Patents Assigned to Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10703089
    Abstract: A conveyor system for a stencil printer includes a pair of rail members, with the pair of rail members extending through a frame and configured to transport the substrate through the stencil printer. The conveyor system further includes, for each rail member, a lift tool assembly coupled to the rail member. The lift tool assembly includes a lifter portion, a main plate secured to the lifter portion, and a clamping member coupled to the main plate. The clamping member is configured to move horizontally between a substrate engaged position and a substrate disengaged position. The lift tool assembly further includes a thin foil coupled to the main plate. The thin foil is configured to move vertically and horizontally, independent from the clamping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Mariano, William A. Losiewicz
  • Patent number: 10702003
    Abstract: In one aspect, a protective headwear is provided and includes a support member configured to engage a user's head, an outer shell coupled to the support member and rotatable relative to the support member between a first position and a second position, and a member coupled between the support member and the outer shell to reduce angular velocity of the outer shell as it moves from the first position to the second position. In one aspect, the protective headwear is a welding helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Nishank R. Patel, Eric T. Sommers, Kyle Pfeifer
  • Patent number: 10704708
    Abstract: A valve operating device includes a mounting for attachment to a vehicle and an elongate arm, the free end of which is only moveable across the underlying ground. The joints of the arm pivot around vertical axes and the arm is locked into a desired orientation by a brake at each joint. A valve turning machine is at the free end of the arm. The brakes are engaged and released by a control on the valve turning machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Scott Ferrar
  • Patent number: 10704450
    Abstract: A piston cooling jet includes a first body and a second body. The first body includes a housing having an inlet fluidly coupled with nozzle outlets. The second body is coupled to the first body to form an interior chamber disposed inside the first body and the second body. The interior chamber is fluidly coupled with the inlet and the nozzle outlets. The interior chamber directs fluid received via the inlet through the nozzle outlets and out of the piston cooling jet assembly in a direction towards a spray target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Mark, Joseph Kuhn
  • Patent number: 10703557
    Abstract: A drum for transporting and feeding welding wire may comprise a hold-down bar opening. The hold-down bar opening enables access to and removal of a hold-down bar without requiring prior removal of an end surface of the drum or a drum lid. The drum may also comprise an access door. The access door enables access to the interior space of the drum when it is opened or removed from the first end surface. The access door allows for retrieval of a portion of a wire stored within the drum without need to remove an end surface of the drum or a drum lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Donald Q. Foster, II, Robert K. Dragoo
  • Patent number: 10705543
    Abstract: A mass flow controller that includes a linearization system to control the linear response of a valve in order to control the gain of the mass flow controller. The linearization system includes a flow modeling system for processing at least one of a fluid type, a flow rate, a pressure, and a temperature value signal relating to flow of the fluid through a flow path and determining fluid properties. The linearization system also includes a valve modeling system to determine the required operational characteristics of the valve according to valve specifications, a desired flow rate, and the determined fluid properties. The linearization system determines a gain to control the lift of the valve in order to acquire a desired fluid flow rate. The gain is determined by calculating the derivative of predicted lift with respect to fluid flow and the derivative of drive with respect to predicted lift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, INC.
    Inventors: John Lull, Berwin Banares, Jeffrey Whiteley
  • Patent number: 10695868
    Abstract: Laser hybrid welding systems adapted to identify and/or fix a weld defect occurring during a laser hybrid welding process are provided. Embodiments of the laser hybrid welding system may include one or more devices that provide feedback to a controller regarding one or more weld parameters. One embodiment of the laser hybrid welding system includes sensors that are adapted to measure the weld voltage and/or amperage during the welding process and transmit the acquired data to the controller for processing. Another embodiment of the laser hybrid welding system includes a lead camera and a lag camera that film an area directly in front of the weld location and directly behind the weld location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Patent number: 10697200
    Abstract: A door locking mechanism for an appliance provides a bolt that may be moved by an actuator between an extended and retracted position. A bolt stop mechanism blocks movement of the bolt in retraction at one of two positions, depending on how the bolt was extended before the retraction. In this way the bolt automatically retracts when the door is not present because this causes extra extension of the bolt and an over-travel position need not be directly sensed reducing controller complexity or wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Osvatic, Kenyon A. Hapke
  • Patent number: 10696079
    Abstract: The invention relates to a printer device for thermal printing or embossing of a carrier film coated with a coloring matter on a substrate, wherein the printer device has a roller arrangement for accommodating the carrier film and for moving the carrier film along a conveyor path, stepper motors for driving the roller arrangement, a thermal print head for printing or embossing the coloring matter from the carrier film onto the substrate, and a swivel arrangement, which can be deflected over a swivel range, for engaging with a swivel roller of the roller arrangement and for exerting a tensile force on the carrier film. The printer device is characterized in that, with regard to an engagement with the carrier film, the swivel roller is arranged along the conveyor path directly adjacent to the thermal print head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Franzke, Lars Schoberl, Stefan Balling
  • Patent number: 10695856
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for short circuit welding is disclosed. They reduce the current prior to the short clearing by adjusting waveform parameters in response to past cycles. One or more parameter of the output is monitored and compared to one or more targets, and future waveform parameters are adjusted so that the monitored parameters are more likely to reach the one or more targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Justin M. Durik, Robert R. Davidson
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: D888546
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory George Buczynski