Patents Examined by Andrew M Tecco
  • Patent number: 10378169
    Abstract: A hydraulic pole tamper handle kit having an extended ergonomic handle including a frame and hose clamps to extend the life of the hose by securing the hoses to the frame and to improve the handle, orientation, safety, and usability of the pole tamper. The pole tamper is used to tamp or compact the dirt around a pole which has been set into a hole in the ground to fixedly secure the pole vertically in the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Timothy Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10377028
    Abstract: A hydraulic hammer is provided. The hydraulic hammer includes a fluid inlet configured to receive a pressurized fluid for running the hydraulic hammer and a fluid outlet for discharging hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic hammer. A bypass passage fluidly connects the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet, the bypass passage has a bypass inlet fluidly connected to the fluid inlet and a bypass outlet fluidly connected to the fluid outlet. An automatic shut-off valve is disposed in the bypass passage between the bypass inlet and the bypass outlet and is configured to open or close the bypass passage. The automatic shut-off valve is configured to open the bypass passage under pressure of the pressurized fluid on continuous running of the hydraulic hammer for a set time to stop the hammer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Grzybowski, Cody Moore
  • Patent number: 10375893
    Abstract: A bale wrapping mechanism has a roll holding station and a duckbill provided for clamping one end of the roll of wrapping material, said duckbill being pivotally mounted, via at least a first hinge, to the baling chamber sidewalls, for delivering said wrapping material to said baling chamber by insertion of said duckbill between adjacent rolls of said baling chamber, wherein the wrapping mechanism further has at least a first guiding roll for guiding the wrapping material between said roll holding station and said duckbill, wherein said first guiding roll axis substantially coincides with the first hinge axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Bram Rosseel, Eddy Lammerant, Kurt Zwaenepoel, Johan A. E. Vande Ryse
  • Patent number: 10377027
    Abstract: A composite staple magazine for tackers includes a guide member, a receiving body, a support member, a push member, a resilient member and an end member. The receiving body is fixed to the guide member. The support member is made of plastic material and snapped to the receiving body. The support member includes two respective positioning portions which are engaged with the engaging portion of the receiving body. The resilient member is wrapped to the roller of the support member and connected to the push member which is slidably mounted to the receiving body. The resilient member pushes the staples forward. The end member is fixed by a bolt. The composite staple magazine is simple, easily assembled and saves cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Tsung-Wen Huang
  • Patent number: 10376828
    Abstract: A device for producing a bellows from a filter medium, including: an embossing device embossing fold lines into a filter medium that runs through the embossing device, producing an embossed filter medium for folding into a folded filter medium; the folded section of the filter medium being delimited by two adjacent fold lines; an adhesive application device applying adhesive onto the embossed filter medium; and a folding device folding, in a zig-zag manner, the embossed filter medium onto which the adhesive was applied into the folded filter medium; wherein the folding device includes a plurality of adjacent supporting elements that can be moved into or out of a folding space of the folding device; wherein the supporting elements are movable into the folding space such, that at least one folded section of the folded filter medium is contacted and supported by a respective one of the plurality of supporting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Gehwolf, Tobias Tandetzki, Josef Rohrmeier, Gelase Mbadinga Mouanda, Michael Wank, Gerhard Weindl
  • Patent number: 10377026
    Abstract: A driving tool is provided with a driver for driving out a fastener from a nozzle, a balancer, and a balancer biasing member for biasing the balancer in a direction away from the nozzle. The balancer moves in the direction away from the nozzle by a biasing force of the balancer biasing member when the driver moves toward the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: MAX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Kondou, Kouji Kubo
  • Patent number: 10368861
    Abstract: A surgical stapling instrument comprising an elongate shaft assembly that includes a surgical end effector that is operably coupled thereto by an articulation joint. The surgical instrument may include a first distal articulation driver operably coupled to the surgical end effector and a second distal articulation driver that is coupled to the surgical end effector. At least one driver member may operably engage the first and second distal articulation drivers such that when the first distal articulation driver is moved in a distal direction, the least one driver moves the second distal articulation driver in a proximal direction and when the first distal articulation driver is moved in the proximal direction, the at least one driver member moves the second distal articulation driver in the distal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Chester O. Baxter, III, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Adam R. Dunki-Jacobs, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Morgan R. Hunter, Darwin L. Schultz
  • Patent number: 10364590
    Abstract: A T-post puller with a channel providing a sliding fit over a T-post. The T-post puller when rotated relative to the T-post causes protrusions in the channel to engage the bottom of a T-post stud while a retractable member holds the T-post puller in stud engaging position. The T-post puller may be integrated with a T-post driver in a fencing tool including a drive tube for use in driving posts into the ground and for use as a slide hammer for extracting them from the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Gregory L. Johnston
  • Patent number: 10357252
    Abstract: A surgical staple driver configured for use with a surgical staple cartridge that operably interfaces with a surgical instrument camming member that is axially movable along a first cam axis. A driver body is slidably supportable within the surgical staple cartridge. A camming surface is provided on the driver body that is oriented for camming engagement with the camming member along the first cam axis. The driver further includes a staple supporting portion that is configured to operably support at least one surgical staple thereon relative to the camming surface such that when the camming member engages the camming surface, the camming member passes transversely under a portion of a staple crown of at least one surgical staple supported on the staple supporting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, Lawrence Crainich
  • Patent number: 10351288
    Abstract: A paper sheets pre-processing apparatus of an embodiment includes a large band remover, a small bundle coupler, a small band remover and an accumulator. The large band remover conveys a bundle in which a plurality of paper sheets are bound by small bands and a predetermined number of small bundles are bound by a large band, and removes the large band from the bundle. The small bundle coupler conveys the predetermined number of small bundles included in the bundle from which the large band is removed by the large band remover, and couples the predetermined number of small bundles to each other. The small band remover separates a single small bundle from the small bundles coupled by the small bundle coupler and removes the small band from the small bundle. The accumulator accumulates the paper sheets from which the small band is removed by the small band remover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kenichi Hirose, Kazuhiro Mukai, Masahiro Nagao, Junichi Inoue, Toshinori Utsugi, Osamu Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10350744
    Abstract: An ergonomic handle for use with a power tool defines a first region that includes a switch, adapted to receive a thumb and forefinger when the forefinger is actuating the switch, a second region adapted to receive a middle finger, a third region adapted to receive a ring finger; and a fourth region adapted to receive a pinky finger. Each of the second, third, and fourth region includes a generally oval cross section having a major axis and a minor axis. The longest major axis is in the third region, the shortest major axis is in the fourth region, the shortest minor axis is in the second region, and the longest minor axis is positioned in the fourth region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Daniel N. Lopano, Gabriel N. Concari, Sion N. Netzler, Dustin Lee
  • Patent number: 10344861
    Abstract: A sleeve is disclosed for use with a piston of a hydraulic hammer. The sleeve may have a generally cylindrical body with a top end and a bottom end, and a central bore passing axially from the top end of the generally cylindrical body to the bottom end. The generally cylindrical body may be a composite structure including a guide layer forming an inner annular surface of the central bore, an energizer layer located radially outward of the guide layer and being bonded to the guide layer, and a support layer bonded to the energizer layer. The support layer may form an outer surface of the generally cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Cody T. Moore
  • Patent number: 10336567
    Abstract: A manufacturing system for manufacturing folding boxes or labels from a web of printing material, includes a web unwinding device, a flat-bed diecutting and/or stamping/embossing unit disposed downstream thereof, and a product delivery disposed downstream thereof. The flat-bed diecutting and/or stamping/embossing unit is deactivatable and at least one rotary processing module for processing the web of printing material, in particular a rotary diecutting module, is provided between the flat-bed diecutting and/or stamping/embossing unit and the product delivery. This construction of the manufacturing system advantageously allows the planar elements to be processed either by the flat-bed diecutting and/or stamping/embossing unit or by a rotary diecutting module. Thus, the manufacturing system may be operated at high productivity. A method for operating the manufacturing system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Gallus Stanz- und Druckmaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Harald Rau
  • Patent number: 10327768
    Abstract: A tool assembly for a surgical stapling instrument includes anvil and cartridge assemblies movable between open and closed positions. The cartridge assembly includes a cartridge body defining a tissue contact surface and rows of staples. The cartridge body defines a first firing channel associated with a first row of staples and a second firing channel associated with a second row of staples. A firing cam is positioned within the first firing channel and translates therethrough during a first axial translation to fire the first row of staples. The first firing cam is biased to move into the second firing channel upon retraction after the first axial translation such that the first firing cam translates through the second firing channel upon a second axial translation to fire the second row of staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Magda Sadowski, Stanislaw Kostrzewski
  • Patent number: 10328555
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for driving a securing element into a substrate, having a mechanical energy store for storing mechanical energy; an energy transmitting element for transmitting energy from the mechanical energy store to the securing element; an energy transmitting device for transmitting energy from an energy source to the mechanical energy store; a housing with a first and a second housing part, said first housing part being connected to the second housing part in order to form an interior between the first and second housing part, the mechanical energy store being arranged in said interior; and an intermediate element, by means of which the mechanical energy store can be secured to the first housing part at least temporarily while energy is stored in the mechanical energy store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Karl Franz, Mario Grazioli, Iwan Wolf
  • Patent number: 10328565
    Abstract: A portable power tool is disclosed. The tool has a tool holder, a motor, a switchable gear stage, and a slider. The gear stage has a gear element movable in a switching direction with a toothing, which in a first gear position is engaged with a corresponding toothing and in a second gear position is disengaged. The slider is displaceable between first and second switch positions where the first switch position is allocated to the first gear position and the second switch position is allocated to the second gear position. A coupling device has a carriage movable in the switching direction and a catch. The carriage is connected to the gear element and the catch is latched in the first and second gear positions. A spring element has springy first and second sections. The slider has a finger that is arranged along the switching axis between the sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Franz Moessnang, Markus Hartmann, Manfred Ludwig
  • Patent number: 10327766
    Abstract: A stapling device (100) for attaching a clip (205) to tissue is disclosed comprising a sheath (101) having a distal end (102) for delivery of said clip, a pusher unit (103, 103?) being movable inside said sheath along a longitudinal direction (104) of said sheath, said distal end comprising a clip guide (105, 105?) in which said clip is movable in said longitudinal direction, wherein said clip guide has a closed (G) configuration in which said clip guide is adapted to apply a restraining force on said clip so that said clip assumes a delivery shape (C), and an open (G?) configuration in which said clip assumes a relaxed shape (C?), wherein said pusher unit is movable from a proximal position (P) in which said clip guide is in said closed configuration, to a distal position (P?) in which said pusher unit engages said clip guide and the clip guide is in said open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Medtentia International Oy
    Inventors: Hans-Reinhard Zerkowski, Mark Pugh, Adrian Moran, Ger O'Carroll
  • Patent number: 10328667
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for continuously manufacturing a stretchable sheet (3) with a thread-shaped elastic body (7) fixed between a pair of belt-shaped sheets (50, 60) in a stretched state, the method including a supply process of introducing the fed thread-shaped elastic body (7) to elastic body winding means (14) in a stretched state, a conveyance process of continuously winding the thread-shaped elastic body (7) to a thread-conveying longitudinal structure (12, 13) using the elastic body winding means (14) and conveying the wound thread-shaped elastic body in a longitudinal direction of the structure (12, 14), and an integration process of fixing the thread-shaped elastic body (7) as sandwiching between the sheets (50, 60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Takuo Yanashima, Akio Morita, Makoto Kokubo, Kenji Ando
  • Patent number: 10329041
    Abstract: Method and system for the assembly and collection of non-filled spouted pouches (10) to be transported to a remote filling device. According to the invention, a pick and place robot system (25) is provided comprising a camera system (11) on the basis of which a gripping device (28) is operable to pick up the spouted pouches, and a robot arm (29) is operable to transport the spouted pouches to a storage rail (21), wherein the gripper can place the spouted pouches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Scholle IPN IP BV
    Inventor: Laurens Last
  • Patent number: 10322498
    Abstract: An electric power tool in one aspect of the present disclosure comprises a motor, a hitting mechanism, a hitting detector, and a control unit. The control unit is configured to set a control amount of the motor so that the motor rotates at a lower speed than a speed in the target rotation state during an initial driving period, and switch the control amount to a final control amount corresponding to the target rotation state when the initial driving period elapses. The initial driving period is a period from when generation of a hitting force is detected by the hitting detector until a predetermined first time period elapses, after the motor is started driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Goshi Ishikawa, Ryunosuke Kumagai, Takuya Kusakawa, Yoshitaka Ichikawa, Tokuo Hirabayashi