Apparatus and methods for directing and feeding wire

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6388234
SERIAL NO

09579074

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Apparatus for directing and feeding wire (W) such as for a welder includes first and second, generally planar, guide plates (108) which are slid in a direction parallel to the movement path of the wire (W) into a slit (74) of a mount (68) and a slot (64) of an adapter element (44). A driven roll (20) penetrates an opening (112) in the first guide plate (108). A pressure roll (82) is pivotably mounted to mount (68) between a drive position where it penetrates an opening (112) in the second guide plate (108) and sandwiches wire (W) against the driven roll (20) and a disengaged position. The pressure roll (82) is removably held in the drive position by abutment of a washer (104) with the bracket (84) to which pressure roll (82) is rotatably mounted. The washer (104) is slideable upon a shaft (98) and biased toward the bracket (84) by a spring (106), with the shaft (98) being pivotably mounted to a connecting block (24) between a latched and unlatched position. The adapter element (44) is slideably received in the connector block (24).

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.GLENVIEW, IL3478

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Collins, Lonny David Osakis, MN 1 19
Courneya, Calice Gerard Alexandria, MN 1 19

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
5410126 Portable AC/DC wire feed welder 41 1994
5584426 Welding wire holding device 9 1995
 
WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORPORATION (1)
4539465 Wire feed system for robot welder 20 1983
 
LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC. (1)
5836539 Inlet guide mechanism for wire feeder 16 1997
 
Alexander Binzel GmbH & Co. KG (1)
5326958 Drive device for push-pull welding torches 8 1992
 
M.K. PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
4954690 Modular welding gun 39 1989
 
KUKA SCHWEISSANLAGEN + ROBOTER GMBH (1)
4757180 Transport device for a welding wire, particularly for robots 7 1986
 
Bath Iron Works Corporation (1)
4665300 Mini wire feeder 20 1985
 
RCA Corporation (1)
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 7441682 Wire feeding apparatus 12 2002
 
ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC. (20)
7390989 Wire feeder 4 2004
7374074 Wire feeder 8 2004
* 2005/0224,485 Wire feeder 2 2004
7531768 Wire feeder pinch force mechanism 2 2005
7208698 Welding gun attachment mechanism 1 2005
7615723 Drive roll release mechanism 6 2005
7389900 Floating wire guides 0 2005
7285746 Welding gun inlets 1 2005
7238918 Welding guns with mechanical interface 1 2005
* 2005/0224,484 Drive roll release mechanism 6 2005
* 2005/0224,489 Welding gun inlets 2 2005
* 2005/0224,488 Welding guns with mechanical interface 2 2005
9586283 Wire feeder tensioner with definitive settings 0 2012
9254984 Welding wire feeder with improved wire guide 0 2012
9463524 System and method for adjusting feed roll position in a welding torch 0 2012
9517522 Self-aligning wire feeder assembly 0 2012
9616516 Indexing drive roll carrier system and method 0 2013
* 9050680 Welding wire feed system and method 0 2013
* 2014/0166,626 SELF-ADJUSTING WIRE FEEDER MOUNTING ASSEMBLY 0 2013
9333585 Welding wire feed system and method 0 2015
 
LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC. (4)
9555495 Automatic welding wire feed adjuster 0 2007
* 2008/0296,278 AUTOMATIC WELDING WIRE FEED ADJUSTER 8 2007
* 9162313 Wire feeder wire drive design 0 2010
* 2012/0160,897 WIRE FEEDER WIRE DRIVE DESIGN 0 2010
 
MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
6789721 Threading tool and method for bond wire capillary tubes 4 2003
 
EASY-PACK LIMITED (1)
* 2009/0026,306 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING PACKAGING; METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GUARDING MACHINERY 2 2006
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