Assembly system and method for a tensioned chain drive system

Patent No. 8,387,244

Issued: March 3, 2013
PCT Filed: July 10, 2007
PCT No.: PCT/US2007/073118
371(c)(1),(2),(4) Date: January 23, 2009
PCT Pub. No.: WO2008/019205
PCT Pub. Date: February 14, 2008
Term Extension: 1,059 days

Inventor: George L. Markley (Montour Falls, NY)
Assignee: BorgWarner Inc. (Auburn Hills, MI)

The assembly method includes packaging of items for shipment and secures components of the assembly in a fashion and in the related position required for further assembly, as a unit, to an engine that is in the process of being assembled. The timed assembly arrives at the engine plant secured together such that it allows handling, at least in part, as a single component and with its parts arranged in the relative position required for proper timing and for securing to other components of the engine. The chain (44) is pinned between a tensioner pin (66) and the tensioner chain contacting surface (60) and between a guide pin (74) and the guide or snubber chain contacting surface (88). The tensioner is preferably pinned in a state of minimum extension.

Reference to Related Applications

This application claims one or more inventions which were disclosed in Provisional Application No. 60/822,096, filed Aug. 11, 2006, entitled "ASSEMBLY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A TENSIONED CHAIN DRIVE SYSTEM". The benefit under 35 USC .sctn.119(e) of the United States provisional application is hereby claimed, and the aforementioned application is hereby incorporated herein by reference.

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