Patents Examined by Alexander M Valvis
  • 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: 10631857
    Abstract: A loading unit for engagement with a surgical instrument, and including single and double retention slots. At least one single retention cavity includes a first retention guiding surface configured to engage a first pusher guiding surface of a single pusher retained therein, a second retention guiding surface configured to engage a second pusher guiding surface of a single pusher retained therein, a third retention guiding surface configured to engage a third pusher guiding surface of a single pusher retained therein, and a fourth retention guiding surface configured to engage a fourth pusher guiding surface a the single pusher retained therein. At least one double retention cavity includes a first retention guiding surface configured to engage a first pusher guiding surface of a double pusher retained therein, and a second retention guiding surface configured to engage a second pusher guiding surface of a double pusher retained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Stanislaw Kostrzewski
  • Patent number: 10617422
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a shell assembly and an adapter. The shell assembly includes a shell housing, a plurality of staples, a staple pusher configured to eject the plurality of staples from the shell housing, a staple actuator configured to engage the staple pusher, a knife member, and a knife carrier supporting the knife member. The adapter includes a staple band operatively coupled to an actuation mechanism for axial displacement, a knife band at least partially received within the staple band, and a cam ring rotatably supported about the knife band. The staple band is configured to releasably engage the staple actuator. The knife band is operatively coupled with an actuation mechanism for axial displacement. The cam ring is rotatable between an engaged position in which the knife carrier engages the cam ring for concomitant axial displacement with the knife band and a disengaged position in which the knife carrier is disengaged from the cam ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Joseph Guerrera, Anthony Sgroi, Jr., Patrick Mozdzierz
  • Patent number: 10610713
    Abstract: A data center includes a plurality of racks on a floor and one or more fire suppression systems coupled to at least some of the racks. The fire suppression systems include reservoirs mounted on the racks, a fire suppression material in the reservoir, and one or more material dispensing devices coupled to the reservoir. The material dispensing devices may dispense fire suppression material onto or into the racks in response to a fire condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brock Robert Gardner, Osvaldo P. Morales, Michael P. Czamara
  • Patent number: 10612504
    Abstract: A nozzle assembly of a fuel injector includes a nozzle body in which a needle member is adapted to translate. The nozzle assembly is further provided with an electrical circuit so that an electrical signal enabling contact detection is measurable between the needle member and the nozzle body. The nozzle assembly also includes a piezoresistive device which continuously varies the electrical signal during the final closing displacements, or the initial opening displacements, of the needle, the variations of the signal being a function of a differential pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES IP LIMITED
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Oge, Jorge Martinez
  • Patent number: 10603532
    Abstract: A cage for generating fire-fighting foam from fluid containing foaming agent released from a sprinkler may be constructed from woven screen or expanded lattice having screen openings having a diameter between 1 mm and 7 mm and/or lattice openings having a width between 1 and 7 mm and a length between 2 mm and 9 mm. The cage has dimensions which permit an intermediate space between a fluid exit opening and spray plate of the sprinkler to be surrounded radially with a height and a width: the height corresponds to at least 0.20 times the external diameter of the spray plate; the internal diameter of the cage, alternatively the non-circular minimum spacing between the opposite internal sides of the cage, at the level of the spray plate, corresponds to at least the external diameter of the spray plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Fabrik chemischer Praparate von Dr. Richard Sthamer GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jens Stubenrauch
  • Patent number: 10603041
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, a shaft assembly, a stapling head assembly, and an anvil. The stapling head assembly includes a deck member, a plurality of staples, and a driver. The deck member includes a first deck surface, a second deck surface, an outer annular array of staple openings formed through the deck surfaces, an inner annular array of staple openings formed through the deck surfaces, and a plurality of stand-off features extending distally from the second deck surface. The second deck surface is recessed relative to the first deck surface. The driver is operable to drive the staples through the staple openings. The anvil is operable to compress tissue against the deck surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Christopher C. Miller, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10595864
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an adapter assembly for electrically and mechanically interconnecting electromechanical surgical devices and surgical loading units. The adapter assembly includes an articulation assembly having a rotatable drive shaft having a proximal end rotatable by a surgical device and a distal end having a gear with external teeth, a gear nut including external gear teeth meshingly engaged with the external teeth of the gear, a screw disposed within the gear nut and including external threads engaged with internal threads of the gear nut such that the screw is axially moveable relative to the gear nut, and an articulation bar operably coupled to the screw such that axial movement of the screw results in corresponding axial movement of the articulation bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: David Nicholas
  • Patent number: 10595506
    Abstract: A loader bucket has material spreaders on opposing sides of the loader bucket to spread material from within the loader bucket received through discharge openings in the rear wall of the bucket from an auger located in the bottom of the bucket. Each material spreader includes a spinner formed with blades to spread the material received through the discharge openings. The material spreaders are positioned below the apex of the V-shaped bucket and operable within a path of distribution that includes an interior boundary member oriented with a forward end closer to the center of the bucket than the rearward end to provide a distribution forwardly and laterally of the bucket. A low baffle mounted at the bottom periphery of the spinner blades forces material upwardly into a fluffy pattern. A high baffle provides a second boundary limit for the distribution of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Harry H. Becker
  • Patent number: 10596690
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a driving tool for driving fastening means into a workpiece, an actuator unit allows the fastening means to be driven into the workpiece in driving-in cycles, a triggering assembly triggers the driving-in cycles of the actuator unit and a workpiece contact element, which is actuated by placing the driving tool onto the workpiece. The tool is operable in single shot mode. Each sequence of an actuation of the workpiece contact element with subsequent actuation of a trigger lever triggers a driving-in cycle. The tool is operable in a bump firing mode, in which, with the trigger lever continuously actuated, each actuation of the workpiece contact element triggers a driving-in cycle, a resetting assembly, which can be activated in the bump firing mode and, after a delay time starting from the activation, results in transferring the tool from the bump firing mode into the single shot mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Torsten Weigmann, Klaus Von Soest, Olaf Haehndel
  • Patent number: 10582573
    Abstract: An induction cooker has a temperature sensor mount that includes a reciprocating sensor holder and a flexible diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: BREVILLE PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Richard Hoare, David Davenport, Vyvyan Rose, Brendan John Foxlee, Tibor Hegedis, Marian Silviu Rosian
  • Patent number: 10576614
    Abstract: A stapler is provided, including: a main body, having a front end and a rear end; a magazine, disposed in the main body having an outlet end; a striker, disposed in the main body and located between the front end and the outlet end along the longitudinal direction; a driving mechanism, connected to the striker to optionally drive the striker to strike the staple; a pressing element, located in the main body and between the striker and the outlet end along the longitudinal direction, the pressing element being movable between an original position and a pressed position, the original position being higher than the pressed position, the pressing element having a tendency to stay on the original position, when the pressing element is located on the pressed position, the pressing element presses the staples which are exposed outside the outlet end of the magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: APEX MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jing-Li Wang
  • Patent number: 10562044
    Abstract: A shower head is disclosed that includes means for accessing its interior. A method for accessing the interior of the shower head is also disclosed. The shower head includes a main body with an interior, a proximal water receiving end for connecting to a water source and a distal water dispensing end. A face plate is movably affixed to the water dispensing end. The face plate has openings for water to pass therethrough to reach a user. The face plate is movable between a closed position where the face plate closes the distal water dispensing end of the main body and an open position where the face plate is displaced away from the distal water dispensing end of the main body to access the interior of the main body. The interior of the shower head is therefore easily accessible without the need for tools or plumbing expertise. The shower head may include a regulating device, also easily accessible, for controlling the flow or for treating the water passing therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Steve Sunshine
  • Patent number: 10562163
    Abstract: A driving tool includes a flywheel, a driver held to be movable between an initial position and a driving position along an movement axis, a ring member configured to transmit rotational energy of the flywheel to the driver, and a driver moving mechanism configured to move the driver with respect to the ring member from the initial position to a transmitting position. When the driver is placed in the initial position, the ring member is disposed loosely around the outer periphery of the flywheel. When the driver is moved to the transmitting position by the driver moving mechanism, the ring member is frictionally engaged with the driver and with the flywheel, rotated by the flywheel, and transmits the rotational energy to the driver, thereby pushing the driver from the transmitting position toward the driving position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Akiba
  • Patent number: 10562165
    Abstract: A hydraulic hammer for a machine is provided. The hydraulic hammer includes a housing and a piston disposed within the housing and adapted to reciprocate along a longitudinal axis of the housing. The hydraulic hammer further includes a first chamber and a second chamber defined within the housing. The hydraulic hammer further includes a primary passage extending from an inlet and branching into a first passage and a second passage. The first passage fluidly communicates the primary passage with the first chamber and the second passage fluidly communicates the primary passage with the second chamber. The hydraulic hammer further includes a flow control device coupled to the first passage. The flow control device includes a valve element adapted to move between a first position and a second position based on an input signal indicative of a pressure of charge in the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Cody T. Moore
  • Patent number: 10562164
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive-in device, comprising a hand-held housing having a piston element received therein for transmitting energy onto a fastening element to be driven in, an exchangeable propellant charge, a combustion chamber, arranged between the propellant charge and the piston element and extending about a center axis (A), and a control element by means of which a starting position of the piston element can be set to be modified in order to modify the energy transmitted by the propellant charge onto the piston element, the control element having an operating element that can be pivoted about the center axis (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Orestis Voulkidis, Matthias Blessing
  • Patent number: 10556396
    Abstract: A machine for forming a container from a blank includes a mandrel mounted to a frame. The mandrel includes a first side, an opposite second side, and an external shape complementary to an internal shape of at least a portion of the container. The machine also includes a first presser arm, a folding arm, and a second presser arm each coupled to the frame. The first presser arm is positionable generally proximate the first side of the mandrel and is configured to wrap a first portion of the blank about the mandrel. The folding arm is positionable at least generally proximate the second side of the mandrel and is configured to wrap a second portion of the blank about the mandrel. The second presser arm is disposed generally proximate the first presser arm and is configured to wrap a third portion of the blank about the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: WestRock Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: David G. Couture, Craig W. Buscema, Thomas D. Graham, Robert Bradley Teany, Amer Aganovic
  • Patent number: 10556363
    Abstract: An electric stapler includes a base and a press portion articulated to the base. The press portion is provided with, from down to up, a staple channel assembly configured to receive a staple, a staple pressing plate assembly configured to press the staple and a drive assembly in sequence. The position of the drive assembly is fixed relative to the press portion. The staple channel assembly and the staple pressing plate assembly are rotatable relative to the press portion. The drive assembly includes a power unit and an execution component connected to the power unit to press or raise the staple pressing plate assembly. The above electric stapler addresses the technical issues that the staple channel cannot reset automatically after the staple is stuck and it is difficult to clear away a failed staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: NINGBO WEISHU STATIONERY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Zhongmin Duan, Changhai Dai
  • Patent number: 10556243
    Abstract: A sealing device for a system for applying a liquid coating product comprises an inner conduit suitable for sealably surrounding an actuating rod of the application system, a frame and a sealing gasket made from a synthetic material comprising an O-ring mounted around a lip of the gasket suitable for being pressed against the actuating rod, the frame and the gasket forming a single-piece assembly suitable for being mounted in a housing of the application system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Exel Industries
    Inventors: Boussif Khaldi, Johan Le Cardinal
  • Patent number: 10556244
    Abstract: A dispensing shower head assembly for selectively dispensing fluids through the shower head includes a housing that is configured to couple to a shower enclosure. A pipe, which is fluidically coupled to a water line, is coupled to and extends from the housing. A spray head is fluidically coupled to the pipe distal from the housing. The spray head has a lower face that is perforated. A plurality of reservoirs and a dispensing module are coupled to and positioned in the housing. The dispensing module is fluidically coupled to the spray head and selectively fluidically couplable to the reservoirs. Each reservoir is configured to fill with a respective fluid, such as a facewash, a conditioner, a body wash, and a shampoo. The dispensing module is positioned to motivate the respective fluid from an associated reservoir to the spray head to apply the respective fluid to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: David Benitez