Patents Examined by Alexander M Valvis
  • Patent number: 10399102
    Abstract: An orientation independent delivery device. The delivery device includes a gas chamber, a delivery chamber, a gas cell, and a delivery aperture. The gas chamber includes a gas-side rigid portion and a gas-side flexible barrier. The gas-side flexible barrier is sealed to the gas-side rigid portion. The delivery chamber includes a delivery-side rigid portion and a delivery-side flexible barrier. The delivery-side flexible barrier is sealed to the delivery-side rigid portion and is oriented adjacent to the gas-side flexible barrier. The gas cell is coupled to the gas-side rigid portion of the gas chamber. The gas cell increases a gas pressure within the gas chamber to expand the gas-side flexible barrier. Expansion of the gas-side flexible barrier applies a compressive force to the delivery-side flexible barrier allowing a delivery material to escape from the delivery chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Microlin, LLC
    Inventors: Ashok V. Joshi, John H Gordon
  • Patent number: 10399836
    Abstract: A device for closing a filled container with a screw cap, for example, for closing support ring-less bottles with a screw cap, is described. The device includes a neck guide with at least one torsion protection element for accommodation of a neck section of the filled container in a torsion-protected manner during the closing with the screw cap, and a discharge element for discharging the closed container from the neck guide. The neck guide and the discharge element are displaceable relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Bruno Landler, Markus Schönfelder
  • Patent number: 10398439
    Abstract: An adapter assembly for operably connecting an end effector to a surgical instrument. The adapter assembly includes a first proximal shaft, a second proximal shaft, a first distal shaft, and a second distal shaft. The first proximal shaft includes a first gear assembly. The second proximal shaft defines a longitudinal axis and includes a second gear assembly. The first distal shaft is disposed along the longitudinal axis and includes a third gear assembly. The first gear assembly is mechanically engaged with the third gear assembly. The second distal shaft includes a fourth gear assembly. The second gear assembly is mechanically engaged with the fourth gear assembly. A distal portion of the second distal shaft is disposed at least partially within an internal cavity of the third gear assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Ramiro Cabrera, Stephen Paul
  • Patent number: 10399724
    Abstract: A packaging machine may be provided for producing packages from a packaging material advanced along an advancing path. The packaging material may have a longitudinal edge arranged along the advancing path and a mark configured to provide an indication about the position of the packaging material. The packaging machine may include a forming unit configured to fold the packaging material into a tube having a longitudinal axis arranged along the advancing path, a first sensor configured to detect the position of the edge and generate a first control signal, a second sensor configured to read the mark and to generate a second signal, and a control device having an actuation device configured to move the packaging material in a direction arranged transversally with respect to the advancing path based on the first control signal and second signal. A method for producing packages from a packaging material may additionally be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Vincenzo Aiello, Andrea Nicoli, Giuseppe Vandelli
  • Patent number: 10399676
    Abstract: An aerial operations system for performing various tasks such as painting is provided. The modular aerial operations system includes an aerial vehicle capable of vertically taking off and landing, hovering and precisely maneuvering near walls and other structures. The aerial vehicle may be a rotorcraft such as a multicopter. In an aspect, as aerial vehicle paints one or more designated surfaces using detachable arms and equipment. The system may paint the designated surface in one of several available techniques using paint provided in a container such as an attached reservoir, a base station, a paint can, or the like. The aerial operations system provided may also be configured to perform a variety of other tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: WORKING DRONES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert L. Dahlstrom
  • Patent number: 10397987
    Abstract: The invention conceives an induction heating arrangement (1000) comprising four coils of a smaller diameter (1100, . . . , 1400) and a coil having a larger diameter (1500). The coils are arranged on a first plane (2100) and on a second plane (2200). In order to adapt a cooking area (1600) to the size of a pot, either the larger coil (1500) or one or more of the smaller coils (1100, 1400) are operated. A power supply circuitry (2400) is shared between the coils of the two planes and a selector (2300) takes care of disconnecting a respective coil of the plane of coils that is not operated in order to avoid coupling and interference and loss of energy. The guiding elements of the magnetic flux (1110, 1115, 1540) are used to confine the magnetic field in the area of the pot. The method of operating the induction heating arrangement takes care of efficient energy use, and an induction hob (3000) includes the induction heating arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Michael Herzog, Marco Saporetti, Jurgen Leikam
  • Patent number: 10391619
    Abstract: An accessory for a fastening gun includes a magazine assembly with a feed end and a discharge end and configured to support a series of staples in a pre-discharge orientation and with a feed mechanism for feeding the staples from the feed end to the discharge end. A drive member guide assembly is mounted on the magazine assembly and is configured so that a staple drive member can be mounted in the drive member guide assembly and can be driven and retracted along a predetermined path with respect to the magazine assembly, so that, when driven, the drive member can engage a staple to drive legs of the staple into respective components, the drive member guide assembly being configured for mounting on the fastening gun with the drive member connected to a piston or the like of the fastening gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin Roy Smeaton, Kevin Graham Doole
  • Patent number: 10392141
    Abstract: A bag forming device and a bag machine are provided. The bag forming device comprises at least two bag forming units, wherein each bag forming unit comprises a deflection element and a folding element, and the forming tubes of the folding elements are arranged in a first direction in sequence. The packaging film is moved in a moving route when moving through the deflection element, and film moving positions are provided in the deflection element in the moving route for passing through of the packaging film to make deflection of the packaging film. The present invention reasonably adjusts the moving direction of the packaging films, and the direction of the longitudinal openings of the packaging films after longitudinal folding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Wanpeng Xie, Libo Su, Pengcheng Xie
  • Patent number: 10391504
    Abstract: A water stop switch device includes: a main body, a transmission element and a sealing element; the main body is disposed with a water passage, the sealing element is disposed in the water passage; one end of the sealing element is coupled to the transmission element in transmission way, the sealing element moves in the water passage to open the water passage; the other end of the sealing element and the main body surround to form a chamber; the side wall of the sealing element is disposed with a through hole connecting the water passage and the chamber; when the water passage is open, the chamber is full of water to reduce the pressure difference at two ends of the sealing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Fengde Lin, Hailang Gong, Mingfu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10392146
    Abstract: A food storage appliance is provided including a housing, a lid pivotally attached to the housing movable between an open and closed position, an elongated heat sealing element, an elongated resilient bumper mounted on an underside of the lid with a plurality of elastic members which bias the bumper into an extended position when the lid is open, and when the lid is moved to the closed position the bumper sandwiches a portion of a food storage container to be sealed against the heat sealing element while the elastic members allow the bumper to adjust to maintain even pressure on the food storage container along the elongated heat sealing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Ledger, Eddy Fung
  • Patent number: 10391620
    Abstract: The invention relates to a base mechanism and a roller mechanism of a floor nailing gun. The base mechanism includes a base fixedly connected to a bottom of a main body of a floor nailing gun. At least one adjustment roller assembly is movably disposed at a front end portion of the base, each adjustment roller assembly includes an adjustment roller having a lowest point in contact with a floor surface when in operation. The roller mechanism includes a base fixedly connected to a bottom of a main body of a floor nailing gun, at least one roller group is disposed at a rear end portion of the base, an elastic reset member is disposed between the roller group and the base, each roller group comprises a roller having a lowest point in contact with a floor surface when the roller is in a normal state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Ming-Jun Yang, Zai-Jun Zhu
  • Patent number: 10384820
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermoform packaging machine as well as to a method for producing a skin pack, comprising the steps of preforming a skin film prior to a sealing station and subjecting it to a further forming step in the sealing station, so that the skin film can wrap around a product protruding far beyond a packaging trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Bernhard Grimm, Elmar Ehrmann
  • Patent number: 10384218
    Abstract: The invention provides a device and a method for liquid atomization, employing a hollow body with a closed surface perforated with a plurality of point orifices and connected to a compressed gas. The body is submerged in a liquid to be atomized, with some orifices immersed in the liquid and others emerged from it. The system can be scaled-up according to the need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Sami Shamoon College of Engineering (R.A.)
    Inventors: Maksym Mezhericher, Izhak Ladizhensky, Isaac Etlin
  • Patent number: 10384846
    Abstract: A package comprising a carton and an arrangement of containers. The carton can comprise a plurality of panels extending at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels can comprise at least a first panel and a second panel disposed opposite to one another. The arrangement can comprise a number of rows of containers disposed at least partially in the interior of the carton. The arrangement can include at least a first row and a second row extending along the respective first and second panels. A load width of the arrangement can be less than the number of rows multiplied by a first difference between the diameter of the containers approximately an eighth of an inch, and the load width can be greater than the number of rows multiplied by a second difference between the diameter and approximately a half of an inch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Lee Bates, Raymond R. Spivey, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10377088
    Abstract: A device for liquid-tight sealing of two partially overlapping packaging components. One of these is a tubular basic body. A further packaging component forms the packaging head or bottom, having at least one mandrel and one die. For the tubular basic body to be easily slid on to the mandrel and removed the expansion elements have sealing jaws which, in their working position, form a closed, encircling outer contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventors: Holger Poell, Marco Pluess, Martin Ruegg
  • Patent number: 10377539
    Abstract: A filter baffle assembly including a filter cap engageable to a mouth of a container, the filter cap including a filter vent situated within an inner space of the filter cap, and a liner disposed between the filter vent and a gas permeable baffle engaged to a mouth of the container, the baffle including at least one perforation to permit gas exchange between an interior of the container and the filter vent, and to protect the filter vent from contact with contents housed in an interior of the container. A welded baffle liner assembly for protecting a filter vent from contact with the contents of a container, including a gas permeable baffle having at least one perforation welded to a liner, the welded baffle liner assembly being interposable between a mouth of the container and a filter vent housed within a cap engageable to the mouth of the container. A method for protecting a filter vent from the contents of a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Performance Systematix, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Jeffery Fisch
  • Patent number: 10377519
    Abstract: A method and an installation for aseptic filling of a receptacle with an enteral nutrition solution includes making available a filling device with a first sealing device preferably in a fixed position, and in which a first aseptic zone is provided, and wherein the first sealing device is located in a position having an opening; taking hold of a receptacle; guiding the receptacle to the first sealing device in such a way that the receptacle, bears sealingly on the opening of the first sealing device, and the first aseptic zone, in which at least an attachment piece of the receptacle is arranged at least in part, is closed; delivering a sterilizing agent, into the first aseptic zone, such that the channel of the attachment piece of the receptacle is at least partially sterilized; guiding the receptacle to the filling nozzle within the first aseptic zone in such a way that the filling nozzle protrudes at least partially into the channel of the attachment piece of the receptacle; filling the receptacle with the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Torsten Brandenburger, Bernhard Neisius
  • Patent number: 10377029
    Abstract: A method for tightening or loosening components of a hammer assembly is comprises inserting a tool into an aperture defined by at least one component of the hammer assembly in order to engage the drive structure of a tensioning member, moving the drive structure of the tensioning member, and moving at least one draw member operatively associated with the tensioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Cody Moore
  • Patent number: 10376908
    Abstract: A system of a special volume control manifold, containment case and changeable multi-pack solution containers for carpet cleaning and other solution needs. It is portable and relates commercial-grade mixers and a hand-carried spray wand that connects directly to a pressure system having a diluent such as water. The additives are controlled at a manifold header for precise dispersal to the sprayer wand and nozzle. The proportional flow system is made of the control manifold, a hose to each of the solution containers, a control valve for each solution container, a wand with a control valve, nozzle and means to connect an mixed solution hose, and the mixed solution hose between the wand and the manifold. This configuration facilitates the system attachment to a pressured diluent and additive solution containers to provide controlled mixing of the diluent and additive solution which is then transferred to the sprayer wand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Chris Davey, Laura Davey
  • Patent number: 10370131
    Abstract: The apparatus and method for packaging coiled materials uses vacuum to draw the free end of a packaging sleeve through the open coil core, which may have a single line. A trolley lifts the coil to align its open core with a hollow mandrel, and passes the coil over the mandrel. The trolley is lowered to expose the coil circumference for packaging. Suction is applied through the mandrel to draw the free end of the sleeve through the coil core. Another apparatus includes two parallel input lines and a mandrel workstation translating therebetween and pivoting to transfer coils to an orthogonal output line. Another apparatus includes a stationary suction source having a flexible suction hose and suction canister extending therefrom. The canister is applied to the coil core to draw the free end of the sleeve therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Victor Manuel Quinones