Patents Examined by George B Bennett
  • Patent number: 11326878
    Abstract: A system and method for calculating an accurate distance from an aerial device to an intended target using a laser probe. A control system can further include a sensor system and at least one camera for measuring additional operational parameters and viewing surrounding obstacles. Sensors may include an inclinometer and a weight sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Altec Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Earl G. Staley, II
  • Patent number: 11326869
    Abstract: A surface finish stylus and associated methods for a multi-directional scanning probe the stylus having an elongate stylus shaft having a longitudinal axis and one or more contact elements protruding from the elongate shaft for contacting a surface to be measured. The one or more contact elements are configured to enable measurement of surface finish during motion of the stylus shaft relative to a surface along a measurement direction that is non-parallel to the longitudinal axis. The multi-directional scanning probe may be carried by a coordinate measuring machine or machine tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: RENISHAW PLC
    Inventors: Stephen Edward Lummes, Mark James Andrew Holmes
  • Patent number: 11319796
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for self-adaptive survey calculation of a wellbore trajectory in oil drilling, and belongs to the field of oil and gas drilling technologies. Curve characteristics of a calculated survey interval are identified by calculating measurement parameters of four survey stations corresponding to the survey interval and two survey intervals before and after the survey interval, so that an appropriate curve is selected to calculate a coordinate increment of the survey interval, then parameters of the curve characteristics which are close to the shape of the calculated wellbore trajectory are selected automatically, and the curve type which is closest to an actual wellbore trajectory is fitted automatically and the survey calculation is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Genlu Huang, Fan Yu, Wei Li
  • Patent number: 11319799
    Abstract: A stator bore gage comprises a detector assembly comprising a wheel configured to engage an inside surface and to transduce the varying surface diameters into electrical or optical signals representative of the condition of the inside surface as the detector traverses the inside surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Gagemaker, LP
    Inventors: James R. Douglas, Kris L. Dawson, Craig Cloud
  • Patent number: 11319717
    Abstract: The disclosure presents templates that can be useful in construction. Embodiments of the templates include a face, and two or more indicators. The indicators are located at one or more predetermined intervals on the face, and each indicator defines a window. Each window is of a predetermined length, and each indicator is coded to indicate that each indicator is located at one of the one or more predetermined intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Edward Kukuruda
  • Patent number: 11306860
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a pipeline deformation detection PIG, including: a detection body and a foam body; the detection body is arranged in the foam body, and the detection body includes: a pressure sensing element; and the pressure sensing element includes: a pressure sensor and a pressure coupling unit. The detection body of the pipeline deformation detection PIG of the present disclosure is provided in the foam body, the inner side surface of the pressure coupling unit is in contact with the force receiving surface of the pressure sensor, and the outer side surface is in contact with the inner wall of the pipeline to be detected, the pressure coupling unit can translate the pipeline deforms into pressure according to coupling deformation, and meanwhile solve the stuck problem of the existing detection PIG in a large deformation pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Yi Xiong, Da Yu, Kunpeng Zhao
  • Patent number: 11307014
    Abstract: In one embodiment there is a computer numerical control machine implementing a method for measuring and digitizing a cylinder head combustion chamber using a touch probe, wherein the cylinder head combustion chamber includes an intake valve and an exhaust valve. The method includes receiving combustion chamber characteristics of the cylinder head combustion chamber. The method includes receiving probe measurement variables that describe how the touch probe measures the cylinder head combustion chamber. The method includes generating probe measurement lines for each portion of the cylinder head combustion chamber using the combustion chamber characteristics and the probe measurement variables. The method includes measuring, using the touch probe, probe measurement planes for each portion of the cylinder head combustion chamber using the probe measurement lines to generate probe measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Paradyne Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Stevens, Andrew K. Jenkins, Milton T. McDonald
  • Patent number: 11307013
    Abstract: A bollard drilling jig including a base plate, an elongated bar coupled to the base plate, and at least two guide collars spaced apart from each other on the elongated bar. The at least two guide collars each include an interior channel that is sized to receive a drilling tool therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Benjamin MacArthur, Peter G Munro, Mehul Rana
  • Patent number: 11300396
    Abstract: A non-Cartesian coordinate positioning machine that includes an extendable leg assembly for positioning a component such as a measurement probe within a working volume of the machine. The extendable leg assembly includes a first member and a second member which move relative to one another when the extendable leg assembly changes length. The first member including an axial arrangement of magnets forming part of a linear motor for extending and retracting the extendable leg assembly, and at least one resilient member for absorbing at least some of any axial thermal expansion or contraction of the magnets in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: RENISHAW PLC
    Inventor: Stephen Mark Angood
  • Patent number: 11293741
    Abstract: A tool for sizing a workspace includes a first link with a link body and a tool element. The tool includes a second link connected to the first link, where the second link is capable of rotation or translation with respect to the first link, and where the first link and the second link are selectively securable relative to each other. The tool includes a third link connected to the second link, where the third link is capable of rotation or translation with respect to the second link, and where the second link and the third link are selectively securable relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Aaron Robert Barber
  • Patent number: 11293738
    Abstract: A method of producing a measuring tape may include providing a cupped blade with substantially uniform cupping over a longitudinal length of the cupped blade, applying a stress relief operation to a selected portion of only a convex side of the cupped blade to increase curvature of the cupped blade in the selected portion of the cupped blade where the stress relief operation includes bead blasting the selected portion via a dual nozzle shot peening assembly to define a combined bead blast area that is substantially centered with respect to a longitudinal centerline of the blade, and operably coupling the cupped blade to a reel assembly and providing the cupped blade and reel assembly within a housing to define the measuring tape device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Apex Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Jimmy Wei
  • Patent number: 11293743
    Abstract: A texture analyzer having a support structure including a base plate, a carriage support, and a moveable carriage that receives a load cell module; a fixture to receive a sample between the base plate and the load cell module; a memory storing support structure and load cell module deflection parameters; and a processor. The processor is configured to identify the load cell module, retrieve the support structure deflection parameters and one of multiple load cell module deflection parameters, obtain raw measurement signals from the load cell module, and refine the raw measurement signals to compensate for deflection in the load cell module using the retrieved load cell module deflection parameters and support structure deflection parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: AMETEK, INC.
    Inventors: Alex Mak, Arief Raja, Charles Falzarano, Shali Avidzba, Kerri Topham
  • Patent number: 11293745
    Abstract: In an inspection master, an upper-surface oblique reference portion opened obliquely upward is provided on an upper surface of a master main body including the upper surface and a peripheral surface. In an inspection master, a peripheral-surface oblique reference portion opened obliquely upward is provided on a peripheral surface of a master main body including an upper surface and the peripheral surface. In either of those cases, an upper-surface vertical reference portion opened vertically can be provided on the upper surface, and a peripheral-surface lateral reference portion opened laterally can be provided on the peripheral surface. Further, a reference ball for use in obtaining an inclination angle of the master main body inclined during accuracy inspection for a five-axis processing machine is provided at a center portion of the upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: ASANUMA GIKEN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Susumu Asanuma
  • Patent number: 11293740
    Abstract: An angle measuring assembly includes a protractor that is positionable against an inclined member. The protractor has angle indicia printed thereon and pitch indicia printed thereon. A bubble level is coupled to the protractor to indicate the angle of a top surface of the inclined member. A first wand is pivotally coupled to the protractor to facilitate the user to measure cutting angles on lumber. A second wand is pivotally coupled to the protractor and the second wand is aligned with respective angle indicia and respective pitch indicia when the protractor is positioned against a bottom surface of the inclined member. In this way the second wand indicate the angle and pitch of the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Ross Mieir
  • Patent number: 11287240
    Abstract: A tape measure including a reinforced or coated tape measure blade is provided. The coating is thicker than the metal inner layer of the tape blade. The coating provides a reinforced tape blade such that elongate tape blade may have a pinch load threshold of greater than 50 lbs. and/or a pinch height at break of less than 1.5 mm. A hook assembly may also provide for reduced stress at the end of the tape blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Abhijeet A. Khangar, Jacob Feuerstein
  • Patent number: 11280657
    Abstract: A dipstick assembly includes a tube, a dipstick, and a wiper. The dipstick assembly is alternatively configurable in a wiping configuration, in which the dipstick is mounted to the tube with the wiper therebetween, and in a standard configuration, in which the dipstick is mounted to the tube without the wiper therebetween. In the wiping configuration and in the standard configuration, the dipstick closes the tube, and reaches through the tube. In the wiping configuration, the dipstick reaches through the tube past the wiper, and the dipstick is alternatively withdrawable from the tube past the wiper, whereupon the wiper wipes the dipstick, and with the wiper, whereupon the wiper leaves the dipstick unwiped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenan Kurtovic
  • Patent number: 11280601
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an inspection tool for surface of paint that is capable of detecting if a diameter of the minimum surface without paint of a mounting surface of a bolt hole is qualified, and if a height of surface without paint of side wall of a bolt hole as a counter hole exceeds a given range. The present invention is of simple structure and is convenient for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiao Liu, Lijie Hu, Yingjie Wang
  • Patent number: 11279327
    Abstract: A target alignment system for calibrating a safety sensor mounted on a vehicle with front and rear wheels by locating an optimum target position upon a horizontal surface for accurate calibration of the sensor. The target alignment system comprises a plurality of visual guide projectors and a pair of target assemblies which project a visible guide line perimeter around the vehicle, the perimeter including parallel longitudinal lines on either side of the vehicle, a lateral alignment guide line crossing the longitudinal lines in front of the vehicle, and a center guide line colinear with the vehicle center line. The front and rear wheels of the vehicle are longitudinally aligned causing the vehicle thrust line to match the vehicle center line. One of the visual guide projectors projects a transverse line across the center guide line, creating an intersection point which marks the optimum target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Richard L. Jackson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11274911
    Abstract: A cable measuring tool includes a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portion includes a first rounded edge and a cutaway. The cutaway is configured to fit at least a half of a cable having a maximum diameter. The first rounded edge has a radius greater than the maximum diameter of the cable. The second end portion is opposite from the first end portion. The second end portion includes a second edge. The first rounded edge of the first end portion and the second edge of the second end portion define a length of the cable measuring tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventors: Chun Chang, Chen Tseng, Cheng-Hsiang Huang, Chih-Hung Yang, I-Hui Chen
  • Patent number: 11268797
    Abstract: A coupling portion has one end coupleable to a distal end of a measurement spindle. The measurement spindle is disposed on a gauge inspector and movable in a measurement axis direction. A cylindrical stem is insertable into a gauge holding member to hold the inserted stem. The stem slidably holds a spindle having a distal end on which a contact point of a gauge is disposed. A frame has a first end coupled to a second end of the coupling portion and has a second end to which the gauge holding member is mountable. The gauge holding member is held to the frame such that an axis of the stem runs along the measurement axis direction. As a result, inspection is performed easily and accurately in a reverse posture with a contact point facing upward when a gauge is inspected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Teppei Ohno, Mao Kikuchi