Patents Examined by Alexander M Valvis
  • Patent number: 10549880
    Abstract: Rigid box for smoking articles having a parallelepiped shape and provided with: a first panel which defines a top wall; a second panel which is folded 90° with respect to the first panel and defines a first lateral wall; a third panel which is folded 90° with respect to the second panel and defines a bottom wall; a fourth panel which is folded 90° with respect to the third panel and defines a second lateral wall opposite the first lateral wall; a fifth panel which is folded 90° with respect to the fourth panel and rests on an inner surface of the first panel; a sixth panel which is folded 90° with respect to the fifth panel and divides the inner volume of the rigid box; and a seventh panel which is folded 90° with respect to the sixth panel and rests on an inner surface of the third panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: G.D SOCIETA' PER AZIONI
    Inventors: Alver Tacchi, Stefano Negrini
  • Patent number: 10550552
    Abstract: A method for controlling a system pressure within a closed system includes sending a signal to a pressure control valve corresponding to a pressure set point and actuating the pressure control valve to vary a pilot pressure of a control fluid contained within a pressure control line that is fluidly connected to a pressure regulator. A diaphragm of the pressure regulator is disposed between the pressure control line and a system line and acts on a fluid with the system line to modify the system pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Peter N. Dufault, Todd A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10543514
    Abstract: A waterblasting system includes a fluid supply device, an air supply device, and a waterblasting tool. The air supply device contains a battery and an alternator in a single unit. The alternator is operated by compressed air from a separate air compressor and generates electric power, at least some of which is used to charge the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Federal Signal Corporation
    Inventor: John Bolling Schaer, III
  • Patent number: 10542988
    Abstract: An end effector can comprise, one, a fastener cartridge including a plurality of fasteners stored therein and, two, an anvil configured to deform the fasteners. The anvil can further comprise extensions extending therefrom which can control the flow of tissue relative to the fastener cartridge and/or support the fasteners as they are ejected from the fastener cartridge. The extensions can having different sizes and/or configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Emily A. Schellin, Bret W. Smith, Jason L. Harris, Charles J. Scheib, Jerome R. Morgan, Lauren S. Weaner, Michael J. Vendely, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Trevor J. Barton
  • Patent number: 10542976
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a drive shaft, a motor for rotating the drive shaft, and a motor speed control. The motor speed control includes a first switch and a second switch which are in communication with the motor. The first switch is disposed over and in registration with the second switch. The first switch has an activated state such that the first switch sends a first signal to the motor. The motor rotates the drive shaft in response to the first signal. The second switch sends a second signal to the motor that varies the speed that the motor rotates the drive shaft in response to a force applied to the second switch by the first switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Anthony Calderoni, Xingrui Chen, Luis Dussan, John Pantazis, Japhet Colon
  • Patent number: 10538892
    Abstract: A hydraulic impact hammer for striking a pile has a main housing, a ram supported, a coupler rod, a conversion housing, a hydraulic actuator, and a ram connector. The hydraulic actuator defines an actuator rod, a lifting head, and a lift connector. The lifting head defines an upper wall and a lower wall. The lift connector attaches the actuator rod to the upper wall of the lifting head. The ram connector attaches the coupler rod to the lower wall of the lifting head. Operation of the hydraulic actuator raises and lowers the ram to strike the pile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: AMERICAN PILEDRIVING EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Steven N. Cress, Joseph M. Klekotka
  • Patent number: 10532237
    Abstract: An emitter system capable of discharging an atomized liquid-gas stream or a liquid stream which atomizes into a spray has a source of pressurized gas and one or more sources of pressurized liquids. Flow of gas and liquid to an emitter is controlled by valves, and the emitter can be used to discharge either the atomized liquid-gas stream or the liquid stream. The emitter system may be used for fire suppression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Victaulic Company
    Inventors: William J. Reilly, Lawrence W. Thau, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10536056
    Abstract: An electric power tool 1 has a motor 3, a housing 2, a power cord 9, and a power supply control circuit portion 8. The housing 2 has a body portion 21 for accommodating the motor, a substrate accommodating portion 23 for accommodating a substrate on which a control substrate for operating the motor 3 is mounted, a handle portion 22 having one end connected to the body portion 21 and another end connected to the substrate accommodating portion 23. The power cord 9 extends from the substrate accommodating portion 23 and is connected to an AC power supply. The power supply circuit portion 8 has a choke coil 86 and a film capacitor 88 for filtering noise, and converts AC power supplied through the power cord 9 to DC power. The choke coil 86 and a film capacitor 88 are accommodated in the substrate accommodating portion 23. Accordingly, the handle portion can be formed shorter, and assemblability of the electric power tool can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiaki Koizumi
  • Patent number: 10532367
    Abstract: A nozzle assembly includes a fluidic oscillator 100 operating on a pressurized fluid to generate an oscillating spray of fluid droplets, and the oscillator aims fluid jets from first, second and third power nozzles 114A, 114B, 114C into an interaction chamber 118 and toward an upwardly projecting island protuberance 126 defining first, second and third island wall segments. The outermost jets 114A, 114B are aimed at an obtuse angle of 100 to 140 degrees along axes which intersect beyond the island at a Jet intersection point, J1. The upstream end of interaction chamber 118 is defined by first and second laterally offset concave wall surfaces 142, 152 which define left side and right side vortex generating areas so that fluid jet steering vortices may be alternately formed and then displaced distally and shed to steer the fluid jet laterally within interaction chamber 118.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: DLHBOWLES, INC.
    Inventors: Shridhar Gopalan, Chunling Zhao, Andrew Cameron
  • Patent number: 10532370
    Abstract: A tank holding a quantity of liquid releasably connects to a portable pump assembly through a connector to provide a portable sprayer. The tank connects to a feed line that supplies spray nozzle with the liquid. The connector combines a quick disconnect connector with a pressure relief valve. The portable pump assembly includes an electric pump, a switch assembly, and a check valve. The portable pump assembly directs gas through the check valve into the connector to increase the gas pressure in the tank and force the liquid in the tank to flow through the feed line and out the spray nozzle. The switch assembly turns off the electric pump when the gas pressure in the tank exceeds a predetermined limit while maintaining the flow of liquid through the spray nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Phillip B. Schrum, Mark A. Verosky, David A. Krygowski
  • Patent number: 10532837
    Abstract: A support device (20), mounted on an upper edge of a container (3), includes lifting elements that define a support surface (22) which extends transversely outwards from an inner edge (55). The upper end (2b) of a flexible pouch for biopharmaceutical product can rest on this support surface, the rest of the 3D-type pouch extending into the container. The slot (23) which separates the support surface into two portions defines a guide path for a flexible supply line (9a, 9b) for the pouch (2) that is connected at its bottom to the end (2b). A convex surface is formed at the rear end of the slot and above the edge of the container, so as to guide and facilitate the passage of the line (9a) into the housing, when the filling state is sufficiently advanced. The causes of poor deployment of the pouch are thus minimized, without human intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS
    Inventors: Stephane Baud, Frederic Bernard
  • Patent number: 10525575
    Abstract: The durability of the driver is further improved. The nail driver for driving a nail into a material to be driven includes: a plunger moved in a first direction parallel to a driving direction of the nail by bias caused by a coil spring and moved in a second direction opposite to the first direction against the bias of the coil spring (25); and a weight moved in the second direction by bias caused by a coil spring and moved in the first direction against the bias of the coil spring. The weight (24) is moved in the second direction when the plunger is moved in the first direction and is moved in the first direction when the plunger is moved in the second direction, and the plunger and the weight are moved in the first direction and the second direction so as to be independent from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: KOKI HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Isamu Tanji
  • Patent number: 10524498
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for detecting a substance in a rod shaped article of the tobacco industry (2), the apparatus (1) including one or more sources (10,11) of electromagnetic radiation, one or more detectors (26, 27) and a processor (32). The one or more sources (10, 11) are configured to generate electromagnetic radiation at first and second wavelengths (?1, ?2). The one or more detectors (26, 27) are configured to detect the first and second wavelengths (?1, ?2) after propagation in the rod shaped article (2), lo and to generate signals (A, B) based on the amount of radiation received at each wavelength (?1, ?2). The processor (32) is configured to process the signals (A, B) to determine information relating to the presence of the substance, based on the relative amount of radiation received at the first and second wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (INVESTMENTS) LIMITED
    Inventors: Julian Dennis White, Martin John Horrod, Andrew Jonathan Bray, Gary Fallon
  • Patent number: 10525486
    Abstract: A spray tip (22) comprises a tip body (100), a tip piece (102), and a pre-orifice piece (104). The tip body has a fluid channel (114) along a channel axis (Ac). The tip piece is disposed within the fluid channel, and has a stepped, narrowing passage (124) that terminates in an outlet orifice (24). The pre-orifice piece has an inlet passage (112), and is disposed within the fluid channel, abutting and immediately upstream of the tip piece. The pre-orifice piece and the tip piece together define a turbulating chamber (106) therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Dale Becker, Diane Leigh Olson, Craig Joseph Wojciechowski, David John Thompson
  • Patent number: 10526773
    Abstract: A retractable faucet with guided mechanical reset includes a retractable flexible pipe; an outlet portion having an end face and being connected to the retractable flexible pipe; a weight; and a support through which the retractable flexible pipe passes and connects to the weight and that has a front-end face that contacts the end face of the outlet portion. The support has a guiding groove and the outlet portion is provided with a guiding structure that is surrounded by and coupled to the guiding groove. The guiding groove has guiding surfaces continuously arranged from a lowest position to a highest position, and the guiding structure and the guiding groove move relative to one another due to gravity of the weight to cause the guiding structure to move to the highest position to bringing the end face of the outlet portion in contact with the front-end face of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Weihai Mu, Chunjie Hong, Wenxing Chen
  • Patent number: 10517707
    Abstract: A method of packaging a surgical implant is provided. The method includes receiving a portion of the surgical implant or a component coupled to the surgical implant at least partially within a recess of an implant holder. The recess includes a plurality of lobe shapes adapted to engage the implant or component. The recess only receives a top portion of the surgical implant or component couple to the surgical implant. The holder is inserted into a container. The holder has a first configuration in which the mouth of the recess is arranged to partially surround a portion of an implant or a component coupled to an implant. When the holder is at least partially received in the container, the recess grips the implant in a position spaced apart from the container. The holder also has a second configuration in which the mouth of the recess opens to release the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: FINSBURY ORTHOPAEDICS LIMITED
    Inventors: Kevin Neal, Thomas Stacey
  • Patent number: 10518397
    Abstract: A driving tool including a first mode wherein a mechanical starting control is performed, and a second mode wherein an electrical starting control is performed, where these modes are configured to be switchable. Only in the second mode, if the elapsed time between the on-operation of a trigger and an on-operation of a contact arm does not exceed a reference time T0, then a second actuation portion can be turned to an on-position to perform a driving operation. In the first mode, in contrast to the electric control, without consuming battery power, the driving operation can be performed by the mechanical control that is made by an operational order of the trigger and subsequently the contact arm. Because of this configuration, even if power supply is shut off, the driving operation by the first mode can be continued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoharu Ishikawa, Isao Miyashita, Noriyuki Nishido, Hiroyuki Fukui
  • Patent number: 10517220
    Abstract: A wrapping device and a web supplying method are used on board of an agricultural harvester. A supply reel with wrapping material is held between two parts of an unrolling station. A web moving member moves a web taken from this supply reel away from the unrolling station. For replacing the supply reel with a further supply reel, the further supply reel is placed on at least one supporting roller. The or every supporting roller is stationary and is positioned angularly below the unrolling station and between two unrolling station parts. The further supply reel on the supporting roller is shifted in a shifting direction towards an unrolling station part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Forage Company B.V.
    Inventor: Arend Cornelis Visser
  • Patent number: 10517236
    Abstract: A drip irrigation emitter is provided extending between first and second longitudinal ends. The emitter has an outer side for attaching to a pipe that is laterally bound between first and second longitudinal edges. The outer side has a flow path and an exit pool, and at least a section of the flow path extends downstream along the first edge and at least a portion of the exit pool is formed between the section of the flow path and the second edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Netafim, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ron Keren
  • Patent number: 10513023
    Abstract: A power tool includes a motor with a drive shaft being capable of rotating around a first axis, a housing for containing the motor, an output shaft for outputting torque, a transmission mechanism for transferring power between the drive shaft and the output shaft, and an adjusting device for adjusting ratios between the drive shaft and the output shaft. The transmission mechanism includes a first planet gear assembly including a first planet gear and a first planet carrier, a second planet gear assembly including a second planet gear and a second planet carrier, and a ring gear with inner teeth. The first and second planet gears can be engaged with the ring gear and the first and second planet gears are engaged with the first and second sun gears, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Chevron (HK) Limited
    Inventor: Guoxing Mao