Patents Examined by David A. Bucci
  • Patent number: 11446710
    Abstract: A cleaning tool system has a central body and a fore body extending from the central body and having a peripheral contour shaped to be closely received in an enclosed channel. The fore body has orifices to dispense a cleaning medium. A connection boss in the central body is configured to receive a supply line for the cleaning medium. A plurality of stabilizers each extend from the central body radially relative to a longitudinal axis to engage surfaces of the channel. A loop hook in the fore body is configured to attach a draw line to pull the fore body and central body through the channel along the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John M. Shinozaki, Tucker J. Rees, Drake J. Nailon
  • Patent number: 11448872
    Abstract: A self-cleaning film system includes a substrate and a film. The film includes a monolayer formed from a fluorinated material, and a first plurality of regions disposed within the monolayer and spaced apart from one another such that each of the regions abuts, is surrounded by, and is not covered by the fluorinated material. Each of the regions includes a photocatalytic material. The system may include a wave guide disposed adjacent the substrate. The wave guide includes a first light source configured for emitting a first portion of electromagnetic radiation towards the film having an ultraviolet wavelength of from 10 nm to 400 nm, and a second light source configured for emitting a second portion of electromagnetic radiation towards the film having an infrared wavelength of from 700 nm to 1 mm. A method of forming a self-cleaning film system configured for reducing a visibility of a contaminant is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: James A. Carpenter, Thomas A. Seder, Gayatri V. Dadheech
  • Patent number: 11432559
    Abstract: A dip tank and recycling system for applying antimicrobial solution to food items, including a dip tank having a bottom and sides, and holding a liquid antimicrobial solution. A conveyor to convey food items through the tank passes through the liquid antimicrobial solution held in the tank such that food items conveyed on the conveyor are dipped in the liquid antimicrobial solution. At least two discharge nozzles spray fresh antimicrobial solution into the tank. The discharge nozzles are located in the sides of the tank, and are positioned above the level of the conveyor but below an expected top level of the liquid antimicrobial solution contained within the tank such that food items conveyed on the conveyor are agitated by the force of the spray from the discharge nozzles. The spray from the discharge nozzles causes unstacking of items on the conveyor, producing an even application of the antimicrobial solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Justin Massey, Tim Yeaman
  • Patent number: 11434599
    Abstract: A drawer guide includes a fixed body; an operation body withdrawable from the fixed body; a base; and a base slit. The base slit includes a linear portion; and a curved portion extending from a front end of the linear portion. The drawer guide includes first and second slides movably coupled to the base; a slide slit penetrating the second slide; a first transfer unit having one end movably coupled to the base slit and the other end inserted in the slide slit; a second transfer unit detachably coupled to the first transfer unit. The second transfer unit moves the first transfer unit to the curved portion from the linear portion when the operation body is moved in the withdrawing direction and vice-versa. The drawer guide includes a spring connecting the base and the first slide; and an attractive power supply unit that supplies a power to the second slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jihong Lee, Kwanwoong Jeong
  • Patent number: 11427951
    Abstract: A wall mounted washing machine includes a cabinet having a front surface and a rear surface to be opened to form an appearance; a tub disposed in the cabinet to store wash water; a front panel installed in the tub; a drum rotatably installed in the tub: a cover installed in the front panel and having a door hinge; a door rotatably coupled to the door hinge and having a door glass; and a door opening and closing device having an electronic opening and closing type adapted for locking or unlocking the door to/from the door. The door hinge adapted for rotatably supporting the door based on the cover to open and close the laundry inlet of the cover and includes a cable guide tunnel which forms a path through which a cable extending from the inside of the door into the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Jeong Hyeon Gim
  • Patent number: 11384475
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus may include a main body having a laundry inlet port on a front surface thereof, and a door that opens and closes the laundry inlet port. The door may include an outer frame facing an outside of the main body; a front glass attached to a front surface of the outer frame to define a front surface of the door; a door window spaced apart from the front glass toward the laundry inlet port and disposed to correspond to the laundry inlet port; an inner frame connected to the outer frame and the door window, and defining a portion of a rear surface of the door; and a flow path provided between the front glass and the outer frame and configured to provide communication between an inside and an outside of the door. Moisture or water introduced into the door may be discharged to the outside of the door through the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventors: Yongwoo Kwon, Yeongkyeong Choi, Gyuri Kim
  • Patent number: 11377774
    Abstract: A drum washing machine and a spraying system and a sealed window gasket. The drum washing machine includes a box, an outer barrel and an inner barrel that are arranged from outside to inside, the sealed window gasket is arranged between the box and the outer barrel. The spraying system includes a circulating pump, a water retaining structure and water spraying pipes, a water inlet of the circulating pump extends into the outer barrel, and a water outlet of the circulating pump is in communication with the p water spraying pipes; the water spraying pipes are all arranged on the sealed window gasket; and the water retaining structure is arranged inside the sealed window gasket, and the water retaining structure is provided such that washing water sprayed from each water spraying pipe can be scattered and reflected into the inner barrel. Thus, maintenance and installation are simpler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignees: QINGDAO HAIER DRUM WASHING MACHINE CO., LTD., Haier Smart Home Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Peishi Lv, Sheng Xu, Zhiqiang Zhao, Xinyu Zhao
  • Patent number: 11371177
    Abstract: There is proposed a washing machine including an improved holder capable of fixing a hose. The washing machine includes a cabinet, a tub provided inside the cabinet, a drain pump provided to discharge washing water accommodated in the tub to the outside of the cabinet, a drain hose configured to guide the washing water pumped by the drain pump to the outside of the cabinet, and a holder coupled to an outer surface of the cabinet to fix the drain hose to the cabinet, wherein the holder includes an accommodating portion provided to accommodate the drain hose and a damping portion configured to cause the drain hose to be spaced apart from the cabinet so that, when the washing water is drained, vibration of the drain hose due to the drain pump is prevented from being transmitted to the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Ji Ho Kim, Hee Jin Kang, Soo Hwan Byun
  • Patent number: 7070529
    Abstract: A power transmission belt having a load carrying band with a length, and a plurality of blocks attached to the load carrying band at preselected, spaced intervals along the length of the load carrying band. The plurality of blocks have a thickness (t), measured in a direction along the length of the load carrying band, and a width (W), measured in a direction transversely to the length of the load carrying band. Each of the plurality of blocks is made from synthetic resin material and has no shape-determining insert therein. The synthetic resin material is made from a synthetic resin having a bending modulus of 15 to 20 GPa. The ratio of t/W is from 0.11 to 0.20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuji Tsuji, Takehiko Ito
  • Patent number: 7059214
    Abstract: In an electronic control unit, a transmission control module for controlling an automatic transmission and a position sensor for detecting the range position of the automatic transmission are built in a common unit case. A first member and a second member to be fitted at the time of mounting the electronic control unit on an automatic transmission case are directed in the mounting direction when mounted on the automatic transmission case, and a third member is mounted on those two members. A predetermined clearance is formed at a predetermined portion on the mounting path between the automatic transmission case and the third member. When the electronic control unit is mounted on the automatic transmission case, therefore, the clearance on the mounting path inbetween absorbs the positional deviation between the first member and the second member thereby to facilitate the mounting work. Thus, the mounting workability of a position sensor built-in electronic control unit on an automatic transmission is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naotaka Murakami, Naoto Ogasawara, Kenji Suzuki, Kohichi Ichigo
  • Patent number: 7037227
    Abstract: An improved pneumatic tensioner apparatus is disclosed, the apparatus including: a main drive belt; a chuck assembly, suspended from said main drive belt, having a spinning member and a drive contact portion; a first frictional drive belt in a first track in contact with said drive contact portion operative to spin said chuck assembly; a first tension adjusting device operative to apply pressure to said first frictional drive belt tangentially to said drive contact portion; a second frictional drive belt disposed in at least one idler roller on an opposite side of said chuck assembly to said first frictional drive belt, said second frictional drive belt in contact with said drive contact portion; and a second tension adjusting device operative to apply pressure to said second frictional drive belt tangentially to said drive contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Graham Packing Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Russell Varone, Michael Deitz
  • Patent number: 7017444
    Abstract: A transmission for a bicycle pedal has a fixed axle with an end operatively connected to a wheel of the bicycle and a guide axle connected to the fixed axle to form a crank. A bicycle pedal is rotatably mounted on a slider which is movably mounted on a guide portion of the guide rod for translation therealong. The ration of gyration of the pedal can be varied by sliding the pedal along the guide axle and/or telescoping the guide axle relative to the fixed axle. The slider and mounted pedal can be rotated toward the bicycle frame for compact storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Jun-Suck Kim
  • Patent number: 7008107
    Abstract: A linear motion guide unit has a guide rail made of a thin plate, and a stopper construction installed detachably to the guide rail to prevent a slider from becoming untethered while on a sliding movement relative to the guide rail. A linear motion guide unit is disclosed in which a slider fits for linearly sliding movement in a guide rail made of a thin steel material formed in an U-shape in cross section, and there is provided a stopper construction to keep the slider against getting out of the guide rail. The stopper construction is comprised of a stopper pin installed detachably to the guide rail at any lengthwise end thereof to cause the stopper pin to bear against any fore-and-aft end of widthwise opposing side walls of the slider, whereby the slider comes to rest to prevent it from becoming untethered from the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Nippon Thompson Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideki Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 7004860
    Abstract: A belt type infinite variable-speed drive using a ball-screw mechanism is compact and noise-free. A nut of the ball-screw mechanism is fixed to a casing and a threaded shaft is rotatably coupled to a movable pulley member through a ball bearing so that ball circulating portions on the nut will not rotate while the movable pulley member is movable axially. Also, the ball circulating portions, which are low in load bearing capacity, are oriented in such a direction that a load hardly acts on the ball-screw mechanism. This makes it possible to compactly and rationally design a belt type infinite variable-speed drive and to suppress noise due to vibration of balls in the ball circulating portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Isamu Yoshida, Kiyotake Shibata, Masahiro Nobutomo, Morihisa Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 6997836
    Abstract: Protrusions formed on an inner peripheral surface of at least an innermost metal ring of a belt for a continuously variable transmission are initially worn. An average contact width w of the protrusions, measured in a direction perpendicular to a direction of travel of the metal ring, is equal to or less than 16 ?m. The development of pitching at a top of the protrusion in a depthwise direction is inhibited. Shallow pitching is eliminated due to the contact between the protrusion and a metal element, which prevents the generation of cracks. When the metal ring and the metal element are conformed to each other, the average Hertz's surface pressure is lowered, whereby the pitching is difficult to occur. Also, the top of the protrusion is worn, leading to an improved surface roughness, whereby the lubrication is enhanced, resulting in an enhancement of metal ring durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigeru Kanehara, Mamoru Arikawa, Toru Yagasaki
  • Patent number: 6991065
    Abstract: To lubricate a length of track, a plurality of lubricating nozzles are provided. Each nozzle is fed by the output of a single positive displacement pump, and all the pumps are controlled by a computer. Vibration sensors, sound sensors, or L/V ratio sensors detect physical qualities which occur as a train passes a given point, and another detector measures the time between successive wheels on the truck of a car as it passes a given point to measure train speed. The computer compares the output readings measured by the detector to a table of outputs in its memory that are indicative of a lubricated track to determine if lubrication is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Inventors: Carlton L. Leslie, Kevin Kostelny-Vogts
  • Patent number: 6981430
    Abstract: A vehicular steering apparatus includes a column bracket secured to a steering column; and a fixing bracket secured to a vehicle body. The column bracket includes a top plate and a pair of side plates. The fixing bracket supports the column bracket via a support shaft. A support-shaft through hole formed in each of the side plates of the column bracket includes a slot extended along a longitudinal direction of the steering column. A resilient member is interposed between the top plate of the column bracket and a confronting portion of the support shaft. The resilient member biases the support shaft along a predetermined biasing direction to restrict play of the support shaft in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Koyo Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Murakami, Hiroaki Shinto, Shuzo Hirakushi
  • Patent number: 6973850
    Abstract: The transmission gear shift lever device has a variable select lever ratio adapted to accommodate most of the operating mechanisms of the conventional transmission gear shift (TGS) lever device without major design changes. The select lever ratio is a ratio of rotating angle of a select lever relative to the rotating angle of the TGS lever and can be varied during the select manipulation of the TGS lever, such that all shift stages in a 6-speed transmission can be controlled while the rotating angle of the TGS lever during the select manipulation is maintained at the same size as that of a conventional TGS lever device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Yong-Dal Choi
  • Patent number: 6969331
    Abstract: A synthetic resin guide for a chain, or other flexible transmission medium comprises a synthetic resin guide body having a shoe on which the transmission medium slides, and a slotted, plate-receiving portion integrally molded on the back side of the shoe for receiving a reinforcing plate. The plate-receiving portion is composed of a pair of opposed, longitudinally extending, slot-defining walls. A convex pressing member, integrally molded with one of the walls protrudes into the slot through a partially cut-away portion of the wall and exerts a resilient pressing force on the reinforcing plate. The guide suppresses shock noises due to wobbling of the guide during operation. Increased molding tolerances are made possible, and higher productivity in the assembly of the guide is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventor: Masahiko Konno
  • Patent number: 6966237
    Abstract: The first gear/reverse gate switch of the present invention includes a detent switch including a contact pin and a contact switch. When a manual transmission is shifted to a gear not in the first gear/reverse gate, the contact pin of the detent switch engages a recessed portion on a detent mechanism such that the contact pin does not engage the contact switch. This indicates that the transmission is not in a gear in the first gear/reverse gate. When the manual transmission is shifted to a gear in the first gear/reverse gate, the interlock moves the detent, pushing the contact pin into engagement with the contact switch. This indicates that the transmission is in a gear in the first gear/reverse gate. The spring forces the detent into a “relaxed position” when not in the first gear or the reverse gate, breaking switch contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: ZF Meritor, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick L. Scheib, Peggy M. Garrett