Patents Assigned to Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20200200207
    Abstract: A stud clip is configured to securely couple a fastener to a component. The stud clip includes a first portion, a second portion that is configured to retain a portion of a fastener, and a flexible tether that integrally connects the first portion to the second portion. The first portion is configured to fold relative to the second portion via the flexible tether into a folded state. The stud clip is moveable between the folded state and an extended state in which the second portion is distally located from the first portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Liebelt, Sean A. Tomaselli
  • Patent number: 10688679
    Abstract: A driving module for driving fasteners into a workpiece, the fasteners being interconnected via a connection mechanism to form a fastener belt and being magazined and rolled up to form a fastener belt roll, wherein the driving module has a driving apparatus, wherein the driving module has a mounting portion for mounting the driving apparatus on a workpiece bridge, wherein the driving apparatus has a driving drive, which acts on the respective fasteners to be driven with a driving force by way of a driving ram that is displaceable in the driving direction, and wherein a magazine having at least one exit portion is connectable to the driving apparatus; and by way of the exit portion, the fastener belt can be routed out of the magazine, and wherein the magazine has at least one fastening portion for fastening the magazine or parts thereof to the driving apparatus, wherein the magazine has at least two belt roll holders, each for receiving at least one fastener belt roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Gerhard K├╝chler
  • Patent number: 10690166
    Abstract: A method of applying a corrosion-resistant coating to a fastener that includes preheating an area of the fastener to be coated to elevate a temperature of the area and spraying the preheated area of the fastener with a molten or semi-molten metal. In one embodiment, a corrosion-resistant coating applicator includes a support structure, a rotatable slotted fastener conveyer supported by the support structure, a feeder configured to feed fasteners to the rotatable slotted fastener conveyer, a fastener aligner configured to make head portions of the fasteners aligned with each other, a heater configured to heat head portions of the fasteners as the fasteners are being conveyed by the slotted fastener conveyer, and a sprayer configured to apply a corrosion-resistant coating to the heated head portions of the fasteners being conveyed by the slotted fastener conveyer. The present disclosure also provides corrosion-resistant coated fasteners made using the coating methods and/or coating apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Horst, Donald E. Bergstrom
  • Patent number: 10688596
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the manufacture of a solid wire using additive manufacturing techniques are disclosed. In one embodiment, a fine powdery material is sintered or melted or soldered or metallurgically bonded onto a metal strip substrate in a compacted solid form or a near-net shape (e.g., a near-net solid wire shape) before being turned into a final product through forming or drawing dies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Hsu
  • Patent number: 10688583
    Abstract: Welding power supplies having adjustable current ramping rates are disclosed. An example welding power supply, comprising: a switched mode power supply to convert primary power to welding-type power having an output current based on a current control loop; a voltage sensing circuit to measure a weld voltage; a voltage comparator to determine whether the weld voltage corresponds to a welding arc condition or a short circuit condition; and a control circuit to: select a current ramping rate; and execute the current control loop to control the output current, the control circuit configured to, while the weld voltage corresponds to the short circuit condition, increase the output current at the current ramping rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Alan F. Smith, Cody J. Bowman
  • Patent number: 10688641
    Abstract: This relates to a driving tool for driving fastening means, nails/staples, into a workpiece, a trigger lever, which can be actuated manually, and a workpiece contact element, which can be actuated by placing the tool onto the workpiece, the tool operates in a single shot mode, in which each individual sequence of an actuation of the workpiece contact element with subsequent actuation of the trigger lever triggers a driving-in cycle, the tool operates in a bump firing mode, in which, with the trigger lever continuously actuated, each individual actuation of the workpiece contact element triggers a driving-in cycle, a resetting assembly providing, by means of which the tool is resettable from the bump firing mode into single shot mode in an automatic, time-controlled resetting operation. It is proposed that a signaling assembly, which emits a feedback signal to the user before, after or during each automatic resetting operation, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Torsten Weigmann, Klaus Von Soest, Olaf Haehndel
  • Patent number: 10689894
    Abstract: An adjustable stopper device (1) for a vehicle door or hood, includes a base part (100), and adjustment part (200), a stopper part (300) and a fastening structure (400). The adjustment part is connected to the base part via threads (120, 220) and thereby rotatable around a device axis (210) with respect to the base part (100). The stopper part is configured to contact the vehicle door and to provide an abutment surface (310) for the vehicle door when the vehicle door is closed, wherein the stopper part is connected to the adjustment part and wherein the axial position of the abutment surface is adjustable by turning the adjustment part with respect to the base part around the device axis. The fastening structure fastens the base part to the car body (2). A vehicle with, use of and method for manufacturing such a device are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Victor Diez Herrera, Ivan Martin Marino, Albert Pares Isanta, Philip Stellwag, Marco Spanier
  • Patent number: 10688640
    Abstract: A magazine for a fastener tool comprising a first guideway for heads of fastener elements of a first type, the first guideway extending in a direction (A) and being configured to position tips of the fastener elements of first type near a front edge extending substantially parallel to the direction (A); and comprising a second guideway for heads of fastener elements of a second type, the fastener elements of the first type having a different length from that of the fastener elements of second type, the second guideway being configured to position tips of the fastener elements of second type near the front edge. The magazine further comprises a poka-yoke configured to prevent inserting of the fastener elements of second type in the first guideway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Christophe Bodin, Alain Vettoretti, Cyril Marion
  • Patent number: 10683948
    Abstract: A thermostat valve for an internal combustion engine includes a housing with several cooling liquid connections and a drive which drives in rotation a hollow valve element mounted rotationally in the housing, by exerting a drive force, wherein the valve element has several openings delimited by its circumferential face which can be brought selectively in congruence with one or more of the cooling liquid connections of the housing by rotation of the valve element for the throughflow of cooling liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Carsten Heldberg
  • Patent number: 10683151
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers within a plurality of corresponding container receiving apertures formed in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks and a handle extending parallel to the rows of container receiving apertures. The handle is connected at attachment points along the carrier and corresponding thickened sections are included along the bands opposite the connection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 10683882
    Abstract: A connection assembly adapted to join a surface element to an underlying support structure while maintaining a substantially zero gap abutting relation between the surface element and the support structure. The connection assembly includes a press-in retainer with a circumferential seal having a sealing foot. The sealing foot flexes about a living hinge while maintaining continuous sliding contact with the support panel without interfering with downward movement of the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Scroggie, Michelle E. Bozinovski, Robert A. Murawski
  • Patent number: 10681953
    Abstract: In one aspect, a headgear for engaging and supporting protective headwear on a wearer's head includes a first side member positioned on a first side of the headgear, a second side member positioned on a second side of the headgear opposite the first side, a forehead strap coupled to the first and second side members and positioned on a front half of the headgear, and an occipital strap having an end coupled to one of the first side member and the second side member on the front half of the headgear and the occipital strap extending to a rear half of the headgear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Nishank R. Patel, Eric T. Sommers, Samuel B. Petre, John C. Mehnert
  • Patent number: 10682720
    Abstract: A welding system includes a welding power source having a user interface disposed thereon and a weld controller disposed therein and being adapted to generate a welding power output for use in a welding operation. The welding system also includes a personal computer having control circuitry disposed therein and being removably interfaced with the welding power source via a docking mechanism. When the personal computer is docked within the docking mechanism, the personal computer is enabled for receiving operator input, and the control circuitry communicates with the weld controller to coordinate control of a welding operation in accordance with the operator input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Alan Edward Stein, John Alan Luck
  • Patent number: 10683940
    Abstract: A valve arrangement for a cooling system of a vehicle includes a housing having at least two cooling-liquid ports, and a valve element, which can be adjusted between an open position in which it opens up a connection between the cooling-liquid ports and a closed position in which it separates the connection between the cooling-liquid ports. A drive is provided for adjusting the valve element between the open position and the closed position, wherein the drive includes an electric motor, which motor drives an actuation element which actuates the valve element, wherein the actuation element moves along a circular path section in the course of an adjustment of the valve element between the open position and the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Peter Quade, Torsten Hauk, Carsten Heldberg, Florian Clausing, Rainer Gramss
  • Patent number: 10682109
    Abstract: A check valve assembly is configured to couple to a first container that retains a first fluid and a second container that retains a second fluid. The check valve includes a fluid inlet housing including a first fluid inlet port defining a first fluid inlet channel, and a second fluid inlet port defining a second fluid inlet channel. A fluid outlet housing is coupled to the fluid inlet housing. The fluid outlet housing includes a fluid outlet port defining a fluid outlet channel. A first diaphragm is seated over the first fluid inlet channel. At least a portion of the first diaphragm is configured to unseat over the first fluid inlet channel to allow the first fluid to pass from the first fluid inlet channel into the fluid outlet channel. A second diaphragm is seated over the second fluid inlet channel. At least a portion of the second diaphragm is configured to unseat over the first fluid inlet channel to allow the second fluid to pass from the second fluid inlet channel into the fluid outlet channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Colm M. Carmody, Gerard G. Henn, Robert R. Schaser, Raymond Jozwik
  • Patent number: 10682722
    Abstract: A welding system is provided. The welding system includes a low power transceiver configured to be coupled to a weld cable. The low power transceiver includes a low power transmitter, a low power receiver, and a first processor. The low power receiver is configured to transmit one or more unmodulated tones through the weld cable to a welding power supply. The low power receiver is configured to receive the one or more unmodulated tones through the weld cable from the welding power supply. The first processor is configured to determine one or more channel equalization filter coefficients related to the weld cable corresponding to a distortive characteristic of the weld cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Lee Denis
  • Publication number: 20200180486
    Abstract: An assist grip assembly is configured to be secured to a component. The assist grip assembly includes a handle defining a retention chamber, and a fastening assembly pivotally secured to the retention chamber of the handle. The fastening assembly includes a mounting cushion having a central channel and at least one mounting stud pivotally coupled to the retention chamber. The mounting cushion secures the fastening assembly to the handle. A retaining clip is coupled to the mounting cushion. The retaining clip is configured to secure to the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Cory Cramer, Todd Callister, Walter Belchine, III, Joseph Tassone
  • Patent number: 10675699
    Abstract: A contact tip assembly with a preheating tip comprises a welding power source configured to provide welding current to a welding circuit, the welding circuit comprising a welding electrode and a first contact tip of a welding torch. The assembly also includes an electrode preheating circuit configured to provide preheating current through a portion of the welding electrode via a second contact tip of the welding torch, and a voltage sense circuit to monitor a voltage drop across the two contact tips, and the electrode preheating circuit adjusts at least one of the first current or the preheating current based on the voltage drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Hsu, Dennis Sigl, Jake Zwayer, James Lee Uecker, Jon Michael Patterson
  • Patent number: 10676287
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting a case along a conveyor moving in a transport direction includes an engagement plate for positive engagement with the case. The engagement plate has a planar face and a vacuum source for vacuum attachment to a case outer surface face. The apparatus further includes a mechanism for moving the plate in the transport direction and for rotating the plate a selected angle from the transport direction. Related, corresponding, or associated methods for transporting a case along a conveyor moving in a transport direction are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Jon Paul Laskis, Robert C. Beesley, Joshua Riddle
  • Patent number: 10675721
    Abstract: Example split frame pipe cutting tools include a frame and a slide tool configured to position a cutting edge in contact with the workpiece to performing cutting or boring on the workpiece, the slide tool comprising: a radial advancement mechanism configured to provide radial advancement of the cutting edge based on circumferential advancement of the slide tool by the frame; and an axial guide rail; a recirculating bearing carriage configured to slide in an axial direction along the axial guide rail and to couple the cutting edge to the axial guide rail; an axial advancement mechanism configured to advance the cutting edge in the axial direction with respect to the workpiece by translating radial advancement by the radial advancement mechanism to axial advancement based on a cutting template coupled to the radial advancement mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy Edward Weinberg