Patents Examined by Emmanuel M. Marcelo
  • Patent number: 10433531
    Abstract: A handle assembly for a spinning reel includes a handle, a handle shaft, and a tubular member. The handle is configured to be rotated by a user. The handle shaft includes a distal-end portion screwed to a tubular gear shaft disposed in a gear that is built into a reel body, and a base-end portion onto which the handle is attached. The tubular member covers the handle shaft, the handle shaft has a flange between the distal-end portion and the base-end portion and at a position spaced apart from the base-end portion, and the tubular member has a first portion abutting the flange and a second portion abutting a shaft bearing of the gear shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Atsushi Kawamata
  • Patent number: 10433532
    Abstract: A bow fishing reel for mounting on a bow. The reel provides an indicator for alerting a shooter when the reel is configured to fire safely. A main shaft in a body of the reel is positionable from a rearward winding position to a forward casting position by depressing a thumb button protruding the reel body. A thumb button structure engages with the main shaft for transitioning the main shaft from the rearward winding position to the forward casting position. A visual indicator displays a first indicator when the main shaft and thumb button are in the casting position. The visual indicator may be located on an indicator portion of the thumb button that is visible through an indicator window on a reel upper surface. The visual indicator may include a negative indicator and a positive indicator. A secondary negative indicator may also be provided on the thumb button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: W.C. BRADLEY/ZEBCO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert D. Bagby, Joshua M. Denton, Shane Fetty
  • Patent number: 10427920
    Abstract: A method for detecting a worn link in a chain of a host arrangement includes measuring a first signal while the hoist operates. A hoist arrangement and use of a signal for detecting a worn link in a chain are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ari Väisänen, Tomi Heinonen
  • Patent number: 10426151
    Abstract: A drag adjustment assembly includes a lever arm unit, a nut, a first keyed structure, a second keyed structure and a spring. The lever arm unit forms a housing and includes at least one keyway. The nut, first keyed structure and second keyed structure are positioned in the housing. The first keyed structure and second keyed structure each include at least one key which engages the at least one keyway. The inner surface of the nut is threaded, and an outer surface of the first keyed structure has a corresponding thread. The spring is positioned between the first and second keyed structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Pure Fishing, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrik Svensson
  • Patent number: 10426152
    Abstract: The spool brake device is equipped with a brake unit, a detector, and a controller. The controller controls the braking force by the brake unit based on the rotational speed of the spool detected by the detector. When the rotational speed is less than the predetermined rotational speed, the controller controls the braking force by the brake unit in the regular braking mode. In the regular braking mode, the controller changes the braking force by the brake unit according to the rotational speed. On the other hand, when the rotational speed is equal to or higher than the predetermined rotational speed, the controller controls the braking force by the brake unit in the emergency braking mode, during the period of predetermined time. In the emergency braking mode, the controller makes the braking force by the brake unit larger than the braking force in the regular braking mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Hiroki Ogose, Akira Niitsuma, Yuichiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10421650
    Abstract: A method for controlling operation of a winch, which has a capstan drive unit for hauling a cable into the winch and for paying the cable out of the winch, a main drive for driving the capstan drive unit, a cable drum for receiving the cable by winding up and unwinding the cable, a drum drive for driving the cable drum, wherein the drum drive and the main drive are operable independently of one another, and a rotational speed measuring device which is arranged in a cable inlet portion of the winch. The method has a step of reading a first rotational speed from the main drive and a second rotational speed from the rotational speed measuring device. In addition, the method has a step of determining a torque value for setting a torque of the drum drive depending on the first rotational speed and the second rotational speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: JENOPTIK Advanced System GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10420331
    Abstract: A fishing reel includes a reel body having a front chamber and a rear chamber, a spool hub rotatably mounted in the rear chamber, a drive shaft having a rear shaft segment rotatably mounted in the front chamber, a drive tube sleeved on the drive shaft to be rotatable relative to the drive shaft, and an output wheel which is sleeved on the drive tube, and which is coupled to drive the spool hub to rotate. When the drive tube is driven to rotate, the output wheel is driven by the drive tube to rotate at a first speed. When the drive shaft is driven to rotate, the drive tube is driven by the drive shaft to rotate via a gear unit, to thereby drive the output wheel to rotate at a second speed different from the first speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: HAIBAO FISHING TACKLE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wen-Hsiang Lee
  • Patent number: 10421645
    Abstract: An overhead crane has first and second runway rails that extend parallel to a generally horizontal runway axis and a bridge that extends along a bridge axis that is generally horizontal and perpendicular to the runway axis and that is movable on the runway rails along the runway axis. The bridge includes a first bridge reinforcement member pre-loaded under tension to provide an upward deflection of the bridge rail. The first bridge reinforcement member may have at least two upwardly extending struts and a common upper end where the at least two struts meet, the at least two struts having lower ends mechanically connected to the bridge rail at positions longitudinally spaced apart with respect to the bridge axis. The lower ends of the at least two struts are longitudinally translatable along the bridge rail to adjust the tension on the first bridge reinforcement member to thereby adjust the extent of upward deflection of the bridge rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Raymond D. Givens
  • Patent number: 10412942
    Abstract: A dual-bearing reel includes a cover and a dial disc including an engagement groove having a first radius centered on the central shaft, and capable of adjusting a braking force of the spool is formed. A projection is fixed to a first side plate, and engages the engagement groove when the cover covers the first side plate. A guide groove is formed on the dial disc, which extends in a direction that is different from that of the arc of the engagement groove and is in communication with the engagement groove, and through which the projection is capable of passing and being detached from the dial disc. The projection is configured to be detached from the dial disc through the guide groove when the intersection point between the engagement groove and the guide groove is aligned with the projection and when the cover covers the first side plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Akira Niitsuma
  • Patent number: 10412945
    Abstract: A dual-bearing reel includes a reel body, a spool and a waterproof member. The reel body includes a first side plate and a second side plate. The spool includes a bobbin trunk and a first flange. The bobbin trunk is rotatably disposed between the first side plate and the second side plate. The first flange is provided on a first side plate-side end of the bobbin trunk and has a larger diameter than the bobbin trunk. The waterproof member has an annular shape and is disposed in a first side plate-side position in the reel body. Additionally, the first flange includes a rib having an annular shape. The rib extends axially outward from the first flange and has a smaller diameter than an outermost diameter part of the first flange. The waterproof member is disposed in adjacent opposition to an inner peripheral surface of the rib of the first flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignees: SHIMANO INC., SHIMANO COMPONENTS (MALAYSIA) SDN. BHD.
    Inventors: Youhei Toake, Kunio Takechi, Akira Niitsuma, Takeshi Ikuta, Abu Supian Bin Ahmad
  • Patent number: 10412944
    Abstract: A pinion gear meshes with a drive gear. The drive gear is connected to a handle shaft of a fishing reel that winds a fishing line onto a spool supported by a reel body by rotational operation of the handle shaft rotatably supported to the reel body to transmit the rotation of the handle shaft. The pinion gear includes a gear portion and a shaft. The gear portion meshes with the drive gear. The shaft portion, to which the gear portion is non-rotatably fitted, is integrally rotatable with the gear portion. The gear portion and the shaft portion are formed from different materials, and the specific gravity of the shaft portion is smaller than the specific gravity of the gear portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Kei Saito
  • Patent number: 10414638
    Abstract: Components and systems for a flexible tensioning member for construction equipment. A tensioning member is comprised of a fiber having a specific tensile strength greater than 1,000 kilonewton meters per kilogram. The tensioning member connects two components and has an attachment allowing the tensioning member to flex relative to a component. The attachment may provide a system for connecting multiple tensioning members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Manitowoc Crane Companies, LLC
    Inventors: Arumugam Munuswamy, Marius Fangnang Keunda
  • Patent number: 10418888
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for winding turns of coils of pole members (11), in which a pole member (11) comprises at least a flange portion (13b) connected to a body portion (13a) for receiving turns of coils C during winding. The apparatus comprises a conductor dispenser member (50?) for dispensing a conductor W for forming turns of coils C by movement of the conductor dispenser member (50?) with respect to the pole member being wound. The apparatus is also provided with a pole member holder (10) comprising a plurality of seats (15) suitable for receiving a flange portion (13b) of the pole member (11), a plurality of base members (18) of the seats (15) for engaging a first end (13b?) of a pole member (11) with a pushing force and locking means (20) associated with each seat (15) for engaging and referencing a second end (13b?) of the pole members (11) with respect to the conductor dispenser member (50?). The invention also concerns a pole member holder (10) as described in the foregoing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: ATOP S.p.A.
    Inventors: Massimo Ponzio, Rubino Corbinelli
  • Patent number: 10412946
    Abstract: A spinning reel for fishing includes: a rotor including a cylindrical portion and a pair of support arms; a spool including a bobbin trunk, a front flange and a rear flange disposed on front and rear ends of the bobbin trunk respectively; and a line safety guard configured to prevent entry of a fishing line into the spool. The line safety guard has a base end portion, connecting frames proximally extending radially outward from the base end portion, and an annular portion consecutively connected to the distal ends of the connecting frames. The annular portion has an outer peripheral surface that is disposed to face an inner peripheral surface of the rear flange, and a gap is open between the inner peripheral surface of the rear flange and the outer periphery of the annular portion, in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Hirokazu Hirayama
  • Patent number: 10407286
    Abstract: A winch arrangement including a cable guide having a plurality of manually-repositionable guide surfaces to guide the cable as it is wound onto the winch drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: William B. Bellis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10399832
    Abstract: A hoist system having a drum primarily self-contained within a batten, for raising and lowering lighting, sound equipment, curtains and the like, often in a performance environment. The compact system is highly scalable to a variety of spaces and applications, including school and public theaters and concert halls, as well as some homes, private business, etc. The hoist system may be adapted with safety mechanisms including an overspeed detector, which may comprise a centrifugal detection mechanism coupled to an elongate member of the system; dampening means; a compact mechanism for trimming or adjusting an operative length of elongate member; stabilizing pipe shaft bearings; elongate member diverter pulley mechanisms load balancing termination points. Additional features include various alternative combination hoist implementations and orientations, and alternative incorporated attachment mechanisms for use with the hoist system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Aloysius Hoffend, Jr., Donald Aloysius Hoffend, III
  • Patent number: 10404145
    Abstract: A wire winding gun head for winding conductive wiring to form electrical coils. The wire winding gun head having a body, a movable element and a needle. The body has a longitudinal axis. The movable element is coupled to the body, and the movable element has a profile therein. The needle is carried by the body, and the needle is extendable/retractable dependent upon the profile and a position of the movable element. The needle is configured to receive wire and to supply the wire out of an end of the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: WGE Equipment Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Daniel C. Dew
  • Patent number: 10399831
    Abstract: A cable winch having a base frame with at least two base plates, and at least two longitudinal beams for connecting the base plates to each other. One of the base plates is designed such that the longitudinal beams can be installed or removed in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the longitudinal beams through the base plate, with passage openings in the base plate for feeding the longitudinal beams there through, and with one beam end of each of the longitudinal beams inserted into one of the passage openings. A beam end of each of the longitudinal beams is fastened to the base plate in and against the direction of the longitudinal axis of the longitudinal beam by a retaining element that is fastened to an outer face of the base plate, wherein a separate retaining element is provided for each longitudinal beam in order to enable simple assembly, disassembly, or conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Konecranes Global Corporation
    Inventors: Oliver Moll, Ahmet Uzun
  • Patent number: 10390525
    Abstract: A reciprocating mechanism includes a worm shaft, a slider, a first guide shaft, and an elastic member. The worm shaft includes spiral grooves, and is rotated while the handle is rotated. The slider is reciprocated in the axial direction together with the spool shaft in conjunction with the rotation of the worm shaft. The first guide shaft includes a first supporting portion and a second supporting portion, and guides the reciprocating movement of the slider by an intermediate portion between the first supporting portion and the second supporting portion. The elastic member is mounted on the outer perimeter of at least one of the first supporting portion and the second supporting portion, and supports the first guide shaft in the reel body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Kei Saito
  • Patent number: 10390524
    Abstract: A reciprocating mechanism includes a first supporting member, a second supporting member, and a biasing member. The worm shaft includes a shaft portion, a first shaft supporting portion having a spherical portion formed in a convex spherical shape at a distal end, and a second shaft supporting portion. The first supporting member includes a first bottom portion abutting the spherical portion. The second supporting member includes a second bottom portion abutting a distal end of the second shaft supporting portion. The biasing member biases at least one of the first supporting member and the second supporting member in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Shimaon Inc.
    Inventor: Satoshi Ikebukuro