Patents Examined by Christopher W. Fulton
  • Patent number: 11067382
    Abstract: A three-dimensional coordinate measurement apparatus capable of reducing shaking of a Y carriage and improving measurement accuracy. The Y carriage is supported by two strut members which are across a surface plate and movable in a Y-axis direction. The two strut members include a first strut member having a driving mechanism and a second strut member which moves following the first strut member. A guide portion parallel to the Y-axis direction is formed in the surface plate on a first strut member side. Side surface support members support the first strut member on the surface plate by holding both opposed side surfaces of the guide portion. The driving mechanism includes a roller having an axis perpendicular to a surface plate surface, and the roller is brought into contact with one side surface of the guide portion and rolled to move the Y carriage relatively to the surface plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Tokyo Seimitsu Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Kanno, Keiichiro Gomi, Takashi Fujita
  • Patent number: 11060863
    Abstract: A housing for a leveling system including one or more light bars, with each of the one or more light bars comprising a plurality of lights including a center light, the one or more light bars configured to act as a real-time level status indicator for the housing parallel to an axis Z by lit lights of the one or more light bars including an indication of where the level status for the housing parallel to the axis Z changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: OTL DYNAMICS LLC
    Inventors: Richard S. Schubert, Robert P. Donker
  • Patent number: 11060837
    Abstract: A method of calibrating an apparatus for pointing spatial coordinates, wherein said apparatus comprises a moveable hand-held probe, having a pointing tip for pointing at said spatial coordinates, and a portable base unit, wherein said portable base unit is provided with sensors for measuring, in a predefined three dimensional, 3D, working area surrounding said portable base unit, a relative position of said pointed spatial coordinates with respect to said portable base unit, wherein said method comprises the steps of determining an actual 3D working area for a particular measurement, wherein said actual 3D working area is a sub-area of said predefined 3D working area, calibrating said apparatus in said actual 3D working area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Prodim International B.V.
    Inventor: Rene Teune
  • Patent number: 11054237
    Abstract: A coordinate measurement machine (CMM) includes a manually-positionable articulated arm having first and second ends. The articulated arm includes a plurality of arm segments and a plurality of rotary joints, and an electrical circuit including a main printed circuit board and a plurality of encoder printed circuit boards. The electrical circuit has at least some portions disposed within the plurality of arm segments. The first end includes a connector configured to connect to a measurement probe. The second end includes a base plate for mounting the CMM. The base plate has a cavity with a bottom opening. The main printed circuit board is disposed horizontally within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: SA08700334
    Inventor: Allen Sajedi
  • Patent number: 11053026
    Abstract: A device and an inspection method for inspecting screw and nut assemblies in an aircraft, comprising a mechanical tool and a digital human-machine interface. The mechanical tool comprises a housing comprising a bearing surface defining a reference plane, a support beam mounted to be translationally mobile inside the housing, a linear encoder configured to measure, in use, a distance between the reference plane and a bottom face of the mobile support beam. The digital human-machine interface comprises a central unit, a display screen, an application and a database in which are stored validity ranges or standardized distances relating to types of assembly, the application and the database being loaded and operational in the central unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
    Inventor: Jean-luc Martres
  • Patent number: 11054257
    Abstract: A tool, such as a level, including one or more magnetic coupling device is provided. The magnetic coupling device may be a magnetic circuit including metal components surrounding a magnet, such as a permanent rare-earth magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Richard J. LaSota, Timothy Allen Schultz, Christopher Frederick Boehme, Adam Christopher Resnick
  • Patent number: 11045845
    Abstract: A decontamination station that can include a head assembly and a first puck member provided on the head assembly. The core member inflow passage and the puck member inflow passage together can form an inflow passage for incoming gas. The core bore and the puck bore together can form a cleaning chamber for accepting a stylus to be de-contaminated. A gas flow can be provided into the inflow passage, through the cleaning chamber, and from the cleaning chamber out through the outlet port. The gas flow can be configured to provide decontamination of the stylus positioned in the cleaning chamber. The first puck member can be removably disposed upon the head assembly for supplementing the first puck member, for adjusting height of the cleaning chamber, by removing the first puck member or adding one or more additional puck members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Anthony Etzkorn, Dane Froning, Brando Garza
  • Patent number: 11047681
    Abstract: A levelling apparatus includes a housing, a light generation unit, at least one first lens, a second lens, and a holding apparatus. The light generation unit is arranged in the housing, is mounted in an oscillating manner relative to the housing and has at least one light source, to which the at least one first lens for generating a first light plane and the second lens for generating a second light plane are assigned. The holding apparatus includes a first holding element and a second holding element for arranging the at least one first lens and the second lens. The at least one first lens is arranged on the first holding element and the second lens is arranged on the second holding element. The holding apparatus is configured to orient the at least one first lens and the second lens at least substantially perpendicular to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Eric Yuen, Philip Cheung, John Jiang
  • Patent number: 11047667
    Abstract: A tape clip apparatus for resiliently and removably installing on a measuring tape, includes a main body portion hingedly connected to an engaging portion. The engaging portion is sized to substantially overlay the main body portion. The main body portion has a window including an indicator, and at least one leg having an engaging panel. The engaging portion includes a triangular cut-out tab which is aligned with the indicator in the window in the main body portion. The engaging portion also includes a cradle for holding the measuring tape, and a resilient clip for engaging the engaging panel. The cradle holds the measuring tape such that the measuring tape is visible through the window, and the triangular cut-out tab extends away from the main body portion and the engaging portion when they are folded together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Glenn Weber
  • Patent number: 11047668
    Abstract: The present application discloses a wheel space detecting device, comprising a frame, a first servo motor, a bottom plate, an adapter shaft, a shaft sleeve, a radial bearing, a lower end cap, a pedestal, a pressure bearing, a base, a clamping cylinder, first linear guide rails, first guide rail sliding seats, first sliding seat frames, racks, first sleeves, first bearings, rotating shafts, first end caps, clamping wheels, a guide rail, and so on. The present invention can meet the needs of wheel brake space detection, has the characteristics of simple structure, stable detection performance, high positioning precision, simple operation and the like, and therefore is very suitable for automatic batch production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Zuo Xu, Guoyuan Xiong, Weidong Liu, Na Zhang, Liangjian Yue, Yingfeng Wang
  • Patent number: 11040785
    Abstract: A device to verify tail rotor cross-head positioning is disclosed. The device comprises a first portion and a second portion. The second portion may be adjoined to the first portion and comprises maximum and minimum surfaces configured to determine whether a yoke-measuring surface of a tail rotor yoke may be positioned between respective geometric planes of the maximum and minimum surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Chad R. Haugeberg, Bradley D. Linton
  • Patent number: 11035658
    Abstract: A positioning apparatus, having first and second members relatively moveable in a substantially vertical degree of freedom. At least one energy conduit is mounted to at least one of the first and second members, which imparts a load on at least one of the members it is mounted to that varies dependent on the relative position of the first and second members. A compensatory member is configured to apply a load that varies, dependent on the relative position of the first and second members, inversely to the variation in load applied by the at least one energy conduit, so as to at least partially counteract the variation in load applied by the at least one energy conduit on said at least one of the members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: RENISHAW PLC
    Inventors: Hugo George Derrick, Stephen Paul Hunter
  • Patent number: 11029136
    Abstract: Systems and methods for manufacturing, implanting and using a magnetic tape measure mount to secure a tape measure or other related instrument magnetically to a user, to a user's belt, or work belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Brian Richey
  • Patent number: 11022417
    Abstract: A tool, such as a tape measure, including a spring-based retraction system is shown. The tape measure includes a fluid-based retraction speed controller. The speed controller may be formed from a rotor/stator arrangement. The rotor is coupled to the reel and the stator is coupled to the housing opposing the rotor. The rotor converts some rotational energy from tape reel into movement of a fluid (e.g., movement of air, movement of oil, etc. through friction) which acts to slow or limit the retraction/rotational speed of the reel as the retraction spring expands driving the reel during tape blade retraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventor: Scott Earl McKinster
  • Patent number: 11022418
    Abstract: A form measuring apparatus that is provided with a form measuring device that includes a detection device detecting a position on a surface of an object, and a feeding mechanism that moves the form measuring device in an axis direction. The feeding mechanism includes a drive shaft provided so as to be rotatable around an axis; a traction nut that is provided so as to hold the drive shaft from a direction orthogonal to an axis line of the drive shaft, and that also can switch between a frictional contacting state frictionally contacting the drive shaft and a separation state separated from the drive shaft; and a bracket coupling the traction nut and the form measuring device. The bracket is provided with a motor that includes a rotation shaft that is inclined with respect to the axis line, and the motor rotates the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshihiro Kanematsu
  • Patent number: 11020808
    Abstract: Jigs and fixtures for aligning, guiding, and/or holding a workpiece on woodworking machinery during a woodworking operation are described, as well as methods of making, modifying, and using jigs and fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Mark A. Duginske
  • Patent number: 11014400
    Abstract: A coupling device for connecting first and second chalk lines includes a generally planar body portion having a first end, a second end and opposed sides edges, an aperture formed in the body portion adjacent to the first end for attaching a free end of a first chalk line to the coupling device, and a spring hook connected to a first of the opposed side edges and being configured to receive a second chalk line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: John Papp, William John Papp
  • Patent number: 11015912
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for monitoring seedbed floor conditions within a field may include a frame and a wheel coupled to the frame. The wheel may be configured to support the frame relative to a soil surface of the field as the frame is moved across the field. The system may also include a support arm pivotably coupled to the frame and a disc coupled to the support arm, with the disc configured to penetrate the soil surface of the field and roll relative to a seedbed floor within the field. Furthermore, the system may include a sensor configured to detect pivotable motion of the support arm relative to the frame. As such, the pivotable motion of the support arm may be indicative of variations in a profile of the seedbed floor as the ground engaging assembly is moved across the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Nahuel Andrejuk
  • Patent number: 11015925
    Abstract: A flexible display capable of improving an angle-measuring accuracy using different kinds of sensors and a method of measuring an angle thereof. The flexible display includes a first sensor unit disposed in a first region and including different kinds of sensors, a second sensor unit disposed in a second region adjacent to the first region and including different kinds of sensors, and an angle-measuring unit measuring a folding angle between the first region and the second region in response to sensing signals outputted from the first sensor unit and the second sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Won Choi, Chan-Sung Jung
  • Patent number: 11014397
    Abstract: An angle measurement tool includes first and second elongate members, one of the first and second longitudinal members having an aperture defined by an inner circumference shaped as an outer circumference of an eight-pointed star polygon, the other one to the first and second elongate members having a fixing means adapted for engagement in the aperture of the first elongate member so as to fix the first and second elongate members at a predetermined angle relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: David Vukaj