Patents Examined by Christopher Fulton
  • Patent number: 10190245
    Abstract: A cathedral window quilt kit for a modernized quilting technique to create cathedral-window quilts in a fun and simple manner. The kit includes a transparent template with an integrated ruler, as well as colored cut lines to ensure neatness and squareness. The kit also includes a plurality of silk pins, a plurality of T-pins, a cut-and-press pad, a rotary cutter, a snap wrist ruler, a friction marker, and a case. The case has a plurality of indentations, with one of the transparent template, the plurality of silk pins, the plurality of T-pins, the cut-and-press pad, the rotary cutter, the snap wrist ruler, and the friction marker selectively receivable within one of the plurality of indentations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Billie Cutler, Charlene Cutler
  • Patent number: 10139212
    Abstract: A combination tape measure and marker is provided. The combination tape measure and marker includes a measuring tape housing having a lateral portion, a lower portion, and a front portion. A track is connected to the lateral portion of the measuring tape housing. An arm is slidably disposed within the track. A tension member having an arcuate shape can slide the arm towards the lower portion when depressed. A cartridge is integrally attached to the front portion of the measuring tape housing. The arm extends through the cartridge. A marker is removably secured within the cartridge and is operationally attached to the arm. A spring is housed in the cartridge and provides a retracted and extended position for the marker. The marker is movably separately and independently from the measuring tape housing by selectively depressing the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Omer Schneider
  • Patent number: 10124482
    Abstract: A squaring device includes a longitudinal square component configured to form a flange defining a slot therein, the slot adapted to rotatably receive a flat stock end. An “L” shaped square component includes a first outside edge and a second outside edge, the first and the second outside edges configured to form a flange defining a slot therein along a length of the flange, the flange adapted to rotatably receive one of the first forty-five degree and the second forty-five degree flat stock ends of the longitudinal square component. A magnetic clip is adjustable to fit either the flange end or the flat stock ends of the longitudinal square and the “L” square components via adjustable linear force sensitive pins, wherein a squaring device is formed and fixed magnetically and mechanically in place for pipe fitting by a combination thereof. Level indicators therein include magnifying lens and lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Jose Ramirez
  • Patent number: 10126109
    Abstract: An articulated arm CMM system comprises an articulated arm comprising a plurality of articulated arm members, a measuring probe at a distal end, and a base at a proximal end, the base comprising a docking portion. The articulated arm CMM system also includes a plurality of feature packs configured to electronically connect to the articulated arm via the docking portions and provide additional electronic functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Hexagon Technology Center GmbH
    Inventor: Hogar Tait
  • Patent number: 10119817
    Abstract: A laser beam generating device which includes a housing. A laser light generator is disposed in the housing and is operable to generate two output beams which project outside of the housing. The laser light generator includes a light source and a leveling mechanism on which the laser light generator is disposed. A mounting member is disposed on the housing and is configured to mount the laser beam generating device on a screw thread. The mounting member is movable relative to the housing between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: STANLEY BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: James Spaulding, Michael T. Matteo
  • Patent number: 10101459
    Abstract: A GNSS data collection system includes a pole mounted GNSS receiver and inclination sensors. A data collection module provides a data collection graphical user interface (GUI) visible on a hand-held data collector computer. The data collector computer is communicably coupled to the GNSS receiver and receives three-dimensional location data and inclination data for the range pole in real-time. A virtual level component uses the inclination data to display on the GUI real-time tilt information in the form of a virtual bubble level indicator. The inclination data and height of the range pole are used to calculate and display horizontal distance and direction to level the GNSS receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Carlson Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesus Latova, William C. Herter
  • Patent number: 10101142
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a method in the installation of an elevator, said elevator being provided with an elevator car traveling in a controlled manner along guide rails in an elevator hoistway, for determining the disposal location of the hoistway components to be disposed in the elevator hoistway and/or the landing doors of the elevator. The disposal location of the hoistway components and/or of the landing doors of the elevator is determined in relation to the guide rails of the elevator car by copying the disposal location at different heights in the elevator hoistway mechanically by means of a tool, in which tool the disposal locations according to plan of the hoistway components are arranged to remain fixed for essentially at least the whole period of the aforementioned determination of the disposal locations of the hoistway components of the elevator hoistway and/or of the landing doors of the elevator. The object of the invention is also a tool to be used in the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osmo Bjorni, Petri Niemi, Tomi Kapanen, Petri Pukkila
  • Patent number: 10101151
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for industrially measuring measurement objects with a measuring probe that can be led up to the measurement object, on which measuring probe at least one distance sensor is provided for measuring instantaneous distance of a reference point of the measuring probe from a wall of the measurement. The measuring probe is rotatably supported on a retainer, which is fixed in relation to the measurement object and/or the position of which in relation to the measurement object is known. The device also include an evaluating apparatus designed to receive at least one distance value determined by the distance sensor and to associate the at least one distance value with a rotational position of the measuring probe in the context of a measurement. Means are provided for determining a change in the relative position between the retainer and the measurement object occurring during the measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: STOTZ FEINMESSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Milan Stamenkovic
  • Patent number: 10088276
    Abstract: A programmable adjustment archery sighting device provides motorized adjustment through a series of programmable sighting settings. The device includes a pair of spaced mounting apertures extending into an elongated mounting bracket for fixedly coupling the mounting bracket to a bow. A position of a sight coupled to the mounting bracket is adjustable. A vertical adjustment mechanism adjusts a position of the sight and includes a first vertical adjustment control. A vertical adjustment motor is coupled to the mounting bracket and operationally coupled to the vertical adjustment mechanism. A housing is configured for being positioned on the bow spaced from the mounting bracket and accessible to fingers on a hand grasping a grip of the bow. The first vertical adjustment control is positioned on the housing and operationally coupled to the vertical adjustment motor to adjust the vertical position of the sight by manipulation of the first vertical adjustment control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Jeramie John Lohan
  • Patent number: 10088306
    Abstract: A system for leveling and distance-measuring, the system including a housing, a self-leveling-laser fixed to the housing, an electronic-stud-finder also fixed to the housing, a distance-measurer having distance-measuring-circuitry, a display detachably coupled to the housing, and an audio-output including variable-frequency-output and variable-tone-output. The system for leveling and distance-measuring also includes at least one mode-selector-switch, configured to select a mode-of-operation of the system from at least a leveling mode and a distance-measuring mode. The system is structured and arranged to determine level, plumb, measure distances, locate studs embedded within walls, and measure a width of the studs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Wayne Cooper Smith
  • Patent number: 10082392
    Abstract: A level device in the present invention is described as having an elongated rigid frame with an X-shaped profile. The level device has modularly attachable levels, which include levels that can be rotated about the lengthwise axis of the level device, rotatable levels attached to the frame, circular surface levels attached to the frame, and levels guided by visual laser beams. Mechanical structures within the level device allow level modules to be swapped in and out based on user requirements. The level device has slide-able attachments which extend the footprint and measuring capabilities of the level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Brent Schaefer
  • Patent number: 10077981
    Abstract: A level vial includes an elongated vial liquid housing extending along an axis of elongation and containing a liquid and a bubble therein, an outer support body supporting the elongated vial liquid housing, the outer support body being integral with the elongated vial liquid housing, and having an inner surface at least partially surrounding the elongated vial liquid housing, and an open space between the inner surface and the elongated vial liquid housing. The elongated vial liquid housing is shaped such that a horizontal orientation of the axis of elongation causes the liquid to flow such that the bubble floats to a center of the elongated vial liquid housing. The elongated vial liquid housing and the open space are in an outwardly exposed and unobstructed configuration relative to a front face of the level vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10068782
    Abstract: A device includes a table surface defining a horizontal plane having an x-axis and a y-axis orthogonal to the x-axis and the x-axis and y-axis lie in the horizontal plane; a scribe mounted below the horizontal plane, the scribe further disposed to present at least a portion of the tip above the horizontal plane; a rail arranges parallel to the y-axis and movable in a direction parallel to the x-axis; a sample guide configured in relation to the horizontal plane so that the sample guide arranges parallel to the x-axis and movable in a direction parallel to the y-axis; a scribe stop guide configured in relation to the horizontal plane so that the scribe guide arranges parallel to the x-axis and movable in a direction parallel to the y-axis, whereby the sample guide moves independent of the scribe stop, the scribe stop further comprising a locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: LatticeGear, LLC
    Inventors: Janet Teshima, Efrat Moyal
  • Patent number: 10065836
    Abstract: A method for installing a component of an elevator system having an elevator shaft involves the steps of: mounting a positioning frame in the elevator shaft in relation to a wall of the elevator shaft; attaching a guide line in the elevator shaft separately from the positioning frame; aligning the guide line using the positioning frame; and aligning the component using the aligned guide line. A device for carrying out the method includes the guide line, the positioning frame having positioning aids for the guide line and an adjustable fastener for attaching the guide line in the elevator shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Urs Püntener, Stefan Buntschu
  • Patent number: 10065282
    Abstract: A skate blade sharpening system retains a skate blade in a sharpening position whose centerline has a first location relative to a first visual reference feature. A motor-driven rotating shaft has a wheel-mounting location for mounting a grinding wheel for sharpening operation. The shaft accepts an alignment wheel at the wheel-mounting location during an alignment, the alignment wheel having a second visual reference feature having a second location relative to a centerline of the grinding wheel when occupying the wheel-mounting location. An adjustment mechanism moves the shaft transversely during alignment to vary relative position between the wheel-mounting location and the sharpening position including an aligned position in which the centerline of the grinding wheel is aligned with the centerline of the sharpening position, the aligned position being indicated by alignment of the first visual reference feature with the second visual reference feature during alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: VELASA SPORTS, INC.
    Inventors: Russell K. Layton, Jr., Daniel A. Beaudet, Ivan D. Goryachev, Matt Hanczor
  • Patent number: 10060722
    Abstract: A portable articulated arm coordinate measuring machine includes a noncontact 3D measuring device that has a projector configured to emit a first pattern of light onto an object, a scanner camera arranged to receive the first pattern of light reflected from the surface of the object, an edge-detecting camera arranged to receive light reflected from an edge feature of the object, and a processor configured to determine first 3D coordinates of an edge point of the edge feature based on electrical signals received from the scanner camera and the edge-detecting camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert E. Bridges, Paul C. Atwell
  • Patent number: 10060737
    Abstract: A coordinate measuring machine has a rotary table supporting a measurement object, a measuring head including a measuring element and a frame, on which the measuring head is arranged. The frame has first, second and third frame parts moveable relative to the workpiece holder along first, second and third movement axes, respectively. The measuring element is mounted via at least one fluid bearing, such as an air bearing, on one or more of the frame parts. The measuring head is positioned at a defined position along the first, second and third movement axes. Thereafter, the at least one fluid bearing is deactivated and the rotary table rotated around a further axis while the measuring head, using the measuring element, records current measured values. A shape contour of the object is determined on the basis of the measured values recorded while the at least one fluid bearing was selectively deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: CARL ZEISS INDUSTRIELLE MESSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Ralf Bernhardt, Rainer Sagemueller, Dominik Seitz
  • Patent number: 10060742
    Abstract: A device relating to a standalone laser target system which has the capacity to employ gravity to achieve a position plumb with the ground and to be easily operated at night or in low light conditions. The laser target is retro-reflective and is self-plumbing from the target frame. The target frame also has a detachable handle, which is used for positioning the target. The target frame further has an internal power source to illuminate the target. The device is designed to be easily packed in a protective carrying case to facilitate transport of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Andrew P. Thierwechter
  • Patent number: 10056749
    Abstract: A wall plate bracket includes integral straight edges used to quickly, easily and precisely define an area on a wall where a wall opening for the bracket is to be cut. The integral straight edges are formed along a top or bottom edge and a side edge of a generally rectangular front face plate of the bracket. The front face plate is held against a wall, and an L-shaped line is drawn along the straight edges. The bracket is then rotated 180 degrees and the ends of the straight edges are aligned at the ends of the previously drawn line. Another L-shaped line is then made or drawn along the straight edges, resulting in the two drawn L-shaped lines together forming a proper rectangle defining the wall opening to be cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Vanco International, LLC
    Inventor: O. Bradley Corbin
  • Patent number: 10048069
    Abstract: A ground surface marking system including a beam transmitter configured to emit electromagnetic radiation and a distal target. The distal target is oriented to be impacted along a first target surface by at least a portion of the electromagnetic radiation. The distal target is mounted on a target stand configured for adjustment with respect to a vertical axis. The system also includes a target applicator having a second target surface, a base including a shaft, and a container attached to the base and configured to hold and dispense markers for placement along the ground surface extending between the beam transmitter and the distal target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Raul Romero, Jeff Stacy