Patents Examined by Bayan Salone
  • Patent number: 11326424
    Abstract: A bumper spring assembly having a one piece mandrel including an integral head piece is further configured with a cage assembly retained on the mandrel with a cage nut locked to the mandrel to obviate the need for pins, set screws, and the like, to provide a more robust assembly. In two embodiments the cage nut is locked to the mandrel in a swaging operation. Improved flow of fluids through and around the bumper spring assembly are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Mitchell A. Boyd, Garrett S. Boyd
  • Patent number: 11319206
    Abstract: An apparatus for upholstering a truss allows an operator to staple a fabric web to the truss, rotate the truss, further staple the semi-finished truss and cut the fabric web. The truss is fully upholstered after the end surfaces of the truss are wrapped up in fabric and the fabric stapled in place. The apparatus may accommodate different size trusses. A web of fabric is pulled around at least one roller in the apparatus by rotation of two vise mechanisms on opposite sides of the truss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Travis L. Brummett, Daniel Meyer
  • Patent number: 11311121
    Abstract: A modular display can be assembled and disassembled by one person without any tools, and which stacks flat into a manageable box that can be either rolled in or shipped on a standard pallet. The structural parts of the assembly include several types of interlocking pieces which form stable columns, and various bridging devices that allow for slatwall or pegboard to be easily inserted to display a wide range of products that merchandise on slatwall, pegboard, shelves, tables and free-standing pedestals as well as garment poles. This display booth emulates a retail shopping experience where physical products are sold on varying display mediums. The parts fit to together by inserting hooked tabs into slots that fit the width of the tabs. Since all the parts are interchangeable, the system allows for multiple configurations, as well as easy expansion of the display booth by adding more parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Josh Rifkin
  • Patent number: 11313160
    Abstract: A latching mechanism includes a gauge defining a passage extending therethrough, and a latch operably connected to the gauge and structured to be rotatable from a latching position to an unlatched position by movement of a component at least partially through the passage. The latch is structured to engage a latch engagement feature positioned on a lid of a receptacle to maintain the lid in a closed condition when the latch is in the latching position. The receptacle lid is released for opening when the latch disengages from the latch engagement feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Keita Osaki, Takanori Shirota, Chris C. Daigle, Ross W. Groat
  • Patent number: 11305700
    Abstract: A upper room storage system for utility vehicles is provided. The upper room storage system is adapted to associate with a structural roof of a utility vehicle, so that when retrofitted to a utility vehicle with a cargo bed, the cargo bed maintains full functionality. The upper room storage system embodies a storage box with a plurality of lockable entry points, providing access from at least two sides of the utility vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: John Joseph Koeppel
  • Patent number: 11305453
    Abstract: A system for dismantling a pallet includes a feed system configured to convey the pallet along a direction of travel. The feed system has a measuring station and a staging area. The measuring station is configured to obtain dimensions of the pallet. A saw is configured to dismantle the pallet. A manipulator includes a robotic arm. The manipulator is configured to move the pallet from the staging area to the saw for dismantling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Boyd S. Foulk, Justin Haverstock
  • Patent number: 11300116
    Abstract: Hydraulic cylinders and methods of fabricating hydraulic cylinders, including long-stroke rolling diaphragm cylinders with any stroke length. In some embodiments, the cylinders are manufactured to have a stroke length to bore diameter (“stroke-to-bore”) ratio optionally greater than 1:1. Various embodiments are suitable for use in a passive hydraulic body-powered wearable robot, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Saeed Hashemi, William Keith Durfee
  • Patent number: 11292032
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a lining arrangement for wear protection comprising: at least one lining element arranged to be fastened to a support structure; and at least one device, the device comprising: a first element adapted to be received in a through hole of said at least one lining element or a through hole created by adjacent lining elements, the first element having an axially arranged opening; a second element for engagement with the first element, such that the at least one lining element is attached to the support structure upon interconnection between the first element and the second element, and wherein an outer periphery of the second element comprises a plurality of grooves for engagement with a handling tool. The disclosure further relates to a method for fastening lining elements to a support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Metso Sweden AB
    Inventors: Mathias Persson, Peter Lundberg
  • Patent number: 11286916
    Abstract: An SMA actuator arrangement is assembled using a strut element shaped to comprise a sacrificial strut body and crimp tabs held apart by the sacrificial strut body. A SMA wire is laid across the crimp tabs which are folded and pressed to form crimps holding the SMA wire. The crimps are then attached to static and moving parts, after which the sacrificial strut body is removed. The method allows the crimping to be performed without hindrance from the static and moving parts, the sacrificial strut body holding the relative locations of the crimps prior to attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Cambridge Mechatronics Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Matthew Bunting, James Howarth, Andrew Benjamin David Brown
  • Patent number: 11285572
    Abstract: A tripod jack cylinder removal tool including a lifting eyebolt attached through an up flange and further through and up flange aperture to a lock nut. The flange is secured to a pipe at a pipe top end, the pipe further having a bottom end wherein a down flange having a down flange aperture is attached to the pipe and a bolt having threads protrudes through a down flange aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventor: Mitchell Tindal
  • Patent number: 11286984
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an apparatus, system and method for a moveable bearing stage that allows for highly refined alignment and placement, and particularly planar alignment and placement, of component or devices through the use of robotics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: JABIL INC.
    Inventors: Jeroen Bosboom, Babak Naderi, Payman Rahimi, Michael McKenney, Kwok Yu, George Kovatchev, Jeffrey Villegas, Ward Palmer, Jose Luna
  • Patent number: 11279425
    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: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: EMR (USA Holdings) Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Balzano, Deepak Mulay, Cody Heisey, Mark J. Petri
  • Patent number: 11279424
    Abstract: A method of installing a sunroof insert into a removable roof panel of a vehicle preferably includes a reinforced plexiglass sunroof insert. The sunroof insert preferably includes a top surface, a peripheral sidewall and a peripheral flange. The removable roof panel includes a top skin and a bottom skin. A top insert opening is formed in the top skin. A bottom insert opening is formed in the bottom skin. A bottom adhesive is applied to a bottom surface of the bottom skin, around a perimeter of the bottom insert opening. The sunroof insert is inserted into the bottom insert opening and then the top insert opening. The bottom adhesive will create a bond between the bottom skin and the peripheral flange. A top adhesive is used to fill a top peripheral gap between the sunroof insert and the peripheral strip of tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Christopher W. Hinrichs
  • Patent number: 11267041
    Abstract: An automatic riveting gun and a method of operating same are disclosed, the automatic riveting gun includes a gun body including a rivet cavity, a front cavity, and a main cavity; a rivet clamping assembly is disposed on the gun body adjacent to the rivet cavity; a front-dynamic structure is movably disposed in the rivet cavity and the front cavity and a main-dynamic structure is movably disposed in the front cavity and the main cavity. The front-dynamic structure includes a claw sleeve. A claw mechanism is movably disposed in the main-dynamic structure. A front elastic element provides an elastic force to the claw mechanism and a main elastic element provides an elastic force to the main-dynamic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Shenzhen Fullan Fugui Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chiung-Hsu Hsueh, Shi-Mei Wen, Ri-Meng Li
  • Patent number: 11266301
    Abstract: An inserting apparatus of the present invention includes a base provided in an insertion section, a first recess provided in the base, an opening forming surface formed around the first recess, a movable member configured to move in the first recess, a tabular lid member configured to close an opening of the first recess, a second recess provided in the lid member, a wall surface provided on the base, and opposed to at least a part of a side surface of the lid member in a state in which the contact surface is in contact with the opening forming surface, a fixing resin fixing the lid member to the base, and one or a plurality of protrusions provided on the side surface, having thickness smaller than thickness in the side surface of the lid member, and projecting toward the wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventors: Fumitoshi Hayakawa, Akihiro Kato, Kazuki Minamimoto
  • Patent number: 11267087
    Abstract: An assembly for separating a coupling hub from a shaft of a rotating machine includes a support frame sub-assembly that structurally supports the assembly and the coupling hub. A vertical adjustment sub-assembly is structurally supported by the support frame sub-assembly. The vertical adjustment sub-assembly adjusts the elevation of a puller sub-assembly from the surface of the Earth. The puller sub-assembly couples to the coupling hub and separates the coupling hub from the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Nishan Xavier Chammany Thomas, Moath A. Alhaykan
  • Patent number: 11262280
    Abstract: Described herein is a method for recycling aluminum alloy wheels. The method includes the steps of providing a feed of aluminum alloy wheels of a particular alloy; fragmenting the aluminum alloy wheels into a plurality of fragments, such that newly exposed surfaces of the plurality of fragments have an interior composition; determining a newly exposed surface indicia for distinguishing each newly exposed surface in the feed of aluminum alloy wheels; determining an aggregate composition estimate by determining a plurality of composition measurements of the material of fragments of the plurality of fragments; and providing the plurality of fragments, and the aggregate composition estimate, for use in manufacturing at least one component made from aluminum alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventor: Daniel Bitton
  • Patent number: 11260500
    Abstract: A retaining ring can be shaped by machining or lapping the bottom surface of the ring to form a shaped profile in the bottom surface. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can include flat, sloped and curved portions. The lapping can be performed using a machine that dedicated for use in lapping the bottom surface of retaining rings. During the lapping the ring can be permitted to rotate freely about an axis of the ring. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can have curved or flat portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung Chih Chen, Steven M. Zuniga, Charles C. Garretson, Douglas R. McAllister, Jian Lin, Stacy Meyer, Sidney P. Huey, Jeonghoon Oh, Trung T. Doan, Jeffrey P. Schmidt, Martin S. Wohlert, Kerry F. Hughes, James C. Wang, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Romain Beau De Lamenie, Venkata R. Balagani, Aden Martin Allen, Michael Jon Fong
  • Patent number: 11253959
    Abstract: A device for furnishing screws, in particular on automated screwing systems includes a changing magazine having a plurality of screw holders that each have a closed position for holding in each case one screw in a non-positive manner and an open position for releasing the screw. The screw holder remains in its open position or in its closed position in the absence of a supply of energy A method for furnishing screws, in particular on automated screwing systems, relates to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Mario Glaser
  • Patent number: 11256216
    Abstract: A method for producing a tube (1) for a friction system comprising the tube (1) and an arbor (2), in particular a tube provided to rub around a pinion arbor, the method comprising a first stage of plastic deformation of the tube, in particular a first stage of plastic deformation of the tube that is controlled in deformation, followed by a second stage of hardening of the tube, in particular hardening by heat treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventors: Jérôme Javet, Christian Prenez