Patents Assigned to Snap-On Incorporated
  • Patent number: 11915206
    Abstract: A processor may determine that a particular computer-readable vehicle repair order (RO) (e.g., including first and second RO portions) corresponds to an existing cluster of ROs due to the particular RO including RO data that refers to a particular vehicle symptom. The processor may determine that the first RO portion includes first data representative of a non-specific vehicle component and may then responsively also determine that the second RO portion includes second data that the at least one processor can use to determine a specific vehicle component associated with the particular RO. Responsively, the processor may determine the specific vehicle component based on the first and second data and may then add the particular RO to a different cluster of ROs that is arranged to contain ROs that correspond to the particular vehicle symptom and to the specific vehicle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick S. Merg, Jacob G. Foreman, Bradley R. Lewis, Brett A. Kelley
  • Patent number: 11904438
    Abstract: A tool bit with a surface layer metallurgically bonded on a substrate layer using electrospark deposition (ESD) that allows the tool bit to reduce camout and engage a fastener head for one-handed starting and removal. The surface layer has a rougher finish, compared to conventional tool bits, and therefore better grips engagement surfaces of a mating recess of the fastener during use. The reduction of camout provides greater durability to the tool bit and resists erosion and wear of the engagement surfaces of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: Ottoleo Kuter-Arnebeck
  • Patent number: 11897091
    Abstract: A pawl mechanism with a bias member that biases the pawl into engagement with the drive gear. The bias member can be a tube spring disposed within a bore to bias the pawl into engagement with the drive gear while eliminating the need for a spacer, as required by prior art ratchet wrenches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: Christopher D. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20240033885
    Abstract: An illumination source disposed in a housing of a tool without the need for fasteners or snaps. The illumination source includes a number illumination elements, such as LEDs, disposed on a circuit board. A lens and the housing cooperatively direct light emitted by the illumination elements away from a user's eyes during use of the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2023
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael T. Rajzer, Jason Genz, Craig Brouwers, Joshua M. Beer
  • Patent number: 11883942
    Abstract: The present invention relates broadly to a flow diverter disposed in a plenum area of a motor cylinder chamber (also referred to as kidney ports). The flow diverter acts as a barrier between a main inlet to the motor and an inlet to the cylinder chamber, and directs air or fluid to vane lifter ports of the motor before the air or fluid flows to the inlet to the cylinder chamber. In addition, the flow diverter can serve to regulate air or fluid flowing into the cylinder chamber to control power of the tool. The flow diverter allows for numerous options of where the main inlet to the motor can be positioned and provides a means of regulating the air or fluid flowing into the cylinder chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard Bothmann, Brian King, Raymond E. Kinsley
  • Patent number: 11887413
    Abstract: An example method includes determining identifying information for a vehicle to be serviced. The method further includes receiving at least one symptom identifier for the vehicle. The method further includes sending a request over a communication network to a remote server for a PID filter list for the vehicle, the request comprising the identifying information for the vehicle and the at least one symptom identifier for the vehicle. The method additionally includes receiving a response to the request over the communication network from the remote server, the response comprising the PID filter list for the vehicle. The method further includes determining, based on the PID filter list for the vehicle, a symptom-based subset of PIDs for the vehicle from a set of available PIDs. The method additionally includes displaying, on a display interface, the symptom-based subset of PIDs for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Bradley R. Lewis, Patrick S. Merg, Roy S. Brozovich, Jacob G. Foreman, Joshua C. Covington, Brett A. Kelley, Steven E. Miskovic
  • Publication number: 20240025479
    Abstract: A reinforcing frame structure that bolts or otherwise couples in place of a battery assembly of a vehicle, such as an electrically powered vehicle, and provides sufficient longitudinal, transverse, and torsional rigidity to the vehicle when the battery assembly is removed from the vehicle. The reinforcing frame structure can be releasably attached to the vehicle after the battery assembly is removed. This allows the vehicle to be taken off a lift and moved while minimizing potential damage to the vehicle while the battery assembly is removed from the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Publication date: January 25, 2024
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Ottoleo Kuter-Arnebeck, Nicholas H. Weir, Nicholas A. Gabbey, Christian P. Greene
  • Publication number: 20240017383
    Abstract: A flexible head joint for a tool, such as a motorized ratcheting-type tool. The flexible joint also allows an output mechanism of the tool, such as a ratchet head, to be disposed at an angle with respect to a housing to the tool, which houses a motor. For example, the first shaft is pivotably coupled to a first connector, which may have a tongue shaped portion. The second shaft is pivotably coupled to a second connector, which may have a slotted portion adapted to receive the tongue portion. This provides two pivot points that have parallel axes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2023
    Publication date: January 18, 2024
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: Joshua M. Beer
  • Patent number: 11872672
    Abstract: A vise having a modular construction that allows for ease of manufacture, assembly, and changeover or replacement of wear items, such as gripping surfaces of jaws of the vise. The modular construction also provides for reduced weight of the vise compared to conventional cast type vises. The vise also incorporates quick adjustment features allowing for the vise to be easily rotated, a position and size of an opening of the jaws to be rapidly adjusted, and a clamping force applied with ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Ottoleo Kuter-Arnebeck, Nicholas H. Weir, Benjamin T. Schulz, Rupak K. Paul
  • Patent number: 11865678
    Abstract: A ratchet mechanism of a ratchet wrench having a pawl carrier and first and second pawls. The pawl carrier includes a groove and is rotatable to cause selection of one of first and second drive directions. The first and second pawls are adapted to selectively engage with a toothed portion of a ratchet gear for selecting one of the first and second drive directions. Each of the first and second pawls includes a projection adapted to engage the groove when the pawl carrier is rotated to cause one of the first and second pawls to disengage from the toothed portion and the other of the first and second pawls to engage the toothed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: David T. Ross
  • Patent number: 11867102
    Abstract: A high pass muffler for a pneumatic tool that allows for high pass through of exhaust air. The muffler dampens noise generated by the exhaust air by incorporating channels in walls of the muffler that act as Helmholtz resonators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: Ottoleo Kuter-Arnebeck
  • Patent number: 11867559
    Abstract: A thermal imager device, where the thermal imager device includes a thermal imager housing. The thermal imager housing includes a display and user controls. The thermal imager device also includes a removable detector housing including a thermal detector. The thermal imager device also includes a flexible connector configured to detachably couple the removable detector to the thermal imager housing, the flexible connector including a first end, a second end, and a body between the first end and the second end, where the flexible connector is configured to detachably couple to the thermal imager housing at the first end, and where the flexible connector is configured to detachably couple to the removable detector housing at the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Snap-On Incorporated
    Inventors: Ottoleo Kuter-Arnebeck, Nicholas A. Gabbey
  • Publication number: 20230398661
    Abstract: A ratchet mechanism of a ratchet wrench having a pawl carrier and first and second pawls. The pawl carrier includes a groove and is rotatable to cause selection of one of first and second drive directions. The first and second pawls are adapted to selectively engage with a toothed portion of a ratchet gear for selecting one of the first and second drive directions. Each of the first and second pawls includes a projection adapted to engage the groove when the pawl carrier is rotated to cause one of the first and second pawls to disengage from the toothed portion and the other of the first and second pawls to engage the toothed portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2023
    Publication date: December 14, 2023
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: David T. Ross
  • Publication number: 20230373075
    Abstract: An insulated tool gaiter with a non-conducting quick connect/disconnect coupling that can be coupled to a handle of a composite handled insulating tool. This allows a quick disconnect and reconnect to a number of different tools fitted with a corresponding coupling. The gaiter can be used in combination with insulating style tools to protect the technician. The insulated gaiter can be coupled to the tool at one end, and encapsulate or envelope the technician's hand, and is removably fixed at the other end with a cuff around the technician's forearm. The gaiter insulates the technician from arcing dangers while allowing the technician's hand to interface directly with the handle of the tool, allowing better control and grip that can otherwise be compromised when a technician is wearing thick, cumbersome insulating gloves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2022
    Publication date: November 23, 2023
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: Jonathan I. Andersen
  • Publication number: 20230376443
    Abstract: A communication port interface facilitates charging of a power source, such as a battery, while the power source remains coupled to a tool. The communication port interface also facilitates downloading of torque and/or angle log information from an electronic torque tool to an external device. Torque and/or angle preset job information may be entered in client software and uploaded from the external device to the electronic torque tool via the communication port interface. Additional information including real time clock information and wrench system parameters may be uploaded to the electronic torque tool via the communication port interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2023
    Publication date: November 23, 2023
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Jie Li, Jerry A. King, Tingwen Wu, Nathan J. Lee
  • Patent number: 11819984
    Abstract: An illumination source disposed in a housing of a tool without the need for fasteners or snaps. The illumination source includes a number illumination elements, such as LEDs, disposed on a circuit board. A lens and the housing cooperatively direct light emitted by the illumination elements away from a user's eyes during use of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael T. Rajzer, Jason Genz, Craig Brouwers, Joshua M. Beer
  • Patent number: 11813723
    Abstract: A slip-on adapter that is adapted to be coupled to existing adapters that have already been developed. The slip-on adapter couples to existing adapters by positive retention on either the outside diameter or inside diameter of the existing adapter. For example, the slip-on adapter can include an O-ring that grips the outside diameter of the existing adapter that it is slipped onto. The slip-on adapter can also be used as a “flip adapter” with different geometries at both ends for use with two different size ball joints. This allows for less expensive adapters for new size ball joints by connecting to existing adapters, rather than requiring full machining of a new adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: Preston T. Gaines
  • Patent number: 11806843
    Abstract: Tools, for example, hexagon sockets, dodecagonal sockets, splined sockets, wrenches, etc., that have inner surface geometries adapted to engage a flank of a fastener at a point away from a corner of the fastener. This increases the strength and life of the socket, reduces a risk of the fastener becoming locked or stuck in the socket, and reduces the risk of the fastener being stripped or the socket slipping on the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel M. Eggert, Christopher D. Thompson, Gene E. Olson, Jeffrey M. Arendt
  • Patent number: D1007270
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian C. King, Richard Bothmann, Raymond Kinsley
  • Patent number: D1011161
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: John Dabbeekeh, Collin Kohls