Patents Examined by David P. Bryant
  • Patent number: 10317460
    Abstract: A precision alignment unit and techniques are described that include a tray assembly configured to be used in a testing system, where the tray assembly includes at least one pocket formed in the tray assembly, the pocket configured to contain an integrated circuit chip, and at least one pin pass-through, and a device positioning unit including at least one alignment device configured to extend through the at least one pin pass-through. In implementations, a process for using the precision alignment system that employs the techniques of the present disclosure includes mounting a precision alignment unit to a vacuum chuck of a handler; loading at least one alignment tray into the handler; placing the at least one alignment tray on the precision alignment unit; and aligning at least one integrated circuit chip device disposed on the at least one alignment tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Morris R. Fox, Eric G. Anusevicius
  • Patent number: 10319614
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a wafer leveling device which comprises a carrier module, a fixture module and a dynamic module. A wafer, which is conveyed to and stays above a claw component of the carrier module by a robotic arm, is further carried by the lifted claw component for a continuous ascent until the wafer is contacted by a ring component of the fixture module; the clamp component of the fixture module releases the ring component; the claw component, the ring component and the wafer, all of which keep stabilized mutual positions, are lowered so that several protrudent structures on a base component of the carrier module contact the wafer; the claw component, the ring component and the wafer which completes a manufacturing process are lifted; the carrier module and the wafer are lowered with the clamp components stabilizing the ring component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: E&R ENGINEERING CORP.
    Inventors: Wen Ren Wu, Cho Chun Chung
  • Patent number: 10312124
    Abstract: A wafer table structure providing a single wafer table surface suitable for handling both wafers and film frames includes a base tray having a set of compartments formed therein by way of a set of ridges formed in or on an interior base tray surface; a hardenable fluid permeable compartment material disposed within the set of base tray compartments; and a set of openings formed in the base tray interior surface by which the hardened compartment material is exposable to negative or positive pressures. The base tray includes a first ceramic material (e.g., porcelain), and the hardenable compartment material includes a second ceramic material. The base tray and the compartment material are simultaneously machinable by way of a standard machining process to thereby planarize exposed outer surfaces of the base tray and the hardened compartment material at an essentially identical rate for forming a highly or ultra-planar wafer table surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES & INSTRUMENTS PTE LTD
    Inventors: Jian Ping Jin, Leng Kheam Lee
  • Patent number: 10307900
    Abstract: A quick connect liner latch system assembly (QCLL). The QCLL latches each joint of a slick line deployed liner together quickly and easily. This system can set an anchor in an existing well bore at a shallow depth and run a new liner in the well with a slick line unit using the QCLL system. It is a safer operation for the workers and environment and cost savings to the operator. The QCLL has two main sections that are locked together to form the full QCLL. The upper and lowers sections are locked together using a body lock ring. The units are not threaded together, which eliminates the need for a conventional rig for installation. The QCLL is unique because the inside diameter (ID) of the latch can remain large enough to accommodate a standard liner wiper plug for the weight of the liner being run into the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Harris, Carl Diller, Candice English
  • Patent number: 10307946
    Abstract: A method of making a side step of a vehicle includes a bracket that is mounted to a vehicle body and an insert main body that bears weight of passengers. The bracket and the insert main body are integrally provided by using a CFT material through insert-molding, and an injection molding resin is coupled to all over the insert main body where the bracket is coupled through insert-molding so as to form a main frame of the side step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, LG Hausys, Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Mok Lee, Kwang Jae Choi, Nam Cheol Kim, Seung Ryong Jeong, Sung Jun Hong, Woo Jin Jung, Chun Ho Park
  • Patent number: 10312484
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of mounting storage batteries are presented in which batteries in multiple tiers may be easily accessed for installation and servicing. A battery cabinet or relay rack has provision for multiple tiers of batteries spaced so that batteries may be inserted in each tier. The batteries are supported by a tray or other structure so that they are positioned to permit top access to the battery terminals mounted on the front or front to surfaces of the battery. Tiers are positioned further from the front of the relay rack as the height of the tier increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: C & C Power, Inc.
    Inventors: N. William Conrardy, Michael Osko, Christopher D. Heinz
  • Patent number: 10300567
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a device for the positioning of a number of supports (8) on a rail (25), the support (8) being mounted on a carriage (4-7) for the movement of the support (8) to desired position on the rail (25), the carriage (4-7) being provided with means (27) for the connection of the carriage (4-7) with means (15) for the movement of the carriage (4-7) on the rail (25), and the carriage (4-7) being provided with means (29) for the determination of the position of the carriage (4-7) and thereby of the support (8) on the rail (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NORDISKA TRUSS AB
    Inventor: Åke Svensson
  • Patent number: 10302240
    Abstract: A launch system for a pressurized pipeline includes a housing attachable to the pipeline such that an inside of the housing is open to an interior of the pipeline and an outside of the housing is exposed to an ambient environment outside the pipeline. A first actuator arrangement is disposed on the outside of the housing, and a second actuator arrangement is disposed on the inside of the housing. A seal arrangement is disposed in the housing between the first actuator arrangement and the second actuator arrangement. Each of the first and second actuator arrangements is configured to receive a cable having a portion extending outside the housing, a portion extending through the seal arrangement, and a portion extending inside the housing. The actuator arrangements are independently operable to pull the cable relative to the seal arrangement for moving the cable into and out of the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ULC Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Gregory Penza, Robert E. Kodadek, Michael Passaretti, Eric S. Feldman, David Antanavige, Benjamin Lagosz-Sinclair
  • Patent number: 10302239
    Abstract: A launch system for a pressurized pipeline includes a housing attachable to the pipeline such that an inside of the housing is open to an interior of the pipeline and an outside of the housing is exposed to an ambient environment outside the pipeline. A first actuator arrangement is disposed on the outside of the housing, and a second actuator arrangement is disposed on the inside of the housing. A seal arrangement is disposed in the housing between the first actuator arrangement and the second actuator arrangement. Each of the first and second actuator arrangements is configured to receive a cable having a portion extending outside the housing, a portion extending through the seal arrangement, and a portion extending inside the housing. The actuator arrangements are independently operable to pull the cable relative to the seal arrangement for moving the cable into and out of the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ULC Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Gregory Penza, Robert E. Kodadek, Michael Passaretti, Eric S. Feldman, David Antanavige, Benjamin Lagosz-Sinclair
  • Patent number: 10295106
    Abstract: A launch system for a pressurized pipeline includes a housing attachable to the pipeline such that an inside of the housing is open to an interior of the pipeline and an outside of the housing is exposed to an ambient environment outside the pipeline. A first actuator arrangement is disposed on the outside of the housing, and a second actuator arrangement is disposed on the inside of the housing. A seal arrangement is disposed in the housing between the first actuator arrangement and the second actuator arrangement. Each of the first and second actuator arrangements is configured to receive a cable having a portion extending outside the housing, a portion extending through the seal arrangement, and a portion extending inside the housing. The actuator arrangements are independently operable to pull the cable relative to the seal arrangement for moving the cable into and out of the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ULC Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Gregory Penza, Robert E. Kodadek, Michael Passaretti, Eric S. Feldman, David Antanavige, Benjamin Lagosz-Sinclair
  • Patent number: 10293437
    Abstract: A method of working a gas turbine engine component, for example, a turbine airfoil platform having a heat crack, is disclosed. The presented method may allow turbine airfoils to be repaired, modified, manufactured or otherwise worked and subsequently assembled into a turbine section of a gas turbine engine. This method may help to reduce the costs of operating a gas turbine engine by allowing damaged turbine airfoils to be repaired rather than discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason Eric Huxol, Hector Martinez, Mark Towner, Jose M. Quinones, Michael Everett
  • Patent number: 10273133
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present disclosure, an apparatus is described for use in lifting an article. The apparatus includes a support arm, a lever arm that is movably connected to the support arm, and a headpiece supported by the lever arm that is configured and dimensioned to engage the article such that a force applied to the lever arm is transmitted to the article to thereby lift the article. In another embodiment of the present disclosure, a kit is described for use in lifting an article. The kit includes a support arm, a lever arm that is movably connected to the support arm, a first headpiece supportable by the lever arm having a first configuration facilitating engagement with the article, and a second headpiece supportable by the lever arm having a second configuration facilitating engagement with the article different than the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
    Inventor: Christopher J. Gloster
  • Patent number: 10274114
    Abstract: A torque retention arrangement for a flange bolt connector for use with pipe. The torque retention arrangement a carrier body and a plurality of springs. The carrier body can include a plurality of spring holes equi-spaced around a circumference. A plurality of springs in a vertical stack can be mounted in each of the plurality of spring holes in the carrier. Each spring is in a convex orientation in a pre-torque condition and is in a planar orientation in a post-torque condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Barnes Group Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Otto
  • Patent number: 10259064
    Abstract: A two-phase heat transfer system includes an evaporator unit configured to receive heat from a source, a liquid line fluidly connected to the evaporator unit, a vapor line fluidly connected to the evaporator unit, and a condenser. The condensing unit includes a thermal capacitance device and a condenser integrated with the thermal capacitance device. Methods of forming a thermal storage unit include preparing a honeycomb core to receive a phase change material, metallurgically bonding end pieces to the core, to thermally link the end pieces to the core, and bonding the end pieces together to form a seal for holding the phase change material within the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Bugby, Edward J. Kroliczek, Jessica Maria Kester
  • Patent number: 10253520
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a flexible rod requires a flexible rod, a first endcap, a second endcap, a first tab, a second tab, and a folded binding. The method preferably includes a sheet. The method begins by terminally fixing both the first endcap and the second endcap onto the flexible rod. The first tab is affixed to the first endcap and a first exposed section of the flexible rod. The second tab is affixed to the second endcap and a second exposed section of the flexible rod. The flexible rod is positioned within the folded binding and along a middle fold-line of the folded binding. The first tab and the second tab are oriented away from the middle fold of the folded binding. A first seam is sewn through the folded binding along the flexible rod. A second seam is sewn through the sheet and the folded binding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Nickol Dulcey Gerritsma
  • Patent number: 10219594
    Abstract: The invention offers a solution in jewelry manufacturing and production industry. In details, the invention implies mounting stones on a metal base, including pieces of jewelry or bijouterie with stones or gems. According to the described method, each stone pavilion is placed in an appropriate seat, in which the inserted stones are held at least by protruding projections or beads made on the edge of the seats. The invention solves the issue of the densest placement of stones, which are mainly round in view from above or have a round gem-cutting on the surface of the base of a jewelry piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Igor Lobortas
  • Patent number: 10151145
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing rubber stator material from inside a housing includes a head, at least one blade, and an actuator. For example, the apparatus can be used to core out rubber material from the housing so new material can be molded therein. Also, the apparatus can be used to cut back excess rubber material newly molded in the housing. The head is rotated about an axis and is moved along the axis relative to the housing. The at least one blade is pivotably connected to the head and removes the rubber stator material at least partially from inside the housing with the rotation and movement of the head through the housing. The actuator is associated with the at least one blade and is operable to adjust a pivot of the at least one blade relative to the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Clean-Tube LLC
    Inventor: Paul D. Jezek
  • Patent number: 9132518
    Abstract: A method for producing an aluminum alloy heat exchanger includes applying a coating material prepared by mixing an Si powder, a flux powder, and a binder to a surface of a multiport flat refrigerant tube, assembling an aluminum alloy bare fin with the multiport flat refrigerant tube, and brazing the multiport flat refrigerant tube and the aluminum alloy bare fin to obtain an aluminum alloy heat exchanger, the multiport flat refrigerant tube being formed of an aluminum alloy extruded material that includes 0.5 to 1.7 mass % of Mn, less than 0.10 mass % of Si, and less than 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: SUMITOMO LIGHT METAL INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Yamashita, Yuji Hisatomi
  • Patent number: 8973240
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for mounting, removing and retaining brake pads in disc brakes, such as air-operated disc brakes utilized on commercial vehicles, in a manner which does not require the use of separate brake pad retaining devices while providing positive retention of the brake pad. A preferred embodiment includes a brake caliper mount having brake pad abutment surfaces having radially-oriented and lateral grooves which permit a brake pad with corresponding projections on is lateral sides to be inserted through an opening of the brake caliper into the radially-oriented grooves until the backing plate projections are aligned with the lateral groove, and advancing the brake actuator behind the brake pad to place the brake pad in an operating position in which the actuator prevents the brake pad from realigning with the radially-oriented grooves until the actuator is retracted to permit brake pad extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
    Inventors: Ronald S. Plantan, Harish Radhakrishnan, Dennis A. Wolf, Richard L. Lantz, Will E. Roberts, Steven C. Bell
  • Patent number: 8966735
    Abstract: An implantable tissue marker incorporates a contrast agent scaled within a chamber in a container formed from a solid material. The contrast agent is selected to produce a change, such as an increase, in signal intensity under magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An additional contrast agent may also be sealed within the chamber to provide visibility under another imaging modality, such as computed tomographic (CT) imaging or ultrasound imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Breast-Med, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Bolan, Michael G. Garwood, Michael T. Nelson, Daniel A. Halpern