Patents Examined by Andrew M Tecco
  • Patent number: 10279944
    Abstract: A fitment mounting apparatus for mounting a hold open fitment to flexible packaging, wherein the hold open fitment has a flexible configuration variable between a first un-distended shape and a second stably distended shape, including a frame forming a holder configured for holding more than one of the hold open fitments within the holder, a flexible packaging positioning system arranged for positioning flexible packaging for mounting the hold open fitment to the flexible packaging, and an applicator coupled to the frame configured to engage at least one edge of the hold open fitment in the holder and bias the at least one edge so that the hold open fitment is singulated, from others of the more than one hold open fitments in the holder, and issued from the holder into the flexible packaging on the flexible packaging positioning system substantially simultaneous with singulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Vishaal Boehm Verma
  • Patent number: 10279557
    Abstract: A machine and method for converting film into bags or other articles includes a web traveling from an input section to a rotary drum, to an output section. The rotary drum includes at least one seal bar with a sealing zone and a weakening zone, or it can include or at least one sealing die that extends in the machine direction. The single sealing zone or sealing die may be a heated perforator, and may include a heating wire. The heating wire may be an NiCr wire stitched into the heater, and be disposed on a cap or on the seal bar. The weakening zone may create a line of weakness that is uniform or varies in intensity. The sealing zone may include temperature zones, cartridge heaters, cooling air, or heated air, or a source of ultrasonic, microwave or radiative energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: CMD Corporation
    Inventor: Paul A. Selle
  • Patent number: 10273028
    Abstract: Forming and sealing tool assemblies, utilized in conjunction with the commercially available, horizontal, form, fill and seal packaging machines, manually interchangeable with other forming and sealing tools assemblies, modifiable to accommodate the varying product shapes and sizes. 1. The forming tool assembly, designed to form the bottom portion of the package, is sub-divided into two sub-assemblies, the top and the bottom. a. The top sub-assembly, comprises of a forming chamber, and a forming heater. The bottom sub-assembly, releasably attached to a forming base containing a nozzle directing the vacuum and vent cycles, comprises of a forming o-ring tool base, a forming tool and a plurality of forming tool inserts. b. When utilizing the forming tool assembly, the packaging machine feeds into the forming station the first layer of the packaging film, where said packaging film is engaged by the top and the bottom sub-assemblies of the forming tool assembly, wherein i.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Moshe Epstein
  • Patent number: 10271850
    Abstract: A circular anastomosis stapler is provided and includes a handle assembly having a firing trigger that is actuatable between a first firing stroke and a second firing stroke. A shell assembly includes a pusher assembly having a main pusher, a staple pusher and a knife pusher. A compressible member positioned between the main pusher and the knife pusher is movable between a first configuration for advancing the staple pusher through the first firing stroke to drive at least one staple from the shell assembly to staple tissue and a second configuration for advancing the knife pusher through the second firing stroke to drive a knife from the shell assembly to core the stapled tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Justin Williams
  • Patent number: 10272553
    Abstract: A driving tool, such as a nailer, includes a compression cylinder, a compression piston, an electric motor, a control apparatus, a trigger, a trigger switch, a driver guide, and a contact-arm switch. The control apparatus prevents fasteners, such as nails, from being driven when the controller identifies a state, in which it is likely that a malfunction or mis-operation of the driving tool is occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ying Yang, Kenya Yanagihara
  • Patent number: 10266295
    Abstract: A device is provided for removing product items contained in a blister package having raised protrusions containing the product items and a protective membrane holding the items in the protrusions having a holder. The holder has a first and second end. The device has a first and second heating band post, at least one heating band, a power element, a power switch for supplying a power source to the power element, and electronic control circuitry for controlling current to the heating band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Edmund F Kelly
  • Patent number: 10265840
    Abstract: An adjustable fastener-driving tool support system. The support system supports the fastener-driving tool on a top surface of a flooring element to repeatably drive fasteners at a consistent position and angle into either a tongue side or a groove side of the flooring element. A support system includes an elongate channel member, a base and a holder mechanism. A guide member secured with respect to the channel member may also be provided. The base is configured to rest on the top surface of the flooring element to support the channel member at a downward angle with a driving end fastener outlet extending below a bottom surface of the base. Movement of the base along the channel raises or lowers the driving end fastener outlet and guide member so that the guide member can contact the flooring element during fastener driving to support the tool and so that the driving end fastener outlet is positioned relative to the flooring element for fastener driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Powernail Company
    Inventors: Todd J. Anstett, David A. Anstett, Maxwell D. Anstett
  • Patent number: 10259602
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for formation, filling, and sealing unit dose packages for consumer products are described herein. A filling system with a filling control system is also disclosed. Although the filling system is described in conjunction with a method for forming, filling, and sealing unit dose packages, the filling system and filling control system can be used in other dispensing processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Shawn Christopher Pallotta, Jason Matthew Orndorff, Gavin John Broad, Adal Amine Tecleab, Cullen Joseph Breithaupt
  • Patent number: 10259696
    Abstract: Machine (18, 19) for processing containers (1) including a base (7) having a high standing ring (8) and a central invertible diaphragm (9), the machine (18, 19) including: a container supporting frame (20) including a hollow support ring (21) for engaging a container base (7), a pusher (26) movable with respect of the container supporting frame (20), capable of coming into abutment with the container base (7) through the supporting frame (20), an actuator (28) for slidingly moving the pusher (26) frontwards towards the container base (7) through the supporting frame (20), and backwards, a strain gauge (29) coupled to the actuator (28) for gauging a strain applied by the actuator (28) to the pusher (26), a control unit (30) including a processor (32) connected to the strain gauge (29) and programmed for comparing a gauged strain value to a memorized strain reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventors: Florian Godet, Vincent Le Guen
  • Patent number: 10259601
    Abstract: A method for packaging products, such as candies, the method comprising the steps of positioning the products on a first sheet which is continuously moved in a transport direction, covering the products by a second sheet which is continuously moved in the same transport direction and which is aligned substantially plane-parallel to the first sheet, and sealing together the first and second sheets near the outer edges of the individual products or grouped products by a sealing device, wherein the sealing device comprises sealing ribs extending substantially transversely to the transport direction on one side of the moving sheets, wherein said sealing ribs are being moved at the same speed as the sheets and the sealing ribs seal the first and second sheets together in between the moving products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: Marinus J. H. M. Van Den Elzen, Albertus C. H. Van Liempd
  • Patent number: 10259133
    Abstract: An automated food slicing device is provided. The automated food slicing device may automate the cutting, packaging, and/or labelling of food items such as delicatessen food items. The automated food slicing device may also have a computerized input that allows a user to provide inputs regarding selected options which the slicing device will follow to provide a customized food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Robin Thurgood, George Schuschereba, Brian Bowerman
  • Patent number: 10252823
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and to an apparatus for arranging a plurality of foods, in particular different types of cut meat products and sausage products, in at least one base portion of a packaging. The method is characterized in that the base portion receiving the foods is moved on a guide track, wherein magnetic fields are generated for moving the base portion; in that the cart is fed successively to food feeds of the individual foods; and in that at least one food is placed on or in the base portion at each food feed. The apparatus has at least two food feeds whose respective food transfer ends are arranged above a guide track on which carts which have packaging receivers having at least one receiving frame are movable by means of magnetic field sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: WEBER MASCHINEBAU GMBH BREIDENBACH
    Inventor: Marco Bergmann
  • Patent number: 10256697
    Abstract: An electronic power apparatus includes a housing, a pair of input power pins and a pair of output power pins, and power components mounted on a power circuit board and electrically connected to the input power pins and the output power pins to modulate a supply of power from the input power pins to the output power pins. A control unit of the electronic power apparatus is disposed at a distance from the power circuit board and substantially parallel to the power circuit board, both the control circuit board and the power circuit board arranged inside the housing. A user-actuated input unit is provided including a variable-speed actuator a first portion of which is at least partially arranged outside the housing to be engageable by a user and a second portion of which is slidably sandwiched between the power circuit board and the control circuit board along an axis substantially parallel to the power circuit board and the control circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Velderman, Michael K. Forster, Robert Marcinkowski
  • Patent number: 10252898
    Abstract: A rotating plant for the application of protective membranes of a stretchable plastic polymer on the upper rim of beverage cans includes equal operating devices movable along radial trajectories of a turntable that provide for the circular movement, the radial movement and the vertical movement required and sufficient for applying the membranes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Léon Antoine Ribi
  • Patent number: 10245714
    Abstract: An accumulator assembly includes a vessel having an upper portion and a lower portion. The accumulator assembly includes a flexible membrane extending between the upper portion and the lower portion. The membrane may divide the vessel into a first interior chamber and a second interior chamber. The accumulator assembly includes a receptacle located proximate the vessel. The receptacle may be in fluid communication with the second interior chamber. The accumulator assembly includes a plunger located at least partially within the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Cody T. Moore
  • Patent number: 10245711
    Abstract: An electric power tool includes a housing, a motor, a deceleration mechanism, a final output shaft, a vibration mechanism, a vibration switching member, a stop member, and an expansion prevention portion. The vibration mechanism provides a vibration in an axial direction to the final output shaft. The vibration switching member is accommodated in a slit axially disposed on a front end of a tubular portion and moved back and forth in the slit by an operation from outside to switch on and off actuation of the vibration mechanism. The stop member is installed on the front end of the tubular portion to cover the slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidenori Nagasaka
  • Patent number: 10245033
    Abstract: A surgical instrument can comprise a handle including a battery cavity and electrical contacts and, in addition, a battery removably positionable in the battery cavity. The battery is configured to engage and supply power to the electrical contacts when the battery is operably seated in the battery cavity. The handle further comprises diagnostic means for assessing whether the handle is in a suitable operating and a battery lockout configured to permit the battery from being operably seated in the battery cavity if the diagnostic means determines that the handle is not in a suitable operating condition. Additionally or alternatively, the handle can comprise a battery lock configured to prevent the battery from being disengaged from the electrical contacts when the handle is transmitting an operating motion to a shaft assembly attached to the handle, for example. Either one system or two systems can comprise the battery lockout and battery lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Mark D. Overmyer, Michael D. Auld, Shane R. Adams, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 10239196
    Abstract: An air supply structure of a pneumatic tool includes a housing and a ventilation module. The housing includes an operating portion including an air chamber, a connecting portion including an accommodating space, and a holding portion including an air entering channel and an air exiting channel. The accommodating space is in communication with the air chamber, the air entering channel and the air exiting channel. The ventilation module, disposed in the connecting portion, includes an air inlet in communication with the air entering channel, an air outlet in communication with the air exiting channel, a first air opening in communication with the air chamber, a second air opening in communication with the air chamber, and a ventilation space. Thus, the size of the ventilation space of the ventilation module of individual pneumatic tools is ensured to be uniform to increase the manufacturing yield rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ANN-CHAIN ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hui-Cheng Cheng
  • Patent number: 10239193
    Abstract: A handheld tool apparatus comprising a spindle blocking apparatus and a torque limiting unit that includes at least one limiting spring and a stop arrangement that is supported movably against the limiting spring. It is provided that the stop arrangement of the torque limiting unit nonrotatably secure a wedging arrangement of the spindle blocking apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Tobias Herr
  • Patent number: 10239650
    Abstract: A packaging box, cutouts, method and device for producing corrugated cardboard boxes comprising walls, a base (6) and a cover (7), the inner face of the base being provided with at least two recesses (33) and the cover comprising at least two tabs (38) adhered to the upper face thereof, directly above the recesses of complementary shape. The recesses and/or the tabs are situated fully inside the corresponding face or faces (31, 32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: OTOR
    Inventors: Sebastien Jacomelli, Gerard Mathieu