Patents Examined by G. Bradley Bennett
  • Patent number: 10194760
    Abstract: A picture hanging device includes a longitudinal member having a longitudinal track extending along at least a portion of a length of the longitudinal member and at least one level located within the longitudinal member. At least two alignment members are moveable along the longitudinal track, each of the at least two alignment members having a securing device configured to detachably secure the alignment members in place at a location along the longitudinal track. The at least two alignment members each have a hollow internal portion configured to receive a punch device. A method of making a picture hanging device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Robert C. Frazier, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10197373
    Abstract: A marking device for attaching to a tape measure includes an attachment assembly for movably attaching the marking device to a tape measure and a guide housing movably engageable with the attachment assembly. The guide housing receives a marking member and a marking fluid storage member and directs movement of the marking member from a first position contacting the marking fluid storage member to a second position contacting an object to be marked. A compartment receives the guide housing, which directs movement of the marking member from the second position to the first position. At least one aperture enables contact of the marking member with an object to be marked. An energy storage member moves the guide housing and marking member from the first position to the second position. The guide housing may include a gear mechanism that moves the marking member from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: John Anthony DeMartinis, Anthony Louis DeMartinis, Steven Joseph Bofill, Martin Adámek
  • Patent number: 10196006
    Abstract: Certain configurations are described of systems and devices that can be used to assist in mounting a vehicle safety device in an automobile, truck, train or other vehicle. In some examples, the device comprises a template which can reversibly couple to a vehicle component such as a windshield or a bumper. In some instances, the template may comprise one or more alignment indicators or markings that facilitate mounting of the vehicle safety device in a selected position or to the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Lee Warren
  • Patent number: 10197360
    Abstract: An optical device housing has a post rotatably extending therefrom and a sleeve fixedly extending therefrom. The sleeve is disposed about the post and a knob is connected to the post. A nut rotatably engages with the sleeve and is configured to rotate with the knob. An adjustment screw is threadably engaged with the nut and engages with the knob so as to rotate with the knob. Rotation of the adjustment screw about a screw axis increases a frictional resistance between the nut and the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: BURRIS COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Travis White, Steven A. Bennetts, Seth Alan Feinberg
  • Patent number: 10195914
    Abstract: This disclosure includes a guidance system for coupling vehicles. The system has a hub and a first length of material secured to the hub and configured for spacing the hub from a coupling device of a first vehicle. A second length of material is secured to the hub and configured for spacing the hub from a wheel of a second vehicle for coupling with the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Charles Raymond Johnson
  • Patent number: 10190880
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece includes an indicating hand, a distance display hand, a GPS receiver that receives satellite signals transmitted from GPS satellites, a magnetic sensor, and a controller. The controller determines the direction to a destination on the basis of the satellite signals received by the GPS receiver, the output from the magnetic sensor, and destination information representing the position of the destination, determines the distance to the destination on the basis of the satellite signals and the destination information, causes the indicating hand to indicate the direction to the destination, and causes the distance display hand to display the distance to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Nozawa
  • Patent number: 10190878
    Abstract: The invention is related to gages to measure incline angles of moving and immobile objects and can be used in incline angle gages in such transportation vehicles as airplanes and ships (if a phosphorus scale can be applied to a closed loop clear tube) as a standby device to display pitch and roll angles (FIG. 5, FIG. 6, FIG. 7, FIG. 8). The purpose of this invention is an effective measurement of incline angles in stationary and dynamic objects in a wide range (0°-180°, 0°-360°). Faster measurement is required to improve stated parameters of the general purpose liquid angle indicator. It is achieved because liquid, an air bubble or indicating ball within the semicircular and round clear tube, subjected to gravitational forces, can display measured angles relative to the scale on the graduated clear tube without being in a horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Anvar Tapdiq Hazarkhanov, Toghrul Isa Karimli, Aftandil Abil Abdullabayli
  • Patent number: 10184772
    Abstract: Computerized Caliper consists of measuring bar with fixed jaw, moving frame with moving jaw and a measurement and computer block. Measurement and computer block installed on the moving frame comprises digital measurement device of a vernier caliper, a computer, to which a temperature transmitter is connected, and a photo-camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Sergii Kramarenko
  • Patent number: 10166103
    Abstract: To provide a valve cusp sizer which is small and easy to handle. The present invention relates to a valve cusp sizer 100 for determining the size of a valve cusp depending on the size of a cardiac valve. The valve cusp sizer 100 includes a front surface 10 formed in an arcuate surface form to be abutted against an organism, a back surface 20 positioned on an opposite surface side of the front surface 10, and a pinching portion 30 protruding from the back surface 20. By removing a grip member and a grip member attachment portion from a conventional valve cusp sizer in this manner, and by forming the pinching portion 30 to be held by a clamp, tweezers, or the like, it is possible to dramatically miniaturize the valve cusp sizer while maintaining necessary functions of the valve cusp sizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Japanese Organization For Medical Device Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Shigeyuki Ozaki
  • Patent number: 10168135
    Abstract: A device for measuring container includes an elongated guide plate transversely mounted on an open top of a container. At least one elongated ruler is inserted into an interior of the container from the open top, and the end face of the distal end of the at least one elongated ruler contacts the inner end of the interior. The mediate section of the at least one elongated ruler contacts the elongated guide plate to obtain a first index. The at least one elongated ruler is moved to the exterior of the container and contacts a surface which is located on a common surface with the underside of the exterior of the container. The mediate section of the at least one elongated ruler contacts the elongated guide plate to obtain a second index. The difference between the first and second indexes is the thickness of the bottom of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Hsin-Chuen Lin
  • Patent number: 10165875
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods, devices, kits, and components of an apparatus that can assist a user to identify locations of attachment points or openings on a frame and transferring those measurements to a wall for purposes of supporting a picture that is level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Armando Ulloa, Alfredo Ulloa
  • Patent number: 10168134
    Abstract: A portable articulated arm coordinate measurement machine (AACMM) is provided. The AACMM having a manually positionable articulated arm having first and second ends, the arm including a plurality of connected arm segments, each of the arm segments including at least one position transducer for producing position signals, at least one of the position signals passing between two of the arm segments through a first slip ring assembly. A first a first electronic circuit is provided that receives the position signals. A base section is connected to the second end. A probe assembly includes a probe end and a cover. The cover rotates about an axis extending through the probe assembly, the cover having at least one indentation formed thereon. The probe assembly is connected to the first end. The AACMM measures a three-dimensional coordinate of a point in space associated with the probe end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Simon Raab, Marc M. Barber
  • Patent number: 10161739
    Abstract: A coordinate measuring machine comprising an optical sensor for optically capturing a workpiece; an illumination device for illuminating the workpiece; a pose determination unit for determining data relating to a workpiece pose including a position and orientation of the workpiece; a storage unit for storing (i) data relating to a reference pose including a position and orientation of a reference workpiece, and (ii) data relating to a reference light setting of the illumination device used for a measurement of the reference workpiece; and a control unit which is configured to control a light setting of the illumination device for a measurement of the workpiece by adapting the reference light setting based on a comparison of the stored data relating to the reference pose with the determined data relating to the workpiece pose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: CARL ZEISS INDUSTRIELLE MESSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Florian Dotschkal, Stephan Rieger
  • Patent number: 10150167
    Abstract: A device for assisting an operator of a boring instrument having a penetrating element for penetration a work surface that includes a retention member adapted to be connected to a rotating element of the boring instrument and adapted to receive a laser and a plurality of mirrors including a beam splitting alignment mirrors that directs a laser beam in a direction parallel with a penetrating element and perpendicular to a work surface, and a depth indication mirror that reflects a light beam at an angle of less than 90 degrees from said retaining member to a location on said work surface wherein the location of the beams from the alignment beams is maintained at a fixed radial position when the retention member perpendicularly moves towards a work surface and wherein the beam is rotated defines a circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: John Cerwin
  • Patent number: 10145398
    Abstract: A quick release mechanism for non-releasable clips is disclosed. The quick release mechanism allows for improved testing of the dimensional quality of manufactured parts having non-releasable mounting features, including clips, plugs, and pins. The mounting features can be reliably mounted for testing, and then removed from a mounting fixture without causing any injury or damage to the non-releasable mounting feature present in the device. The ease of removal is provided by the use of two horizontal segments (108, 110) positioned in a housing (104) to form a receiving aperture (112) for the mounting feature of the tested device. Moreover, the utilization of cables and cable stops to position and hold the horizontal segments of the quick release mount within their housing allows for a tested device to be quickly removed and the horizontal segments to be easily repositioned inside the circular housing where they can accept another manufactured device for dimensional evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: RAPIDFIT, NV
    Inventors: Jori Wachtelaer, Jan Billen
  • Patent number: 10145667
    Abstract: A shaft roundness gauge measures the roundness (or lack thereof) of a surface such as a bearing surface of a shaft or axle of a truck, tractor or trailer. The gauge comprehends a plurality of specifically sized rings or collars having inner diameters which correspond to common outside diameters of shafts, axles and other circular or cylindrical components. The ring includes a radial opening which receives a collet fitting which receives a probe housing of a dial indicator. A collet clamp may be tightened to secure the dial indicator to the ring. The ring and dial indicator are positioned on a shaft, at that position where the shaft or component is believed to be least worn. The dial indicator is zeroed and then the assembly is rotated around the shaft or component to determine, by the reading of the dial indicator, the location of and the extent of wear of the shaft or component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: James L. Ebert
  • Patent number: 10139224
    Abstract: The present invention provides a measuring device, which comprises a leveling unit, a measuring device main body provided on the leveling unit, a control unit, a first tilt angle measuring device for detecting a horizontality with high accuracy, and a second tilt angle measuring device for detecting a tilt angle in a wider range than a range of the first tilt angle measuring device and having a higher responsiveness than a responsiveness of the first tilt angle measuring device, wherein the control unit, the first tilt angle measuring device and the second tilt angle measuring device are provided in the measuring device main body and wherein the control unit drives the leveling unit based on a detection result of the second tilt angle measuring device, performs a rough leveling until a tilt angle detected by the second tilt angle measuring device reaches within a range in which the first tilt angle measuring device is capable of detecting and levels the measuring device main body horizontally based on a detec
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: TOPCON Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Kamiki, Goro Iwasaki, Shinji Yamaguchi, Satoshi Yanobe, Eiji Takeuchi, Yosuke Okudaira
  • Patent number: 10139213
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a device for adjusting the wheel alignment parameters of the wheels of a vehicle, wherein at least one vehicle axle is gripped by one gripping device per wheel axle, near the wheel flanges of the corresponding axle. According to the present invention, the gripping devices are moved by means of controllable drive means in such a way that the wheel alignment parameters of the wheels are adjusted via the orientation of the gripping devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DÜRR Assembly Products GmbH
    Inventors: Armin Herrmann, Joel Grub, Kurt Ismail, Gerhard Heiduczek
  • Patent number: 10132093
    Abstract: A framing template tool may include a face plate; a top plate joined to the face plate at about an edge thereof, wherein the top plate is substantially orthogonal to the face plate; and alignment features. The alignment features may include slots formed in the face plate along its length; and one or more flaps joined to at least one edge of each of the slots, wherein each of the flaps protrude in a substantially orthogonal fashion from the face plate and in a direction away from the top plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Richard L. Woodruff
  • Patent number: 10130304
    Abstract: A system for control of a device includes at least one sensor module detecting orientation of a user's body part. The at least one sensor module is in communication with a device module configured to command an associated device. The at least one sensor module detects orientation of the body part. The at least one sensor module sends output signals related to orientation of the user's body part to the device module and the device module controls the associated device based on the signals from the at least one sensor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DEKA PRODUCTS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Dirk Albertus van der Merwe, Thomas A. Doyon