Patents Examined by Bayan Salone
  • Patent number: 12030110
    Abstract: A rivet joining method, etc., suitable for providing rivet joining using sound vibration and/or ultrasound vibration is provided. Joining is provided in a state in which a rivet is inserted into a hole formed in a base member. The base member includes a first member and a second member. The hole is formed such that it passes through at least one of the members. The rivet is formed of a metal material and has a head portion and a body portion. A vibration processing part applies sound vibration and/or ultrasound vibration to the rivet in a state in which at least its body portion is inserted into the hole, so as to join the rivet and the inner face of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Inventor: Shigeru Sato
  • Patent number: 12030570
    Abstract: A door lift apparatus for removing and/or installing a door of a vehicle by lifting the door from or onto hinges of the vehicle. The door lift apparatus includes a support frame, a cradle for receiving the door, and a displacement device configured to raise and lower the cradle relative to the support frame, and may further include a lateral stabilizer to prevent or limit lateral movement of the cradle relative to the support frame and/or a leveling shim to maintain the door in a substantially level position when supported. A door storage apparatus configured to be used with the door lift apparatus has a hanger arm configured to extend through a window opening of the door and support the door. A door glide slidably mounted on the hanger arm provides a mechanism to move the door axially back and forth along the hanger arm without scratching the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Inventors: John H. Schultheis, Alan S. Demske
  • Patent number: 12011796
    Abstract: A fitting (20) for holding a flat component (1), including radial support stops (2; 3), and a chamber (40) bordered by jaws (21; 22) including clamping surfaces (310; 320) for holding the component (1), open on one side by a recess (41; 42) to perform an operation on the component (1), this fitting (20) is deformable between an open position and a closed position around the component (1) tightened by said jaws (21; 22) subjected to a closing force exerted by manoeuvring means arranged to bring these jaws (21; 22) closer to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Inventors: Patric Pham, Joël Röthlisberger
  • Patent number: 12006911
    Abstract: A wind turbine nacelle configured for mounting on a wind turbine tower and for supporting a rotor-supporting assembly, the nacelle comprising a main unit, and at least two auxiliary units. To increase flexibility and improve assembly and maintenance procedures of the wind turbine, the auxiliary unit comprises at least two auxiliary units each accommodating at least one wind turbine component, e.g. a converter or a transformer. The auxiliary units are attached individually to the same wall of the main unit, e.g. to a side wall or a rear wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Torben Ladegaard Baun, Jens-Jørgen Hansen, Renato Catroga, Jesper Lykkegaard Neubauer
  • Patent number: 12006707
    Abstract: A machine for removing formwork from underneath a concrete slab includes a wheeled base movable on and supported at a support structure, a raisable and lowerable structure disposed on the wheeled base, and a formwork-removal device attached to the raisable and lowerable structure. The formwork-removal device includes (i) an arm extending from the raisable and lowerable structure and (ii) at least one pneumatic gripper disposed at a distal end of the arm. With the raisable and lowerable structure adjusted to position the pneumatic gripper under the formwork and engaged with the formwork, and when the pneumatic gripper is activated, the pneumatic gripper applies a suction to secure the formwork at the pneumatic gripper. With the formwork secured at the pneumatic gripper, and when the pneumatic gripper is lowered, the pneumatic gripper applies a separating force to the formwork to remove the formwork from the concrete slab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Somero Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Pietila, Trevor Eenigenburg, Ryan Kangas
  • Patent number: 11992739
    Abstract: An apparatus for precisely and accurately measuring the loft and lie of a golf club, and a method of using such apparatus, is disclosed herein. The apparatus includes a clamp assembly powered by a pressure unit to immobilize the head of a golf club, a scoreline measurement unit to capture scoreline angle information, loft and lie measurement arrays that can be moved along horizontal y and x axes to capture loft and lie angle information of the golf club shaft, and a computer with an algorithm that uses information captured by the scoreline measurement unit and loft and lie measurement arrays to calculate final loft and lie angle values that are accurate within +/?0.125°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Topgolf Callaway Brands Corp.
    Inventors: Alex Power, Dan Marin
  • Patent number: 11994159
    Abstract: An objective of the present invention is to attach an attached member to a resin panel with less man-hours. According to the present invention, provided is a manufacturing method of a resin panel including an attaching step. In the attaching step, an attached member is attached to a surface of a resin molded body by arranging a rivet body provided on a blind rivet in a concave portion formed on the surface, tearing a part of the rivet body to enlarge a diameter of the part of the rivet body, and allowing the part of the rivet body to penetrate a wall surface of the concave portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: KYORAKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Saeki, Sho Nakajima, Ryuichi Ishida
  • Patent number: 11975412
    Abstract: A feeding and fastening device for a coin-shaped fastener and comprising: a punch tool; a feeding device configured to feed the fastener one at a time; a hollow pillar-shaped portion below the punch tool; a holding portion to temporarily hold the fastener fed though a side surface thereof and to release the fastener when the punch tool pushes down on that fastener; a part passage route portion below the holding portion for guiding the fastener downward in a vertical orientation by means of a cross section with a width that prevents inversion; a guide portion below the passage route portion guides the fastener from the vertical orientation to a horizontal orientation; and a fastening portion below the guide portion receives the fastener in the vertical orientation and locates the fastener above the workpiece until struck by the punch tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: NEWFREY LLC
    Inventors: Noriko Mizukawa, Daisuke Miura, Hiroyo Makino
  • Patent number: 11975254
    Abstract: A removable accessory for a fencing mask provided with a mesh having an array of apertures is provided. The accessory can include a main body having a first surface, and a plurality of projections extending from the first surface of the main body. Each projection is configured to be removably insertable into an aperture of the mesh. Therefore, the accessory may be removably attached to the fencing mask, without damaging the fencing mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Leon Paul Equipment Company Limited
    Inventors: Benjamin Paul, Jacek Bujko
  • Patent number: 11975779
    Abstract: A vehicle disassembly system for disassembling a vehicle by moving the vehicle through a plurality of discrete workstations specifically adapted for select de-pollution and dismantling procedures encountered during the end-of-life vehicle recycling process. A vehicle disassembly system exemplifying the principles of the present invention may comprise a primary de-pollution and disassembly line and an engine disassembly line. The primary de-pollution and disassembly line may include one or more de-pollution stations, one or more intermediate, part removal stations, and a conveyor apparatus for transmitting the end-of-life vehicle from the de-pollution stations to the part removal stations. The engine disassembly line may include an overhead track support frame, a trolley assembly, one or more height adjustable loading tables, one or more height adjustable work tables, and one or more height adjustable un-loading tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: EMR (USA HOLDINGS) INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Balzano, Deepak Mulay, Cody Heisey, Mark J. Petri
  • Patent number: 11978884
    Abstract: This manufacturing method is a method of manufacturing a compressed strip-shaped electrode plate. The method includes: a preliminary compression step of forming a pre-compressed strip-shaped electrode plate by roll-pressing an uncompressed strip-shaped electrode plate in which an uncompressed active material layer that is not yet compressed is formed on a current collector foil; an attraction and removal step of attracting and removing fine particles of active material particles from near a surface of a pre-compressed active material layer by an attracting magnet that is disposed so as to be separated from the pre-compressed active material layer in a thickness direction; and a main compression step of obtaining the compressed strip-shaped electrode plate by roll-pressing a particle-removed strip-shaped electrode plate from which the fine particles have been removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: Tetsuro Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 11969840
    Abstract: A clinch-in fastener with a cylindrical body having a top, a bottom, sides and an axial internal bore. The fastener has a single shank at the bottom end of the body having a top surface orthogonal to the bore and a chamfer tapering to the bottom of the body. The top surface of the shank is adapted for receiving the cold flow of material surrounding a receiving hole of a workpiece. The shank may have a plurality of notches in its outermost edge that extend through both the top surface of the shank and the chamfer. The bore of the fastener extends completely through the fastener body from top to bottom and may be threaded. A fastener installation system having a tool with means for affixation to a rotary and vertically reciprocal element of an industrial machine. The tip of the tool has a distal end face with at least one arcuate displacer adapted for deforming a workpiece as the tool rotates and is pressed against the workpiece. A bore within the tip holds a fastener installed by the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Penn Engineering & Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Michael J Maloney, Brian G. Bentrim
  • Patent number: 11962135
    Abstract: A splice clip for coupling discrete sections of a wire mesh cable tray. The splice clip can include a bolt with a base, a first ledge, and a second ledge opposing the first ledge. The base and the first and second ledges can define a passageway along the bolt. The splice clip can also include a retainer with a set of pockets, including a first pocket and a second pocket, and a set of guidance features configured to translate within the passageway to guide the bolt along and in engagement with the retainer. The first pocket can be configured to receive a first wire of a first discrete cable tray section and the second pocket can be configured to receive a second wire of a second discrete cable tray section. The bolt can be movable along the retainer between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: ERICO International Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Wilson, Jeffrey Alan Wilson, Sameer Alam Salmani
  • Patent number: 11958150
    Abstract: A method for repairing a damaged leading or trailing edge region of a metallic turbine blade, which has a suction-side blade wall, a pressure-side blade wall and a leading edge and a trailing edge, includes: removing the damaged leading or trailing edge region, with a cutout being formed; providing a replacement part which can be inserted in form-fitting fashion into the cutout and which restores the intended geometry of the turbine blade; inserting the replacement part in form-fitting fashion into the cutout in a predetermined insertion direction, and cohesively connecting the replacement part to the turbine blade, wherein mechanical connection of the replacement part and turbine blade using separate fastening elements is performed in addition to the cohesive connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Siemens Energy Global GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Björn Anders, Reiner Anton, Constantin Garske, Kay Krabiell, Heiko Lammers, Ricardo Nilsson, Daniel Vöhringer, Jörg Ziege
  • Patent number: 11951595
    Abstract: The invention is a system used to effectively install and remove dry sprinkler pendent heads. The system includes a barrel that cooperates with an associated fitting configured about the exterior of the outer casing tube of a pendent sprinkler. Specifically, the barrel includes a slot channel and extension sized and shaped to house one or more fitting teeth to releasably join the fitting and the barrel. Once joined, the barrel can be rotated to thereby install or remove an attached pendent sprinkler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventor: Thomas W. Doty
  • Patent number: 11945016
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for fabricating a flexible display screen. The apparatus for the flexible display screen includes a roller mechanism and a jig, wherein the jig includes a bearing surface configured to bear a flexible display panel, the bearing surface being a curved surface; and the roller mechanism includes a roller, an axis of the roller being parallel to an element line of the bearing surface, and the roller being configured to roll on the bearing surface along a directrix of the bearing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignees: MIANYANG BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., Ltd., BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Rongkun Fan, Yuanhong Wen, Peng Wang, Jialin Wang, Zhao Liang, Tao Zhang, Mu Zeng, Yang Wang, Jia Deng, Hongwei Cui
  • Patent number: 11938583
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a transport device (100) for receiving one or more module units having machine tool accessory devices and for transporting the one or more received module units to a machine tool (1000) set up on a base surface for use of the machine tool accessory devices of the one or more received module units on the machine tool (1000), wherein the transport device (100) is freely movable on the base surface for positioning the one or more received module units relative to the machine tool (1000), in particular within a region in front and/or next to the machine tool (1000) and/or in front and/or next to a working space of the machine tool (1000).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: DECKEL MAHO Pfronten GmbH
    Inventors: Alfred Geissler, Michael Trenkle, Sebastian Riedel
  • Patent number: 11940070
    Abstract: A swivel knuckle assembly for interconnecting a motor and a supply line. The knuckle assembly may include a bearing member to reduce a coefficient of friction. A locking mechanism is disclosed to connect members of the knuckle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Medtronic Xomed, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Andrew Singer, Ken Riedel, Juan P. Angulo
  • Patent number: 11931837
    Abstract: A process of setting a front end-side retaining ring at a small diameter part of a ring temporary holding jig. A process of causing the ring temporary holding jig to temporarily hold the front end-side retaining ring by using a first ring press member. A process of attaching the ring temporary holding jig to a shaft. A process of transferring the front end-side retaining ring from a large diameter part of the ring temporary holding jig to a first outer peripheral surface of the shaft by using a second ring press member including a dimension shorter than a dimension of the first ring press member. A process of sliding the front end-side retaining ring on the first outer peripheral surface of the shaft to assemble the front end-side retaining ring in the ring groove by using the second ring press member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventor: Junji Asano
  • Patent number: 11933195
    Abstract: A method of treating a component adapted for use in a gas turbine engine is described herein. The component may comprise ceramic matrix composite materials. The treatment to the ceramic matrix composite component may reduce or eliminate the wear or damage of crack propagation in the ceramic matrix composite component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignees: Rolls-Royce High Temperature Composites Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Whittle, Louise J. Gale, Stephan J. Pattison, Anthony G. Razzell, Ian M. Edmonds, Michael G. Abbott