Patents Examined by David P. Bryant
  • Patent number: 11028719
    Abstract: A method of working a brush seal assembly for a turbine engine is disclosed and includes the steps of removing an alignment tab from a used brush seal assembly, restoring at least one dimension of the alignment tab to a desired condition and attaching the restored alignment tab to a new brush seal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: David E. Walker, Steven M. Cote
  • Patent number: 11027575
    Abstract: A bicycle wheel includes a first panel member including a first rim portion for mounting a tire, a first hub mounting end connected to a hub, a first spoke portion for connecting the first rim portion and the first hub mounting end, a second panel member having a second rim portion for mounting the tire, a second hub mounting end connected to the hub, and a second spoke portion for connecting the second rim portion and the second hub mounting end, wherein the bicycle wheel is formed by joining the first panel member and the second panel member together such that the first panel member and the second panel member are symmetrical to each other about a line passing through the hub and the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jungnam Choi, Sung Dae Lim
  • Patent number: 11013623
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a stent and a method for manufacturing the same. The stent includes: a first hollow cylindrical body portion formed by weaving a metal wire; a second hollow cylindrical body portion formed by weaving a metal wire, and configured to surround the first body portion; an expanded portion configured to form two adjacent ends of the first body portion and the second body portion integrally; and a membrane inserted between the first body portion and the second body portion, and configured to surround the outside of the first body portion. According to the present invention, there is no risk of the film being torn when the stent is bent, an additional connection wire is not required, the process of manufacturing the stent is simple, and the costs required for the manufacture of the stent are not high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: M.I. TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Hyeon Han, Hun Kuk Park, Bong Seok Jang, Ho Yun
  • Patent number: 11015715
    Abstract: A ring seal assembly includes a first seal seat, a second seal seat axially abutting the first seal seat and two or more seal rings located axially between the first seal seat and the second seal seat. One or more pilot features are positioned at one or more of the first seal seat or the second seal seat to radially locate a ring seal of the two or more seal rings during assembly of the ring seal assembly. A method of installing a ring seal assembly includes securing a first seal seat at a rotating component, inserting a first seal ring onto the first seal seat, and installing a second seal ring and a second seal seat to the rotating component. The second seal ring is guided into a selected radial position via one or more pilot features located at the first seal seat and/or the second seal seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan Logan Miller, Aneil S. Hegde, Michael M. Davis
  • Patent number: 11014142
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a processing installation for aircraft structural components having at least one processing station, wherein the processing station has a clamping frame which extends along a longitudinal station axis for receiving the aircraft structural component which is intended to be processed in each case and a processing unit, such as a riveting unit, for processing the aircraft structural component and wherein the clamping frame is articulated so as to be adjustable in terms of height and pivotable to two positioning towers which are arranged in a vertical tower plane. It is proposed that there be provided transversely relative to the tower plane a transverse offset of the clamping frame which enables an aircraft structural component to be loaded onto and/or unloaded from the clamping frame along the tower plane and at least one positioning tower to be passed laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Broetje-Automation GmbH
    Inventor: Nils Varrelmann
  • Patent number: 10995895
    Abstract: A masking plug and method are provided for masking a hole in a part during a finishing operation. The masking plug includes an elongated shaft having a first end terminating at a terminal surface and a second end. An outer surface of the shaft has external threads adjacent the first end thereof adapted for receipt in the hole. An enlarged body has a first end operatively connected to the shaft and a second operatively connected to a head. The diameter of the body is greater than the diameter of the shaft. The head has a polygonal configuration and is adapted for forming a mating relationship with a tool. The terminal surface of the shaft includes a hollow cavity formed therein which is configured to urge the outer surface of shaft radially outward in response to a pressure buildup in the cavity during the finishing operation so as to maintain the shaft in hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Custom Fabricating & Supplies
    Inventors: Henry Asik, Brian Asik
  • Patent number: 10974301
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a fishing jig hook allows a user to create a custom fishing jig hook that attracts fish. A user can attract specific fish by using jigs that mimic the appearances of the smaller bait fish that the target fish usually consumes. The fishing jig produced is reusable, thus reducing waste due to extended periods of fishing. Further, the fishing jig is bent to provide a hydrodynamic shape. The formed apparatus provides a malleable disk, a fishing jig hook, a metal-cutting tool, a folding rod, a ruler, a marker, a metal-puncturing tool, and at least one ornament. These tools include the necessary jig lure material required as well as the tools needed to subsequently shape that material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Thompson
  • Patent number: 10967522
    Abstract: The invention relates to a twin gripper (1) for gripping two round-profile portions (2, 3) simultaneously, having a first mount (6) with a first bearing means (6a) and a further first bearing means (6b), and having a second mount (7) with a second bearing means (7a) and a further second bearing means (7b), wherein the first and second bearing means (6a, 7a) are connected to one another in a fixed position, and the first and second further bearing means (6b, 7b) are connected to one another in a resilient manner, and the two bearing means (6a, 7a) can be displaced back and forth in a displacement direction (V) in relation to the two further bearing means (6b, 7b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Rattunde AG
    Inventor: Ulrich Rattunde
  • Patent number: 10959565
    Abstract: Pumping system (100) for a beverage preparation device comprising a reservoir (10) for storing a liquid; pumping means (30) for pumping the liquid from the reservoir (10) to a beverage preparation means (50) of the beverage preparation device; and pressurizing means (20) for injecting air in the system (100); wherein the pumping system (100) further comprises one motor (40) driving both the pumping means (30) and the pressurizing means (20); the system further comprising engaging means (60) configured to engage or disengage the pumping means (30) as a function of the direction of rotation of the motor (40). The invention further refers to a pumping method for use in a beverage preparation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventor: Alexandre Kollep
  • Patent number: 10940598
    Abstract: A method for assembling a razor handle is provided. The method includes installing a rod into a first shell of a body of a razor handle, installing an attachment end of a head onto a front end of the first shell, installing a clip member onto a rear end of the first shell, positioning a second shell adjacent to the first shell, compressing the first shell and the second shell together, and covering the first and second shell with a cover layer. The clip member includes retention features to facilitate coupling to the first and second shells. The cover layer can entirely surround the first and second shells, can be overmolded on both shells, and can be formed of thermoplastic elastomer with a durometer value of between about 15 and about 20. The thermoplastic elastomer is substantially translucent or less opaque than the first and second shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: The Gillette Company LLC
    Inventors: Hong Lu, Stephen Charles Witkus, Alexander Stephen Forti, Huibin Gong
  • Patent number: 10933473
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tool holder with a tool holding fixture, in particular a clamping chuck such as a contracting chuck, a draw-in collect chuck, a hydraulic expanding chuck and a high-precision chuck, and a shank of a tool, in particular a rotary tool, accommodated in it, wherein the tool holder contains a means for preventing the tool from being pulled out, locking it against axial displacement. This pull-out preventing unit comprises at least one locking element and at least one locking groove, which corresponds to the said locking element, receives it and interacts with it in a positively locking manner. In this case, both the locking element and the locking groove are formed at least partly in the manner of a ball head. Preferably, the tool has the locking grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Franz Haimer Maschinenbau KG
    Inventor: Franz Haimer
  • Patent number: 10933592
    Abstract: A method and device for inserting a tongue in an insertion groove in a panel by a device, wherein the method includes: displacing a tongue guiding device in a first direction by displacing a puncher in the first direction, and displacing a tongue between a first part and a second part of the tongue guiding device and into an insertion groove in panel by further displacing the puncher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: VALINGE INNOVATION AB
    Inventors: Andreas Blomgren, Jonas Fransson
  • Patent number: 10934020
    Abstract: A method includes making a first structure with a first plurality of pre-drilled holes at pre-defined locations, making a second structure with a second plurality of pre-drilled holes at pre-defined locations, making a third structure without pre-drilled full-size holes, measuring the location and orientation of the first and second plurality of pre-drilled holes in the first and second structures, determining the location of a third plurality of holes to be drilled in the third structure that correspond to first and second plurality of pre-drilled holes measured in the first and second structures, creating a program to drill the third plurality of holes in the third structure that align with the measured location and orientation of the first and second plurality of pre-drilled holes in the first and second structures based on the measure location and orientation of the first and second plurality of pre-drilled holes in the first and second structure, drilling the third plurality of holes in the third structu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Craig A. Charlton, Branko Lakic, Jerald A. Hull, Christopher A. Greer, Justin H. Pratt
  • Patent number: 10918826
    Abstract: A dual lumen cannula includes a first tube defining a return lumen and having a proximal end, a mid-portion and a distal end, wherein the distal end includes a return aperture. A second tube is coaxial with the first tube and has a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the distal end of the second tube is fixedly attached to the mid-portion of the first tube and wherein the distal end of the second tube includes a drainage aperture. A drainage lumen is defined by a space between the first tube and the second tube. A connector is attached to the proximal end of the second tube. The connector includes a reservoir for receiving a fluid from the proximal end of the second tube. The first tube extends through the connector and does not attach directly with the second tube at the connector, and the first tube remains substantially coaxial with the second tube throughout a length of the second tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Frederick A. Shorey
  • Patent number: 10920847
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a damper tube is provided. The method includes providing a tube having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end. The method includes providing a reinforcing insert, at least partly, within the first end of the tube. The method includes flattening a portion of the first end of the tube. The method also includes bending at least one of the reinforcing insert and the flattened portion of the first end of the tube into a loop. The method further includes connecting an edge of the loop to the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventor: Amirahmad Mohammadi
  • Patent number: 10913548
    Abstract: Metallic fittings for coupling composite ribs to skin panels of aircraft wings are described. An example metallic fitting includes a through hole configured to receive a fastener. The fastener is configured to couple the metallic fitting to a composite rib of an aircraft wing. The example metallic fitting further includes a bore configured to receive a bolt. The example metallic fitting further includes a cavity intersecting the bore. The cavity has an access opening. The example metallic fitting further includes a barrel nut located within the cavity. The barrel nut is configured to threadably engage the bolt to couple the metallic fitting to a skin panel of the aircraft wing. The example metallic fitting further includes a seal located within the cavity. The seal is configured to close the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Steven Paul Walker
  • Patent number: 10906144
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to an innovative tool for connecting or disconnecting a runner to/from a shaft assembly. Moreover, the present invention relates to a method for carrying out such operations using the tool. Advantageously, connecting/disconnecting operations can occur without having to work under a suspended load, as the tool may be activated for supporting the runner remotely from a location outside a runner footprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: GE Renewable Technologies
    Inventors: Christophe Gally, Patrick Loguier, C├ędric Jezequel, Ludovic Achard
  • Patent number: 10907771
    Abstract: A storage tank includes a tank roof and a tank sidewall. At least one opening is located in in at least one of the tank roof or the tank sidewall. A pipe extends through the at least one opening, the pipe having a sleeve assembly positioned around the pipe. The sleeve assembly also extends through the opening. The sleeve assembly includes a sleeve, at least one layer of insulation, and an inner flange. The inner flange is located on a first end of the sleeve and is coupled to the pipe. The sleeve, in turn is coupled to the tank such that the inner flange is located within the storage tank. The at least one layer of insulation is positioned in an annulus between the pipe and the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.
    Inventors: John M. Blanchard, Mark Butts
  • Patent number: 10907506
    Abstract: A method of modifying a casing of a turbine engine for attaching stator blades within a row of stator blades to the casing, the method including the steps of: forming a circumferentially extending groove in an inboard face of the casing; providing a segmented ring insert that includes bore holes spaced in accordance with a bore hole pattern that corresponds to the row of stator blades; inserting the segmented ring insert into the groove; and securing the segmented ring insert to the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Reiff, Dorian Goericke
  • Patent number: 10900179
    Abstract: A device for lifting and handling steel ties (sleepers) or similar shape ties by the use of one of their top surface holes. The device comprises a straight or angled shape working end to which, on one side, is affixed more or less angularly, an engagement member bearing a recessed area like a notch both inserting and tilting thus locking themselves into aforementioned tie hole so the whole working end can now perform a plurality of operations (lifting, pulling, pushing, rotating and flipping) on the tie being installed or replaced on a railway bed. The other side of the working end is coupled to a straight or angled elongated member, with or without a handle, for manual operations. Alternatively the said other side of working end can be affixed to a variety of coupling member for further integration into a machine for assisted operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Alain Cousineau