insertion portion with high manufacturing efficiency is provided. The endoscopic insertion portion includes a plurality of bending parts provided side by side with each other, a protruding portion provided in one of each two adjacent ones of the bending parts, and a receiving portion provided in the other of each two adjacent ones of the bending parts and into which the protruding portion is inserted rotatably. The method includes forming, in at least one plate material, a first bending part preparation portion for the formation of the one bending part and a second bending part preparation portion for the formation of the other bending part, connecting the first bending part preparation portion and the second bending part preparation portion by press processing, and forming the first and second bending part preparation portion into a cylindrical shape by press processing.02-10-2011
20090320270METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ASSEMBLING A CARRIAGE ASSEMBLY - There are provided a method of assembling a carriage assembly that can uniformly crimp edge portions of spacer holes of spacer portions and keep the spacer portions flat, thereby maintaining the angles of suspensions with high accuracy, and an assembling apparatus that uses such method.12-31-2009
20110072635Bicycle handlebar stem securing device and method for securing bicycle handlebar stem to steering tube - A method for securing handlebar stem to steering tube includes a step of placing a head tube, an upper bearing set and a stem tube on a top of a steering tube, and an underside of the stem tube being in contact with the upper bearing set; a step of using a securing device having an expandable portion inserted into the steering tube and applying a downward force to a top of the stem tube; a step of rotating the securing device to urge the expandable portion against an inner periphery of the steering tube and the downward force pressing the stem tube onto the upper bearing set, and a step of releasing the expandable portion and removing the securing device from the steering tube. The securing device can be used repeatedly and reduces the bicycle weight.03-31-2011
20110072636METHOD OF ASSEMBLING A POROUS MEMBRANE CARTRIDGE - A method for assembling a porous membrane cartridge having a cylindrical barrel, a cap, and a porous membrane. The method includes: forming openings at a top end and rear end in the barrel, respectively; forming the cap into a cylindrical shape having a fit-in portion configured to fit the portion outside the top end of the barrel, and forming in the cap a sandwiching face configured to abut with an opening edge of the top end and to sandwich the porous membrane between the barrel and the sandwiching face; crushing a peripheral edge of the porous membrane and sandwiching the porous membrane; and fixing the cap to the barrel so as not to be pulled out of the barrel by welding the opening edge and the sandwiching face by ultrasound.03-31-2011
20090126180METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ASSEMBLING COMPOSITE STRUCTURES - Method and apparatus for mechanically-joining components to assemble a composite structure. A first component and a second component may be provided. At least one of the first and second components may comprise a composite component. A hole may be formed in each of the first and second components. A metallic sleeve may be placed in the holes in the first and second components such that the metallic sleeve is in contact with the first and second components, and a composite rivet may be placed in the metallic sleeve. Heat and a deforming force may be applied to the composite rivet to join the first and second components to form an assembled composite structure.05-21-2009
201101546464-Way Compression Grooved Coupling - A pre-assembled pipe coupling for joining and sealing two grooved-ended pipe segments without disassembling the coupling is disclosed. The coupling has a housing with upper and lower arcuate housing segments and left and right bridge segments. Each bridge segment has at least one set of dihedrally angled faces that engage corresponding faces each in the upper and lower housing segments. Drawing the upper and lower segments inwardly together along a first axis, presses each bridge segment inward along a second axis roughly tangential to the first axis. All segments are loosely pre-assembled with bolts and nuts into a coupling and all segments each have radially inwardly projecting lands that mate with end grooves in the pipes to be joined. The coupling also has a one-piece circular sealing gasket that has an inward circumferential and centrally positioned pipe stop that has an inner diameter smaller than an outer diameter of the pipes to be joined. The gasket has two circumferential sealing lips axially outward from the pipe stop, the inner diameter each sealing lip larger than the outer diameter of the pipe segments to be joined.06-30-2011
20110146050SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING BED SUPPORTS FOR CHROMATOGRAPHY COLUMNS - This invention provides a method a method of manufacturing a bed support for a chromatography column is disclosed. The method includes: placing the outer ring of the bed support on a support plate of a machine having a transitional stage; placing the mesh disk into the above ring, pressing another support plate on the mesh disk; rotating the transitional stage; providing a roller attached to the transitional stage with a certain force that is applied over the rim of the ring; and continuously applying the force of the roller onto the ring until a rim of the ring bends then assembles into the mesh disk.06-23-2011
20110041313Joining Mechanism with Stem Tension and Interlocked Compression Ring02-24-2011
20110258832Method and apparatus for retaining an ornament - A method and apparatus for retaining an ornament, for example, an ornamental crystal, on a frame or plate is provided. The method includes providing a pin having a first end and a second end, opposite the first end, the second end comprising a projection, for example, a head; inserting the first end of the pin through an aperture in the ornament and through a hole in the frame wherein the projection obstructs the aperture in the ornament; deforming, for example, twisting, the second end of the pin to provide a deformation of the second end that obstructs passage of the second end through the hole in the frame; and retaining the ornament on the frame by the projection of the first end of the pin and the deformation of the second end of the pin. Aspects of the invention facilitate the mounting of ornaments to ornamental fixtures, for example, chandeliers.10-27-2011
20090211075METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A DOOR-TRIM ASSEMBLY AND ITS ASSEMBLY LINE - A process for manufacturing a door trim assembly in which resin-made door trim parts are automatically fixed to a resin-made door trim main body; and a manufacturing line therefore. Resin-made door trim parts and transformable members associated therewith are tentatively fitted to a resin-made door trim main body. In transforming processing unit (08-27-2009
20090049675Method and apparatus for cold loading articles - A method of loading an article, such as a self-expanding stent, into a structures such as a delivery catheter, including the steps of chilling the article to a predetermined temperature, reducing article size a predetermined amount, inserting fluid into the article, whereby the fluid forms a substantially solid plug with respect to the article, and moving the frozen article. Also provided is an apparatus for loading an article into a structure including: an article size reduction element, a chiller connected to the size reduction element, a cold source communicatively connected to the chiller, and a fluid supply communicatively connected to the size reduction element.02-26-2009
20110302764WOVEN MESH BRAID CONNECTION TOOL - An apparatus and method for use is provided to remove the flare from the end of a hose to be inserted into a connector. The apparatus serves to align the braids, typically woven of stainless steel mesh, which encompass high pressure hosing such as found in a high pressure gas line. The compressed and aligned strands of mesh can then be easily slid into the receiver of the connector.12-15-2011
20120042501Reducing Crimping Damage to Polymer Scaffold - A medical device includes a polymer scaffold crimped to a catheter having an expansion balloon. The scaffold is crimped to the catheter by a multi-step process for increasing scaffold-catheter yield following a crimping sequence. Damage reduction during a crimping sequence includes modifying blades of a crimper, adopting a multi-step crimping sequence, and inflating a supporting balloon to support the scaffold during crimping.02-23-2012
20120055008METHOD FOR JOINING TOGETHER AIRCRAFT PARTS - In the method of fastening aircraft parts together, the following steps are performed: 03-08-2012
20120005876SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CRIMPING BODY LUMEN FILTERS - As described herein, a body lumen filter is provided that includes a body configured to move between a pre-deployed state and a deployed state, a filtering structure operatively associated with the body to filter particulates, and a blending structure operatively associated with the body. The blending structure can be configured to break up at least one of the particulates.01-12-2012
20120005877FITTING SYSTEM FOR A HYDRAULIC TUNING CABLE - A tuning cable for hydraulic system noise reduction is secured to a secondary fitting where the secondary fitting is mounted in a primary fitting using a pressed-in fit, a threaded connection or a slip fit after a tuning cable is installed in the secondary fitting by crimping the secondary fitting. The primary fitting is secured to a hydraulic connector which is also secured to a hydraulic hose to form a hydraulic hose assembly. In an alternative embodiment the secondary fitting is slipped directly into the hydraulic connector.01-12-2012
20120204411PRESSURE CRIMPER WITH ELLIPTICAL FACE - A pressure crimper for crimping a centralizer to a metal tubular. The crimper includes a generally cylindrical body having a central opening sufficiently large to allow insertion therethrough of a centralizer end having an external diameter; a sidewall of substantially uniform thickness including an inner-facing surface directed to the central opening and an outer-facing surface onto which are formed a plurality of passages. A piston is retained within each passage for hydraulic actuation inward. A face of each piston faces radially inward and has an elliptical shape. When the pistons are actuated, they apply pressure to the outer surface of the centralizer end to secure it to the tubular.08-16-2012
20120204410Method for Assembling a Tampon Applicator - A method of assembling a tampon applicator includes providing a barrel with internal ridges that define a guide channel having an effective diameter. The method includes providing a plunger that has a finger flare with a circular shape and a flare diameter that is at least 15% larger than the effective diameter of the guide channel. The method includes assembling the plunger and the barrel by pushing the finger flare into the guide channel and deforming the finger flare into a non-circular shape while moving the finger flare through the guide channel. The method includes moving the finger flare out of the plunger end of the barrel and reestablishing the circular shape of the finger flare.08-16-2012
20120060347WIRING HOLDING FLANGE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A flange for holding a wiring or hose arranged on a chassis panel, may include a pair of connecting portions integrally formed on a bottom surface of the chassis panel, wherein the pair of the connecting portions are spaced with a predetermined distance each other, bent portions formed upwards from the connecting portions and bent in receding direction from each other and then in approaching direction to each other to hold the wiring or hose therein, and/or support portions formed on upper end portions of the bent portions to guide the wiring or hose into the bent portions and prevent release of the wiring or hose therefrom.03-15-2012
20120060348TWO-STAGE METHOD OF COMPRESSING A STENT - A two-stage method of compressing a stent entails providing an expandable stent (03-15-2012
20120151744METHOD FOR ATTACHING RADIOPAQUE MARKERS TO A STENT - A mandrel for supporting a stent and rollers for pressing a radiopaque marker into a stent are disclosed. The mandrel can have a forward portion for carrying the stent and a rear portion for urging the stent forward portion into a gap between the rollers. The mandrel may be pushed or pulled into the gap, which is sized to allow the rollers to press the marker into engagement with the stent. Prior to moving the mandrel into the gap, the marker may be placed on a surface of the stent or partially inside a recess in the stent. Several markers can be efficiently and uniformly pressed onto the stent by moving the mandrel into the gap in one continuous movement in an axial or lateral direction. Markers can also be pressed onto the stent by placing the stent in the gap and rotating the stent about its central axis.06-21-2012
20120311844VIBRATIONAL CATHETER DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MAKING SAME - A vibrational catheter for disrupting obstructions in lumens such as blood vessels includes an elongate flexible catheter body having a proximal end, a distal end and at least one lumen extending longitudinally therethrough, a vibrational transmission member extending longitudinally through the lumen of the catheter body and having a proximal end and a distal end, and a transition connector attached to the proximal end of the vibrational transmission member for coupling the transmission member with a vibrational energy source. The transition connector includes a bore into which the proximal end of the vibrational transmission member extends. The proximal end of the vibrational transmission member is attached within the bore of the transition connector with variable attachment forces such that the transition connector exerts a lowest amount of attachment force on an attached distal-most portion of the vibrational transmission member housed within the bore.12-13-2012
20100011561TOOL USED FOR THE PRESSURE CRIMPING AND DRIVING-OUT OF A CLEAT - The invention relates to a tool used for pressure crimping and driving-out of a cleat, comprising: (a) a first receptacle opposite which is located a crimping head movably mounted on a body of the tool; (b) a second receptacle opposite which is located a drive-out head also movably mounted on the body; and (c) pressure means movably mounted on the body so as to be able to be displaced from a crimping position in which they are capable of exerting pressure on the crimping head, to a drive-out position in which they are capable of exerting pressure on the drive-out head, and conversely.01-21-2010
20120255157Methods of Altering Surgical Fiber - The present disclosure relates to methods of altering a surgical fiber by irradiating the surgical fiber with an energy beam such that material is removed therefrom.10-11-2012
20110209335METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING INK JET CARTRIDGE - A predetermined amount of an ink absorber, which is a fiber assembly in which intersections between fibers are not fused together, is charged into a compression and insertion apparatus. A rectangular parallelepiped-shaped insertion block is moved to an upper surface portion of the absorber, and one face of the ink absorber is pushed by a side plate. As such, a part excluding the part of the ink absorber which faces the side plate is compressed and surrounded. In this state, the ink absorber is compressed by the side plate. The ink absorber is inserted into a tank case by making a bottom plate slide, thereby opening the bottom face of the ink absorber and by moving down the insertion block.09-01-2011
20120079705Method For Forming A Reclose Mechanism On A Reclosable Package - A food package for sliced food products to be maintained with a fluffed appearance, the package including a rigid base member forming a compartment for receiving the food product and a rigid lid sealed to the compartment. Advantageously, the base member includes a bottom wall and side wall portions that are configured to engage the food product to hold the slices in a fluffed arrangement thereof. Preferably, one or more tapered side wall portions hold the food product upwardly toward the lid and inwardly toward a center of the package. In preferred embodiments, the base member and lid provide a rigid-rigid construction of the food package. In preferred embodiments, the food package is also configured to stand-up in a vertical display orientation and does not require the food product be contained within a sealed pouch within the compartment.04-05-2012
20120079704TAPER CUT EDGE MAT - A method is provided for installing a multi-layer mat (04-05-2012
20120317786METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR JOINING MULTIPLE COMPONENTS - A method of joining multiple components includes stacking the components vertically. Each component includes two opposite substantially planar surfaces that are arranged in a column when the components are stacked. The method also includes placing the stacked components in a clinch-crimping apparatus having a first punch, a second punch, and a crimping element. The method also includes displacing a section of the substantially planar surfaces of the stacked components by driving the first punch in a first direction that is substantially perpendicular to the surfaces. The method additionally includes retracting the first punch from the displaced section and crimping the displaced section by the crimping element to form a crush initiator. The method additionally includes disengaging the crimping element from the crimped, displaced section. Furthermore, the method includes clinching the crimped, displaced section by driving the second punch in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction.12-20-2012
20120090154MANUAL PORTABLE TOOL FOR STRAIGHTENING AND POSITIONING USED METAL CROWN CAPS ONTO MOUTHS OF BOTTLES - A manual portable tool and a process are described, for straightening and positioning used metal crown caps onto mouths of bottles, in order to airtightly and watertightly close the bottles again; the tool comprises a handgrip and a tubular element equipped with at least two slits and composed, on an internal surface, of a circular crown, adapted to house therein a used cap before placing it onto a bottle mouth; a circular toothing formed of projections and adapted to house therein the used cap when it is pressed onto the bottle mouth in order to straighten the corresponding teeth of the cap onto the bottle mouth; and a circular opening, smooth and free from teeth, adapted to house therein the used cap after it has been placed onto the bottle mouth and before removing the tool from the bottle mouth and leaving the cap onto the bottle mouth.04-19-2012
20120090153METHOD AND TOOL FOR THE CYLINDRICAL DEFORMATION OF AN AL SLEEVE TO THE CORE DIMENSION OF THE INTERNAL PLASTIC CLOSURE, AS PREPARATION FOR A DIFFUSION-PROOF PRESS CONNECTION WITHIN THE TWO COMPONENTS - In a method of producing a connection between the neck area of a light metal cartridge, particularly an aluminium cartridge, and a plastic container inserted therein, by a drawing process that forms a connection area and applies areas of the wall of the light metal cartridge against the plastic container using a rotating main body (04-19-2012
20120284996Fusible Link - A fusible link is described comprising a first member selectively coupled to a second member via a connection member. The connection member is retained by way of first and second stop members that are defined in the second member and bear against the connection member and the first member.11-15-2012
20130000100PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING A FLEXIBLE ELONGATE STRUCTURE HAVING AN ORIENTABLE END - A method of fabricating an elongate structure having a steerable end, the structure including a flexible longitudinal body associated with at least one actuator member having at least one shape memory alloy wire or “SMAW” extending along the body and anchored thereto at its ends, and associated with a mechanism for heating it in controlled manner. The method includes the following steps: inserting at least one of the ends of the SMAW in tubes; crimping the tubes onto the ends of the SMAW; and securing the tubes to the body in such a manner that the wire extends along the body.01-03-2013
20130111732SPLIT-RING GLAND PIPE COUPLING WITH CORRUGATED ARMOR - A pipe coupling for coupling adjacent ends of a pair of pipes includes a sleeve, a split-ring gland positioned around one of the ends of the sleeve, and at least one annular gasket positioned within the split-ring gland and configured to be compressed by the split-ring gland for sealing one pipe end to the sleeve. The split-ring gland includes two partially circular gland members with spaced ends defining a gap. The pipe coupling includes an armor positioned to span the gap between the spaced ends to provide a generally closed annular periphery about the gasket. The armor includes a corrugated portion having a plurality of corrugations engaging the split-ring gland and the gasket during compression of the gasket. The armor is cold formed to improve structural strength and durability.05-09-2013
20080201934FASTENER MANUFACTURING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD - The present invention is an assembly and method for continuously manufacturing fasteners. A die press actuated at a first speed receives the contoured wire into a die having a piercing element for piercing an aperture and a cutting element for cutting a fastener from the wire. A guide receives the fasteners from the die press and a drive unit engages the fasteners oriented by the guide and conveys the fastener to an elevated height relative to a tapping device. The guide redirects the fasteners by a first router. The fasteners are gravity fed into the first router and redirected to one of the tapping devices. Each tapping device has a tapping element for forming internal ribs in the aperture of the fastener. The tapping devices each actuates at a second speed that in aggregate is generally equal to the first speed of the die press.08-28-2008
20110271513Methods for Crimping a Polymeric Stent Scaffold Onto a Delivery Balloon - A medical device includes a polymer stent scaffold crimped to a catheter having an expansion balloon. A process for forming the medical device includes placing the scaffold on a support supported by an alignment carriage, and deionizing the scaffold to remove any static charge buildup on the scaffold before placing the scaffold within a crimper to reduce the scaffold's diameter. The polymer scaffold is heated to a temperature below the polymer's glass transition temperature to improve scaffold retention without adversely affecting the mechanical characteristics of the scaffold when deployed to support a body lumen.11-10-2011
20110283518Retrogression heat treatment - A method for producing a product includes the steps of taking heated and cooled extrusion, preferably aluminum, and reheating a selected area of the extrusion. There is the step of requenching the extrusion. There is the step of forming the reheated area into a desired shape. A method for producing a ladder.11-24-2011
20130192047METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SUPPORTING STRUCTURE, SWAGING JIG FOR USE THEREIN AND THE SUPPORTING STRUCTURE - A method of manufacturing a supporting structure includes disposing a supported member between a pair of support walls opposed to each other, the support walls and the supported member having through shaft holes formed coaxially through the support walls and the supported member respectively, inserting a shaft member through the shaft holes in the disposed state, the shaft member has two ends each of which has a peripheral portion circumferentially divided into a plurality of swaging portions, and swaging the swaging portions sequentially such that regions of the shaft member corresponding to the respective swaging portions are fixed in the shaft holes of the respective support walls.08-01-2013
20130091688EXPANDABLE MEDICAL IMPLANT - A method for crimping a medical implant includes at least one foldable and/or unfoldable structure on or around or over a portion or outer surface of a catheter or of a catheter tip. No pressure beyond a predetermined pressure is exerted on the structure during and/or after crimping of the implant.04-18-2013
20130205571METHODS FOR INSTALLING AN ANCHOR BOLT - A tool assembly for a rotary hammer is provided. The tool assembly includes an adapter and a drive socket removably mounted on the adapter. The adapter has a first end portion configured to be held by a chuck of the rotary hammer and a second end portion that includes a socket square drive fitting on which the drive socket is removably mounted. The socket drive fitting can have any suitable size. For example, the socket drive fitting can be a 1/4 inch, a 3/8 inch, a 1/2 inch, or a 3/4 inch square drive fitting.08-15-2013

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