Patents Examined by David P. Bryant
  • Patent number: 11358259
    Abstract: A driver tool for insertion and removal of a first part configured for threaded engagement in a corresponding threaded bore in a second part has a driving end portion of polygonal shape with multiple flats configured for engagement in a recess in the first part having a corresponding polygonal shape. Some or all of the flats have a respective grabbing feature or edge designed to grab or grip into the opposing surface of the recess to allow a greater amount of torque to be applied to the first part when the tool is rotated in the unthreading direction than when it is rotated in the opposite threading or insertion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: James I. Johnson, Evan A. Cook
  • Patent number: 11311924
    Abstract: An automatic production equipment includes a strip-material feeding device set, a continual stamping die set and a rivet providing mechanism. The strip-material feeding device set feeds a strip material. The continual stamping die set includes a upper stamping die group and a lower stamping die group. The lower stamping die group includes a lower die plate, a strip receiving groove formed on the lower die plate for receiving the strip material, a sliding block slidable on the strip receiving groove, and a guide groove formed on the sliding block to connect to the strip receiving groove. The upper stamping die group includes an upper clamping plate, a pushing lever and a riveting punch. The pushing lever and the riveting punch are located on the upper clamping plate. The rivet providing mechanism is connected to the sliding block, and feeds rivets into the guide groove in order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Shu-Chen Lin
  • Patent number: 11313673
    Abstract: A method of making a component with an integral strain indicator includes forming the component from a first material, where the component has an outer surface and an internal volume; and directly depositing a plurality of fiducial markers on a portion of the outer surface. The fiducial markers are formed from a second material that is compatible with the first material, and the portion of the outer surface defines an analysis region on the outer surface of the component. The analysis region defines a gage length, and each fiducial marker of the plurality of fiducial markers has a maximum diameter of between one-tenth and one-twentieth of the gage length. Periodic measurement of the fiducial marker positions is performed to monitor component strain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gregory Lee Hovis, Lacey Lynn Schwab, William F. Ranson, Paul Stephen DiMascio
  • Patent number: 11247349
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for supplying cables to robots at non-static locations. A work platform for supporting one or more humans is positioned above a base platform for supporting one or more are robots independently of the work platform. A cable carrier system for providing cables to the robots is positioned underneath the work platform and above the base platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John Eric Miller, Dennis R. Mathis
  • Patent number: 11217978
    Abstract: A grommet includes a body portion defining a first aperture and a second aperture. A hollow channel extends between the first aperture and the second aperture. The channel is defined by an interior surface of the body portion. One or more engagement structures are defined by the interior surface of the grommet body portion, and are configured to engage one or more corresponding engagement structures provided about an exterior surface of a mounting structure engaged about and elongated member that is positioned within the hollow channel of the grommet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Yazaki North America, Inc.
    Inventors: William Gronowicz, Jr., Jeffrey Edward Malotke, II, Richard Joseph Exenberger
  • Patent number: 11215166
    Abstract: An assembly assisting device for assisting an assembling of at least two wind turbine components of a wind turbine is provided. The assembly assisting device includes at least one bolt magazine with at least one bolt magazine store unit for storing bolts for the assembling and at least one bolt magazine attaching unit for attaching the bolt magazine to at least one attaching structure of at least one of the wind turbine components. In addition, a method for assembling at least two wind turbine components of the wind turbine with following steps is provided: a) providing of the wind turbine components and providing of at least one assembly assisting device including bolts and b) assembling of the wind turbine components with the aid of the bolts of the bolt magazine store unit of the assembly assisting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventors: Joergen Klitgaard, Christian Nielsen
  • Patent number: 11214469
    Abstract: The present inventions provides a lifting device 101 comprising a main body 105 being of a generally elongate form, said main body 105 having at one end thereof a transport means 102, 120 to allow said device to translate relative to the ground, a boom portion 103 cooperating with said main body 105 and adapted to support a load at its end, a motive power means 115 to lift or lower said load, said main body 105 being able to be pivoted by a user with respect to a fulcrum 102, 120 formed by either said transport means 102, 120 and a ground location or said transport means 102, 120, around an axis generally parallel to the ground, to transfer or arcuately move a load carried by said boom portion 103, thereby providing a functionally variable horizontal reach 1013 to said device 101.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: MAKINEX IP PTY LTD
    Inventors: James David Francis West, Rory Campbell Kennard
  • Patent number: 11208767
    Abstract: A portable railroad spike remover comprises an extractor that is shaped to engage and secure a railroad spike previously installed into a rail tie. A drive shaft is connected to the extractor such that as the drive shaft is rotated, the extractor is vertically raised and lowered within a main column. The extractor may have an opening extending through at least one side to engage the railroad spike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Focused Technology Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Benjamin, Kristopher Andre Alonzo, Mir Mohamed Atiqullah, Trevor Lee-Michael Barnby, Samuel Horace Gantt, Jonathan Hawkins, Alexander Hood, Timothy K. Lawler, Laura Ann Ruhala, Daniel Richard Scott, Zachary Tonsmeire, Kyle D. Wise
  • Patent number: 11199278
    Abstract: A cable management assembly includes a cleat assembly and a bracket assembly insertable through the cleat assembly to secure the cleat assembly to a ladder rung. The cleat assembly has an upper shell, a lower shell rotatably coupled to the upper shell, and a first fastener to secure the upper and lower shells. The bracket assembly has a C-shaped bracket having a first leg and a second leg extending parallel to the first leg. The first leg includes a longitudinal slot and the second leg includes a flange and a longitudinal slot extending through the second leg and the flange. A second fastener extends through the slot in the second leg and is movable between an open position in which the fastener is spaced apart from the first leg and a closed position in which the fastener is positioned within the slot in the first leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Shaun P. Brouwer, Surendra C. Babu, Mateusz Kruzel, Rodney G. Rouleau
  • Patent number: 11198520
    Abstract: The object is to provide an aircraft component positioning device, an aircraft assembly system, and an aircraft assembly method with which it is possible to precisely dispose components on a planar member of an aircraft without using a positioning jig. A positioning device (2) includes a detection unit (5) that detects positions of a plurality of first components installed on a planar member of an aircraft, a virtual position creation unit (6) that creates a virtual position between the plurality of first components on the basis of the positions of the plurality of first components that are detected, and a position determination unit (7) that, on the basis of the virtual position that is created, determines an installation position of a second component, different from the plurality of first components, that is installed on the planar member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventors: Takuya Goto, Tsuyoshi Kaneko, Hiroto Mori, Michinobu Takahagi, Hideyuki Suzuki, Junichi Takeshita, Jiro Wada, Katsumi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11198202
    Abstract: A fixture for supporting a workpiece during a machining operation is disclosed. The fixture may include a seat configured to receive the workpiece. The fixture may further include a quick release lever mounted to the fixture and configured to displace the workpiece from the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Butler, Kenneth L. Mask, Steve B. Barnett, Joey R. Bain
  • Patent number: 11192194
    Abstract: A tool holder comprising a base element, a deformable receiver for clamping a tool and at least one locking element configured for preventing an axial extraction of the tool from the tool holder through engaging a corresponding opposite element at the tool, wherein the at least one locking element is integrally configured in one piece with the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Franz Haimer Maschinenbau KG
    Inventor: Franz Haimer
  • Patent number: 11174685
    Abstract: A tubular member includes a tube body, a tube end, an exterior surface, an interior surface, a nominal wall thickness, a longitudinal axis, a welded seam, and a patch of material. The welded seam forms an arcuate portion of the interior surface, and the patch covers a portion of the interior surface that includes a portion of the welded seam, extending from the tube end to an axially spaced first location. The resulting interior surface from the tube end to the axially spaced first location has a uniform inside diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Roger Edward Ethridge, Christopher E. Desadier
  • Patent number: 11161207
    Abstract: A process of forming a turbine engine seal includes the steps of: providing a flat strip of material; roll forming the flat strip of material forming an asymmetric profile in the flat strip of material; coiling the formed asymmetric profile into an overlapping ring shape; cutting the circular shape to a predetermined length; and joining ends of the predetermined length forming the seal. The seal includes at least two peaks that are formed on opposing sides of a gap. The at least two peaks contact opposing sides of a U shaped profile at a zero radius. The asymmetric profile includes a circular shape and the ends are joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Dynamic Metals, LLC
    Inventors: Bill Buitenhuis, Jack Opielka
  • Patent number: 11162644
    Abstract: First adapter (10) and second adapter (40) are each separately securable to a respective automotive light bar (200, 201) at mutually facing lateral light bar end caps (206). The adapters (10, 40) interfit, such as first adapter (10) having one or more tenons (14; 18) received in shape-conforming recess or mortise (44) of second adapter (40). The coupling assembly formed from interfit first and second adapters (10, 40) sufficiently supports a midspan region of conjoined light bars (200, 201) to permit omission of mounting L-brackets (208) conventionally required at the mutually facing light bar ends (206), thus allowing fewer holes to be drilled in vehicle roof or bumper (212) and resulting in an aesthetically cleaner presentation of the overall lengthened light bar assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Fowler, Christopher Apkarian
  • Patent number: 11162254
    Abstract: Provided is a column-beam joint structure 1, wherein a plurality of thick-walled portions 3, notches 7, and narrow-width portions 9a on a central side of a flange plate 5 are formed integrally, cutting (dividing) is effected at a cut line 8, and the thick-walled portion 3 is welded and joined to a column 2a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: SDR TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshio Fujioka
  • Patent number: 11154962
    Abstract: A burnishing tool uses a relatively small pressing load in burnishing. The burnishing tool for machining a target surface of a workpiece includes a base and a tip portion located on a distal end of the base. The tip portion includes a linear slide-contact portion that linearly contacts and slides on the target surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventors: Daichi Kamimura, Masaru Futamura
  • Patent number: 11154957
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing poppet valves, the method including: cross-wedge rolling a preform (2), which has at least one disk portion (4) and a shaft portion, to produce a valve blank (10), wherein a diameter of the shaft portion (6) is reduced substantially to a shaft diameter of a shaft (16), and additionally a length of the shaft portion (6) is increased substantially to a length of the shaft (16) by means of a rolling-out process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Valvetrain GmbH
    Inventors: Thorsten Matthias, Antonius Wolking, Guido Bayard
  • Patent number: 11154955
    Abstract: Provided is a method of repairing damage on a wind turbine blade with a simple method. The method of repairing a wind turbine blade is a method of repairing a wind turbine blade for a damage portion caused by a lightning strike, including the steps of: generating in advance a repairing member molded in a predetermined flat plate shape and solidified; determining a damage determination range defined in advance for the damage portion; and bonding the repairing member when a result of inspecting the wind turbine blade indicates that the damage portion is within the damage determination range. The step of generating the repairing member may include stacking glass fiber materials to generate the repairing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventor: Keisuke Ota
  • Patent number: 11147418
    Abstract: A fryer includes a cooking chamber for holding a cooking medium at least one heating element positioned within the cooking chamber, and a chain conveyor for selectively advancing food product through the cooking chamber along a movement path. The chain conveyor includes first and second chains coupled together by a plurality of baskets extending therebetween. The movement path includes a series of legs, including a first leg wherein the food product moves substantially vertically from above the cooking medium to a greatest depth within the cooking medium and including a second leg subsequent to the first leg wherein the food product moves substantially horizontally at the greatest depth within the cooking medium. Automated filtering systems and methods for removing debris from cooking medium are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: William M. Casey, Charles Leader, Robert Panning, Bruce Miller