Innovative Design | Date: 2016-09-28
A stabilizer assembly for an archery bow with a pair of keyed socket fittings frictionally secured within each side of a tube, and at least one pliable connector, which includes a keyed opening correspondingly shaped to the keyed socket fittings, frictionally connected to one of the keyed socket fittings. Each pliable connector includes a fastener secured within an opening formed in the connector, enabling the connector to be removably attached to a weight or to an archery bow. In a first embodiment stabilizer assembly, a pliable connector is connected to each one of the pair of keyed socket fittings and a weight is removably attached to the fastener of one of the pliable connectors. In a second embodiment stabilizer assembly, a weight with a keyed opening corresponding to one of the pair of keyed socket fittings is frictionally connected to the socket fitting.
News Article | May 9, 2017
While additive manufacturing has grown in use and capabilities over the last 25 years, manufacturers do not always have the in-house knowledge and expertise to determine the best way or whether they even should additively manufacture parts, risking valuable time and resources on trial and error in the manufacturing process. This partnership of companies makes up the Independent Technical Evaluation of Additive Manufacturing (ITEAM), which will provide manufacturers with an expert system that compares and calculates the best machine, material and process for a particular application. The system also offers an additive manufacturing community section, where users can share experiences and feedback on equipment, materials and techniques and create specialized apps. "One of the keys to determining whether 3D printing is a game changer will be the ability to totally redesign a part, or merge an assembly of parts and make the additive part a reality in production," said Susan Smyth, GM chief scientist for manufacturing and 2017 SME Board of Directors secretary. "The challenge from the automotive community is the need for hardware, material innovation and availability of design tools to reinvent parts and morph assemblies for applications above and beyond prototype." ITEAM will provide a virtual repository of additive manufacturing machine and material capabilities and an open platform and evaluation tools to enable users to determine their parts' suitability to be manufactured additively against the repository of machines and materials. ITEAM will also be a center and clearinghouse for design for additive manufacturing research, methodology, qualification and advancements. Founding members of the ITEAM consortium will invite users to join, share their information with the initiative and be first to know about beta versions of the system. "We regularly hear from our additive manufacturing user community on how emerging 3D technologies are allowing them to increase speed to market, produce stronger and lighter parts, improve efficiency, reduce waste, eliminate costly tooling and create products and geometries that couldn't be created before," said Debbie Holton, vice president of Events and Industry Strategy at SME. The methodology, called SAM-CT (size, accuracy and materials + economic evaluation of cost and throughput), is under development. It addresses if something "can" and "should" be produced by additive manufacturing — or if better methods exist based on cost and throughput. "The information about additive machines and material capabilities that users need to make quality decisions is fragmented and expensive," said Grieves, PhD, executive director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design at the Florida Institute of Technology. "This new future requires accurate, reliable and current information so users can make the best technical and economic decisions as to additive equipment and materials. SME is stepping up to the challenge of providing this capability with ITEAM." More information, and the opportunity to ask questions or get involved, can be found at sme.org/ITEAM. SME SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skills needed for the industry. Follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg. About General Motors Co. General Motors (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com About Michael Grieves Michael Grieves is a world-renowned expert on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and virtual-to-physical product engineering and manufacturing. Grieves is the author of the seminal books on PLM and the originator of the Digital Twin concept. He is the executive director of Florida Tech's Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design (CAMID) and a University Research Professor. Grieves has over 40 years technical, executive and board experience in the information technology, manufacturing, and sports industries. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/to-3d-print-or-not-to-3d-print-new-evaluation-system-will-help-answer-manufacturing-industry-question-300454133.html
Innovative Design and Innovative Product Management LLC | Date: 2016-04-04
A method of producing a reduced-calorie fruit juice beverage may include passing a fruit juice stream including non-sugar fruit juice components (fruit juice components product) and sugars through a bed of resin. Due to the resins specific affinity for the sugar, the fruit juice is chromatographically separated into concentrated bands of the fruit juice components product and sugars that move through the bed of resin at different speeds. The concentrated band of the sugar may be withdrawn as a sugar stream from a first extraction point in the bed of resin, while the concentrated band of the fruit juice components may be withdrawn as a fruit juice components product stream from a different, second extraction point in the bed of resin. The sugar stream includes a higher concentration of the fructose, glucose, and sucrose than the feed stream, while the fruit juice components product stream includes a higher concentration of endogenous fruit juice compounds than the feed stream or the sugar stream.
Innovative Design | Date: 2015-06-19
An intermodal shipping container box assembly having front cube, rear cube and middle sections with the front cube and rear cube of variable lengths to provide a container box up to sixty and a half feet in length. The front and rear cubes have modified stacking post and casting block arrangements. The front cube and rear cube may include additional cross bracing. The front cube and middle section include a modified tunnel section for accommodating a vehicle chassis.
Innovative Design | Date: 2011-03-17
A centrifugal compressor comprising an impeller having an input drive, the impeller having an impulse turbine positioned around the periphery of the impeller to be driven by the gas exiting the impeller, the output of the turbine being coupled to the drive of the impeller.
Innovative Design | Date: 2012-03-14
A toy ball launching and retrieving device adapted to hold two balls at one time so that both balls can be launched consecutively from the device and so that each ball can be separately retrieved by said device comprising a handle having a ball engaging and releasing member at each opposite end thereof for separately launching and retrieving each of the two balls with each ball engaging and releasing member comprising a plurality of at least four relatively flexible fingers symmetrically arranged relative to a common base with each finger having a free end and a curvature forming a radial arc in substantial radial alignment with the curvature of a finger disposed opposite thereto such that the curvature of the fingers and common base form a partial spherical space for retaining and releasing a ball and with the spherical space substantially conforming to the geometry of the ball.
Innovative Design and Innovative Product Management Llc | Date: 2011-03-14
A method for treating a sugar-containing natural consumable product for lowering its sugar content includes passing a stream of a sugar-containing natural consumable product into contact with a bed of ionic adsorbent material capable of chromatographically separating sugar from the natural consumable product; and chromatographically separating a sugar-diminished natural consumable product from the adsorbent bed. A high intensity natural and/or artificial sweetener can be added to the sugar-diminished beverage to produce a beverage product having similar flavor and nutritional content as the original beverage, but containing a lower amount of calories. The sugar-reduced beverage also can be used as a flavoring for the beverage and food industry; or as an ingredient component for reduced and full calorie foods (e.g., jellies, candies, etc.). The sugar-reduced beverage can be concentrated to a higher level using less energy as compared to standard juices.
Innovative Design | Date: 2014-01-29
An RV wireless remote control system comprising an HMI including a GUI coupled to an HMI RF transceiver and an HMI dock connector. The HMI RF transceiver receives RV device status signals over an RF fieldbus and the HMI dock connector receives RV device status signals over an RV localbus. The HMI generates control signals in response to the status signals and/or operator input signals. The HMI transmits the control signals to the RV devices over the RF fieldbus via the HMI RF transceiver or over the RV localbus via the HMI dock connector when the HMI dock connector is connected to the RV localbus. The HMI is configured for real time distributive control of the RV devices such that the RV localbus and the RF fieldbus operate in both directions enabling closed-loop control between the HMI and the RV devices.
Innovative Design | Date: 2014-08-07
A protective case for a portable electronic device which incorporates a spool assembly containing a user dispensable and retractable Industry standard or OEM charge/sync cable. The case provides the user with the utility of always having a charge/sync cable available when needed while being discreetly housed in a low-profile ergonomically pleasing package. The case and spool assembly provide the user with up to 3 Ft or more of cable available for dispensing from the case while allowing the portable electronic device to be charged/synced at any desired dispensed length of cable, and can be manufactured using any thermoplastic, metal, wood, or composite. The dispensed cable and connector can be rewound onto the spool manually using the spool finger pockets. The 2 distinct case housing assemblies encase the device in a constraining pocket, utilizing ramped boss and pocket latching features to retain the case housing halves and the portable electronic device in the assembled and protected condition, while allowing the unobstructed use of the devices full functionality. The housing latching bosses and pockets are designed to provide adequate assembly integrity, while allowing for the easy removal of the lower housing assembly to provide docking access of the device to 3^(rd )party accessories. The protective case utilizes several adhesive backed elastomeric decals mounted in complimentary shallow housing pockets, to provide drop and bump protection of the electronic device as well as anti-slip properties and aesthetic beautification.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Small Business Research Initiative | Award Amount: 46.32K | Year: 2016
Secure Sensor Innovative Design (SSID) was set up as a company to address affordable retrofit of Internet Of Things (IOT) at scale using the Low Power Radio (LoRA) free spectrum to gather “Big Data” at the most granular level in the community and supply this to complementary companies to analyse and use to benefit the citizen by giving them a better and healthier quality of life and allowing smart options based on the advice of many organisations such as energy, healthcare and local government services. SSID has teamed up with Liverpool City Council, Building Research Establishment (BRE), Stream Technologies (LoRA network provider) and Grove Group (Analysers of large data) to address the problem of harvesting IOT granular data, in a cost effective (typically 2% of equivalent GSM network costs) and trusted manner using a Low Power Radio (LoRA)network. To enable IOT application at scale you need to have a cheap secure LoRA endpoint that can be customised for the end user’s requirements with the ability to alter / add to its functionality remotely by registering new sensors on the network, and have a reliable, low cost, monthly fee. SSID has developed such data aggregator called SAFEHOUSE, which is a patent pending product that has been designed as the backbone of deployment of the IOT. SAFEHOUSE is a secure network data concentrator, that connects to the LoRa network. It represents a “unit” in the IOT, giving a shop / apartment / house / room an identity on the SAFEHOUSE network, registering a geographic position (in 3 dimensions) and from the base unit gathering temperature / humidity / electricity status / Carbon Dioxide and is alterted when smoke / carbon monoxide alarms are tested or set off. Multiple other sensors can be connected and the SAFEHOUSE unit allows a whole range of applications to be made using the granular data collected and maintained by the SAFEHOUSE cloud data repository. The major issue with IOT services is that no one company can deliver the complete IOT solution, so partnerships have to be formed of organisations to deliver this type of service at scale and affordablity to Local Authorities and private companies. This project will look at how a city, such as Liverpool, would ultise a LoRA IOT network to deliver better and new services to users cost effectively and the business cases for the commercial partners.