Patents Examined by Alexander M Valvis
  • Patent number: 10335792
    Abstract: A reagent bottle includes an outer cap and an inner closing cap. The inner closing cap has a recess for gripping the cap. In addition, a system for handling closures is provided wherein a method removes a closing cap from a reagent bottle and a related gripper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Vesa Nuotio, Olli Myyryläinen
  • Patent number: 10335821
    Abstract: An accessible housing device (FIGS. 1 and 1A—200) of one embodiment that provides a housing body (FIG. 2—60) for housing a pop-up sprinkler assembly FIG. 1—140, and the immediate connectors FIGS. 1 and 1A—93, —95, and —96, and a plurality of cutouts (FIG. 2—69) in a bottom section (FIG. 2—62) for permitting an entrance to multiple incoming water feed lines simultaneously, a housing cover (FIG. 3—18) comprising a plurality of fingers (FIG. 3—16), for enclosing and positioning various pop-up sprinkler assemblies having individually sized outer diameters, and additionally comprising a retaining lip (FIG. 3—35) for housing a safety cover (FIG. 4—97), for diminishing liability concerns and recognition purposes, an offset insert (FIG. 5—100) comprising a plurality of offset fingers (FIG. 5—103), for enclosing and positioning a flexible riser pipe when an offset of the housing body (—60) is necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Gary Nicholas Schneider
  • Patent number: 10328560
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multi-mode drive mechanism. The multi-mode drive mechanism may be employed, for example, in a power tool, for driving a chuck supporting an end effector, such as a drill bit or spiral cut bit, for acting on a work surface. For example, when employed in a power tool, the mechanism can generate rotating, reciprocating, or simultaneous rotating and reciprocating motion. Cutting with simultaneous rotational and reciprocating motion lessens the potential for undesired walking or wandering of the cutting bit by actively removing debris from the cut. Additionally, multi-mode drive mechanisms provide increased functionality in a single tool to accommodate a variety of situations and materials. One aspect of the invention provides a multi-mode drive mechanism including: an input shaft, a reciprocating assembly, an output shaft, a reciprocating block, and a shift collar. The input shaft terminates in an input external spur gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Romagnoli
  • Patent number: 10327994
    Abstract: A medicine dispensing system includes canisters and packing assemblies to place specific doses of medicines into capsules. The system removes inert and filler ingredients to place only those active ingredients prescribed to the patient. The system includes a conveyor belt to move the capsules between canisters filled with the active ingredients. A dose is placed and packed into the capsules for each active ingredient. Thus, the number of capsules for a variety of medicines is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DOSE PACK LLC
    Inventor: Miteshkumar Ishwarbhai Patel
  • Patent number: 10328449
    Abstract: A piezoelectric dispenser having a uniform dispensing quality of a viscous liquid by calibrating an operation stroke of a valve rod discharging a viscous liquid (vertical operation displacement of the valve rod) by setting the operation stroke of the valve rod to an initial value during use, and a method of calibrating the operation stroke of the piezoelectric dispenser. Accordingly, a uniform dispensing accuracy of viscous liquid may be maintained, and degradation of the dispensing quality of a viscous liquid due to abrasion of components may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Protec Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Min Hong, Hansung Lee
  • Patent number: 10328559
    Abstract: A drill includes a housing and a motor having a drive spindle. An output spindle is capable of being rotationally driven by the drive spindle via a torque clutch. The drill further includes a tangential impact mechanism for superimposing tangential impacts onto the output spindle when activated. The tangential impact mechanism includes a sleeve rotatably mounted on the output spindle, and an anvil rotatably mounted onto the output spindle. The sleeve is rotationally driven by the drive spindle via a gear system at a first rotational rate when the torque clutch is not slipping and at a second rotational rate when the torque clutch is slipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Markus Rompel, Rafael Glottschling
  • Patent number: 10321632
    Abstract: A crop-package transfer system has a flexible member supported by a support frame and is configured to support a crop package on a first side of the flexible member. A motive member is disposed on a second side of the flexible member. An actuator device is configured to move the motive member along the second side of the flexible member, such that the motive member transmits motive force from the actuator device to the crop package via the flexible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Austin J. Jones, Henry D. Anstey, Jeremy M. Erdmann
  • Patent number: 10315301
    Abstract: The present invention provides a structurally simple, compact, energy-saving electric power tool having a long service life, the tool including a motor, a gearbox, a cutter library and a cutter holder; the motor is connected with an input member of the gearbox; it further includes a first case and a second case; the motor and the gearbox are disposed within the first case; the cutter library and the cutter holder are disposed within the second case; the cutter library and the cutter holder are both rotatablely connected with the second case; the first case and the second case are axially movable so that an output member of the gearbox can be sequentially sleeved to a cutter hole 8 of the cutter library and the cutter holder, or can be separated in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Yonglin Huang, Yuecun He
  • Patent number: 10315791
    Abstract: A method for making a single use capsule (1) for extraction or infusion beverages includes the step of: arranging a first strip (S1) of thermoformable filtering material above rigid bodies (2); joining the first strip (S1) of thermoformable filtering material to the rigid bodies (2) at respective rims (7); forming the first strip (S1) of thermoformable filtering material to achieve a filter (8) that defines a chamber (5); filling the chamber (5) with a dose (D) of product; closing the chamber (5) and the rigid body (2) with a closing lid (6). A machine for making single use capsules (1) for extraction beverages includes: a feeding system (40); a transport system (50); a joining station (60); a forming station (70); a filling station (80); and a closing station (90).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GIMA, S.P.A.
    Inventors: Dario Rea, Fabio Franceschi
  • Patent number: 10315377
    Abstract: A method, a shaping tool and a machine for assembling a tubular cardboard body (1) and a flat sealing structure (6), forming a security membrane, surrounded by a peripheral strip, able to be folded down, that is sufficient to suitably assemble the sealing structure with the inner lateral wall of the tubular body, with a grippable tongue (7) folded down toward the central part of the sealing structure, on the face not designed for sealing, inserting the sealing structure in a shaping tool and shaping it in the form of a basin, the peripheral strip becoming orthogonal to said central part, inserting the structure in the tubular body using said shaping tool, configured for sealing said strip with the exception of an unsealed part thereof, extending over the circumference of said strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Guillaume Sireix
  • Patent number: 10309357
    Abstract: A fluid injector for a combustion engine has a tubular body which hydraulically connects a fluid inlet end of the injector to a fluid outlet end of the injector. A magnetic core is affixed inside the body, a solenoid is disposed on the outside of the body, and an axially moveable armature is disposed inside the body. A valve assembly controls an axial flow of fluid through the body. The valve assembly has a valve needle to be operated by the armature and a sleeve of diamagnetic material which is located radially between the armature and the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Stefano Filippi, Mauro Grandi, Francesco Lenzi
  • Patent number: 10307158
    Abstract: Disclosed are an articulating assembly and a surgical instrument using the same. The articulating assembly includes a driver assembly configured to articulate an end effector of said surgical instrument, where said driver assembly includes: a screw portion rotatably mounted in a stationary handle of said surgical instrument, an axis of which is parallel to an axis of an elongated portion of said surgical instrument, wherein said screw portion is provided with at least two segments with opposite threads; two articulation plates in connection with said two thread segments, respectively, wherein a distal end of each articulation plate is in connection with said end effector of said surgical instrument; and a rotating sleeve coaxially sheathed on said screw portion so as to be in connection therewith through a gear assembly when being located at an articulation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Yongfeng Wang
  • Patent number: 10307902
    Abstract: A stapler is provided, including: a main body, having a nail outlet and a cartridge, an opening of the cartridge communicating with the nail outlet; a nail guiding mechanism, including a guiding plate facing the opening and a biasing mechanism disposed between the main body and the guiding plate, the guiding plate having an upper end away from the nail outlet, the biasing mechanism abutting against the guiding plate and normally biasing the upper end toward the cartridge; a striker, movably disposed within the main body; an operable mechanism, movably connected to the main body, being operable to drive the striker to move toward the nail outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: APEX MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jing- Li Wang
  • Patent number: 10299439
    Abstract: A wrapping mechanism is described that comprises at least two material support cylinders, a mechanism support cylinder, and a first and a second support plate, which are all rotatable about a support axis. The wrapping mechanism can comprise a pair of frame plates, a drive mechanism, a brake system, a lock mechanism, at least one feed roller and a feed plate. The wrapping mechanism can be integrated into an agricultural harvester such as a baler or combine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Scott C. Simmons
  • Patent number: 10299444
    Abstract: A drip irrigation emitter may be provided with a coupler for bonding to an inner surface of a conduit. The emitter may include for example a button flow restrictor. The coupler may optionally provide an outlet zone on the conduit surface that is large enough for automated perforation. Bonding the emitter to the surface of the conduit may have a minimal effect on the dimensions and/or properties of the conduit. A button drip irrigation emitter may optionally include a two part labyrinth. The labyrinth may for example be confined between a cylindrical surface and a cover and/or wind between intermeshing baffles on the cover and/or the surface. In some embodiments the device may be formed using molding elements moving along a single axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Amir Cohen
  • Patent number: 10300505
    Abstract: A jetting device and/or fluid module include a module body defining a passageway extending through the module body and also partially defining a fluid chamber, a nozzle supported by the module body, a valve element at least partially within the fluid chamber, a biasing element contacting the valve element and also contacting the module body, and a sealing member contacting the periphery of the valve element and configured to partially define the fluid chamber. The nozzle defines a fluid outlet that is in fluid communication with the fluid chamber. The valve element has an upper portion outside of the fluid chamber that is adapted for contact with the drive pin, and the biasing element is configured to apply a spring force to the valve element. The valve element is configured to cause a droplet of the fluid to be jetted from the fluid outlet when the valve element is moved in the direction toward the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Stanley Cruz Aguilar, Mani Ahmadi, Stephen Russell des Jardins, Erik Fiske, Mark Meier, Horatio Quinones, Thomas L. Ratledge, Robert J. Wright
  • Patent number: 10301047
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for vacuum packaging a product. According to one embodiment a film tube is generated, and, in the film tube a product (P) is introduced and at least one cut is made. In the method, a vacuum may also applied inside the film tube, and a transverse seal is formed therein, a film tube closed at one end being obtained upstream of the cut and a package closed at both ends being obtained downstream. Furthermore, the film tube is transversely pinched, a portion the inside of the film tube which is isolated from the inside of the rest of the film tube being obtained, and a chamber is demarcated around at least part of said portion, the vacuum being applied and the transverse sealing operation being performed inside said chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Alberto Otxoa-Aizpurua Calvo, Gerardo Mendizabal Altuna, Eneko Izquierdo Ereño
  • Patent number: 10301049
    Abstract: A packaging assembly (10) including a weighing machine (11) that includes buckets (12, 13) to provide batches of product to be delivered to a former (41), with the former (41) delivering tubular bag material with product to a packaging machine (18). The tubular bag material is delivered to the packaging machine (18) by means of a film drive assembly (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TNA Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Alfred Alexander Taylor
  • Patent number: 10293472
    Abstract: A power tool includes a housing, an output shaft, and a tool holder connected to the output shaft. A rotor assembly is attached to the output shaft that is configured to be acted on by a fluid flow through the housing to cause rotation of the output shaft. A centrifugally movable fluid flow governor is coupled to the output shaft that is configured to move outwardly from the output shaft to alter a force acting on the rotor assembly when the output shaft reaches a predetermined speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bradley D. Padget, Daniel Blythe
  • Patent number: 10287045
    Abstract: A shrink sleeve apparatus is disclosed herein that includes a shrink sleeve applicator, a downstream heat shrink station, and a horizontal conveyor having side-by-side rollers that have a circumscribing outer portion with at least one high traction segment and at least one low traction segment. A method of applying a shrink sleeve to an article is disclosed that includes providing a conveyor having rollers as disclosed herein, positioning the rollers such that low traction segments of the rollers support the article as it passes a shrink sleeve applicator, which applies a shrink sleeve. The high traction segments of the rollers do not interfere with sleeve application. As the conveyor moves the article and sleeve through a downstream heat shrink zone, the rollers are rotated so that the high traction segments contact the article and sleeve to assure rotation of the article and sleeve during heat shrink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AXON LLC
    Inventor: Adam W. Duncan