Patents Examined by David B. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10666007
    Abstract: A cable connector wrench and method of operation that in one example has a shaft with a pair of asymmetrical jaws at one end and a handle coupled to the other end. The two jaws form an assembly in which the jaws are joined with a pivot. The fixed jaw is attachable to the shaft and the movable jaw is coupled to the fixed jaw. The movable jaw and the fixed jaw cooperate to engage a connector of a cabled assembly wherein the connector wrench is adapted for tightening or loosening the connector of the cabled assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. Berkenbush, James W. Holley
  • Patent number: 10661417
    Abstract: Tools for rotating fasteners, methods of utilizing the tools, and methods of manufacturing the tools. The tools include a gripping region, a fastener receptacle, and an interlock structure. The gripping region is configured to be gripped by a user of the tool. The fastener receptacle is shaped to receive the fasteners and includes a fastener-receiving opening on a fastener-facing side of the tool. The fastener-facing side faces in a fastener-facing direction. The fastener-receiving opening is sized to permit the fastener to enter the fastener receptacle from the fastener-facing side of the tool. The interlock structure is configured to interlock with the fastener while the fastener is received within the fastener receptacle. The interlock structure also is configured to prevent motion of the tool away from the fastener in a fastener-opposed direction, which is opposed to the fastener-facing side of the tool, while the interlock region is interlocked with the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Karl James Ettling, Russell Pete Callahan
  • Patent number: 10666006
    Abstract: A crimping hand tool used for crimping a cable and a housing together is provided. The crimping hand tool includes a first body, a second body pivoted to the first body, a linking member pivoted to the second body, a crimping assembly pivoted to the linking member and slidably coupled to at least a portion of a guiding structure of the first body, and a stripping assembly slidably disposed in the first body. The first and the second bodies are pivoted to be opened or closed relatively so as to drive the linking member and push the crimping assembly forward to crimp the cable and the housing together. The stripping assembly is suited for being forced to cut and peel off an insulated layer from conducting lines of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: JETOOL CORP.
    Inventor: Kai-Yen Lin
  • Patent number: 10661416
    Abstract: A driving tool with a pivotal driving end includes a first driving body and a second driving body. The first driving body has a receptacle with a polygonal side. The polygonal side includes a plurality of concave sides and a plurality of convex sides. Each of the plurality of concave sides in a cross-section perpendicular to the first axis is curved circularly. Each of the plurality of convex sides in a cross-section perpendicular to the first axis is curved elliptically. The second driving body is pivotally coupled to first driving body. The second driving body has a ball head. The ball head is retained in the receptacle. The ball head includes a plurality of protruding lobes corresponding to the plurality of concave sides and a plurality of recesses corresponding to the plurality of convex sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Hong Ann Tool Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Wei Su
  • Patent number: 10661414
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tool, such as pliers, with handle offsets and stop features. In an embodiment, the tool has a minimum of about 0.50 inches of clearance between handles in an area where a user's index finger contacts the handles. This is accomplished by offsetting upper and lower handles of the tool. For example, the lower handle may be offset about 1.10 inches from a pivot point between the handles. Similarly, an end of the upper handle may be offset by about 1.150 inches from the pivot point when jaws of the tool are adjusted to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Douglas A. Moyer, Daniel M. Eggert
  • Patent number: 10639949
    Abstract: An annular and ring extends around the interior of a wheel/rim on which a tire is mounted. The inner diameter of the annular ring is sized for a snug fit on the wheel rim. A tensioning cable extends through the tubular ring and opposed arms are attached to the ring and are movable between disengaged and engaged positions. The apparatus is selectively movable by actuation of a cable tensioner between a first, disengaged position where the arms do not engage the tire and thereby lock it to the rim, and a second, engaged position in which the arm bear against the tire beads, capturing the tire beads between the rim flanges and the wing members to lock the tire to the rim and to create and/or enhances the air-tight seal between the tire and the rim. The bead lock apparatus may be beneficially used in combination with a foam insert for enhanced tire performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CushCore, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Krefting
  • Patent number: 10625403
    Abstract: An inertial rotational tightening device includes: a rotationally drivable main body, an annular engagement section being disposed on a circumference of the main body; an inertial member having an engagement hole axially formed through the inertial member, the engagement hole of the inertial member being detachably engaged with the engagement section of the main body, a retaining groove being formed on a circumference of the engagement section or a hole wall of the engagement hole, an insertion groove being formed on the hole wall of the engagement hole or the circumference of the engagement section; and an elastic retainer member inlaid and buckled in the retaining groove and the insertion groove. The inertial member is detachably connected with the main body. Different inertial members with different mass can be selectively mounted on the main body to change the moment of inertia and the rotational torque of the rotational tightening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: KABO TOOL COMPANY
    Inventor: Chih-Ching Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10625404
    Abstract: A socket structure contains: a hollow body, a fitting member, an operation bar, a first spring, and a second spring. The hollow body includes a first accommodation groove, a connection groove, a first guide groove, and a second guide groove. The fitting member includes a first section, a second section, a second accommodation groove, a polygonal hole, and a peripheral trough. The hollow body further includes at least one fixing element, the first spring abuts against a stepped connection portion of the first guide groove and the second guide groove and the second section of the fitting member. The operation bar includes a polygonal extension and a peripheral rib. The second spring abuts against a bottom of the second guide groove, and a second end of the second spring pushes the polygonal extension of the operation bar to extend out of the second accommodation groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: KUOCHANG COLD FORGING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ting-Wei Chu
  • Patent number: 10618146
    Abstract: A wrench has a wrench body, a control member, a braking toothed member and a ratchet wheel. The wrench body has a first and a second operating portions. The first operating portion has an assembling aperture and a control aperture, a control member having a handle and a shaft rod, the shaft rod provided with a stepped through hole and disposed in the control aperture; a braking toothed member disposed in the arcuate groove, an end of the braking toothed member has a toothed portion and a convex groove, the convex groove connected to a link shaft via a connecting pin, the link shaft jacketed by an elastic member and together disposed in the through hole. The ratchet wheel disposed in the assembling aperture, an annular toothed portion disposed on a periphery of the ratchet wheel and engaging with the toothed portion of the braking toothed member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Cheng-Cheng Huang
  • Patent number: 10618149
    Abstract: Disposable torque-limiting devices having an upper shank component with a torque-limiting interface, a lower shank component with a torque-limiting interface, and a spring element. Torque-limiting interfaces having a plurality of undulations arranged around an axial bore or drive socket and separated by a plurality of transition regions, with each undulation having an upslope, a peak, and a downslope. The torque-limiting interfaces are configured to engage and disengage to provide torque transmission with predetermined torque limits at various rotational speeds and for amounts of actuations while remaining within a specified operational range. The encasement provides mounts for a tool and for a drive shaft which may be connected to a powered device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: ECA Medical Instruments
    Inventors: John Nino, David Ivinson, David Tory
  • Patent number: 10619362
    Abstract: A simple device for preparing a drywall butt joint includes a wheel with beveled surfaces or an end taper. When the device makes contact with protruding, rough edges of a drywall butt joint and/or debris surrounding the butt joint the force applied by the device eliminates the protruding, drywall edges and debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Charles Hyde, III
  • Patent number: 10618158
    Abstract: An auxiliary handle for hex wrenches includes a housing, a stem and a knob. The stem is mounted in the housing and is fixedly connected with the knob. The entire outer circumferential surface of the stem is provided with a plurality of mounting slots of different sizes along the axial direction of the stem. The right end wall surface of the housing is provided with a notch that can be connected to the mounting slots. The inner wall of the left end of the housing is correspondingly provided with a flat spring. The knob is rotatable to drive the stem to rotate around the axial direction in the housing so that one of the mounting slots connects to the notch and is opposite to the flat spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ningbo King Mount Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yifeng Liu
  • Patent number: 10611014
    Abstract: An extension for a tool handle is described that may be used to provide additional torque when turning or unloosening an object. The device accommodates several types of ratchets, wrenches, or other hand tool handles and may be used alone or in combination with other torque enhancing tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Ross Lazarov
  • Patent number: 10611005
    Abstract: An accessory for catching a fastener responsive to operation of a power tool having a working assembly for driving or removing the fastener may include a working end, a coupling end opposite the working end, and a catch portion disposed between the working end and the coupling end. The coupling end may be configured to be operably coupled to the power tool to be fixed rotationally and axially relative to an axis of the working assembly. The catch portion may extend substantially coaxial with the axis of the working assembly away from the coupling end to the working end. The working end may be configured to extend beyond a distal end of the working assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Steven S. Oliver
  • Patent number: 10596687
    Abstract: A torque socket having locking and releasing function, comprises: a shaft rod, having a core shaft radially formed with a shaft hole and an outer circumference thereof radially formed with a first friction surface; a shaft cylinder, having two axial sides thereof respectively formed with a shaft slot and a sleeve tube having a sleeve slot, a second friction surface is radially formed inside the shaft slot; and a locking and releasing mechanism, including: a first elastic member, sleeved on the sleeve tube; a slide sleeve, sleeved with the shaft cylinder, the sleeve tube is radially formed with a positioning hole allowing a positioning ball to be received, and an inner circumference of the slide sleeve is formed with a stopping wall and a ball chamber corresponding to the location of the positioning ball during two elastic sliding strokes; and a fasten ring, fastened with the sleeve tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Wei-Chieh Chuang
  • Patent number: 10596685
    Abstract: A hand tool includes a body which is a cylindrical body and has a hexagonal mounting portion defined in one end thereof. The mounting portion includes six side faces, and each side face includes a function portion which is connected between two contact faces. Six curved recess are defined alternatively between the side faces. Each function portion includes two consecutive V-shaped recesses. The first length is defined between two respective outer ends of the two contact faces of each side face. The mounting hole is defined by an imaginary hexagonal column which includes an axis and six sides. Each side of the imaginary hexagonal column is located corresponding to each contact face. The length of each side is defined as the third length. The first length is 0.5 to 0.65 of the third length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Tsan-Chang Lee
  • Patent number: 10589579
    Abstract: In a tire removal processing, a clamping step and a tire removing step are executed. In the clamping step, a tire is clamped by an upper support and a lower support by bringing the lower support into contact with a lower side wall of the tire in a state where a lower rim is fitted in the tire and the upper support is in contact with an upper side wall of the tire. In the tire removing step, the tire is detached from the lower rim by relatively moving the lower rim vertically downward with respect to a lower support while the clamping step is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINERY SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Ueda, Makoto Tachibana
  • Patent number: 10590718
    Abstract: A pipe-gripper includes an elongated housing. The pipe gripper further includes a rotor positioned within the elongated housing. The rotor has a periphery and a longitudinal groove extending axially therethrough. The longitudinal groove has an inside face and a groove mouth, The groove mouth has width A. In addition, the pipe gripper includes a toothed rim, the toothed rim positioned on the periphery of the rotor and interrupted by the longitudinal groove. Further, the pipe gripper includes a clamp assembly. The clamp assembly includes at least one clamp and positioned within the rotor. The pipe-gripper also includes a rotor drive, the rotor drive positioned within the elongated housing. In addition, the pipe gripper includes a transmission assembly, the transmission assembly in engagement with the rotor drive at toothed rim engagement points, the distance between toothed rim engagement points being distance B, distance B being larger than distance A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: West Drilling Products AS
    Inventors: Odd B. Skjaerseth, Bjørn Eilertsen
  • Patent number: 10583542
    Abstract: A pipe wrench includes a first body and a second body. The first body includes a handle portion and a first clamping portion. The second body is movably coupled to the first body and has a body portion. The body portion defines a thorough hole with which the first body is insertably engaged. The body portion includes a second clamping portion. The first and second clamping portions face oppositely and cooperate with one another. The body portion is reinforced with at least one reinforcement ridge. The at least one reinforcement ridge extends from an outer periphery of the body portion. The second body is movable to various fixed positions on the first body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Hong Ann Tool Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Wei Su
  • Patent number: 10576611
    Abstract: A tool accessory includes a first portion defining a drive end and a second portion defining a working end. At least one flat or planar side surface is defined on the first portion, and a tipping point is disposed between the first portion and the second portion. The tool accessory has a center of mass that is defined closer to the drive end than to the working end such that, when the tool accessory is rested on a surface, the center of mass causes the tool accessory to rest on the planar side surface and the tipping point to prevent rolling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Jacob Feuerstein, Steven W. Hyma