Patents Examined by Darrell C Ford
  • Patent number: 10443774
    Abstract: A cam lock fitting having a rotating female portion which may include a safety lock which prevents separation of the male and the female portions of the fitting to prevent inadvertent pressurized discharges. Rotation of the female portion is accomplished by placing a connecting collar on the rear of the female end portion so that the female portion rotates about the connecting collar. The safety lock mechanism operates by placing opposing notches in the end of the male portion so that when the cam levers are opened the male and female portions of the cam lock fitting initially only slightly separate allowing the operator to quickly reclose the cam lock fitting if it contains pressurized material. The rotating female portion easily aligns the cam lobes of the cam lever with the notches on the male coupling so that the male and female portions can be separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey Hartman
  • Patent number: 10406592
    Abstract: A method of inserting a rivet (2) into a workpiece (42, 44, 46) comprises moving the rivet (2) and workpiece (42, 44, 46) relative to one another, along a longitudinal axis of the rivet, so as to drive the rivet into the workpiece. The rivet is rotated about its longitudinal axis, relative to the workpiece, for at least part of the time during which it is in contact with the workpiece. The speed of said rotation, or the speed of movement along the longitudinal axis of the rivet, is altered at least once before driving of the rivet into the workpiece is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Atlas Copco IAS UK Limited
    Inventors: Stuart Edmund Blacket, Wojciech Gostylla, Paul Briskham
  • Patent number: 10400812
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method for fastening a fastener body having a longitudinal axis, a first external male threaded portion, and two or more through-holes perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the fastener body in the first external male threaded portion, wherein the through-holes are on a different plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the fastener, wherein the two or more through-holes are on a different one of the planes and angle from an adjacent through-hole of the two or more through-holes; and tightening a fastening member configured to matingly engage the first external male threaded portion, wherein the two or more through-holes is capable of receiving a pin without having to rotationally adjust the fastening member such that compression is maintained between a first object and a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Scott David Poster
  • Patent number: 10399847
    Abstract: An apparatus for ventilating a web of material used in the manufacture of pocketed springs may be removably attached to a pocket coiler. The apparatus has an upper movable portion which pivots relative to a stationary portion. The stationary portion may be removably attached to the pocket coiler. Each portion has at least one roller, a web of material passing between the rollers during use. One of the rollers may have protrusions to create openings in the material before the material enters the pocket coiler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: John J. Brunnert, John E. Hull, Richard A. Krtek, Darrell A. Richmond
  • Patent number: 10392069
    Abstract: An attachment system for securing an accessory to a vehicle is disclosed. The attachment system generally comprises at least a locking mechanism mountable to, or integral with, the accessory, and a base mounted to, or integral with, the vehicle. The locking mechanism generally comprises an actuator configured to actuate or displace at least a pair of locking elements between an inoperative (or unlocked) position and an operative (or locked) position. The base generally comprises at least one opening configured to at least partially receive the locking mechanism. The attachment system generally allows the installation and removal of the accessory by actuating the actuator of the at least one locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Jimmy Boutin, Normand Roy, Mathieu Vincent, Philippe Jaillet-Gosselin, Genevieve Therrien, Vincent Morin, Julie Tremblay
  • Patent number: 10377215
    Abstract: A tailgate cover includes at least one pocket to securely fit over a tailgate. In some embodiments, the tailgate cover includes two or three pockets. The tailgate cover is made of stretchable material such as a stretchable fabric which enables the cover to be stretched securely over the tailgate. To further secure the tailgate cover over the tailgate, any coupling device is able to be used. The tailgate cover is able to include any graphic and/or text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: David Sierra
  • Patent number: 10371006
    Abstract: An exhaust-side journal bearing for supporting a gas turbine rotor is disposed inside a bearing box. The bearing box is supported by a strut which extends inward from an exhaust casing, and a seal ring having an annular inner peripheral end is disposed on the bearing box. Executed during a maintenance work are: a bearing adjustment step of displacing a bearing surface of the journal bearing relative to the bearing box in a perpendicular direction perpendicular to the axial direction; and a seal ring adjustment step of displacing the inner peripheral end of the seal ring relative to the bearing box in accordance with the direction of displacement and the amount of displacement of the bearing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Kohei Hidaka, Susumu Wakazono, Toshihiro Takeda, Scott Cloyd, Santo Scimeca
  • Patent number: 10363592
    Abstract: A method for preparing a metal composite plate by rolling includes the following steps: 1) rolling composite surfaces of a base plate and a cladding plate, respectively, to obtain the base plate corrugation and the cladding plate corrugation for mating with each other; 2) cleaning the composite surfaces of the base plate and the cladding plate to expose the metal matrixes of the base plate and the cladding plate; 3) laminating the base plate and the cladding plate sequentially so that the base plate corrugation on the base plate and cladding plate corrugation on the cladding plate mate with each other, compacting, and performing welding sealing treatment to the base plate and the cladding plate to obtain a composite plate slab; and 4) rolling the composite plate slab after inspection by using a compositing machine to a desirable thickness, to obtain a metal composite plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Qingxue Huang, Lin Zhu, Yugui Li, Cunlong Zhou, Lifeng Ma, Jiang Zhang, Xiaogang Wang
  • Patent number: 10361528
    Abstract: A method of making a connector assembly includes attaching two stamped housing sections together to form a connector housing having a housing groove with a groove bottom and two side walls and providing the connector housings with a spring used as a mechanical connector and/or as an electrical connector for numerous applications and across numerous industries. The groove geometries can easily be altered using different stamping dies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Farshid Dilmaghanian, Peter J. Balsells, Majid Ghasiri, Derek Changsrivong
  • Patent number: 10304578
    Abstract: A fuel pellet visual inspection device for manufacturing a nuclear fuel rod improves convenience and workability of visual inspection of a plurality of pellets by simultaneously turning over the pellet. The fuel pellet visual inspection device for manufacturing a nuclear fuel rod includes: a rotary shaft; a pair of seats hinged to the hinge shaft, arranged at both sides from the rotary shaft, and seated with a tray thereon; and a dust-collecting unit disposed under the pair of seats and collecting dust scattered from pellets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Tae Hyung Na, Hankyul Koh
  • Patent number: 10286460
    Abstract: A method and related system and apparatus for refurbishing worn rail transit rails to a desired refurbished rail surface profile substantially similar to the surface profile of a newly-manufactured rail, comprising: depositing a first line of fill material along a lower-inside section to be refurbished; in N?1 successive iterations thereafter, progressing circumferentially from the lower-inside section to be refurbished to an upper-outside section to be refurbished, depositing an n+1th line of fill material adjacent an nth line of fill material wherein the nth line of fill material substantially provides a flow barrier against the n+1th line of fill material flowing past the nth line of fill material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Robert J. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10286525
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in handling windscreens for example for installation in a vehicle, includes a windscreen anchor assembly comprising a windscreen anchor device and a support arm extending away from the windscreen anchor device. A mount assembly is provided for supporting the windscreen anchor assembly. The mount assembly includes a mount structure for engaging with the support arm such that the support arm can slide bodily in its longitudinal direction with respect to the mount structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Belron International Limited
    Inventors: William Finck, Christopher Davies
  • Patent number: 10273991
    Abstract: A mounting clip may be provided that is configured to be secured to a stiffener and provide attachment of external components to the stiffener. In one example, the mounting clip includes a frame with a base and legs. Opposing engagement members extend from the legs. The opposing engagement members each include a pair of deformable flexures and a pad, which engages a surface of the stiffener. The stiffener may be inserted into a channel defined by engagement members and translated upwards, thus, translating the pads upward and inward. Subsequently, the pads and deformable flexures provide a compressive clamping stress on the stiffener and therefore permanently secure the mounting clip to the stiffener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Christopher W. Fay
  • Patent number: 10274351
    Abstract: A method of making a sensor assembly for a vortex flowmeter includes securing a vortex sensor to a vortex sensor housing. The vortex sensor housing is secured to a sensor body that is configured to seal a process penetration opening to limit flow of process fluid out of the flowmeter through the process penetration opening. A pair of pressure-responsive diaphragms is secured to the vortex sensor housing such that the pressure-responsive diaphragms face outwardly from opposite sides of the housing and such that the vortex sensor is positioned to detect motion of at least one of the pressure-responsive diaphragms. A mounting hole is made in the sensor body spaced apart from the vortex sensor housing. A temperature sensor housing is secured to the sensor body through the mounting hole. A temperature sensor is inserted in the temperature sensor housing for sensing a temperature of the process fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Systems USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul F. Brosnihan, Javier Lopera, Stephen B. Talutis
  • Patent number: 10253659
    Abstract: A method of cold-forming a ball plunger blank includes providing a slug having a generally cylindrical surface extending between a first end and a second end, transferring the slug to a first forming station, at the first forming station forming an indentation in at least one of the first and second ends, and rotating the slug and transferring the slug to a second forming station. The method further includes extruding a first bore through the first end while simultaneously forming a hemispherical surface at the second end, backward extruding a second bore at the first end, and forming a counterbore in the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Janowiak
  • Patent number: 10250110
    Abstract: A method of assembling a rotating rectifier having multiple radially spaced bus bars with a corresponding fastener to an electrical machine having at least one machine with a stator and a rotor mounted on a rotating shaft, the method includes inserting the rotating rectifier into a hollow portion of the rotating shaft, axially aligning the fasteners with a corresponding radial opening in the rotating shaft, inhibiting an inward radial movement of the fasteners by inserting an inhibiting tool into an interior defined by the multiple radially spaced bus bars, and at least partially securing the fasteners to a corresponding fastener on at least one of the rotor and rotating shaft while the inhibiting tool resides in the interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Paul James Wirsch, Jr., William James Johnsman
  • Patent number: 10244304
    Abstract: Systems and methods for attaching or joining a personalization accessory to headphones, earphones, ear buds and listening devices that produce, enhance and/or cancel acoustics and go in, on, and/or over the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Parng
  • Patent number: 10240560
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure are directed to a system that includes a boot configured to attach to a chevron of an aircraft nacelle, and an attachment mechanism configured to attach the boot and the chevron. In some embodiments, a boot includes a first surface and a second surface, where the surfaces are attached by inwardly tapering sidewalls that form an opening that is configured to surround a chevron of an aircraft nacelle. In some embodiments, a repair of a chevron on an exhaust nozzle of an aircraft engine includes placing a chevron-shaped boot with a pocket over at least a portion of a chevron structure on an exhaust nozzle of an aircraft engine, the pocket having a shape that generally conforms to an external surface of the chevron, covering the portion of the chevron structure with the boot, and fastening the boot to the chevron through at least one of bonding or mechanical fastening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Rohr, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen H. Ward
  • Patent number: 10233954
    Abstract: An exemplary method of adjustably mounting a first component to a second component includes, among other things, securing the first component to the second component with a linking member, and selectively adjusting the temperature of a variable portion of the linking member to change a size of the linking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Wendell V. Twelves, Kathleen E. Sinnamon
  • Patent number: 10220886
    Abstract: A compensator assembly for a vehicle frame includes a base member having a clip engaging a first frame component spaced from a second frame component. An extension member is threadably coupled with the base member. A fastener extends coaxially through the base and the extension members to engage the first and second frame components. Rotation of the fastener unthreads the extension member until it contacts the second frame component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jaspinder S. Sahi, John T. Reed