Patents Examined by G. Bradley Bennett
  • Patent number: 10620001
    Abstract: A measuring device (10) for measuring the space remaining after a side crash has a pneumatic piston rod cylinder (20) with a cylinder (22), and a piston rod (24) that can move relative to the cylinder (22). A measuring unit (40) measures the movement (26) of the piston rod (24) relative to the cylinder (22), and a base part (12) positions the piston rod cylinder (20). The piston rod cylinder (20) can be connected to a pressure vessel (70) to permit the piston rod (24) to move out when a fluid is applied to the piston rod cylinder (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Adriano Morozini De Lira
  • Patent number: 10605598
    Abstract: A clamping indicator tool utilizes a clamping mechanism having a set of clamping arms and optionally a number of clamping paws. The clamping arms and paws can grasp and hold onto a wide variety of items to ensure that the clamping mechanism is secured to the item. The clamping arms are actuated by a set of clamp handles that are spring loaded so as to automatically close the clamping arms and clamping paws around an item when the user releases the clamp handles. In one embodiment, a tool plate fits over the clamp handles and removably engages with the clamp. Mounted onto the tool plate is a level indicator and a plumb indicator. In an alternate embodiment a slope plate mounts on the clamp in place of the tool plate. In this embodiment, a slope indicator is present on the slope plate and allows the tool to indicate slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Steve R. Asay
  • Patent number: 10436568
    Abstract: A wheel blank inspection device is composed of a rack, a lower adjusting guide rail, a lower adjusting cylinder, a first left sliding table, a first gear rack, a first right sliding table and the like. A wheel rotates a circle at a low speed, when a first piezoelectric sensor, a second piezoelectric sensor and a third piezoelectric sensor do not pick up signals and probes of a first intelligent meter, a second intelligent meter and a third intelligent meter are in a compressed state all the time, the wheel blank is qualified, otherwise, the wheel blank is deformed greatly and unqualified. After inspection, the qualified blank enters a normal lower transfer roller bed, and the unqualified blank enters a reject roller bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huiying Liu, Zhen Li, Dan Yao
  • Patent number: 10323940
    Abstract: The invention provides a tilt angle measuring device, which comprises a discoid container for including a liquid forming a free liquid surface, a light emitting source for allowing a detection light to enter the free liquid surface, a photodetector for receiving the detection light reflected on the free liquid surface and a signal processing unit for detecting a tilt of the free liquid surface based on a detection signal from the photodetector, wherein the signal processing unit sets a detection light storage time of the photodetector so that an error incidence rate of the detection signal is a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: TOPCON Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Kamiki, Goro Iwasaki, Shinji Yamaguchi, Satoshi Yanobe, Eiji Takeuchi, Yosuke Okudaira
  • Patent number: 10254100
    Abstract: A measuring device for inspecting a hole, which can favorably be mounted on a riveting robot adapted to insert a rivet into the hole after inspection. The measuring device includes a test mandrel having a hollow housing and interacting means, whereby the relative position of the interacting means can be detected to determine characteristics of the inspected hole. The measuring device further includes a bushing which is arranged movable relative to the test mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: KUKA Systems Aerospace
    Inventor: Gerard Loubet
  • Patent number: 10254099
    Abstract: An In-Process Diameter Gage comprises a Position Detection Subsystem, preferably an optical switch and trigger, a Dimension Measurement Subsystem, preferably comprising a wheel of known diameter and a rotation encoder, and a Data Processing Subsystem, all configured and arranged to determine a dimensional property of a rotating part, such as diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Gagemaker, LP
    Inventors: Jimmy I. Frank, John R. Wolfe, III, Craig Cloud, Mark Bewley, Kris L. Dawson
  • Patent number: 10239200
    Abstract: A roof square for marking rafters comprising a right angle triangular body with a marking blade pivotally mounted adjacent the right angle. Either side of the square adjacent the right angle is held against the stock to be marked, and the blade used to mark either a plumb cut or a foot cut. The blade retracts to allow marks to be made at a measured depth. The tool can also be used as a conventional square to make 90 and 45 degree marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Sean Roger Michael Pepper
  • Patent number: 10239177
    Abstract: A metrological apparatus (15) is disposed for adjustment of an attitude of a workpiece (16) having an arcuate upper surface (17) relative to a rotary axis (C) of the metrological apparatus (15). The workpiece (16) is brought into a first rotary position (c1). A plurality of measured points within a measuring plane on the upper surface (17) is recorded. The workpiece (16) is moved into a further rotary position (c2) about the rotary axis (C), and again measured points in the measuring plane (E) on the upper surface (17) of the workpiece (16) are recorded. Based on these recorded measured points, the actual attitude (Li) of the workpiece (16) deviation from a specified target attitude (Ls) are determined. Adjustment parameters are determined, and an adjustment assembly (24) of the metrological apparatus (15) is activated as a function of the calculated adjustment parameters to adjust the workpiece (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Mahr Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Axel Wiegmann, Stefan Mika, Ralf Kurch
  • Patent number: 10239220
    Abstract: This invention has the aim to assist the cutting of a cake, pizza or other similar foods through a battery-powered laser device, which shows the cutting path to get equal portions of a cake, pizza or similar foods; the laser light beam displays a cutting line through which a knife, or other tool pass to cut a equal number of portions according to a user's need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Antonio Mele
  • Patent number: 10228218
    Abstract: A bow sight for recurve and compound bows includes a cylindrical housing, an exterior sight pin, and a rheostat cover to control the illumination of the sight pin. The sight pin is part of a ring pin assembly that mates with one end of the housing. An optical fiber is mounted on the external surface of the ring pin assembly and connected with the sight pin to illuminate the pin. The cover rotates about the housing and includes a portion that extends over the ring pin assembly to control the exposure of the optical fiber to ambient light to thereby control the intensity of illumination of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Gregory E. Summers
  • Patent number: 10228303
    Abstract: An automation cell for performing a plurality of secondary operations on manufactured parts is for use with a manufacturing machine operable to perform primary manufacturing of the parts. The automation cell includes a cell housing, a robot with a gripper mechanism capable of loading and unloading a part between the manufacturing machine and the automation cell, a gauging station being a secondary operation device and operable to gauge a parameter of a manufactured part, a marking device for marking the manufactured part, and a vision system for verifying the marking of the manufactured part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Automation Controls & Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Predrag Lazic, Chris Mackey, Steve Moore
  • Patent number: 10226834
    Abstract: A welding gun alignment detection device is provided. The device includes an upper block, a lower block, a housing, and a side pressure sensor. The upper block includes a central portion that has an upper tip insertion bore opened upward. The lower block is disposed under the upper block and has a central portion with a lower tip insertion bore opened downward. The housing includes the upper block and the lower block disposed therein and includes inner sides each facing outer sides of the upper block and the lower block. The side pressure sensor is configured to detect a force transferred to the inner side of the housing due to a movement of the upper block and the lower block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hyunwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 10226843
    Abstract: An alignment tool for positioning and aligning the adjacent ends of pipes in optimum desired relation for joining the tubular sections by welding. The alignment tool comprises a first and second annularly shaped clamping rings and a plurality of swivel assemblies connecting and circumferentially spaced about the first and second clamping rings, wherein the swivel assemblies adjust the distance between the first and second clamping rings and adjust the first and second clamping rings transversely and axially with respect to each other. Each swivel assembly comprises a first swivel portion connected to the first clamping ring, a second swivel portion connected to the second clamping ring, and a threaded bolt extending through the first swivel portion and the second swivel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Walhonde Tools, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew McClure
  • Patent number: 10222193
    Abstract: A series of nominally identical production workpieces are measured on a workshop coordinate measuring apparatus. They are corrected using correction values generated by comparing coordinate values of a reference workpiece measured on the workshop apparatus with corresponding values derived from external measurements. To reduce the care and skill required, the external measurements are used to determine reference values of a geometric property of a feature of the reference workpiece, rather than coordinate values corresponding directly to those made on the workshop apparatus. Corresponding coordinate values are then generated from knowledge of the perfect form of the feature of the reference workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: RENISHAW PLC
    Inventors: Leo Christopher Somerville, Kevyn Barry Jonas
  • Patent number: 10222628
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optical device for displaying a reticle or a target mark in a measuring or sighting telescope, comprising a reticle plate with a reticle disposed on one surface, a light source for illuminating this reticle, and the reticle plate has an entry surface for a beam path disposed to the side of the surface provided with the reticle, and at least one retroreflector is disposed on at least one light exit surface of the reticle plate, and a reflective layer of the retroreflector is directed towards the reticle plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Swarovski-Optik KG.
    Inventors: Alois Zangerl, Johannes Obleitner
  • Patent number: 10220506
    Abstract: A laser measuring device for a pipe fitting including a framing square having a first arm and a second arm attached to the first arm. Each of a pair of laser housing units is disposed on a top surface of the first arm of the framing square. Each of the pair of laser housing units has a central processing unit, a display screen, an activation control disposed proximal the display screen, and a laser directed outward toward the second arm of the framing square. A lever is slidably disposed on the framing square. The central processing unit of each of the upper laser housing unit and the lower laser housing unit is configured to calculate a distance of the laser of each of the upper laser housing unit and the lower laser housing unit, respectively, from a pipe when the framing square is disposed immediately adjacent to a pipe fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Darrlyn Edwards
  • Patent number: 10215549
    Abstract: A method for measuring a deflection amount of a columnar structure includes the following steps. The method includes placing a longitudinal direction of a columnar structure in a direction parallel to a ground to place the columnar structure on a support member that supports the columnar structure such that the columnar structure is rotatable around an axis in the longitudinal direction; determining that the columnar structure placed has stopped rotating under its own weight around the axis; and measuring, after the stop of the rotation is determined, measuring a distance in a vertical direction between a straight line connecting both ends in the longitudinal direction of the columnar structure and a curved line along a shape in the longitudinal direction of the columnar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Incorporated
    Inventors: Yuuji Tagawa, Kazunari Kashima, Chikara Morooka, Hideharu Oniki, Yuya Niidome, Makoto Koide, Teppei Kishida, Takeya Nakajima, Hiroyuki Abe, Hideharu Osoguchi
  • Patent number: 10214940
    Abstract: A post sleeve installation system can include a plurality of post sleeve installation devices and at least one spacing beam or mechanism. The spacing beam or mechanism can include end portions that rotate about multiple independent axes and can be coupled to a pair of post sleeve installation devices to determine or control the relative locations and orientations between two post sleeves. The post sleeve installation system can be used to install post sleeves for posts for a fence, a rail or other structure supported by posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: N. Eric Knudsen
  • Patent number: 10209053
    Abstract: A tool calibration system includes a tool and a wrench pivotally coupled to the tool. The tool calibration system also includes a tool calibration device coupled to the tool and to the wrench. The tool calibration device includes a baseplate including an arcuate slot defined therein and a pin coupled to the baseplate and slidably moveable along the slot. The pin is configured to engage the wrench such that movement of the pin along the slot causes rotation of the wrench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Benjamin MacArthur, Darrell Lindsay Hastings, Tom Bosiljevac
  • Patent number: 10203205
    Abstract: A bracket for wheel alignment control instruments for vehicle wheels includes a central body having a center, an outer face and an opposing parallel inner face facing a wheel; three gripping arms, the ends of which are distal to the center, have grip members and are simultaneously slidingly mounted onto the central body to slide in radial directions, driven by a first drive system and guided by first guide devices between wheel gripping or releasing positions; spacers holding the bracket, parallel to one side of the wheel, which are simultaneously movable in radial directions relative to the center through adjustable abutment positions, the spacers being slidingly mounted onto the central body to slide independent of the arms, driven by a second drive system independent of the first drive system and guided by the first guide devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Gino Ferrari, Franco Maioli