Patent abstracts

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 18 April 2008



(2008), "Patent abstracts", Assembly Automation, Vol. 28 No. 2.



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Patent abstracts

Article Type: Patent abstracts From: Assembly Automation, Volume , Issue 2.

Title: Modular assembly for a vehicleApplicant: Dow Global Technologies Inc (USA); Kotnis Ashish Vijay (USA); Lorenzo Luis (USA); Chapman Dave (USA)Patent number: WO2007140113Publication date: 6 December 2007

There is disclosed a modular assembly and method of forming the assembly. The assembly is particularly suitable as at least part of a front end of a transportation or automotive vehicle. The assembly preferably includes one or more plastic structures adhesively secured to one or more metal structures.

Title: Modular panel assemblyApplicant: Borrowed Spaces Inc (USA)Patent number: US2007251179Publication date: 1 November 2007

The modular panel assembly comprises a plurality of different design inserts that can be readily assembled into a panel using a plurality of structural members. The different kinds of design inserts and structural members have the same type of coupling mechanism so as to allow many different configurations based on insert members of many different appearances.

Title: Modular conveying assembly having roller cradlesApplicant: Stebnicki James C. (USA); Wieting Dean A. (USA); Hansen Kevin S. (USA)Patent number: US2007221481Publication date: 27 September 2007

A roller cradle for use in a modular conveying assembly having a direction of travel in which an object is conveyed includes a first half and a second half. Each of the halves includes integral hinge members defining a space there between. A roller having an axis of rotation substantially perpendicular to the direction of travel is retained in the space.

Title: Workstation assembly and modular workstationApplicant: Abb Mc (FR); Malatier Francois (FR)Patent number: WO2006048535Publication date: 5 November 2006

The invention relates to an assembly consisting of at least one lower workstation and an upper workstation thereon, wherein the lower workstation includes a carrier construction for robots comprising lower and upper panels joined together via at least one bracing element and having an upper surface and a lower surface, respectively, at least one robot is attached to each of said panels, the upper workstation includes a robot carrier construction comprising at least one lower panel with a robot attached to the upper surface thereof, and at least one of the workstations is associated with a member for transferring workpieces between the workstations. The invention further relates to a modular workstation for producing said assembly.

Title: Modular packing assemblyApplicant: Philip Morris Prod. (CH)Patent number: EP1645513Publication date: 4 December 2006

A cigarette packing system comprises a plurality of reconfigurable modules. Each module includes tooling for performing a section of the packaging process. Product is transferred between modules by robots mounted on the modules and controlled from individual modules. Interface protocols between modules control transfers between modules. The product may be transferred with or without a carrier between modules. The modules may be reconfigured for a different assembly process and modules added or removed. Process specific tooling maybe changed. Reconfigurable modules reduces the time and cost of changing to a different packaging process.

Title: Device for assembling, tuning, and testing motor vehiclesApplicant: Mogck Gerhard (DE); De Moliere Frederic (DE); Thomer Klaus W (DE); Tentrup Thomas (DE)Patent number: US2006150394Publication date: 13 April 2006

The invention relates to a device for assembling, tuning and testing motor vehicles. Automobile factories are provided with assembly lines, along which components are delivered to an automobile that is to be produced, are assembled and, if necessary, further processed by humans or robots. At the end of the assembly lines, the automobiles under production are continuously advanced on wheels by means of apron conveyors with chain, rope or belt drives. These apron conveyors may be embedded in the floor and may engage either the left, the right or all the wheels of the automobile. If only one apron conveyor is used, the automobile rolls on the other two wheels. The aim of the invention is to create a device for assembling motor vehicles, which may be installed anywhere in a flat hall without modifying the ceiling or floor and is transportable. Said aim is achieved by the fact that the inventive device may be assembled from individual, transportable, modular, interconnectable components that can be installed on a flat surface without using pits or creating floor load. Said device encompasses the conveying mechanisms and assembly units for the motor vehicles to be assembled.

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