Patents Examined by Aaron R McConnell
  • Patent number: 10800011
    Abstract: A ratchet wrench comprising a ratchet head with a cylindrical bore having a central axis; a handle; a drive member (26) with a rotation axis (W-W) retained within the cylindrical bore for rotation about the central axis; and a toothed ratchet pawl (42); a cylindrical array of straight ratchet teeth arranged about one of the cylindrical bore or the drive member; and a pawl recess (36) arranged to support the pawl. The pawl may mesh with the ratchet teeth for transmission of rotation of the handle in a first direction to the drive member about the rotation axis or disengage from the ratchet teeth to decouple rotation of the handle in a second direction from the drive member. Support (37a, 37b, 46, 48, 50) for the pawl in the recess is shaped to accommodate divergence between the central axis and the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker MEA FZE
    Inventor: Jean Christophe Herisse
  • Patent number: 10753364
    Abstract: An assembly including a wearable blower having a fan, a motor, an air duct having a duct housing thereof, a handle attached to the duct housing, and a hanger disposed on the duct housing. The hanger has an attachment part attached to the duct housing and adjacent to the handle and a hanger part connected to the attachment part for holding an accessory attached to the blower. The hanger part rotates with respect to the duct housing at a first hanging position whereat the hanger part is unfolded with an opening mouth for holding the accessory of the blower and the hanger part rotates with respect to the duct housing at a second folded position. Thus, the arrangement of the hanger can help the user to hold the accessory of the blower at the work states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CHERVON (HK) LIMITED
    Inventors: Toshinari Yamaoka, Xiandian Shao
  • Patent number: 10736413
    Abstract: A workpiece, such as a brush head, having a replacement indicator is provided, which is suitable for use with a personal care appliance. In use, the replacement indicator can provide an indication to the user recommending that the brush head be replaced after a duration has elapsed. The brush head includes a window to view the progress of the duration for recommended replacement and an indication when the duration has elapsed. In some embodiments, the duration is commenced when the brush head is initially installed on the personal care appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Gerald Keith Brewer, Joel Timothy Aragon, Aaron David Poole, Robert E. Akridge
  • Patent number: 10730154
    Abstract: A workpiece conveyance pallet which can reduce the manufacturing cost and improve the reliability. The workpiece conveyance pallet includes a rest surface on which a workpiece is mounted, and a clamping mechanism which clamps the workpiece, the clamping mechanism including an openable and closable, first claw and second claw, a biasing section which biases the first claw and the second claw in the closing direction, and a movement restriction section which detachably engages with the first claw and the second claw when the first claw and the second claw are opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihide Maede, Hiroshi Inutake
  • Patent number: 10716691
    Abstract: A compact crimping mechanism well-suited for use with devices such as stented prosthetic heart valves. The crimping mechanism includes a plurality of jaws configured for coordinated inward movement toward a crimping axis to reduce the size of a crimping iris around a stented valve. A rotating cam wheel acts on the jaws and displaces them inward. A number of Cartesian guide elements cooperate with the jaws to distribute forces within the crimping mechanism. The guide elements are located between the crimping jaws and an outer housing and are constrained by the outer housing for movement along lines that are tangential to a circle centered on the crimping axis. The guide elements engage at least some of the crimping jaws while the rest are in meshing engagement so as to move in synch. An actuation mechanism includes a lead screw, carriage assembly and a linkage to rotate the cam wheel with significant torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Tomer Saar, Gregory Rinberg
  • Patent number: 10703509
    Abstract: A bond fixture including a plurality of supports mounted about a surface. At least one of the plurality of supports includes a vertical member and a hand crank operable to adjust a position of the vertical member. A first fixture is disposed at an end of the bond fixture and is movable relative to the surface. The first fixture includes a base and a support extending from the base. A second fixture includes a first member and a second member movably coupled. A fastener extending between the first member and the second member controls relative movement of the first member and the second member to define an opening there between. Each of the first member and the second member includes a plate having a heater formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott Oren Smith, David Littlejohn, Sven Roy Lofstrom
  • Patent number: 10695850
    Abstract: A method for honing processing a toothed wheel in which the toothed wheel and a honing tool mesh with each other and the rotation axes of the toothed wheel and honing tool intersect at an axial intersection angle. The toothed wheel and honing tool carry out a relative movement which oscillates in an axial direction of the rotation axis of the toothed wheel and are positioned in a direction towards each other at the same time in a radial direction with respect to the rotation axis of the toothed wheel starting from an end position in order to remove material from the toothed wheel. During the oscillating relative movement which is directed in an axial direction of the rotation axis of the toothed wheel, the rotation position of the toothed wheel with respect to the rotation axis thereof is changed in accordance with the positioning in a radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Präwema Antriebstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Jörg Schieke
  • Patent number: 10688635
    Abstract: A torque wrench including a head, a handle, a primary beam, a secondary beam, and a torque adjustment mechanism. The primary beam couples the head and the handle for co-rotation about the rotational axis and the primary beam includes a first end adjacent the head and a second end adjacent the handle. The secondary beam is coupled to the head for rotation with the head about the rotational axis and the secondary beam is movable relative to the primary beam and the handle. The torque adjustment mechanism adjusts a torque setting of the primary beam relative to the secondary beam. The torque adjustment mechanism includes a thumb adjustment wheel that a user rotates about a first axis to adjust the torque setting by moving the second end of the primary beam relative to the handle along a second axis offset from the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle Reeder, Aaron M. Williams, Christopher S. Hoppe
  • Patent number: 10675662
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a scraper device to assist with metering of material that may accumulate between the discs of a disc assembly. The scraper device includes a fixed mounting plate, a fixed retainer plate and a scraper material. The fixed retainer plate includes a shoulder. The scraper material includes an aperture through which the scraper material is removably fastened between the fixed mounting plate and the shoulder of the fixed retainer plate. The scraper device may further include a fastener to removably fasten the scraper material between the fixed mounting plate and the shoulder of the fixed retainer plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Jason L. Wagner, Warren R. Harris
  • Patent number: 10618195
    Abstract: The wood splitting aid of the invention includes a resilient bucket that attaches at its bottom to a base block bucket of similar shape and size to be used in conjunction with a hand-splitter such as an ax or splitting-mall. The resilient or flexible upper bucket holds a plurality of split pieces of corded firewood in an upright position for hand chopping and absorbs both horizontal and vertical forces of wood splitting. The split wood pieces are maintained in a general upright position adjacent their neighboring pieces. The base block bucket provides both a safe and ergonomic chopping height which absorbs and distributes the predominantly remaining vertical force of wood-splitting action against solid ground. The buckets are detachably connected bottom to bottom and are nesting when disconnected for easy portability, use, storage and reuse in an urban environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Nicholas Hysni Seed
  • Patent number: 10618150
    Abstract: A torque wrench including a head, a handle, a primary beam, a secondary beam, and a torque adjustment mechanism. The primary beam couples the head and the handle for co-rotation about the rotational axis and the primary beam includes a first end adjacent the head and a second end adjacent the handle. The secondary beam is coupled to the head for rotation with the head about the rotational axis and the secondary beam is movable relative to the primary beam and the handle. The torque adjustment mechanism adjusts a torque setting of the primary beam relative to the secondary beam. The torque adjustment mechanism includes a thumb adjustment wheel that a user rotates about a first axis to adjust the torque setting by moving the second end of the primary beam relative to the handle along a second axis offset from the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle Reeder, Aaron M. Williams, Christopher S. Hoppe
  • Patent number: 10612714
    Abstract: A collar for a cleaning or inspection pig which is movable in a pipeline and through the latter. The collar may include an inner fastening region, with respect to a longitudinal center axis of the collar, for fixing the collar to the cleaning or inspection pig. The collar may also include a contact region which is provided for contact against a pipe wall and which is part of an outer segment which is connected to the inner fastening region. The inner fastening region is preferably in advance of the contact region with respect to a direction of movement (F) of the pig. The collar comprises an anchoring segment, the first end of which is arranged on the outer segment and the other, second end of which is arranged, with respect to the longitudinal center axis, further toward the latter and trailing the first end with respect to a direction of movement of the pig. A pig for cleaning or inspecting pipeline pipes may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: ROSEN Swiss AG
    Inventors: Frank Fielers, Nico Kühbach
  • Patent number: 10575595
    Abstract: An adjustable jig for securing a textile during assembly. The textile may be an upper of an article of footwear. The jig includes a plurality of plates displaceable in a first axis and/or second axis, each plate with one or more pin attachment sites. A template is placed on the jig and pins are placed into each plate to set the pin pattern. The template is removed and a textile is mounted to the jig using the pin pattern. The jig may be configured to accommodate different sizes and shapes of textiles, and is resistant to heating and mechanical forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart W. Dealey, Nicolai M. Luksza
  • Patent number: 10569311
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to plumbing devices that include an elongated body and an adaptor. The elongated body can define a proximal end and a distal end. The adaptor can be disposed at or mounted to the proximal end of the elongated body. The adaptor can include a cavity. The cavity of the adaptor can be configured and dimensioned to receive therein at least a portion of plumbing equipment. Exemplary embodiments are also directed to methods of plumbing repair and plumbing device systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Moja Industries
    Inventors: John J. Oberto, Andrew Mirabelli
  • Patent number: 10533335
    Abstract: A pool cleaning robot for cleaning a pool, that may include a housing; a first interfacing element is configured to interface between the pool cleaning robot and a bottom of a pool while the pool cleaning robot cleans the bottom of the pool; and one or more second interfacing elements that are configured to reduce a friction between the pool and the pool cleaning robot during at least a portion of an exit process in which the pool cleaning robot exits the pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Maytronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohanan Maggeni, Shay Witelson
  • Patent number: 10463219
    Abstract: A self-propelled, dust-collecting robot includes a chassis, an electric motor supported by the chassis, and first and second rechargeable battery packs disposed inside the chassis for supplying current to the electric motor. First and second castors are respectively disposed immediately underneath the first and second battery packs. Each of the battery packs has a pair of rails that respectively slide into and engage with complementary guide rails coupled to the chassis. A dust-collection box is removably disposed within the chassis. A dust-collection motor rotates a suction fan that is in fluid communication with the dust-collection box. At least one rotatable brush sweeps dust towards a suction port in fluid communication with the dust-collection box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kentaro Koura, Yasutoshi Shinma
  • Patent number: 10376347
    Abstract: An attachment mountable to an electric toothbrush handle having a drive shaft comprises a neck member having an elongated body with a principal axis and a cavity; a slide member with an engagement surface; a guide sleeve member having a cavity, a first outer surface with an engagement opening, and a transition surface; and a collar member. The guide sleeve member, with slide member inserted within the engagement opening, is inserted within the neck member cavity. Insertion of the drive shaft into the collar member and guide sleeve member from a first radial position along an axis offset and parallel to the principal axis to a second radial position in-line with the principal axis, via the transition surface, results in the drive shaft being held in frictional contact with the engagement surface of the slide member to enable transfer of force/motion from the drive shaft to the neck member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Scott E. Hall, Raviteja Senadhipathi, Barath Kumar Soundararajan, Dharshan Manjunath