Patents Examined by Amber Anderson
  • Patent number: 10087982
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a ball joint, associable with a first and a second component for their connection in an adjustable position, including a spherical element, at least partially housable in a hollow housing seat of said first component, an insert, connected to such a spherical element and removably associable with such a second component, wherein the spherical element includes a substantially cylindrical central portion, interposed between two substantially spherical cap shaped portions arranged with respect to one another so that each circular base of each substantially spherical cap shaped portion matches a respective base of such a substantially cylindrical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: TECRES S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giovanni Faccioli, Renzo Soffiatti
  • Patent number: 10071817
    Abstract: A structural element includes a first component and a second component; a bonded joint, by which the first component and the second component are interconnected; and an indication bolt, which is fixed to the first component and the second component. The indication bolt is designed to indicate when the first component and the second component have moved relative one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Niedermeier, Thomas Koerwien
  • Patent number: 10065265
    Abstract: A joined body is formed by joining end surfaces of two joining members to each other by a friction welding. The joined body includes a hollow portion formed on at least one of the two joining members, the hollow portion being configured to have an opening at the joining face between the two joining members. The joined body also includes an annular groove portion formed on an inner circumferential surface of the hollow portion at a position separated from a joining face in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: KYB Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiko Hara, Takayasu Kawakami, Hiroshi Oyama, Yusuke Takahashi, Kenichi Hiraki
  • Patent number: 10070508
    Abstract: A portable electric fence kit for the erection of a temporary electric fence comprising: a primary fence section which is portable and non-electrified having two or more poles, a secondary fence section having two or more insulated poles secured to the poles of the primary fence section and having the ability to be electrified using a plurality of wires spanning the distance between the insulated poles, a plurality of wires spanning the distance between the insulated poles, system controls operationally associated with the fence sections, a power source operationally associated with the fence sections and the system controls, the power source providing electricity to the secondary fence sections and a coupling means which allows for one section of the fence kit and its wires to be coupled to another section of the fence kit and its wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Colin E. Ricks, Dean A. Lowder
  • Patent number: 10047499
    Abstract: A welded structure makes a relationship between one intermittent weld which fixes a long member to a base material and the other intermittent weld which fixes a plate-shaped member to the long member appropriately respond to a type of a load which dominantly acts on the long member. A lower long side edge of a beam member which serves as the long member is fixed onto a machine body frame which serves as the base material by intermittent welds. A top plate which serves as the plate-shaped member is fixed onto an upper long side edge of the beam member by the other intermittent welds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar SARL
    Inventor: Takeshi Tsuneyoshi
  • Patent number: 10041517
    Abstract: A fastener element for transmitting a load to a machine part. One of the fastener's longitudinal extension axial ends is fixed with the machine part. The load acts onto the fastener at the other longitudinal extension axial end in a load area. The fastener comprises a plurality of longitudinally extending base parts, including the load area. The base parts are connected to each other by corrugations. To reduce shear in the fastener, a height of the corrugations is substantially constant along a first extension in a fastener longitudinal direction, extending from the machine part to a transition region. The load area is arranged along a second extension in the fastener longitudinal direction adjoining the first extension. Along the second extension, the corrugations height is reduced from the transition region, becoming zero at a final section of the fastener in the axial end region remote from the machine part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Richard Schaake
  • Patent number: 10034790
    Abstract: A dynamic platform with extending struts has fastened thereto a bi-directional torsional power unit to selectively deliver force opposing either extension or flexion, and to provide assistance in a respective opposite direction. The power unit is threadably mounted on a hinge pin (spline) centrally located on the platform, and is latched to a catch assembly radially located thereto, the hinge pin of the platform communicating with one end of a torsion spring of the power unit and the catch assembly communicating with another end of the torsion spring, to selectively deliver the extension/flexion force. The power unit can be detached, with simple manual operation of the catch assembly, without tools, flipped over and reattached to the same platform attachment points to switch (reverse) extension torque to flexion torque and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Ultraflex Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark DeHarde
  • Patent number: 10030445
    Abstract: Systems and methods of fencing systems are provided that incorporate tri-truss assemblies and/or self-closing gates. A tri-truss assembly may provide stability and support to a gate that is part of a portable or temporary fencing system. A tri-truss assembly may be configured to support a self-closing gate that is part of a pool fence. A tri-truss assembly may include three vertical support members. Two of the three vertical support members may include pins configured to be placed within pre-drilled holes in a surface in order to maintain the tri-truss assembly upright. A third vertical support may be a different length (shorter or longer) than the first two vertical support members and include an adjustable foot, such as a threaded bolt, configured to contact the surface and provide additional stability and/or support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Cover Care, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Patrick Callahan, Patrick Edward Callahan
  • Patent number: 10018077
    Abstract: A failsafe pin for providing a backup load path for attaching a gas turbine engine to an aircraft structure is provided with a driving element that allows a torque to be provided to the pin in order to check whether the pin has been engaged, and thus whether a primary load path has failed. The pin is provided with anti-tamper arrangements in order to ensure that the pin itself is not compromised when being tested for engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: Glyn D Brain
  • Patent number: 10012249
    Abstract: An assembly of a first and second constructional part is provided, wherein the first constructional part has a first end and an opposite second end connected by a central part extending substantially perpendicularly to a surface of the second constructional part. The first end of the first constructional part is connected to said surface of the second constructional part with an encapsulating material at least partly surrounding said first end and adhering to said surface of the second constructional part. The first constructional part between its first and second ends is provided with at least one protruding part. The first constructional part in contact the encapsulating material is provided with a flange of which the vertical projection on said surface of the second constructive part completely covers the vertical projection of the protruding part on said surface. A method for making the assembly is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Martinus Wilhelmus Maria Nabuurs
  • Patent number: 10011963
    Abstract: A stanchion includes storage for a linkage member. The stanchion includes a hollow pole and a cap piece inserted into the top portion of the pole. Vertical movement of the cap piece may provide clearance for a linkage opening to allow the linkage member to be pulled from or pushed into the interior of the hollow pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Indian Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James Eaton, Ryan Hahn
  • Patent number: 10004752
    Abstract: An adapter for a tripodal stereotactic reference frame for use in arthroplastic surgery mounts a third leg of the frame at an angle with respect to the other two legs to facilitate use of said frame with varying surgical exposures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen B. Murphy
  • Patent number: 9903203
    Abstract: A longitudinally yieldable support for underground roof support includes first and second outer shell portions having a first wall thickness and a third outer shell portion having a second wall thickness that is greater than the first wall thickness. The support is filled with a solid compressible filler material. At least one air ventilation tube extends between opposite sides of the third outer shell portion to allow a flow of air through the support as the first and second outer shell portions and filler material therein yield under load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Michael T. Shook
  • Patent number: 9759351
    Abstract: A method for installing an accessory onto a pipeline to be laid on the seabed, includes launching the pipeline from a first position of a tower in which the tower is at an angle ? with respect to the vertical; stopping the launch of the pipeline, and hanging off the launched pipeline in a hang off module; positioning an accessory in a tower firing line; attaching the accessory to the launched pipeline in the hang off module and to at least one A&R cable; suspending the accessory and the launched pipeline from an A&R system; disengaging the hang off module from the launched pipeline; pivoting the pipeline launch tower to an accessory launch position in which the tower is at an angle ? that differs substantially from angle ?, such that a pipeline launch trajectory is created which is large enough to launch the accessory and the launched pipeline with the A&R system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: ITREC B.V.
    Inventors: Arnoud Laurens Feijen, Ronny Lambertus Waltherus Nouwens, Terence Willem August Vehmeijer, Joop Roodenburg
  • Patent number: 9758941
    Abstract: An offshore structure comprises a hull having a longitudinal axis, a first end, and a second end opposite the first end. In addition, the structure comprises an anchor coupled to the lower end of the hull and configured to secure the hull to the sea floor. The anchor has an aspect ratio less than 3:1. The hull includes a variable ballast chamber positioned axially between the first end and the second end of the hull and a first buoyant chamber positioned between the variable ballast chamber and the first end of the hull. The first buoyant chamber is filled with a gas and sealed from the surrounding environment. Further, the structure comprises a ballast control conduit in fluid communication with the variable ballast chamber and configured to supply a gas to the variable ballast chamber. The structure also comprises a topside mounted to the first end of the hull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Lyle David Finn, III, Edward E. Horton, III, James V. Maher
  • Patent number: 9708807
    Abstract: An underground water collection and transfer system using a primary and secondary water storage chambers. At least one of the water transfer inlets is angled and positioned lower than the outlet into the secondary storage chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph S. Miskovich
  • Patent number: 9611739
    Abstract: A tunnel seal including a body, inflatable from a folded position to an inflated position, multiple positioning straps coupled to the body, an inflow port fluidly connected to the body, a pressure relief valve fluidly connected to the body, and a hot stab receptacle fluidly connected to the inflow port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Philip L. Lundman
  • Patent number: 9610620
    Abstract: A manufactured composite comprising synthetic turf and impermeable geomembrane is used in a single-layer capping system as the single layer to provide permanent, impermeable and functional aesthetic cover for land reclamation. During installation of composite pieces at a job site, an edge portion of a tufted section of a second composite piece is overlaid onto an edge untufted section of the first composite piece already laid and anchored over foundation soil to form a reinforced overlapping seam, through which the two composite pieces are physically and permanently joined together. As composite pieces are joined together, the continuity of synthetic grass and the continuity of impermeability are extended and realized over the entire site to form permanent, impermeable and functional aesthetic cover for land reclamation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Lite Earth LLC
    Inventors: Charles Doyle Fleishman, John Thomas Baize
  • Patent number: 9598953
    Abstract: A system and method to eliminate the need for a dummy run comprises a logging assembly to detect the position of one or more blow-out preventer (“BOP”) rams and a hang off location. During a logging operation, the logging assembly logs the positions of the BOP rams and wear bushing. The logged positions are then used to determine the correct placement of the subsea test tree (“SSTT”) in relation to its hanger. Thus, the need to perform a dummy run is eliminated because correct placement of the SSTT can be determined during routine logging operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul David Ringgenerg, Daniel Dorffer, Dalmo Massaru Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 9528238
    Abstract: The present invention is an illuminating dock bumper for attachment to either a dock or a dock vehicle, comprising an elongate, forwardly projecting parabolic arch, which is of uniform substantially-arched cross-section; and an elongate structural tension member laterally extending between the lateral extremities of the parabolic arch, the structural tension member comprising a planar rear surface about which the structural tension member and thereby the bumper is secured to the dock or the dock vehicle, the structural tension member comprising an elongate, forwardly projecting, protective housing of uniform substantially-arched cross-section disposed on the front surface thereof and along the length thereof, the protective housing for receiving an elongate light source therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Zachary Taylor