Patents Assigned to Sunoptic Technologies LLC
  • Patent number: 10575919
    Abstract: A surgical lighting system includes a connector for communicably joining a light carrier to a fiberoptic cable. The connector includes an inlet section having a receptacle for operatively engaging a light discharge outlet of the fiberoptic cable. A chuck mechanism includes a body that is rotatably interconnected with the inlet section. The chuck body has a passageway that communicates with the outlet of the fiberoptic cable engaged with the receptacle of the inlet section. The chuck mechanism also includes a set of adjustable jaws that are selectively opened and closed by turning a cap attached to the chuck body. Opening the jaws exposes the passageway through the chuck mechanism. The light carrier is engaged with the exposed passageway and the jaws are closed to grip the light carrier and communicably connect the fiberoptic cable to the light carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Sunoptic Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Kim A. Marsh
  • Patent number: 10466400
    Abstract: A flexible lightguide having at least one fused fiberoptic end secured within an end fitting with a layer of cushioning material sandwiched between the fused fiberoptic end and end fitting. The layer of cushioning material accommodates the differences in thermal expansion and contraction of the fused fiberoptic end and end fitting to prevent damage to the fused fiberoptic end such as during multiple cycling in an autoclave. As one example, the layer of cushioning material may be provided by wrapping the fused fiberoptic end with PTFE tape, thread seal tape, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SUNOPTIC TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Antonio Galarza
  • Patent number: 10463444
    Abstract: A releasable light carrier mounting frame includes an upper portion having a receptacle for receiving a light carrier. One or more clips are attached to the upper portion and engaged with an underlying surgical instrument to secure the light carrier to the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sunoptic Technologies LLC
    Inventors: James M. Davis, Kim A. Marsh
  • Patent number: 10429564
    Abstract: A flexible lightguide having at least one fused fiberoptic end secured within an end fitting with a layer of cushioning material sandwiched between the fused fiberoptic end and end fitting. The layer of cushioning material accommodates the differences in thermal expansion and contraction of the fused fiberoptic end and end fitting to prevent damage to the fused fiberoptic end such as during multiple cycling in an autoclave. As one example, the layer of cushioning material may be provided by wrapping the fused fiberoptic end with PTFE tape, thread seal tape, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sunoptic Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Antonio Galarza
  • Patent number: 10401001
    Abstract: A portable light source unit for being coupled to an instrument is provided. The unit includes a housing having a port for receiving a light guide end tip of the instrument, a battery and LED mounted within the housing, and a pull tab that extends through the housing and electrically isolates the LED from the battery. Upon removal of the pull tab, an electrical connection is completed between the battery and the LED. The unit also includes driver circuitry for the LED ensuring that a constant level of current is provided to the LED so that the LED produces light of a constant brightness. The driver circuitry also produces a current spike for breaking an inline fuse when a remaining charge of the battery is unable to provide a voltage at the constant level of current above a pre-determined threshold level thereby de-energizing the LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Sunoptic Technologies LLC
    Inventors: David T Kennedy, Brandon M Closson
  • Patent number: 9772094
    Abstract: A lamp mounting system for an illuminator is provided. The lamp mounting system includes a framework assembly having separate, spaced-apart front and rear mounting components. The front and rear mounting components are movable relatively toward and away from each other between open and retracted positions. The lamp mounting system also includes a separate lamp module having opposite ends. The front and rear mounting components, in the retracted position, capture and suspend the lamp module therebetween in a manner ensuring proper alignment between the lamp module and collection optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Sunoptic Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Soroka, Walter Orozco
  • Patent number: 8911130
    Abstract: A light engine for a fiberoptic illuminator is disclosed. The light engine has a light emitting diode (LED) and collimating optics for gathering, transmitting and focusing light emitted from the LED. The collimating optics is provided by a fused fiberoptic rod having an outer glass cladding which provides a seal for a bundle of optic fibers drawn and tightly packed and fused together. The fused fiberoptic rod has an elongate cylindrical distal end and a frustoconical proximal end forming a fused tapered tip. The fused tapered tip having a proximal end face disposed adjacent the LED for receiving light emitted by the LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Sunoptic Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Richart, Walter Orozco
  • Publication number: 20140230221
    Abstract: A fiberoptic cable assembly includes a cable provided as a continuous length of a bundle of optic fibers enclosed within a flexible sheathing and a rigid or semi-rigid protective pistol-grip handle formed about at least a portion of one of the ends of the bundle of optic fibers. The handle includes a grip section, an elongate extension extending from the grip section, and an end fitting connected to an end tip on the extension. The extension extends from the grip section at an angle in a manner forming an elbow therebetween and providing a pistol grip configuration. Preferably, the elongate extension is of a length multiple times greater than its diameter or width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Sunoptic Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Walter Orozco, Eric A. VanDenhende, Christopher K. Black, David C. Mutch
  • Publication number: 20140126233
    Abstract: A light engine for a fiberoptic illuminator is disclosed. The light engine has a light emitting diode (LED) and collimating optics for gathering, transmitting and focusing light emitted from the LED. The collimating optics is provided by a fused fiberoptic rod having an outer glass cladding which provides a seal for a bundle of optic fibers drawn and tightly packed and fused together. The fused fiberoptic rod has an elongate cylindrical distal end and a frustoconical proximal end forming a fused tapered tip. The fused tapered tip having a proximal end face disposed adjacent the LED for receiving light emitted by the LED.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: SUNOPTIC TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: SUNOPTIC TECHNOLOGIES LLC
  • Patent number: 8348448
    Abstract: Headgear for mounting a headlight on a surgeon's head includes a headband and a stabilizer. The headband encircles the wearer's head and the stabilizer is connectable to a rear section of the headband for engaging and cradling a substantial portion of at least a lower back region of a wearer's head when the headgear is worn by the wearer. The stabilizer includes a peripheral extending portion extending beneath the headband on opposite sides of the wearer's head corresponding to a location of a lower portion of an occipital bone of the wearer's head and a peripheral portion extending above the headband on opposite sides of the wearer's head corresponding to a location of a top of the occipital bone. The headgear can also include a connection element for removably connecting the stabilizer to the headband so that the headgear can be worn with or without the stabilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sunoptic Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Walter Antonio Orozco, James D. Hunter
  • Publication number: 20120281429
    Abstract: Headgear for mounting a headlight on a surgeon's head includes a headband and a stabilizer. The headband encircles the wearer's head and the stabilizer is connectable to a rear section of the headband for engaging and cradling a substantial portion of at least a lower back region of a wearer's head when the headgear is worn by the wearer. The stabilizer includes a peripheral extending portion extending beneath the headband on opposite sides of the wearer's head corresponding to a location of a lower portion of an occipital bone of the wearer's head and a peripheral portion extending above the headband on opposite sides of the wearer's head corresponding to a location of a top of the occipital bone. The headgear can also include a connection element for removably connecting the stabilizer to the headband so that the headgear can be worn with or without the stabilizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: SUNOPTIC TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Walter Antonio Orozco, James D. Hunter
  • Patent number: 7510313
    Abstract: A fiberoptic illuminator has a housing with an interface enabling an end fitting of a fiber optic bundle of a medical device to be connected to the housing. The illuminator includes a lamp assembly mounted within the housing for directing a high intensity beam of light through an optics assembly and into the fiber optic bundle. The lamp assembly includes a ceramic xenon lamp of greater than 300 watts. Preferably, the ceramic xenon lamp is at least 400 watts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Sunoptic Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Johannes M. Blum, Walter Orozco, Eric A. VanDenhende, David Mutch
  • Publication number: 20090010018
    Abstract: A fiberoptic cable assembly includes a cable provided as a continuous length of a bundle of optic fibers enclosed within a flexible sheathing and a rigid or semi-rigid protective pistol-grip handle formed about at least a portion of one of the ends of the bundle of optic fibers. The handle includes a grip section, an elongate extension extending from the grip section, and an end fitting connected to an end tip on the extension. The extension extends from the grip section at an angle in a manner forming an elbow therebetween and providing a pistol grip configuration. Preferably, the elongate extension is of a length multiple times greater than its diameter or width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: SUNOPTIC TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Walter Orozco, Eric A. VanDenhende, Christopher K. Black, David C. Mutch
  • Publication number: 20080175020
    Abstract: A fiberoptic illuminator has a housing with an interface enabling an end fitting of a fiber optic bundle of a medical device to be connected to the housing. The illuminator includes a lamp assembly mounted within the housing for directing a high intensity beam of light through an optics assembly and into the fiber optic bundle. The lamp assembly includes a ceramic xenon lamp of greater than 300 watts. Preferably, the ceramic xenon lamp is at least 400 watts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: SUNOPTIC TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Johannes M. Blum, Walter Orozco, Eric A. VanDenhende, David Mutch
  • Patent number: 7314300
    Abstract: A kit, or family, of interchangeable headlamp parts for a headlight system is provided that enables illuminated light spots of different sizes and/or different light distribution styles to be produced. The headlight system includes a headband, a headlamp mounted on the headband, a light source, and a fiber optic cable having one end connected to the light source and an opposite end tip connected to the headlamp. According to one embodiment, an upper assembly of the headlamp includes a cable mounting module that is moveable relative to a core module and that permits the distance between the end tip of the fiber optic cable and a convergent lens to be adjusted to permit spots with different light distributions to be produced. A method of adjusting the light projected by a headlight system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Sunoptic Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Justin Dorr, Johannes M. Blum, James D. Hunter
  • Publication number: 20070247867
    Abstract: A compact, lightweight, portable light source unit for an instrument used to visualize an interior of a hollow cavity is provided. The unit includes a housing having a connection means for removably coupling the unit to a light input post or the like of the instrument and a light emitting diode (LED) powered by at least one battery mounted within the housing. The unit also includes means for controlling or dissipating heat generated by operation of the LED.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Publication date: October 25, 2007
    Applicant: Sunoptic Technologies LLC
    Inventors: James Hunter, Johannes Blum, Eric VanDenhende
  • Patent number: 7197217
    Abstract: A method of making a fiberoptic light guide utilizes a hollow glass cladding blackened by chemical reduction. The cladding has a predetermined lead content and is heated to an elevated temperature in an atmosphere of substantially 100% hydrogen gas in a furnace. The blackening step is accomplished before or after a bundle of optic fibers is inserted within the cladding and is drawn to produce a fused fiberoptic rod. The blackening step provides the cladding with a black opaque nature that inhibits the transmission of light transversely through the cladding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Sunoptic Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Harry Voyagis, Antonio Galarza, Bryant Thigpen
  • Patent number: 6807344
    Abstract: A method of making a fiberoptic dental light probe having a bent distal end with a tapered tip. The method includes the step of heating just the mid-section of a vertically-disposed, solid, cylindrical fused fiberoptic rod and permitting the mid-section to stretch and thin under its own weight by the force of gravity. Local heating of the mid-section is accomplished with a high-temperature small flame, such as the flame emitted by a gas-fired blow torch. The heat is removed when the rod stretches to a predetermined length, and then after the mid-section cools, the mid-section is cut to produce a pair of identical tapered tip probes. Thereafter, the distal ends of the probes can be bent to a desired angle and the ends of the probes can be cut to size, ground, and polished. A unique probe configuration is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Sunoptic Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Antonio Galarza
  • Patent number: 6658896
    Abstract: A method of making a fiberoptic dental light probe having a bent distal end with a tapered tip. The method includes the step of heating just the mid-section of a vertically-disposed, solid, cylindrical fused fiberoptic rod and permitting the midsection to stretch and thin under its own weight by the force of gravity. Local heating of the mid-section is accomplished with a high-temperature small flame, such as the flame emitted by a gas-fired blow torch. The heat is removed when the rod stretches to a predetermined length, and then after the mid-section cools, the mid-section is cut to produce a pair of identical tapered tip probes. Thereafter, the distal ends of the probes can be bent to a desired angle and the ends of the probes can be cut to size, ground, and polished. A unique probe configuration is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Sunoptic Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Antonio Galarza