Patents Examined by David B. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10315296
    Abstract: A torque limiting tool is described. The tool comprises a torque limiting mechanism comprising a sleeve connectable to a drive shaft and a torque drive coupler that resides within a housing. The sleeve comprises a sleeve annular sidewall having a plurality of outwardly projecting elongated first lobes and recessed first grooves that are circumferentially positioned along the length thereof. The drive coupler comprises a socket defined by a coupler annular sidewall having a plurality of outwardly projecting second elongated lobes and recessed second grooves positioned along the coupler interior sidewall. Torque is transferred therebetween when the ramped surfaces of the first and second lobes mate within respective second and first grooves of the coupler and sleeve. When a torque limit is exceeded, the first and second lobes of the sleeve and coupler disengage for their respective second and first grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: VIANT AS&O HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Gary C. Victor, Kari Ann Sausen, Neal N. Nesselbeck
  • Patent number: 10315291
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wrench, and its structure includes a guide rod, a first pawl mounted on the guide rod, a sliding member sheathed on the guide rod, a second pawl mounted on the sliding member and matching with the first pawl, and a toothed block disposed on the sliding member and matching with the guide rod. The toothed block has a first position and a second position. When the toothed block is in the first position, the toothed block is slidable along the guide rod toward the first pawl, and is locked in the direction away from the first pawl. When the toothed block is in the second position, the toothed block is slidable along the guide rod toward or away from the first pawl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: Hangzhou Great Star Tools Co., Ltd., Hangzhou Great Star Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Min Wang
  • Patent number: 10315295
    Abstract: A fastener installation tool and related method are provided for installing fasteners in boards. The tool can include a feed mechanism that automatically and sequentially feeds collated fasteners to a nose assembly. The nose assembly can include a guide having an alignment projection extending downwardly from the guide, and configured to engage a board corner and/or side surface, so as to align an angled bore through which fasteners are guided with the board corner and or side surface. The nose assembly can include a magnetic element located adjacent a path on which the collated fasteners are advanced. The magnetic element can exert a magnetic force on an individual fastener, aligning it for precise entry into the angled bore. The nose assembly can include a guide pocket to positively constrain a fastener as it rotates to ensure a desired advancement trajectory. A related method of installation is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: National Nail Corp.
    Inventor: Roger A. Vandenberg
  • Patent number: 10315297
    Abstract: A torque indication wrench includes a main body having a wrenching portion and a support portion, a torque rod having a first end and a second end, and an indication device disposed between the main body and the torque rod. The wrenching portion drives an object. The first end is connected with the support portion. The main body defines a longitudinal line dividing the torque into a counterclockwise and an opposite clockwise areas. A biasing section is formed between the first and second ends, with the central axis of the biasing section positioned in the counterclockwise area. The user wrenches the second end of the torque rod, such that the biasing section of the torque rod resiliently bends from the counterclockwise area toward the clockwise area, and the user is able to read an indicated torque value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Bobby Hu
  • Patent number: 10307895
    Abstract: An elongated, generally, cylindrical impact socket has a driven end and a drive end. The socket is elongated, the cylindrical shape is parsed in at least two, distinct uniform diameter generally coaxial sections having a mass in the range of at least about 2 to 3 times the mass of a standard or extended ASMEB107.110.20R socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Lisle Corporation
    Inventors: Danny Williams, Christopher Watson
  • Patent number: 10300750
    Abstract: A hand-tool is provided for installing and removing a tire, comprising a substantially elongated body member having a longitudinal axis, the body member further comprising a handle portion (102); a first engagement portion (108), arranged at a first end of said handle portion, adapted to operably engage with a first flange of opposed first and second rim flanges of a wheel, so as to form a fulcrum on the contact point with the first flange; a second engagement portion (112), spaced apart at a predetermined distance in a direction away from said first engagement portion along said longitudinal axis, adapted to abuttingly engage with a rim-overlapping bead portion of a tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Simon Patrick Jones
  • Patent number: 10286527
    Abstract: A hexagonal wrench includes a body with at least one function end which is a twisted and equal-sided column. The twisted and equal-sided column includes a root section, an end section and a middle section which formed between the root section and the end section. A maximum twist angle is defined between the root section and the end section, and the maximum twist angle is equal to or less than 30 degrees. The root section has a first cross section and the end section has a second cross section. The first cross section is larger than second cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Joun-Jan Chen
  • Patent number: 10286538
    Abstract: A tool head. The tool head includes an inner core and a plurality of nested shells fitted over the inner core. Each shell is engaged with the inner core at a proximal end. Each shell is independently biased towards the distal end of the inner core and independently compressible away from the distal end. Each shell is independently slidable relative to the inner core and relative to each other. A handle may be used to provide additional leverage and to fold over the tool head when the tool head is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TELEHEX INC.
    Inventors: Peter Huiqin Wen, Calvin Michael Moes
  • Patent number: 10279459
    Abstract: A holding pin protrudes from a first opening of a through hole, enters a hole formed in a tip tool, and holds the tip tool. A spring member energizes the holding pin. A bush is press-fitted in the through hole and supports the spring member at a first end portion thereof. An inner diameter of a second opening of the through hole is formed larger than an outer diameter of the bush. As a result of this, a second end portion of the bush is arranged to avoid contact with the second opening of the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Tsubakimoto, Hidenori Shimizu, Kenji Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10274001
    Abstract: A fastening assembly having torquing members that engage notches on a conical securing member. The torquing members being operable by a wrench and able to exert torque on the securing member at the notches to tighten or loosen the securing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Jon Lambert
  • Patent number: 10274100
    Abstract: A double paired water key has a handle with two opposite ends, a shaft extending from one end of the handle, two opposite ends upon the shaft, and at least two concentric openings extending into each end of the shaft where a user may select a pair of openings on the shaft extending from the handle. The openings have various internal shapes, preferably square, and at least two different widths. In each pair of openings, the opening with the least width has its position inwardly from the remaining opening, towards the handle. Each shaft has a tip with at least two sizes of opening. The two ends of the shaft provide four sizes of opening readily selected by a user. Each opening has rounded corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Mickel R. Smith
  • Patent number: 10265841
    Abstract: A multifunction tool includes a first handle and a second handle where each of the first and second handles include a non-linear track forming a slot. The multifunction tool further includes a jaw assembly slidably coupled to the non-linear tracks of the first and second handles where the jaw assembly is configured to slide within the slots of the first and second handles between a stowed position within the handles and a deployed position extending from the handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Fiskars Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Rauwerdink, Hal Hardinge, Benjamin J. Nyssen, Jason Keenan
  • Patent number: 10265837
    Abstract: A hand tool adapter capable of increasing output torque or rotational speed has a main body. The main body has a through hole. The through hole is provided with a first rotary seat and a second rotary seat. The through hole of the main body is provided with an annular toothed portion. The first rotary seat is provided with a plurality of gears to mesh with the annular toothed portion. The second rotary seat is provided with a gear axle to mesh with the gears. By the speed-changing principle of the planetary gear, the first rotary seat is selected as the input axle to increase the output rotational speed of the second rotary seat, or the second rotary seat is selected as the input axle to increase the output torque of the first rotary seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: TORQUE-TECH PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tien-Lung Lin
  • Patent number: 10259278
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an online inflating valve insertion device. The online inflating valve insertion device has a frame, a chassis, a lift cylinder, a support A, bearing seats, linear bearings, a mounting plate, guide shafts, a lift shaft, a servomotor A, a synchronous pulley A, a connecting plate, a synchronous belt, a synchronous pulley B, a base, a connecting shaft A, a servomotor B, a shaft sleeve A, a lower end cover, a connecting shaft B, a shaft sleeve B and the like. The online inflating valve insertion device provided by the present invention can meet the requirement of automatically inserting an inflating valve into a wheel, also has the characteristics of simple structure, convenience in manufacturing, stable performance, and capability of meeting the precision machining requirement, and can fit to the requirement of automatic production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD
    Inventors: Weidong Liu, Jiandong Guo, Bowen Xue
  • Patent number: 10252401
    Abstract: A clamping and spreading device for separating layers of a substrate includes a C-clamp that is configured to fixedly couple to a substrate. A second rod is coupled to and extends from the C-clamp. The second rod is selectively extensible from the C-clamp. A first wedge is coupled to and extends bidirectionally from the second rod distal from the C-clamp. A second wedge is coupled to and extends from the C-clamp. An actuator is coupled to the C-clamp and is operationally coupled to the second rod. The first wedge and the second wedge are configured to insert into a first gap defined by two layers of the substrate. The actuator is positioned to compel the second rod to extend from the C-clamp. The first wedge is compelled distally from the second wedge to separate the two layers of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Chris Lucas
  • Patent number: 10245909
    Abstract: Described is a device for locking a rim of a wheel to a wheel-holder unit (4) equipped with a supporting plate (12) and a hollow rotary shaft having an end portion projecting in a cantilever fashion from the supporting plate (12), comprising: a centring cone (16) having a through hole; a clamping rod (11) having at a first end a clamping element (10) which can be inserted inside the hollow shaft to prevent a movement of the clamping rod (11) along a first axis (A) of the wheel-holder unit (4), and having at a second end a threaded portion; a clamping element (17) coupled to the threaded portion and which can be rotated for translating along an axis of the clamping rod; a centring flange (23) operatively interposed between the centring cone (16) and the clamping element (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: NEXION S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giulio Corghi
  • Patent number: 10245689
    Abstract: The invention concerns a rod tensioning device having a first actuator, at least a second actuator and a tubular support sleeve dedicated to radially surround a threaded rod. Each of the actuators provides a cylinder, and a piston sliding in the cylinder and forming with the cylinder an annular chamber dedicated to be supplied with pressurized fluid. According to the invention, the at least second actuator is temporary axially arranged between the first actuator and the tubular support sleeve for a temporary blockwise assembly, the pistons of two axially adjacent actuators being indexed in rotation together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget SKF
    Inventor: Marc Alegre
  • Patent number: 10239194
    Abstract: A tensioning device for a thread end portion of a bolt has a cylindrical housing and a piston, moveable in longitudinal direction therein and connectable to a hydraulic supply. An interchangeable sleeve extends centrally through the piston. At its end it has an internal thread with engagement length to be screwed onto the thread end portion. The sleeve has a radially expanded portion carried axially by a carrier face of the piston. In order to prevent the sleeve from prematurely contacting the threaded bolt when mounting the bolt tensioning cylinder and prevent damage to the threads, the sleeve is moveable longitudinally relative to the piston. The longitudinal sleeve travel is defined by the carrier face as first longitudinal stop and by a second longitudinal stop. The longitudinal sleeve travel is at least equal to, preferably greater, than the engagement length of the internal thread of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Frank Hohmann, Jörg Hohmann
  • Patent number: 10240409
    Abstract: A power tong positioner has one or more eddy current probes mounted in association with a power tong/backup unit. An electric current runs through the probe, and with the probe positioned close to a tubular connection, movement of the probe along the length of the connection, with the electric field encompassing surface features on the tubular, will cause a change in the electrical impedance (conductivity) which enable identification of the connection seam or other defined attributes (the “target” attributes). The power tong/backup unit can be positioned accordingly. A portfolio of profiles of non-connection seam surface features of different tubular connections may be generated, stored in a database, and accessed by the system, which enables identifying the connection seam/face with greater accuracy. Other attributes of the invention include storing profile information on RFID tags, and storing and accessing tubular information from a cloud server or other form of remote database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ROGERS OIL TOOLS, LLC
    Inventors: Tommie L. Rogers, John William Trahan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10239191
    Abstract: A dual fastener manipulation device may be used to manipulate two fasteners, having the same rotational axis, which may be separated by various distances and various sized objects. The dual fastener manipulation device may include a first wrench having a first fastener engaging head, a first handle, and a pivot stud. A second wrench element may have a second fastener engaging head and a second handle. A pivot linkage may be pivotally coupled to the pivot stud, and a floating stud may be coupled to both the second wrench and to the pivot linkage. The first and second fastener engaging heads may be engaged to two fasteners having the same rotational axis, while the pivot linkage and floating stud may maintain the rotational axis of the fastener engaging heads, while also allowing the fastener engaging heads to be moved closer to or farther from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Xiaoming Tan