Patents Examined by Andrew M Tecco
  • Patent number: 11572207
    Abstract: There is described a packaging apparatus (1) for forming a plurality of sealed packages (2) from a tube (3) of a web of packaging material (4) which is continuously filled with a pourable product. The packaging apparatus comprises a delimiting element (37) arranged, in use, within the tube (3) and being designed to divide the tube (3), in use, into a first space (38) and a second space (39). The packaging apparatus (1) also comprises a sterile gas supply device (43) for pressurizing the isolation chamber and the second space (39) by means of a respectively a first flow of sterile gas and a second flow of sterile gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Filippo Ferrarini, Nicola Garuti
  • Patent number: 11572211
    Abstract: Packaging systems with a rotatable table top held by a rotatable column, a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart clipper assemblies held at respective clipper stations provided by the rotatable table top, plurality of spaced apart pneumatic valves under the table top in fluid communication with the clipper assemblies, and at least one of: (a) a clipper reset cam assembly held under the rotatable table top with first and second reset cams cam that selectively automatically engage the pneumatic valves as the table rotates; and (b) a clipper trigger cam assembly held under the rotatable table top circumferentially spaced apart from the clipper reset cam assembly with first and second trigger cams that selectively automatically engage the pneumatic valves as the table rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs, William M. Poteat, Matthew D. Lowder
  • Patent number: 11571797
    Abstract: A pneumatic impact tool having a vibration reducing structure includes a handle with a bucket member and a directional control valve. A tube member including a cylindrical wall and a chamber is coupled with the bucket member. The chamber is divided into a front and a rear chamber portion by a hammer member. Gas may be guided into the front or the rear chamber portion by the directional control valve. A vent is disposed on the cylindrical wall. An exhaust channel which communicates with the front chamber portion and not communicates with the rear chamber portion is disposed on an outer peripheral surface of the hammer member. The hammer member is pushed to return if gas is guided into the front chamber portion. Gas in the front chamber portion is exhausted when the exhaust channel communicates with the vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: STORM PNEUMATIC TOOL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yung Yung Sun
  • Patent number: 11571015
    Abstract: A system includes system at least one dispenser configured to dispense to dispense a plurality of segments on a first conveying path and a spacing drum configured to receive a number of the plurality of segments per revolution of the drum and configured to release the number of segments on a second conveying path at a segment-release spacing and a segment-release speed along the conveying path, the number of the plurality of segments being at least three and the number of segments released by the spacing drum forming a filter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Dwight D. Williams
  • Patent number: 11570952
    Abstract: A wrapping assembly includes: a material roll configured to hold a roll of wrapping material; a duckbill assembly including a duckbill carrying a duckbill roll and configured to draw material from a roll of wrapping material held by the material roll; a duckbill actuator coupled to the duckbill to move the duckbill between an insert position and a home position; a variable brake associated with the material roll and configured to apply a variable braking force to the material roll; and a controller operatively coupled to the duckbill actuator and the brake. The controller is configured to: determine an averaged electric current draw of the duckbill actuator during a sampling period is below a defined value and responsively output a brake increase signal so the brake increases applied braking force to the material roll by a defined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Scott C. Simmons
  • Patent number: 11565841
    Abstract: The utility model discloses a vacuum sealing machine. The vacuum sealing machine comprises a base body, a bottom box, a bag opening heat sealing device, a vacuumizing device and a bag feeding induction mechanism, wherein the bottom box is arranged below the base body; the bag opening heat sealing device and a vacuumizing groove are correspondingly arranged on the connecting faces of the base body and the bottom box; the vacuumizing device communicates with the vacuumizing groove through a pipeline; and the bag feeding induction mechanism is arranged on the base body and positioned above the vacuumizing groove. According to the vacuum sealing machine, the bag feeding induction mechanism is arranged above the vacuumizing groove, so that detection of the bag feeding induction mechanism is stable and reliable, and the bag feeding induction mechanism is not prone to being damaged; and the vacuum sealing machine is simple in structure and low in cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Bonsen Electronics Limited
    Inventor: Qincan Li
  • Patent number: 11559292
    Abstract: A handle for a surgical tool including a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end with a gripping handle affixed to the proximal end of the shaft. A bushing is attached to the distal end of the shaft, the bushing including a plurality of flexible members circumferentially spaced apart. The handle further includes a sleeve circumscribing the shaft and the bushing. The sleeve is moveable between a first position substantially covering an entirety of the bushing and a second position spaced from a most distal end of the bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Shukla Medical
    Inventors: Evan G. Leibowitz, Zachary Robert Sweitzer
  • Patent number: 11554476
    Abstract: The power tool has a housing portion that accommodates a motor (6) and a cooling fan (8), and a handle portion (5B). Air suction ports (41, 42a-42d and 43) are arranged in the housing portion, and outside air is sucked into the housing portion by the rotation of the cooling fan. In the power tool, a passage (52) is formed in the handle portion, the passage guiding cooling air from the air suction port (41) rearward away from the cooling fan; the cooling air is caused to flow from an opening (53) into the handle portion to cool a heat-generation mechanism included in a switch mechanism (60); and the cooling air is again returned to the housing portion. In the housing portion, the cooling air is discharged to the outside from air discharge ports (13a and 13b) together with the cooling air from the other air suction ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ejiri, Masahiro Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 11548126
    Abstract: A screwdriver is connected to an electric power supply, and rotates a mounted bit to tighten a screw. The screwdriver includes a camera, an image information recording section, a basic information registration section, a determination section, and an LED unit. The camera captures the screw to be tightened or surroundings of a threaded hole in which the screw is to be tightened. The recording section records an image captured by the camera. The registration section registers beforehand image information, which has been acquired by capturing with the camera an image of the surroundings of the threaded hole, as basic information. The determination section determines whether or not new image information, which has been newly acquired by capturing an image of the surroundings of the threaded hole with the camera, coincides with the basic information. The LED unit notifies a result of determination by the determination section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: DISCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuma Sekiya
  • Patent number: 11548122
    Abstract: An inline ratcheting mechanism for motorized hand tools that includes a drive body, a ratchet shaft, ratchet pawls, a reversing collar, and a reversing switch adapted to cause the reversing collar to engage or disengage the ratchet pawls with ratchet teeth of the ratchet shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: Ben T. Schulz
  • Patent number: 11548675
    Abstract: An unpacking system having a folding-out device for folding outwards an initially folded-in packaging portion of an item of packaging for an object, and having a stretching device for stretching an item of packaging for an object. The item of packaging herein is in particular a pouch, and the object is in particular a pharmaceutical or cosmetic object. The unpacking system furthermore has a transportation installation for transporting the object in a transportation direction. The packaging portion in the stretching device is stretched parallel with the transportation direction. A filling system is disclosed having such an unpacking system, and methods are disclosed for folding outwards, for stretching, and for unpacking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: GRONINGER & CO. GMBH
    Inventors: Bernd Franke, Josef Veile
  • Patent number: 11548771
    Abstract: A chuck for a capping machine includes a plurality of chuck members, a biasing member configured to bias the plurality of chuck members radially inward, an abutting portion configured to abut against a top face of a cap, and a plurality of chuck jaws provided on an inner surface of each of the plurality of chuck members to engage knurls of the cap. Each of the plurality of chuck jaws includes a leading flank and a trailing flank. An angle of the trailing flank with respect to an outer circumference of the cap is less than an angle of the leading flank with respect to the outer circumference of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuto Nishide, Hiroyoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 11541612
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to devices and methods for furniture protection. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to foam-film sheets configured to protect furniture from damage. An exemplary foam-film sheet as disclosed herein includes a sheet of foam material having a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge; a sheet of film material having a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge; a first seal between a portion of the foam material proximate its first lateral edge and a portion of the film material proximate its first lateral edge; and a second seal between a portion of the foam material proximate its second lateral edge and a portion of the film material proximate its second lateral edge, wherein the film and foam are substantially unsealed along the entire transverse width between the first and second sealed portions near the lateral edges of the foam material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging LLC
    Inventors: Thomas D. Wetsch, Darren Keith Green
  • Patent number: 11541526
    Abstract: A hand-held power tool includes an electronically commutated motor including a motor winding. Motor electronics of the hand-held power tool are configured to electronically commutate the motor winding using a selected one of a plurality of electrical precontrol angles, thereby adapting the motor winding to different mechanical load conditions of the electronically commutated motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Gyoergy Mucsi, Yavuz Guerlek
  • Patent number: 11542065
    Abstract: In order to allow a bag to be easily unsealed by sliding both sides of the bag in a longitudinal direction of a zipper tape irrespective of the rigidity of the zipper tape, a zipper-tape bag according to an aspect of the invention includes: a bag body including at least a pair of facing surfaces; and an elongated zipper tape whose cross sectional profile includes first and second bases each bonded to corresponding one of facing surfaces, and mutually engageable first and second engagement portion respectively protruded from the first and second bases, the zipper tape including an intermediate hinge at at least one point in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: IDEMITSU UNITECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takumi Todaka
  • Patent number: 11534955
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for processing plastic preforms (10) and/or plastic containers (20) by means of at least one first processing apparatus (2), which processes the plastic containers (10, 20) in a first specified manner, and by means of at least one second processing apparatus (4), which processes the plastic containers (10, 20) in a second specified manner and which is arranged before or after the first processing apparatus (2), wherein the plastic containers (10, 20) are transported from one processing apparatus (2, 4) to the other processing apparatus (2, 4) by means of a transport apparatus (5) and the at least first processing apparatus (2) and the at least second processing apparatus (4) are coupled to each other, the first treatment apparatus (2) is a blow-molding machine (25) for shaping plastic preforms (10) to form plastic containers (20), and the process speed of the blow-molding machine (25) is defined by means of a specification, which contains a plurality of process parameters tha
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Erik Blochmann, Jochen Forsthoevel
  • Patent number: 11534166
    Abstract: A surgical stapler, a cartridge for a surgical stapler, a cutting mechanism for a surgical stapler, and a method of applying surgical staples in a patient are disclosed herein. The stapler may have an anvil movably coupled to a support jaw between a clamped configuration and a closed configuration. The cartridge may be configured to fit within an envelope diameter and to removably house a plurality of B-form staples, at least one of the plurality of B-form staples having a base length and a leg length, the leg length at least 53% of the envelope diameter. The cartridge may have slots shaped to house at least a second one of the plurality of staples at an angle oblique to the first one of the plurality of staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Bolder Surgical, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph D. Bucciaglia, Richard N. Granger, Allison B. Lyle, Robert E. Schneider, Robert J. Smith
  • Patent number: 11535502
    Abstract: A trouble recovering method of an aseptic filling machine and an aseptic filling machine which can resume operation at an early stage if a trouble occurs in any of portions during an operation of the aseptic filling machine are provided. A door of a chamber in which the trouble occurred is opened while a pressure in the chamber other than the chamber in which the trouble occurred is kept positive, the trouble is removed and then, the door is closed, an inside of the chamber in which the trouble occurred is cleaned as necessary, the inside of the chamber is sterilized and then, the operation of the aseptic filling machine is resumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Hayakawa, Shuta Ito
  • Patent number: 11535475
    Abstract: There is described a web alignment device for aligning a web comprising an engagement surface for supporting the web, a clamp assembly for clamping the web on at least a clamp portion of the engagement surface, an alignment control assembly for controlling a correct alignment of the web. The alignment control assembly comprises a control unit for generating a trigger signal if the web is correctly aligned, a first sensor device for detecting and/or determining a desired position of a first section of the web and to send at least a first signal to the control unit if the first section is positioned in the desired position, and a second sensor device for detecting and/or determining a desired position of a second section of the web and to send a second signal to the control unit if the second section is positioned in the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventor: Marco Ricco'
  • Patent number: 11529720
    Abstract: A rotating power tool is provided. The rotating power tool may include a bevel gear set having a bevel gear and a conductive spiral disposed on the bevel gear. The conductive spiral may be configured to, in response to the bevel gear deforming due to a torque being applied to the bevel gear, change a resistance of the conductive spiral. The rotating power tool may further include an antenna electrically connected to the conductive spiral. The antenna may be configured to emit an output signal at a frequency that is based on the resistance value of the conductive spiral. The frequency of the output signal may be indicative of an amount of torque being applied to the bevel gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Apex Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Francis Kovacs, II