Patents Examined by Alexander M Valvis
  • Patent number: 10259607
    Abstract: In one general aspect, a system for aseptically filling a tray of pharmaceutical containers with a pharmaceutical product is disclosed, which consists of an aseptic chamber, one or more articulated arms within the chamber, a sensor aseptically disposed with respect to the chamber, and a controller. The controller determines the locations of openings of the containers based on the image information from the sensor, and automatically guides one of the arms to fill the containers with the product. In order to obtain suitable contrast for accurately identifying the openings, an illuminator illuminates the tray with substantially collimated light. The sensor images the tray and containers using collimated light reflected from a reflective surface such as a retroreflector under the tray. To this end, the sensor may be disposed at a large enough distance from the retroreflector to collect largely the retroreflected light, or the sensor may employ a telecentric lens or a Fresnel lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Carlos Alberto Diaz Guerrero
  • Patent number: 10259185
    Abstract: In a unit for making sections of padding for absorbent sanitary articles comprising a first rotary conveyor for feeding and forming a continuous succession of outer pads, comprising at least one layer, a second rotary conveyor for feeding and forming a continuous succession of inner pads comprising two layers, a third rotary conveyor for the pads defining a position for superposing the outer pads and the inner pads, there are compressing means for the two-layer inner pads upstream of the superposing position and second compressing means for the superposed pads downstream of the superposing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GDM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Marco Rosani, Matteo Piantoni, Diego Sacchi, Gabriele Pastrello, Alberto Perego
  • Patent number: 10252093
    Abstract: Various concepts are provided for suppressing a fire condition in an aircraft. In one embodiment, the presence of a fire condition in an aircraft is detected. After such a detection, extinguishing agents can be dispensed and/or certain areas of the aircraft can be depressurized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Ransom
  • Patent number: 10252406
    Abstract: An indirect firing fastening tool with an anti-firing trigger support. The tool comprises, in one case, an axially movable equipment with a tip guide projecting from the case to drive a fastening member into a support material, a reception housing for a fastener charger and anti-firing safety means to prevent the recoil of the tip guide. Advantageously, an anti-firing trigger support is mounted on said reception housing to convert the tool into a mono-firing tool, the trigger being arranged to cooperate with the anti-firing safety means so as to remove them and authorize firing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Patrick Herelier, Ludovic Rousson
  • Patent number: 10245602
    Abstract: The invention relates to an atomizer nozzle (10) with a liquid channel (19) which communicates downstream with an annular mixing chamber (26). A liquid (F) is supplied to the liquid channel (19) via a liquid connection (12). The atomizer nozzle (10) additionally has a gas connection (13) which is connected to a gas line system (28). Pressurized gas (L) is conducted to an outer injection channel (29) and an inner injection channel (34) via the gas line system. Each of the two injection channels (29, 34) opens into the annular mixing chamber (26) at a respective injection point (30, 35). The outer injection point (30) is provided on a radially outer mixing chamber wall, and the inner injection point (35) is provided on a radially inner mixing chamber wall. The inflowing liquid can thus be finely atomized using little pressurized gas (L) in the annular mixing chamber (26) and dispensed downstream of the annular mixing chamber via at least one outlet opening (40) in the form of a spray jet (S).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Spraying Systems Manufacturing Europe GmbH
    Inventor: Jochen Paal
  • Patent number: 10245803
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed that includes a computer operated cutting and creasing tool configured to move only in an X direction during use, a cutting and creasing platform having an elastically deformable creasing portion configured to support a sheet of media during contact with a creasing tip and a non-deformable cutting portion configured to support the sheet during contact with a cutting blade, and a positioner configured to draw the sheet of media along the cutting and creasing platform during cutting and creasing. Methods of making and using the apparatus also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert A. Clark, William J. Nowak, William J. Hannaway
  • Patent number: 10245671
    Abstract: A weld overlay system includes a workpiece jig holding a workpiece in manner that the workpiece center axis direction is parallel to X-axis direction, and rotates the workpiece in circumferential direction, a carriage, welding base supported on the carriage in manner that the welding base is displaceable with respect to the carriage in Y-axis direction and Z-axis direction, at least one pair of rollers and welding torch are supported on the welding base, and like. Pair of rollers include rotary shafts extend in parallel with the X-axis and are spaced apart from each other in Y-axis direction. The rollers are pressed against portion of the workpiece above the workpiece center axis C. The welding torch is supported on the welding base in manner that distances in Y-axis direction from the rotary shafts of the pair of rollers to the tip end of the welding torch are equal to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Masahiko Akamatsu, Shingo Yonemoto, Takanori Kozuki, Chiaki Ito
  • Patent number: 10246204
    Abstract: A beverage capsule machine for making single use capsules (1) for infusion beverages such as coffee, milk, chocolate, tea or combinations of these ingredients, comprises: a transport element (8) for transporting rigid containers (2) and being dosed in a loop around movement means (9), with a vertical axis (Z9), for continuously moving the transport element (8); the element (8) being configured to define a plurality of pockets (10) for receiving the rigid containers (2) and arranged in succession, each having a respective vertical axis (Z10); a plurality of stations which are positioned along a path (P) followed by the transport element (8) and which are configured for operating continuously in phase with the transport element (8) and comprising at least: a feeding station (11) for feeding the rigid containers (2) into the respective pockets (10) of the transport element (8); a dosing station (12) for dosing the infusion product into the rigid container (2); a closing station (13) where the open aperture (4) o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GIMA, S.P.A.
    Inventor: Dario Rea
  • Patent number: 10245713
    Abstract: An explosive discharge actuated tool includes a piston disposed in a barrel to be driven by a combustion gas for exerting a striking power to strike a fastener out of the barrel. A power adjusting unit is disposed to adjust an opening area of an exhaust port for the combustion gas, and includes an adjusting pin movable longitudinally to completely or partially close the exhaust port so as to adjust the striking power, and an engaging block coupled to the adjusting pin through a latch spindle to be moved transversely to allow or prevent movement of the adjusting pin relative to the exhaust port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Chung-Yi Lee
  • Patent number: 10245343
    Abstract: A scented wafer having a body formed of a heat resistant fibrous material having a predetermined porosity resulting from a selected denier and length of fibers. A scented material is impregnated into the body material and is constructed to melt and release a scent when exposed to heat at a predetermined temperature for aromatherapy, insect repellant, wild life attractant, medicinal use, deodorant and odor control, perfume release, or any other desired or suitable purpose. The body material does not melt at the predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Scott H. Pryne, Mike Horaz, Mark A. Pryne
  • Patent number: 10245652
    Abstract: Assemblies, apparatus, and methods are described for designing modulation tool holder assemblies and installations for modulation-assisted machining, and, in particular, for rotating machining applications that benefit from the sinusoidal modulation motion while cutting fluids are simultaneously applied through the tool. In addition, the design of rotating modulation tool holder assemblies and systems is described. In a tool holder assembly for modulation in a rotating spindle, the electric power and/or control signals are transferred from an external source to the modulation tool holder assembly installed in the rotating machine spindle. Similarly, the high-pressure cutting fluid is transferred from a stationary source to the rotating tool holder assembly for modulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: M4 Sciences LLC
    Inventors: James B. Mann, Seong Eyl Lee
  • Patent number: 10221545
    Abstract: A soap dispensing shower assembly for selectively spraying a mixture of soap and a fluid includes a dispensing unit has soap positioned therein. The dispensing unit is fluidly coupled to a fluid supply thereby facilitating a fluid to be mixed with the soap. A spray unit is fluidly coupled to the housing. The spray unit selectively sprays the mixture of the soap and the fluid for bathing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Ralph Saro
  • Patent number: 10213796
    Abstract: A fluid discharging system having a pump and a discharging spray head having at least one nozzle through which fluid to be discharged exits is provided. The pump has a stator and a rotor which is attached in a chamber of the stator and can be rotated in relation to the stator about a rotational axis and axially along the axis. The axial displacement of the rotor in a first axial direction is configured such that it brings about pump filling operation. A fluid is drawn via an inlet into the stator chamber, and the axial displacement in an opposite second axial direction is configured such that it brings about discharging operation. The fluid in the chamber is expelled out of an outlet of the pump. The outlet of the pump is arranged in the rotor, and the discharging spray head is fluidically connected to the outlet of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: HENKEL AG & CO. KGAA
    Inventor: Daniel Frey
  • Patent number: 10212927
    Abstract: A break-away apparatus for a boom arm (11) is positioned at a joint between a main boom portion (14) and a boom tip (12) to allow the boom tip to assume a neutral position and forward, rearward, and upward positions. First and second plates (30, 28) are disposed at the joint and a hinge assembly (22) is positioned between the first and second plates (30, 28). The hinge assembly (22) includes a first ball joint (38); a first hinge pin (34); and a second hinge pin (36). The first and second plates (30, 28) are in a first position when the boom tip (12) assumes the neutral position, and the first and second plates (30, 28) are movable with respect to each other about the first hinge axis (25a), the second hinge axis (25b), and a pivot point defined by the first ball joint (38). A first spring (50) assists a return of the first and second plates (30, 28) to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Petrus Henricus Johannes Bouten
  • Patent number: 10207286
    Abstract: The present invention provides a foam dispenser having a twice automatic cleaning function that automatically discharges a compressed air toward a mixing chamber, when releasing a pulled trigger lever, thereby improving convenience of work and providing economic advantages. The foam dispenser having a twice automatic cleaning function includes a main body 4 including a hose connection unit 34 and an air hose connector 42, a coupling end part formed at the other end thereof, a pair of fluid passageways 20, an air passageway 22, and a handle 3; a dispensing nozzle 6 connected to the coupling end part of the main body 4, has a mixing chamber 64; a separate-fluid supply unit 8 provided inside the main body 4 to open or close the fluid passageways 20; and an automatic cleaner 10 provided at a middle portion of the air passageway 22 to automatically open the air passageway 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Hyung Goo Kim
  • Patent number: 10207280
    Abstract: An overhead shower head with rear switch has a main body. The front of the main body is disposed with an accommodating chamber to accommodate an outlet cover including a cover plate with a ball seat, and the rear is disposed with a switch including a dial button at an eccentric position. The main body is disposed with a through hole that accommodates a water inlet joint. The water diversion body is a water diversion ball and is disposed with two outlets to form a first function waterway and a second function waterway with the inlet joint. The switch includes a first rotating shaft disposed at an eccentric position, a dial button linked to the first rotating shaft and a sealing element linked to the dial button. Thus, the overhead shower head has a short switch route to switch the outlet functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Fengde Lin, Mingfu Zhang, Wenxing Chen
  • Patent number: 10201722
    Abstract: An enclosure, vehicle, and method for containing an overheating device are provided. An enclosure includes a body and a door that form a volume. The body includes is connected to a Venturi tube that is in communication with a fluid flow path flowing across an opening at an opposite end. In the event an overheating device is placed in the enclosure, a pressure sensor measures a pressure in the volume and a controller opens a first valve in a flow path through the Venturi tube so that air is pumped from the volume via the Venturi effect. The first valve is closed when the measured pressure drops below a threshold pressure. The enclosure can also include an extinguishing agent that can be expelled into the volume if a temperature sensor measures a temperature above a threshold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Rocke R. Koreis, Joseph A. Scarce
  • Patent number: 10196163
    Abstract: A filling machine for filling packaging containers made of cardboard composite material with products, in particular liquid foods, includes a gripper that removes a packaging jacket from a magazine only partially erected in the manner of a parallelogram by a guide and at least one of two retaining elements for accommodating an outer fold edge of the partially erected packaging jacket can be move back and forth between an initial position and an end position. The cross-section of the packaging jacket accommodated by the two retaining elements is rectangular in the end position of the movable retaining element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Klaus Baltes, Thomas Boehme
  • Patent number: 10189030
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shower arm with a torus regulator and a magnetic ring that is comprised of a body (1) with a body head (25), a bell (2), a cover (3), a torus (4), a mixing element (5), a ring (6), a pin (7) and a barrier (9) on the cover, a barrier (8) and a nozzle (10) on the bell, a cavity (11) for water inlet, an inlet (12) of water into the shower head (25), a space (13), a gap (14) on the mixing element, a chamber (15), gaskets (16) and (17), a thread (18), a space (19) for directed flow, pins (20) and a groove (21) on the ring, a groove (22) on the bell, a thread (23) for connecting a hose, a support surface (24), a magnetic ring (26) and an output spray (27) of water and air. When the water circulates within the space (19) underneath the torus (4), negative pressure—vacuum occurs from both the internal and the external sides of the torus cross-section that conditions suction of the air from the chamber (15) of the cone of the bell (2). This air is suctioned through the nozzle (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FTT DOO
    Inventor: Branko Mirkov
  • Patent number: 10183770
    Abstract: The invention provides a process for producing a pack of smoking articles, such as cigarettes, which comprises: assembling packaging material, such as a packaging blank, around a charge of smoking articles to form a pack enclosing the charge smoking articles. The assembled pack includes a container portion to hold the charge of smoking articles, a lid in hinged connection with the container portion which is movable between a closed position for preventing access to the smoking articles in the container portion and an open position for accessing the smoking articles, and a magnetic closure having a first magnetic closure element and a second magnetic closure element which are configured and arranged to exert a magnetic force for holding the lid in the closed position. The process for producing the pack includes placing the first and second magnetic closure elements together or in combination with one another in the packaging material that forms the pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: JT International S.A.
    Inventors: Tim Collins, Paul Mewha, Jürgen Kümpel