Patents Examined by Dana Ross
  • Patent number: 11566892
    Abstract: An air data probe (10) and associated method of method of measuring air data is disclosed. The air data probe includes a plurality of air pressure sensors, and a body (14) that encloses a hollow interior cavity (16), where the body (14) has a generally symmetrical airfoil profile. The body (14) includes a plurality of projections (20a-d) extending beyond the generally symmetrical airfoil profile, each of the plurality of projections (20a-d) including an pressure port (22a-d) at a distal end (24a-d) that is in communication with the hollow interior cavity. Each of the pressure ports (22a-d) receives a corresponding air pressure sensor (12a-d) that is configured to collect static and dynamic air pressure data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Ohio University
    Inventors: Jianchao Zhu, Miguel Sosa Sempertegui, Stuart Randle
  • Patent number: 11565315
    Abstract: Systems and methods for simulating a melt pool characteristic for selective laser melting additive manufacturing. The system includes a selective laser melting apparatus and an electronic controller configured to obtain a surface geometry of a previous layer of a component being manufactured using the selective laser melting apparatus, simulate an addition of a powder layer having a desired powder layer thickness to the component based upon the surface geometry of the previous layer, determine a melt pool characteristic based upon geometric information of the simulated powder layer and the desired powder layer thickness, determine an adjustment to the simulated powder layer based upon the melt pool characteristic, and actuate the selective laser melting apparatus based upon the simulated powder layer and the determined adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bo Cheng, Charles Tuffile
  • Patent number: 11565364
    Abstract: A polishing device for a welding tip includes a cylindrical holder; and a polishing unit. The polishing unit includes a blade configured to polish a welding tip. The blade polishes the welding tip due to rotation of the polishing unit. The holder includes a groove extending along an entire inner circumference of the holder. The groove includes axial groove portions each of which extends along an axis of the holder, and inclined groove portions each of which extends for a specified first distance and is inclined in one direction with respect to the axial groove portions. The axial groove portions and the inclined groove portions are alternately arranged. The polishing unit includes projected portions each of which extends to an inside of the groove, and the number of the projected portions is two or more and is equal to or less than the number of the axial groove portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Iwano, Ryo Kanakubo, Shougo Sanda
  • Patent number: 11564535
    Abstract: Provided herein are food pan fences, methods of using food pan fences, and methods of manufacturing food pan fences. A food pan fence of the invention can, for example, comprise side walls configured to extend above the sidewalls of a food pan and prevent cross-contamination of food to or from an adjacent food pan. Optionally, the food pan comprises an inner lip at the wall base. Optionally, the food pan further comprises one or more lateral walls (e.g. front wall and back wall) connecting the sidewalls, wherein the one or more lateral walls comprises a low section configured to allow dishing food from the food pan there through. In one embodiment, the invention provides a food bar comprising a plurality of food pans and a plurality of fences configured for the food pans. In one embodiment, the invention provides a cafeteria comprising the food bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventor: Gordon Morris
  • Patent number: 11565738
    Abstract: A heating and capacitive sensing device for a steering wheel of a motor vehicle. The device includes a support made from an electrically insulating flexible material to which at least an electrically conductive first track and at least an electrically conductive second track are fixed. An electronic control unit including a capacitance reading module is electrically connected to the at least one second track. The electronic control unit is configured to control the at least one first track and at least one second track, so that the at least one first track is suited to generate heat for heating the steering wheel, and at least one second track is configured to operate as a capacitive sensor means by sending capacitance values to the electronic control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: I.R.C.A. S.P.A. INDUSTRIA RESISTENZE CORAZZATE E AFFINI
    Inventors: Federico Zoppas, Mauro Berioli, Roberto Oboe, Michele Peterle, Paolo Magnone
  • Patent number: 11564529
    Abstract: A portable grilling apparatus includes a support base having a ring defining an opening and legs each having a first end depending from said ring and a second free end. The legs are angled outwardly from the ring such that said second ends define an open space. The apparatus includes a grill body having a bottom wall and a continuous sidewall extending upwardly therefrom and defining an interior area and an open top. In a grilling configuration, the bottom wall of the grill body is nested in the opening of the ring of the support base whereas in a storage configuration, the support base is inverted and the bottom wall of the grill body is nested in the interior space defined by the legs. The grilling apparatus includes a seating device enabling a user to be seated at the use configuration and for receiving/transporting the apparatus at the storage configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventor: Billy Darnell
  • Patent number: 11559855
    Abstract: Various aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward utilizing pulsed laser light to melt and displace material along a surface. As may be consistent with one or more embodiments, material at respective regions of a surface is melted and displaced using pulsed laser light. The melting and displacement at different ones of the regions is carried out to facilitate different displacement at each region. Such an approach may be used by varying characteristics, such as fluence, of the pulsed laser light at each region. In this contexts, surfaces can be smoothed, and structures can be formed on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Justin D. Morrow, Frank E. Pfefferkorn
  • Patent number: 11559773
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a wine aerating device, including: a container comprising a bottom that is provided with an outlet aperture having a predetermined size, wherein said container is at least partially filled with a multitude of elements for breaking up and diverting a flow of wine streaming from the top to the bottom of said container, each of said elements having a size at least equal to said predetermined size of said outlet aperture, said size thereby preventing said multitude of elements from passing through said outlet aperture while allowing the passage of wine through said outlet aperture and increasing the wine's turbulent motion and oxigenation while coming out of said container. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventor: Carlo Benati
  • Patent number: 11559851
    Abstract: A unit vector calculating unit of a laser machining device obtains a unit vector based on respective current rotational positions of an A-axis and a B-axis. A movement command calculating unit, a speed command calculating unit, or a torque command calculating unit generates a command signal for maintaining a gap amount at a constant value, based on the unit vector, and the gap amount between a machining nozzle and a workpiece. With a servo control unit, on the basis of the command signal, an X-axis motor, a Y-axis motor, and a Z-axis motor are controlled, whereby the machining nozzle is moved relatively in three-dimensional directions with respect to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouichi Miyashita, Takeshi Mochida
  • Patent number: 11559853
    Abstract: Method for scanning the surface (O) of metallic workpieces (W), wherein, during a scanning process before a welding process is carried out, a welding torch (1) with a meltable welding wire (2) is moved over the surface (O) of the workpieces (W), and at predefined times (ti) the welding wire (2) is moved towards the surface (O) of the workpieces (W) until a contact of the welding wire (2) with one of the workpieces (W) is detected, and the position (Pi) of the surface (O) of the workpieces (W) at each time (ti) is determined and stored in the welding power source (4), wherein an edge (K) is determined if the current position (Pi) of the surface (O) of the workpieces (W) exceeds at least one of the stored previous positions (Pi-n) of the surface (O) of the workpieces (W) by a predefined threshold value (S).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Fronius International GmbH
    Inventors: Manuel Mayer, Andreas Waldhoer, Manuel Binder
  • Patent number: 11554437
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing boiler tubes includes a first spindle for receiving a first tube having a first weld preparation, a second spindle for receiving a second tube having a second weld preparation, the first spindle and the second spindle being rotatable synchronously, and a welding device having a first weld head. The welding device is configured to automatically weld the first tube to the second tube according to a control routine stored in memory to produce a boiler tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Richard Jeffrey Schmidt, Junior Grant Parrish, Ronald Francis Konopacki, Russell O'Daniel Brumfield
  • Patent number: 11554450
    Abstract: A welding-type power supply includes a fan configured to operate at multiple fan speeds. A controller of the welding-type power supply is configured to identify a welding parameter of the welding-type power supply, and determine an operating fan speed of the multiple fan speeds based on the welding parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Knoener, Ron Dewayne Woodward, Mary Divya Poulose
  • Patent number: 11555838
    Abstract: A method for checking quality when resistance-welding workpiece includes pressing welding electrodes with an electrode force against a weld spot of the workpieces using an electrode drive and energizing the welding electrodes with a welding current for a duration of a welding time in order to liquefy a surface of the workpieces. The method further includes determining, at a first time before a beginning of the liquefaction, a first value of a welding electrode parameter identifying a position of one or both electrodes, and determining, at a second time after the beginning of the liquefaction, a second value of the welding electrode parameter identifying a position of one or both electrodes. The method further includes comparing the first value and the second value and, evaluating a quality of the welding process based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Josephine Stolze, Juergen Haeufgloeckner
  • Patent number: 11548091
    Abstract: A method of forming an assembly includes providing a metallic first workpiece having base and a first layer disposed on the base and adhering a second layer onto the first layer. One of the first and second layers is formed of a zinc-based material formed of at least a majority of zinc, and the other of the first and second layers is formed of a metallic alloying material having a melting point higher than the melting point of the zinc-based material. Preferably, the first layer is formed of the zinc-based material, and the second layer is formed of the metallic alloying material with the higher melting point. A metallic second workpiece is disposed in contact with the second layer. A welding operation is performed to join the first workpiece to the second workpiece. A welded assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Pei-chung Wang, Michael J. Karagoulis, Spyros P. Mellas, Zhenke Teng
  • Patent number: 11549535
    Abstract: A joined body includes: a thin plate including through holes; a first member including a proximal portion having a portion contacting the thin plate, and a protruding portion that protrudes in relation to a contact surface of the proximal portion and is inserted through the through hole; and a second member arranged oppositely to the proximal portion via the thin plate and made of a material that is same as that of the first member. The thin plate is made of a material having a specific gravity smaller than that of the material forming the first and the second members. The second member and an end portion of the protruding portion are connected to each other, by a part of the second member and a part of the end portion being melt-solidified, the end portion being at a side opposite to a side connected to the proximal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Yamauchi, Ayane Sato, Katsuji Goto, Masakazu Ando, Takuya Sato, Yu Yoda, Shimpei Kurokawa, Masatake Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 11548098
    Abstract: A method of forming a cutting element for an earth-boring tool may include directing at least one energy beam at a surface of a volume of polycrystalline superabrasive material including interstitial material disposed in regions between inter-bonded grains of polycrystalline superabrasive material. The method includes ablating the interstitial material with the at least one energy beam such that at least a portion of the interstitial material is removed from a first region of the volume of polycrystalline superabrasive material without any substantial degradation of the inter-bonded grains of superabrasive material or of bonds thereof in the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Anthony A. DiGiovanni, Rocco DiFoggio
  • Patent number: 11549689
    Abstract: A combined furniture and heating device having a concealable electric fireplace insert installed within a fireplace compartment of a furniture apparatus is provided. The electric fireplace insert has a front surface from which simulated flames are viewable when an opening of the fireplace compartment is uncovered so that the furniture apparatus is configured in its open configuration. The furniture apparatus includes a concealing panel removably installable over the opening configure the device in a concealed configuration so that the electric fireplace insert and its simulated flames viewable at its front surface are at least partially concealed. Power to a heating apparatus of the electric fireplace insert is turned on and off by a disabling device as the concealing panel is alternated between the open and concealed configurations. The disabling device can include a switch or a thermistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Twin-Star International, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Nemes, Joseph Benedetti
  • Patent number: 11548092
    Abstract: A system includes an energy source, a focusing system, and a controller. The energy source is configured to output energy pulses to the focusing system. A chamber surrounds at least a portion of a metallic substrate and contains a liquid in contact with a surface of the metallic substrate. The controller is configured to cause the energy source to output energy pulses and cause the focusing system to focus a focal volume of the energy pulses at or near the surface of the metallic substrate that is in contact with the liquid to create micro-scale or smaller surface texturing on the metallic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiangnan He, David A. Ruben
  • Patent number: 11541474
    Abstract: A wire shaping device for shaping a welding wire stored in a bulked storage container shapes the welding wire by flexing of the welding wire as it is drawn around sheaves. The wire shaping device can be located immediately adjacent to a wire feeding device of the welder. In use, the wire shaping device may include an inlet port for receiving the wire, a first rotatable sheave for receiving the wire from the inlet port, the first rotatable sheave being rotatable in a first direction; a second rotatable sheave for receiving the wire from the first rotatable sheave, the second rotatable sheave being rotatable in a second direction opposite of the first direction; and an outlet port for receiving the wire from the second rotatable sheave. The wire shaping device may also include a mounting plate and first and second rollers operatively associated with the first and second sheaves, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: ALCOTEC WIRE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas Leo Pfaller, Robert Allen Krause
  • Patent number: 11534846
    Abstract: A wire electrical discharge machine to cut a workpiece by generating an electrical discharge in a dielectric working fluid between wire electrodes arranged in parallel and the workpiece includes: a work tank that stores the dielectric working fluid; a Z-axis stage that is disposed in a lower portion of the work tank and moves the workpiece in a Z-axis direction that is a vertical direction; a pillar that extends upward from the Z-axis stage and has an upper end portion located above the highest level of a fluid level of the dielectric working fluid in the work tank; an adjuster that is installed downward from a portion of the pillar located above the highest level of the fluid level, is disposed above the highest level of the fluid level, and adjusts the position or posture of the workpiece in a direction other than the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Yuzawa, Yoichi Otomo, Junichi Shibata