Patents Examined by Andrew M Tecco
  • Patent number: 10889079
    Abstract: A pre-punched material sheet for constructing a packaging trough, the material sheet includes a sub-area that has been punched out incompletely so that the sub-area is connected to a residual area of the material sheet through a plurality of retaining lugs. The material sheet is positioned on top of a female die part of a forming tool and the sub-area at least partially covers an opening of a forming cavity of the female die part. The residual area of the material sheet may be clamped in position against the female die part. The sub-area of the material sheet is sucked onto an insert in the forming cavity using a vacuum. The insert is vertically movable in the forming cavity from a first position to a second position to draw the sheet into the forming cavity and thereby form the packaging trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: MULTIVAC SEPP HAGGENMUELLER SE & CO. KG
    Inventor: Konrad Mößnang
  • Patent number: 10889399
    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: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs, William M. Poteat, Matthew D. Lowder
  • Patent number: 10875257
    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: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging LLC
    Inventors: Thomas D. Wetsch, Darren Keith Green
  • Patent number: 10874398
    Abstract: A handle assembly includes two arms and a latching lever. An end effector includes two jaws. A firing assembly includes an actuating beam, a proximal body, and two levers. The actuating beam is slidable relative to the handle assembly and the end effector. The proximal body is coupled to the actuating beam and is housed within either the first arm or the second arm. The first lever is configured to move between a first laterally extending position and a first non-obtrusive position. The first lever is configured to drive the actuating beam and the proximal body relative to the handle assembly in the first laterally extending position. The second lever is configured to move between a second laterally extending position and a second non-obtrusive position. The second lever is configured to drive the actuating beam and the proximal body relative to the handle assembly in the second laterally extending position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Chester O. Baxter, III, Michael J. Stokes, Jason Jones, Matthew S. Corbin, Carol J. Wynn
  • Patent number: 10875167
    Abstract: A hydraulic hammer for a working machine configured for digging a surface includes a housing, a chisel, sensors, and a controller. The housing is coupled to the working machine. The chisel is partially enclosed by the housing and extendable from the housing for digging the surface at a contact location. Each of the sensors is configured for generating a signal indicative of a projecting distance between one of the sensors and the surface. The controller is configured for receiving the signals, determining an angle between the chisel and a plane substantially tangent to the contact location, and reorienting the chisel so that the chisel is substantially orthogonal to the contact location with the angle at substantially ninety degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Hatim Bookwala
  • Patent number: 10870503
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for producing at extremely high production speeds small pouches filled with tobacco or other granular, powdered or solid content. An endless web substrate, with or without flavor film thereon, is formed into a tubular shape with a longitudinal seam. The tube is cut to individual lengths, and a procession of tubes is crimp-closed at one end, filled and crimp-closed at the other end to complete pouch production. During production, the seams formed at the crimped ends of the pouch are parallel to one another and the longitudinal seam of the pouch is midway between the sides of the pouch and orthogonal to the seams formed at the crimped ends of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventors: Martin T. Garthaffner, Dwight D. Williams, Jeremy J. Straight, David J. Webb, Carl G. Miller
  • Patent number: 10869667
    Abstract: A surgical fastener applying apparatus including a cartridge supporting section and an anvil supporting section. The cartridge supporting section includes a distal section and a proximal section and the anvil supporting section and cartridge supporting section are configured to clamp tissue therebetween. The anvil supporting section has a distal fastener receiving region, a proximal clamping region and an intermediate region between the fastener receiving region and the clamping region. The proximal clamping region is positioned on a first side of the cartridge supporting section and the fastener receiving region is positioned on a second opposing side of the cartridge supporting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Salman Kapadia
  • Patent number: 10863985
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for surgically joining tissue is disclosed. The instrument comprises a handle assembly, an elongated portion, an end effector, and an articulation mechanism. The elongated portion extends distally from the handle assembly. The end effector is disposed adjacent a distal portion of the elongated portion. The articulation mechanism is disposed in mechanical cooperation with the end effector for articulating the end effector. The articulation mechanism comprises a lever, a knob, a plate and a lower clutch. The plate is disposed at least partially within a portion of the knob. The lower clutch is disposed in mechanical engagement with the plate. The plate is disposed at least partially between the lower clutch and the knob. The lower clutch is keyed to the plate to limit rotation therebetween. The lower clutch is keyed to the knob to limit rotation therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Cappola, Frank Marini, Kenneth M. Horn
  • Patent number: 10865085
    Abstract: A system and method for precisely applying threaded caps using a linear rotary actuator is provided. The method includes aligning the threaded cap with the threaded top of a container, soft landing the threaded cap in contact with the threaded top, aligning the ends of the threads, soft landing the threaded cap in contact with the threaded top, and snugging the threaded cap. The system includes a linear rotary actuator and a tool for driving and coupling to the threaded cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Systems, Machines, Automation Components Corporation
    Inventors: Edward A. Neff, Michael A. Ferris, Steve Curtiss, Stavros Haidos
  • Patent number: 10864571
    Abstract: A spring setting device (30) comprises a setting guide (31; 40) configured to receive a spring, an abutment member (32; 50) positioned adjacent to the setting guide (31; 40) and configured to abuttingly engage the spring, and a pusher (35; 71) which is configured to displace the spring along the setting guide (31; 40) and to compress the spring against the abutment member (32; 50). The abutment member (32; 50) may be rotatably mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Spühl, Ag
    Inventor: Christopher Hug
  • Patent number: 10856866
    Abstract: A piece of buttress material and an end-effector of a surgical instrument including features which can aid a surgeon in properly and quickly attaching the piece of buttress material to the end-effector. In various embodiments, a piece of buttress material can include retention features which can be engaged with portions of an end-effector to releasably retain the piece of buttress material to at least a portion of the end-effector. Similarly, an end-effector can include features configured to engage portions of a piece of buttress material to releasably retain the piece of buttress material to the end-effector. In at least one embodiment, more than one piece of buttress material can be releasably retained to an end-effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Thomas W. Huitema, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10857644
    Abstract: A dust collector includes body, a dust-storing part, a sliding part, a dust-transfer passage, and a biasing member. The sliding part is held by the body to be slidable in a specified axial direction and has a suction port. The dust-transfer passage connects the suction port and the dust-storing part. The biasing member biases the sliding part in a first direction of the axial direction. The sliding part is configured to be normally held in an initial position in which the sliding part protrudes from the body by a specified length in the first direction, and to be moved in a second direction opposite to the first direction against the biasing force when pressed in the second direction. The dust collector includes a cushioning member configured to be interposed between the body and the sliding part in the axial direction when the sliding part is placed in the initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanori Furusawa, Hideki Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10857660
    Abstract: A power tool includes a motor having an output shaft rotatable around a first axis, a spindle rotatably supported around a second axis, a transmitting mechanism configured to reciprocally rotate the spindle within a specified angle range around the second axis, an elongate support body supporting the motor, the spindle and the transmitting mechanism, an elongate housing that houses the support body, and a first elastic member interposed between the housing and a first end part of the support body and connecting the housing and the support body so as to be movable relative to each other. The spindle is supported in the first end part such that the second axis crosses the direction of a longitudinal axis of the support body. The support body has a weight provided to increase an inertia moment of the support body around the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yonosuke Aoki
  • Patent number: 10858797
    Abstract: A method of recognizing obstacles on operation of a vibratory pile driver of a work machine includes monitoring an acceleration signal of the vibratory pile driver during operation of the vibratory pile operator and analyzing the acceleration signal to determine the presence of an obstacle. The acceleration signal may be monitored over a time period which is determined based on an excitation frequency of the vibratory pile driver. The analysis may include comparing negative and positive half-waves of the acceleration signal. Responsive to the analysis indicating an obstacle, a system operator may be alerted, and/or operation of the vibratory pile driver may be adjusted via controller intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: LIEBHERR-WERK NENZING GMBH
    Inventors: Patrick Jussel, Peter Loster
  • Patent number: 10849620
    Abstract: A surgical stapling instrument includes a body portion and a tool assembly extending from the body portion. The tool assembly includes a jaw member, and a first connector assembly disposed within the jaw member. The first connector assembly includes a first connector housing and first and second connector members extending from the first connector housing. The surgical stapling instrument further includes a cartridge assembly selective receivable within the jaw member. The cartridge assembly includes a second connector assembly configured for electrical connection with the first connector assembly. The second connector assembly includes a second connector housing and first and second contact members disposed within the second connector housing. The first and second connector members of the first connector assembly are configured to engage the respective first and second contact members of the second connector housing when the cartridge assembly is received within the jaw member of the tool assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Kenneth M. Cappola
  • Patent number: 10850879
    Abstract: A side loading packaging machine for packaging articles in containers including: a section for forming containers starting from die-cuttings, comprising at least one feeding device, a loading section, a closing section, substantially aligned along a longitudinal axis of the machine; a conveyor equipped with transportation members configured to carry at least one of said containers, wherein said conveyor includes a motor arranged to drive the advance of said transportation members or groups thereof in an independent manner, and the machine operates with: a continuous formation of boxes, said feeding member working with a continuous movement and with a constant rate over time, and said transportation members advancing with a continuous movement at said forming section; and a static loading, said transportation members being stationary during the loading of articles into the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: CAMA1 S.P.A.
    Inventor: Daniele Bellante
  • Patent number: 10850873
    Abstract: Systems and methods for aseptically filling pharmaceutical containers with pharmaceutical fluid are disclosed. In one general aspect, these are based on an aseptically sealable chamber that includes a transfer wall to which pre-sealed pharmaceutical source and receiving containers are mounted aseptically. A robotic arm and a syringe store are disposed within the chamber along with a sterilizing facility for establishing in the chamber an aseptic condition. The robotic arm can grip and operate syringes to inject and/or extract pharmaceutical products from the containers by piercing their closures with the needles of the syringes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: VANRX PHARMASYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Procyshyn, Juvenal Naing, John Senger, Marcin Cichy
  • Patent number: 10851721
    Abstract: A garden tool includes a gasoline engine and a power source, the gasoline engine including a fuel supply system and an ignition system. The garden tool may further include a control system with at least one sensor used for collecting a working condition signal of the gasoline engine and a controller used for receiving the working condition signal and controlling the fuel supply system and/or the ignition system according to the working condition signal received. The power source may provide a power supply for the fuel supply system, the ignition system, and the control system through the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Suzhou Cleva Precision Machinery & Technology, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhao Kong, Ning Guo, Xiaoping Cai, Fei Chen, Bin Cao
  • Patent number: 10843825
    Abstract: There is provided a sealing foil cutting assembly including: a cutting die including a slot through which a sealing tape penetrates, and a penetrating hole formed in a direction perpendicular to the slot; and a punch configured to move up along the penetrating hole of the cutting die to cut the sealing tape to form a sealing foil to be used for sealing an entrance of the container, the punch including: a lid cutting portion configured to form a lid region of the sealing foil; a tab cutting portion having an empty space formed therein to form a tab region protruding from a side surface of the lid of the sealing foil; and a finger member disposed in the empty space of the tab cutting portion, and having an upper end bent toward a surface of the lid cutting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Smart Corporation Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ki Seok Choi
  • Patent number: 10843319
    Abstract: A positioning structure of stapler handle includes a buckle assembly and a buckle member. The buckle assembly includes a first coupling portion and a pushing unit connected together. The buckle member includes a first second coupling portion and a pushed unit connected together. The first coupling portion is adapted for being coupled with the second coupling portion. The pushed unit is located at the movement path of the buckle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: APEX MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Tse Chen, Pei-Hung Cheng