Patents Assigned to Snap-On Incorporated
  • Patent number: 11409947
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a web-page with a search bar and a first set of card(s) including file(s) of a first set of content files. The method includes transmitting an indication the search bar was selected and receiving tag array(s) associated with a second set of content files. The method includes displaying, within an expanded search bar, tag array(s) including a first tag array associated with file(s) among the second set of files, and transmitting an indication the first tag array was selected from within the search bar, and receiving a third set of content files for populating card(s) on a modified web-page. Each file of the third set of files includes a file most-recently downloaded to a server and associated with the first tag array. The method includes displaying the modified web-page, including a second set of one or more cards including file(s) of the third set of files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Bradley R. Lewis, James J. Morris, Oswaldo Neri, Joshua C. Covington
  • Patent number: 11408732
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel alignment system has a plurality of cameras, each camera for viewing a respective target disposed at a respective wheel of the vehicle and capturing image data of the target as the wheel and target are continuously rotated a number of degrees of rotation without a pause. The image data is used to calculate a minimum number of poses of the target of at least one pose for every five degrees of rotation as the wheel and target are continuously rotated the number of degrees of rotation without a pause. At least one of the cameras comprises a data processor for performing the steps of preprocessing the image data, and calculating an alignment parameter for the vehicle based on the preprocessed image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Snap-On Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven W. Rogers, David A. Jackson, Bradley Lewis, Adam C. Brown, Robert J. D'Agostino, Eric R. Sellers
  • Patent number: 11412631
    Abstract: A printed circuit board (PCB) for motor and display control of a tool. The PCB is disposed within a housing portion of the tool substantially perpendicular to a display assembly of the tool. The PCB includes integrated switches adapted to engage corresponding buttons of the display assembly. The housing portion and display assembly including features to restrict movement of the PCB relative to the housing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Jason Genz, Michael T. Rajzer, Craig Brouwers, Joshua M. Beer
  • Publication number: 20220241934
    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: February 2, 2021
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: David T. Ross
  • Publication number: 20220241945
    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: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: Preston T. Gaines
  • Publication number: 20220248519
    Abstract: Printed circuit boards with sensor controlled illumination units and end-to-end connection capabilities. For example, a lighting element, sensor/detector, and computational control element are implemented on a printed circuit board. The printed circuit board also includes end-to-end connection terminals that allow multiple printed circuit boards to be operably coupled together in an end-to-end manner. This provides a scalable system that can be modularized to a base unit for installation in various packages, orientations, or environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Ottoleo Kuter-Arnebeck, Nicholas H. Weir, Ben Schulz, Steven K. Hansen, Robert F. Kahl
  • Patent number: 11403895
    Abstract: An example method for outputting a PID filter list (PFL) includes: receiving RO data from one or more ROs that indicate particular vehicle identifying information (PVII), at least one symptom identifier, and a particular vehicle component; determining, symptom-to-parameter-identifier (PID) mapping data (MD) based on the received RO data and component-to-PID MD; determining, based on the set of available PIDs for the SOV and the symptom-to-PID MD, a PFL, wherein the PFL is associated with the PVII and the at least one symptom identifier, and wherein the PFL indicates a symptom-based subset of PIDs from the set of available PIDs for the SOV; receiving, a request sent over a communication network from a display device, wherein the request comprises the PVII and the at least one symptom identifier; and transmitting, over the communication network to the display device, a response to the request, the response comprising the PFL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    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
  • Patent number: 11403893
    Abstract: An example method for outputting a PID filter list (PFL) includes: receiving RO data from one or more ROs that indicate particular vehicle identifying information (PVII), at least one symptom identifier, and a particular vehicle component; determining, symptom-to-parameter-identifier (PID) mapping data (MD) based on the received RO data and component-to-PID MD; determining, based on the set of available PIDs for the SOV and the symptom-to-PID MD, a PFL, wherein the PFL is associated with the PVII and the at least one symptom identifier, and wherein the PFL indicates a symptom-based subset of PIDs from the set of available PIDs for the SOV; receiving, a request sent over a communication network from a display device, wherein the request comprises the PVII and the at least one symptom identifier; and transmitting, over the communication network to the display device, a response to the request, the response comprising the PFL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    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: 20220234172
    Abstract: High leverage locking-type pliers incorporating a four bar linkage system adapted to amplify force applied by the user to an object gripped between jaws of the pliers. The pliers include first and second handles, first and second jaws, and a center link rotatably or pivotally coupled to the first and second handles. A first link pivot where the center link rotatably or pivotally couples to the second handle may be a first distance L1 away from a second jaw pivot where the second jaw rotatably or pivotally couples the second handle. A first jaw pivot where the second jaw rotatably or pivotally couples the first handle is a second distance L2 away from the second jaw pivot. In an embodiment, the first distance L1 is about 34% to about 70% of the second distance L2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel M. Eggert, Douglas Moyer
  • Publication number: 20220234170
    Abstract: A tool, such as a ratchet tool, including a head portion having a cavity adapted to at least partially enclose a ratchet gear for providing torque to a working piece. Surfaces of the cavity and/or ratchet gear are provided with a compressive residual stress layer by a cold working process, such as, for example, shot peening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Ottoleo Kuter-Arnebeck, David T. Ross
  • Publication number: 20220231520
    Abstract: A storage unit, such as, for example, a toolbox or cabinet, having a power strip with power terminals adapted to operably couple to and provide electricity to a connected device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Ottoleo Kuter-Arnebeck, William J. Tadda, JR.
  • Publication number: 20220224258
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for controlling commutation of a brushless DC (BLDC) motor. The method includes controlling a switching array to drive the BLDC motor at a first commutation, receiving and monitoring power consumption signals indicating power consumption of the BLDC motor, determining whether the power consumption exceeds a first threshold value, and controlling the switching array to drive the BLDC motor at a second commutation when the power consumption exceeds the first threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael T. Rajzer, Jason Genz
  • Publication number: 20220219297
    Abstract: A display housing assembly has a base, a lens, and buttons. The base, lens, and buttons may be shaped to correspond with an external geometry of a tool housing, such as, for example, curved, arcuate or cylindrically shaped. The display housing assembly may also be assembled by molding the lens, molding the base over the lens, and molding the buttons over the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Joshua M. Beer, Jason Genz, Michael T. Rajzer, Craig Brouwers
  • Publication number: 20220220787
    Abstract: A storage unit having an interior containment space. The storage unit includes a connection member, an access door coupled to the storage unit via a hinge and adapted to cover at least a portion of the interior containment space, and a biasing member having opposing first and second ends. The first end is coupled to the access door, and the second end is releasably coupled to the connection member. The second end is adapted to be released from the connection member when the access door is overextended or opened with too great a force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Ottoleo Kuter-Arnebeck, Nicholas H. Weir
  • Publication number: 20220212332
    Abstract: A display assembly for a tool having a housing. The display assembly has a display unit, a frame, a display housing, and buttons. The display housing has a protrusion that is received by an aperture of the frame adapted to receive the protrusion to couple the frame to the display housing. The display unit is disposed between the display housing and the frame. The buttons are disposed on the display housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Joshua M. Beer, Jason Genz
  • Publication number: 20220214240
    Abstract: An interactive software application on a mobile computing device is used to configure an electronic torque wrench via a wireless connection. The software application obtains torque specifications for a vehicle from a remote database. When the torque specification require that work pieces be torqued in an ordered sequence, the software application guides the technician through the sequence, but accommodates changes when the technician departs from the sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Jerry A. King, Nathan J. Lee, Christopher Lawton
  • Publication number: 20220209483
    Abstract: A crimping tool with a crimping opening extending at an angle to the axial direction of the tool. The tool can include jaws with multiple crimping openings cooperatively defined thereby at different angles relative to the longitudinal axial direction of the tool. For example, the crimping openings can begin at a respective faces of the jaw and such faces can extend at different angles relative to the longitudinal axial direction of the tool. In this manner, the tool can allow crimping of connectors at a variety of different angles, reduce jaw length and width, and improve the leverage of the crimpers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2022
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Gary S. Wollert, Anup A. Gupte, David T. Ross, Daniel M. Eggert
  • Patent number: 11370088
    Abstract: Disclosed is a release mechanism for locking pliers. The mechanism includes a center link and release link that work together to form an over-center lock with a release lever that acts sequentially on the center link and release link. The release lever can first contact the center link at a protrusion, and then contact a release link connected to the center link to release the over-center lock. User experience is therefore improved by a sequential unlocking operation that reduces the amount of leverage required to unlock the pliers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: Scott A. Bendorf
  • Publication number: 20220190767
    Abstract: A motorized hand tool, such as a cordless ratchet wrench, that has a motor, one or more electronic components and/or integrated circuits, and a step-up converter that are housed or disposed in a housing of the tool. The step-up converter is adapted to prevent a voltage of a battery of the tool from dropping below a threshold voltage of a component or integrated circuit when current draw from the battery increases, thus preventing a “brownout” condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: Jason S. Genz
  • Patent number: D958624
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian C. King, Richard Bothmann, Raymond Kinsley