Patents Examined by Chinyere Rushing-Tucker
  • Patent number: 9586801
    Abstract: A method for processing containers includes, for each container to be processed: a) an assembling step of assembling a cap having a cover on a container, the cap including a tubular base and a cover pivotably connected to the base, between an open position and a closed position, the cap being assembled via the base thereof onto the container at an opening of the container, b) a step of sterilizing the container provided with the cap having a cover, and c) a step of filling the container, the filling step including filling the container with a filling product while the cap having the cover is in the open position, and moving the cover into the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: HEMA
    Inventor: Philippe Macquet
  • Patent number: 9550281
    Abstract: A pneumatic tool has an outer casing, a selector valve, a switching button and a cover. The outer casing has two elongated holes formed through an external surface of the outer casing, and facing and communicating to each other. The selector valve is rotatably mounted in the outer casing and has a communicating hole and two connecting blocks. The connecting blocks are axially formed on and protrude from an external surface of the selector valve, align with each other and respectively face the elongated holes. The switching button is detachably connected to one of the connecting blocks and extends out of one of the elongated holes. The cover is detachably connected to the outer casing to cover the other elongated hole and has a shape corresponding to a shape of the external surface of the outer casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Ming-Ta Cheng
  • Patent number: 9539007
    Abstract: A surgical fastener applying apparatus for applying fasteners to body tissue including a cartridge receiving half-section defining an elongated channel member configured to releasably receive a stationary housing of a firing assembly. The stationary housing is dimensioned to releasably receive a single use loading unit therein, and includes a lockout structure that prevents insertion of the stationary housing into the cartridge receiving half-section if the single use loading unit is not mounted in the stationary housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Harshottam Singh Dhakad, Manoj Kumar Agarwal, Nikhil R. Katre, Kiran Garikipati, Cinish P. Varghese, Arvind Kumar Gupta, Vinayan Vivekanandan
  • Patent number: 9517850
    Abstract: A rotating tucking device for securing a wrapper to a roll in a roll packaging system comprises a tucking arm for insertion into a hollow cavity of a roll and a rotating insertion system connected to the tucking arm for moving the tucking arm in a rotational pattern coordinated with the movement of the roll through the roll packaging system such that the tucking arm and the rotating insertion system tuck a wrapper into the hollow cavity of the roll as the roll moves continuously through the roll packaging system. Also provided is a roll packaging system having a rotating tucking device, as well as a rotating tucking method for securing a wrapper to a roll as the roll moves continuously through the roll packaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Infinity Machine & Engineering Corp.
    Inventors: Christian Zagnoni, Todd Lee Hanson, Scott Santaga
  • Patent number: 9492330
    Abstract: There is provided a manufacturing method for a sheet-like member associated with an absorbent article, the sheet-like member having a folded-up section which is temporarily-secured in a folded-up state. The method includes: forming the folded-up section by folding up a continuous sheet in a width direction of the continuous sheet, the continuous sheet continuing along a transporting direction, creasing the folded-up section in a folded-up state by pressing continuously the folded-up section along a direction of a fold line of the folded-up section, temporarily-securing the folded-up section in a folded-up state by pressing the folded-up section with a plurality of protrusions that are included in a pressing member, producing the sheet-like member by dividing the continuous sheet with a predetermined pitch in the transporting direction, the continuous sheet having been creased and temporarily-secured, and conveying the produced sheet-like member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 9464494
    Abstract: A track guiding system includes a first track segment having a first end and a second end, the first track segment including a first linear beam segment operatively coupled to a first linear plate segment. The track guiding system further includes and a second track segment having a first end and a second end, the second track segment including a second linear beam segment operatively coupled to a second linear plate segment, wherein the first end of the first track segment is adapted to be operatively coupled to the second end of the second track segment, a first end of the first linear beam segment proximate the first end of the first track segment being adapted to overlap a second end of the second linear plate segment proximate the second end of said second track segment when the second track segment is operatively coupled to the first track segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Adrian Marica, Ionescu Mihai
  • Patent number: 9428288
    Abstract: A packaging section of a tablet packaging device includes: a placement base of a tray; a drawer storing the placement bas; a carrier provided with compartments corresponding to the storage concave portions of the tray; a drive device of the carrier; a shutter opening/closing; a bottom of the carrier; and an opening/closing device of the shutter. The drive device performs a step of defining a tablet discharge position on the tray as an original position and returning to the original position through a tablet reception start position and a tablet reception end position which are set below a discharge opening. A step of sequentially moving each compartment of the carrier below the discharge opening from the tablet reception start position to the tablet reception end position during the step to receive one tray of tablets is performed. When the carrier returns to the discharge position, the shutter is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Shigeyama, Takashi Iwatani
  • Patent number: 9421682
    Abstract: A handheld power tool having a detachable tool head is disclosed in which, depending on the type of tool head used, selection of reverse movement of the rotary assembly of the power tool can be prevented. Where reverse movement of the tool head is undesirable, such as for a saw blade, the tool head contains a contact plate that slides a plate member to a position to prevent selection of the reverse direction by the user. However, where reverse movement of a tool head is desired, such as for a drill head, the plate member remains in its original position such that forward and reverse directions can be selected by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Steven McClaskey, John S. Vantran
  • Patent number: 9421681
    Abstract: A power tool, including: a housing, a motor, arranged in the housing and outputting rotary force, a connecting shaft, adapted to one of a plurality of tool bits, a transmission mechanism, arranged between the motor and the connecting shaft and transmitting the rotary force from the motor to the connecting shaft, a cartridge, the cartridge includes a tool chamber for receiving the plurality of tool bits, the connecting shaft being capable of moving axially between a working position wherein the connecting shaft is adapted to the tool bits and a release position wherein the connecting shaft is separated from one of the plurality of tool bits, and a restricting member, the restricting member operable to move between two positions; at a first position, the restricting member limits the movement of the connecting shaft; and at a second position, the restricting member allows the connecting shaft to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventors: Shisong Zhang, Hongfeng Zhong, Xiaoli Pang, Jingtao Xu, Paolo Andriolo, Kelvin Wang, Zhi Chen
  • Patent number: 9388032
    Abstract: An apparatus for sealing containers with one of a sealing cap and a screw cap includes an ejector having a function element that returns an ejecting element from an ejection position to an initial position. The function element is formed as a magnetic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Igor Singur
  • Patent number: 9376302
    Abstract: The device for sealing containers comprises a container feeding device for an intermittent feed of containers in a transport direction, a cap feeding device having a plurality of cap gripper units; and a capping device movable in and opposite to a lowering direction. The capping device has a plurality of capping units corresponding to the plurality of cap gripper units in the cap feeding device. Each capping unit has a screwing-on mechanism at one end. Each screwing-on mechanism is adapted to pick up a cap and to seal the container with the cap in a lowered position of the capping device. The capping device and the plurality of cap gripper units of the cap feeding device are configured and arranged such that the plurality of cap gripper units of the cap feeding device are positively guided in the lowering direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Kronawitter, Joachim Noe
  • Patent number: 9370914
    Abstract: A tabletop converter has a conversion assembly that inwardly gathers and crumples a stock material to form a strip of dunnage. The conversion assembly includes a feeding assembly that moves the stock material and a controller that controls the feeding assembly to operate in both a forward direction and a reverse direction. To automatically separate a discrete dunnage product from the strip, a holder grabs and holds the strip of dunnage at a holding location downstream of the feeding assembly. The feeding assembly then operates in a reverse direction and urges the strip away from the holding location. This causes the strip to separate at or between the holding location and the feeding assembly, leaving a discrete dunnage product ready for use. The converter is mounted to a stand that allows the converter to rotate relative to part of the stand about both a horizontal axis and a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Raimond Demers, Erwin Riga, Dan Coppus, Patrick Klemke, Kristien Varrewaere
  • Patent number: 9370859
    Abstract: A gas combustion type driving tool is provided with a fuel container storing portion, a lid that covers an opening of the fuel container storing portion, a connecting section which is formed in the fuel container storing portion and to which a nozzle of a fuel container is connected; and a cover member that covers the connecting section. The fuel container storing portion is adapted so that the fuel container stored within the fuel container storing portion is attachable and detachable by opening the lid. The connecting section is adapted to be exposed to an outside of the tool by opening the cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: MAX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Kosuge, Yasushi Yokochi, Takamichi Hoshino
  • Patent number: 9364230
    Abstract: A rotary support joint assembly for coupling a first portion of a surgical instrument to a second portion of a surgical instrument. In various forms the joint assembly includes a first annular race in the first portion and a second annular race in the second portion. The second race is configured for substantial registration with the first annular race when the second portion is joined with the first portion. A ring-like bearing is supported within the registered first and second annular races.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Patent number: 9272407
    Abstract: A percussion tool has a cooling air channel for guiding a cooling air flow from a cooling air fan to an outside wall of a cylinder of an internal combustion engine. The cooling air channel is tapered to the extent that partial cooling air flows guided between the respective cooling fins are branched off the main cooling air flow. In such a way, the flow rate of the cooling air flow in the cooling air channel remains substantially constant, resulting in optimized engine cooling. The cooling air channel may be divided into two cooling air channels downstream of the cylinder. One of the cooling air channels guides cooling air to an exhaust gas system of the internal combustion engine, while the other cooling air channel guides cooling air to an outside wall of the guide housing of a hammer mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Wacker Neuson Produktion GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Fischer, Otto W. Stenzel, Wolfgang Hausler, Rudolf Berger, Christian Littek, Helmut Braun, Manfred Zinsmeister
  • Patent number: 9211639
    Abstract: In a hand-held power tool, in particular an impact drill driver, having a torque setting unit, a gearbox assemblage, a hammer impact mechanism, and a tool spindle, the hammer impact mechanism has a drive rotation element having a rotation axis that is disposed coaxially with at least a part of the tool spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventors: Joachim Hecht, Heiko Roehm, Tobias Herr
  • Patent number: 9199300
    Abstract: A device for setting fastening elements, wherein a master shaft rod is provided, which can be driven to rotate via a drive unit and moved via a motion link control and which carries an axial force transmission part. A pressing force of a pressure force sensor unit exerted on a setting location of a fastening element can be initiated via the axial force transmission part, via which a release indicator can be actuated, with which a release signal can be output by the pressing force upon reaching or exceeding a predetermined setting force. The fastening elements can thus be applied having very precisely defined setting forces in respect of location and value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: A. Raymond et Cie
    Inventors: Tobias Buss, Martin Büsch, Jan-Christian Risy
  • Patent number: 9174290
    Abstract: A motor unit has a tool for engaging a work piece with a frame unit, which has a gripping element for the handheld operation of the device, wherein a mechanical coupling is provided between the motor unit and frame unit, which encompasses at least one dampening element, in such a way that makes it possible to precisely guide the tool while improving the dampening of vibrations between the motor unit and frame unit. The frame unit has at least one abutting element, against which the motor unit abuts when a working force exerted by the work piece on the tool has a value below a minimum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Schönfeld, Manfred Döring
  • Patent number: 9113885
    Abstract: An apparatus for joining two hollow organ sections includes a staple cartridge component, an anvil component, a knife member, a buttress mount and a buttress member. The staple cartridge component includes a plurality of surgical staples in an annular array. The anvil component is movable relative to the staple cartridge component between spaced apart and approximated positions to adjustably clamp tissue. The knife member is movable relative to the staple cartridge component. The buttress mount is concentrically disposed at least partially within the lumen of the knife member. The buttress mount includes a plurality of spokes radially extending outward and a plurality of legs detachably secured with an inner wall of the knife member. The buttress member is secured with the plurality of spokes of the buttress mount. The buttress member is concentrically aligned with the plurality of surgical staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Gerald Hodgkinson, Paul A. Scirica, Sally Carter, Richard P. Stevenson, Arthur Hislop, Thomas Casasanta, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8985424
    Abstract: An improved driving tool is provided which can prevent malfunction in detection of the number of fasteners remaining in a magazine. A representative driving tool includes a driving member for driving fasteners and a magazine for storing the fasteners. The driving tool further includes a driving tool actuation control member that can be switched between an actuating position and a deactuating position, and a retaining member that can be switched between a retaining position and a releasing position. The retaining member is switched from the retaining position to the releasing position according to the number of remaining fasteners in the magazine and the driving tool actuation control member is switched from the actuating position to the deactuating position when the retaining member is switched to the releasing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Makita Corporation
    Inventor: Isao Miyashita