Patents Examined by David B. Thomas
  • Patent number: 11065742
    Abstract: A rotation and removal tool for airless sprayer tips aids in manually manipulating sprayer tips of airless paint sprayers. The rotation and removal tool is provided with an elongated body and a tip receptacle traversing into and within the elongated body. The tip receptacle is configured to releasably receive a sprayer tip of an airless paint sprayer to be retained therein so that the elongated body may be used as a handle to rotate, pull, push or otherwise manipulate a sprayer tip, facilitating easier removal or other maintenance is the sprayer tip has become clogged or jammed. At least one angled grip feature may be provided for ergonomic. A pry lip may be provided to enable can opening functionality. A wrench feature, driver feature, and cleaning prongs may also be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Dennis Pressey
  • Patent number: 11067113
    Abstract: A screw insert has a body configured to engage a threaded fastener and transmit a torque to the threaded fastener, a separable head connected to the body and a neck extending between body and the separable head. The neck is configured to break causing the separable head to separate from the body in response to a torque applied to the separable head exceeding a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Cerro Wire LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth LeVey, Randal Hunter, Christel Hunter
  • Patent number: 11065743
    Abstract: A tool holder device includes a receptacle having two conduits perpendicular to each other, a spindle and a shaft are rotatably engaged in the conduits of the receptacle and have bevel gears meshed with each other for allowing the shaft to be rotated relative to the receptacle by the spindle, a housing is secured to the receptacle, a flexible shank is secured to the spindle, a stem is secured to the flexible shank, a flexible sheath is engaged onto the flexible shank and is secured to the receptacle, and a control ferrule is secured to the flexible sheath, and the stem is rotatably received and engaged in the control ferrule. The flexible shank and the flexible sheath allow the tool holder device to be easily operated by the user in a tiny working space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Wen Hung Chiang
  • Patent number: 11059151
    Abstract: An impact socket includes a socket body having a first end and an opposing second end, the socket body defining a first fastener driving structure at the second end. The impact socket includes a collar assembly carried by the socket body, the collar assembly defining a second fastener driving structure. The collar assembly includes a support sleeve and a base sleeve that define a chamber configured to constrain movement of a securing mechanism relative to the socket body, the securing mechanism configured to selectively secure the collar assembly to the socket body when the collar assembly is disposed in at least one of a first position relative to the second end of socket body and a second position relative to the second end of socket body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Lowell Corporation
    Inventors: David S. Cummings, Derek Silsby, Paul Carnes
  • Patent number: 11052517
    Abstract: A torque tool for identifying locking state of torque adjustment mechanism includes: a tubular body; a tool head having a stem body fitted in the tubular body, a torque adjustment mechanism being used to adjust the torque of the torque tool, a handle with at least one display window being fitted around the tubular body; a locking mechanism for selectively locking the torque adjustment mechanism; a push unit positioned behind the locking mechanism; and a first identification area and a second identification area respectively formed on the locking mechanism and the push unit. When the locking mechanism is not pushed by the push unit, the first identification area is displayed through the display window. When the push unit pushes the locking mechanism to lock the torque adjustment mechanism, it is impossible to adjust the torque of the torque tool and the second identification area is displayed through the display window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: KABO TOOL COMPANY
    Inventor: Chih-Ching Hsieh
  • Patent number: 11052515
    Abstract: The 90 Degrees utilizes dual ratio constant mesh gears which provides suitable use for ratchets in hard to access spaces, and particularly well suited for automotive use. The mesh gears are configured to be used either with manual or pneumatic tools. A female socket element recedes into the housing having gears therein and a male socket element meshes with the female socket element and is shaped to accommodate a female socket element at 90 degrees or the adapter element of a drive ratchet. You can use an elongated drive shaft to accommodate distance. Positioned within the housing of the adapter body are gears secured to mesh within the housing of the adapter. Rotation of the female socket element by a drive ratchet in one direction will rotate the male socket element in the opposite direction without any change in direction is governed by the ratchet use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: Cornelius Tillman, Melvin Summers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11045930
    Abstract: A retention socket is configured to hold a non-ferrous metallic fastener and includes a socket body defining a cavity shaped to receive a head of the non-ferrous metallic fastener. The retention socket further includes a mechanical retaining feature coupled to the socket body to removably couple the non-ferrous metallic fastener to the socket body without the aid of magnetic forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robert H. Dietze, Christopher Brady
  • Patent number: 11045928
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an impact wrench for detaching bolts or nuts together with socket. The impact wrench includes a pole, a driving member, an elastic member, and a connecting portion. The driving member is slidably and rotatably disposed to one end of the pole. The other end of the pole has a sleeving portion which may be a rectangular hole. The elastic member presses against the driving member and the pole to make the driving member continuously moving away from the sleeving portion. The connecting portion is configured on the pole or on the driving member. The connecting portion is adapted for a handle to be assembled thereon. Therefore, power tool may be attached to the sleeving portion to provide rotational impulse to detach bolts or nuts. User may hole the impact wrench by a handle which is assembled on the connecting portion, achieving convenience and safety operation condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Cheng-Chia Peng
  • Patent number: 11040435
    Abstract: A hex wrench improved structure comprises a body, one end thereof has six equally divided planes, an abutting angle is formed between each of the two planes, at least one of the planes is disposed with a groove, the groove has two inclined surfaces, one side of each of the two inclined surfaces is connected to the abutting angle of the two planes, another sides of the two inclined surfaces are connected to each other, and an obtuse angle is included between the two inclined surfaces; thereby, the hex wrench can be pressed tightly against an inner wall surface of a hole in a screw for inserting a cap screw tool to apply force, so that the hex wrench is not easy to slip, and it is easier to turn and lock or adjust the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: CHEWREN INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hsi-De Liu
  • Patent number: 11040437
    Abstract: A torque sleeve for a connector includes a slip ring, a torque ring, a torque spring, and an outer shell. The slip ring includes at least one axial movement inhibiting structure, and a plurality of first teeth having a first sawtooth pattern disposed in an axial direction of the torque sleeve. The torque ring includes at least one radial movement inhibiting structure, and a plurality of second teeth having a second sawtooth pattern disposed in an axial direction of the torque sleeve facing the plurality of first teeth. The torque spring is configured to apply a spring force against the torque ring to encourage movement of the torque ring toward the slip ring. The outer shell is configured to house the slip ring, the torque ring, and the torque spring within the torque sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Luther E. Smith, Aaron Quinto, Derek Matthews
  • Patent number: 11040433
    Abstract: A dual ratcheting tool having multiple ratchet assemblies and handles for rotating adapters, sockets, and other tools is provided. The dual ratcheting tool includes an upper ratchet assembly independently rotationally and mechanically connected to a lower ratchet assembly; a drive member connected to the upper ratchet assembly and the lower ratchet assembly; an upper handle connected to the upper ratchet assembly, the upper handle having an upper directional switch to set a drive direction of the upper ratchet assembly; and a lower handle connected to the lower ratchet assembly, the lower handle having a lower directional switch to set a drive direction of the lower ratchet assembly. The upper and lower handles of the dual ratcheting tool can independently and in combination can drive a socket more quickly and efficiently than ratchets having a single ratchet assembly and handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Split Ratchet, LLC
    Inventor: Dennis Blaine Terry, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11040436
    Abstract: A temporary tightening tool includes a grip part and a socket part into which a bolt head part is inserted. The socket part is formed in a shape of a hexagonal tube surrounded by six side walls, a hook part, which is a leaf spring part, is formed in each of alternate three side walls among the six side walls, and a thick torque transmission part is formed in each of three remaining side walls without the hook part. When the bolt head part is inserted in the socket part, the hook part is elastically deformed, and holds the hold bolt head part with restoring force. Torque input into the grip part is transmitted to the bolt head part from the torque transmission wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11034001
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an apparatus for use with an adjustable wrench to limit the displacement of a broken portion of the adjustable wrench relative to the remaining parts of the adjustable wrench when the wrench fractures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Thru Tubing Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Brock Watson, Roger Schultz, Greg Kliewer, Andy Ferguson
  • Patent number: 11031755
    Abstract: A shotgun stick for use with grounding devices is provided. An example shotgun stick includes a housing and a drive shaft supported within the housing. The shotgun stick further includes a torque connector coupled with a first end of the drive shaft that receives a grounding clamp assembly. The shotgun stick includes a motor assembly operably connected to a second end of the drive shaft. In an automatic mode, the motor assembly drives the drive shaft so as to actuate the grounding clamp assembly received by the torque connector. The shotgun stick also includes a manual locking mechanism. In a manual mode, the manual locking assembly locks the drive shaft to at least a portion of the housing so as to preclude rotation of the drive shaft and allow manual actuation of the grounding clamp assembly received by the torque connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Rizwan Ahmad, Ataur Rahman, Justin Matthew Wilson, Alfred Flojo, Linda Ziegler-Robinson
  • Patent number: 11027409
    Abstract: An example embodiment of the present invention is a wrench handle that is elongated in a predetermined direction. At least a portion of the wrench handle is hollow. The hollow portion has a front part and a rear part. The hollow portion is also configured to substantially house and detachably secure a socket extension bar therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Richard J. Macor
  • Patent number: 11027400
    Abstract: An electrically isolated coupler may include a driven body, a drive body and an insulating member. The drive body is made of first metallic material and has a driven end configured to interface with a fastening component. The driven body includes a first interface portion and the drive body includes a second interface portion. The drive body is made of a second metallic material and has a drive end configured to interface with a driving tool. The insulating member is disposed between the drive body and the driven body to electrically isolate the drive body and the driven body from each. The first interface portion includes at least one axially extending portion that extends toward the drive body, and the second interface portion includes at least one axially extending portion that extends toward the driven body. The insulating member is disposed between the respective at least one axially extending portions of the first and second interface portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: APEX BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: James Richard Raskin, Matthew Paul Keller
  • Patent number: 11027402
    Abstract: A torque socket having torque value indication, includes: a main body, one side thereof axially disposed with an insertion part and another side thereof axially formed with an accommodation slot, wherein at least one guiding tenon and an indication ring are radially and axially disposed on an outer circumference of the accommodation slot respectively, an outer circumference of the indication ring is annularly provided with torque value marks; a torque adjusting assembly, including a spring and a shaft cylinder, wherein an outer circumference of shaft cylinder is radially formed with an arc-shaped guiding slot allowing the guiding tenon to be inserted, the shaft cylinder can axially compress the spring for adjusting a torque value; and an end cover ring, having an indication mark at an outer circumference thereof. Accordingly, the indication mark can be aimed at one of the torque value marks for displaying a locking torque value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Wei-Chieh Chuang
  • Patent number: 11018483
    Abstract: A cable preparation machine includes a blade assembly having arms and braid blades mounted thereto and disposed about a cable opening receiving a cable end along a cable axis. The arms are movable between retracted positions and advanced positions to move the braid blades. The braid blades have edges configured to engage a cable braid of the cable to cut the cable braid. The cable preparation machine includes a mandrel coupled to the end of the cable between the cable braid and an inner insulator of the cable. The braid blades are rotated around the cable axis pressing the cable braid between the edges of the braid blades and the mandrel to cut the braid blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignees: TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Steven Houser, Gary Lee Deck, Christopher John Gavlak, Michael Morris, Natalie C. Wheeler, Scott M. Wright, Daniel Enrique Juarez Gerardo
  • Patent number: 11014221
    Abstract: Torque tools of the present invention include: a hydraulic cylinder assembly (40); a drive assembly (600, 60); a flexible linkage connection, or force transfer, assembly formed between the hydraulic cylinder assembly (40) and the drive assembly (600, 60); all of which is formed within or adjacent to a housing assembly (70). They provide large, accurate torque for limited clearance applications. The flexible linkage connection assembly (50) includes a rocker arm assembly (51) and a chain link-pin assembly. The flexible linkage connection assembly (50) maintains the relationship between the line of action of the linear force generated on the rocker arm assembly (51) by the hydraulic piston assembly (44, 50)(ies) and rotary force generated on the ratchet drive socket (9) by the rocker arm assembly (51) via the chain link-pin assembly at close to the optimized position throughout the entire travel of a drive plate assembly (61) of the drive assembly (600, 60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: HYTORC Division UNEX Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Koppenhoefer, Thomas F. McLoughlin
  • Patent number: 11013866
    Abstract: The invention may include a knife having a syringe hub remover. In one embodiment, the invention may include a hub slot that may be integral to the knife tang and that may further be configured to be positioned over a syringe hub and allow for an improved leveraged torque force to be applied thereby twisting and ultimately assisting in the removal of the syringe hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: HAWKEYE BITS AND SPURS, LLC
    Inventor: Scotty Hawkeye Harman