Patents Examined by Hemant M. Desai
  • Patent number: 10245040
    Abstract: A circular stapler is disclosed. The circular stapler comprises a handle assembly, an elongate body, and a cartridge assembly. The elongate body extends from the handle assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. The cartridge assembly is disposed adjacent a distal end of the elongate body. The cartridge assembly includes a pusher assembly and a knife assembly. The pusher assembly is movable to cause staples to be ejected from the cartridge assembly. The knife assembly is selectively movable relative to the pusher assembly to distally translate a knife. A knife carrier of the knife assembly includes at least one latch thereon. The at least one latch is configured to contact an engagement surface of the pusher assembly in response to movement between the knife carrier and the pusher assembly. The at least one latch is prevented from distally translating beyond the engagement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Keith Milliman
  • Patent number: 10232500
    Abstract: The invention relates to an impact machine (100, 200) which is adapted to perform a hammering operation on a surface or an object to be worked upon. In particular, a vibration reduction arrangement (140, 240) is attached to the housing (105, 205, 305, 405) and comprises a movable counterweight, interacting with a motion reversing arrangement having a non-linear spring characteristics, such that the motion of the counterweight can be brought into a counter-acting movement in relation to the vibrations in the housing (105, 205, 305, 405) of the hammering element (110, 210, 310, 410) thus substantially reducing the vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SWEREA IVF AB
    Inventor: Hans Lindell
  • Patent number: 10232580
    Abstract: Methods for securing a shrinkable film to a paperboard substrate and methods for making paperboard containers therefrom. In one or more embodiments, a band of adhesive may be applied about a perimeter of a paperboard substrate having a first edge and a second edge opposed to one another and a third edge and a fourth edge opposed to one another. The band of adhesive may at least partially surround a first area that is substantially free from the adhesive. A second area that may be substantially free from the adhesive may be located between the third edge and the first area. The first area and the second area may be separated by the band of adhesive. A shrinkable film may be secured to the paperboard substrate with the adhesive to produce a paperboard blank. The third edge and the fourth edge may be overlapped to form a sidewall. A bottom panel may be secured to the sidewall at or adjacent the second edge. The first edge may be curled to form a brim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Gary Harold Knauf, Cheryl Ann Mocadlo
  • Patent number: 10226907
    Abstract: In accordance with a broad embodiment of the invention, a novel paper product is comprised of two or more slit sheet packing material layers, each layer having its own slit pattern design to create interlocking layers of expansion sheet packaging materials. Each layer expands to create a three dimensional open netting of cells of hexagons, and the like, and is designed to have limited nesting with its opposing layer, thereby maximizing the thickness of the combined layers as compared to nested layers. Adjacent layers have differing slit patterns and can be expanded through expander type machinery such that the expansion rates of the differing slit pattern layers can be varied to deliver the same width of exiting expanded material from each layer. Preferably the differing slit patterns produce when expanded, inclined land area that have the same number of rows per inch, but different angles of inclination of the land areas, such that adjacent layers can interlock, that is, have a restricted amount of nesting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: David P. Goodrich
  • Patent number: 10225989
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus and a feeding method are disclosed. The apparatus and the method feed wrapping material towards an inlet of a chamber. An object in this chamber is to be wrapped with wrapping material injected into the chamber. A wrapping material supplying unit supplies wrapping material from a reservoir towards the inlet such that a loose end area is formed. A drive drives a conveying surface of a wrapping material feeding unit either in a feeding direction or in a cleaning direction. If moved in the feeding direction, the conveying surface conveys the loose end area towards the inlet. If moved in the cleaning direction, the conveying surface cleans the inlet from debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Forage Company B.V.
    Inventors: Willem Jacobus Reijersen Van Buuren, Peter Rodewald, Malte Cornelius Schlichting, Rikkert Graafland
  • Patent number: 10226249
    Abstract: A cover for an articulation joint that is supported in an elongate shaft assembly of a surgical instrument that is operably coupled to a surgical end effector that includes at least one end effector conductor therein. The cover includes at least one electrically conductive pathway that extends from the distal end of the cover to form an electrically conductive pathway from the end effector conductor to a shaft conductor on the elongate shaft assembly while facilitating operation of the articulation joint. Various conductor arrangements facilitating the passage of electrical current between an end effector to a control system across the articulation joint are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ETHICON LLC
    Inventors: Gary S. Jaworek, Robert L. Koch, Jr., Michael D. Auld, John S. Kimsey, Daniel L. Baber, Richard L. Leimbach, Daniel J. Ulrich
  • Patent number: 10226251
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes an end effector with a staple cartridge. The staple cartridge includes a deck, a terminal driver assembly, and a wedge sled. The terminal driver assembly is positioned adjacent to a distal tip of the staple cartridge. The terminal driver assembly is configured to receive a first terminal portion of staples in the staple cartridge. The terminal driver assembly at least partially defines a storage space therebelow within jaw of the end effector. The wedge sled is configured to longitudinally slide proximate to the deck and engage the terminal driver assembly and force the terminal portion of the plurality of staples toward the anvil for formation in tissue. At least a majority of the wedge sled is configured to fit within the storage space and not slide distally beyond the terminal driver assembly when the wedge sled is in the distal sled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10213201
    Abstract: A staple cartridge disclosed herein comprises a cartridge body and staples removably stored therein. The staple cartridge further comprises a longitudinal row of staple drivers movable between an unfired position and a fired position to drive the staples toward an anvil and a firing system movable toward a distal end of the cartridge body to sequentially move the staple drivers toward their fired positions. The staple drivers comprise a first staple driver comprising a first bottom drive surface and a first staple support surface, wherein a first driver distance is defined between the first bottom drive surface and the first staple support surface, and a second staple driver comprising a second bottom drive surface and a second staple support surface, wherein a second driver distance is defined between the second bottom drive surface and the second support surface which is different than the first driver distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 10207831
    Abstract: An apparatus for closing a container includes closer stations. Each closer station has a closer tool, a coupling element, and a driver. The coupling element, with height-control, is positively guided to rotate about a machine axis thereof. Additionally, the coupling element, by way of the driver, drives the closer tool in a required vertical motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias Naaber
  • Patent number: 10201349
    Abstract: A surgical instrument system can comprise a surgical instrument for use with a loading unit comprising an end effector, wherein the loading unit is releasably attachable to the surgical instrument. The surgical instrument comprises a motor configured to drive a firing member and is configured to determine whether the loading unit includes a datum identifying the loading unit or is otherwise identifiable. If the loading unit is identifiable, then the motor of the surgical instrument fires a first firing rate. If the loading unit is not identifiable, then the motor of the surgical instrument fires at a second firing rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Richard L. Leimbach, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Emily A. Schellin
  • Patent number: 10195727
    Abstract: An indirect firing fastening tool, comprising driving and propelling means for a fastener to be set into a support, such driving means being rotationally mobile and configured to directly cooperate with the fastener or with a propelling member supported by the latter, so that a rotation of the driving means directly causes the translational driving and the propulsion of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Christian Ricordi
  • Patent number: 10195703
    Abstract: A machine tool, in particular an angle grinder, includes at least one switching unit that has at least one movably mounted ratchet element and at least one release element for unlocking a movement preventer of the ratchet element. The release element has at least one actuating region that is at least partially arranged laterally alongside an operating area of the ratchet element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Cornelius Boeck, Daniel Barth, Joachim Schadow, Sinisa Andrasic
  • Patent number: 10189596
    Abstract: Plastic containers, base configurations for plastic containers, and systems, methods, and base molds thereof. In particular, the disclosed subject matter involves container base configurations having particular up-stand geometries that can assist or facilitate elevated temperature processing and/or cooling processing of plastic containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Michael P. Wurster, Scott E. Bysick
  • Patent number: 10183766
    Abstract: A food package for sliced food products to be maintained with a fluffed appearance, the package including a rigid base member forming a compartment for receiving the food product and a rigid lid sealed to the compartment. Advantageously, the base member includes a bottom wall and side wall portions that are configured to engage the food product to hold the slices in a fluffed arrangement thereof. Preferably, one or more tapered side wall portions hold the food product upwardly toward the lid and inwardly toward a center of the package. In preferred embodiments, the base member and lid provide a rigid-rigid construction of the food package. In preferred embodiments, the food package is also configured to stand-up in a vertical display orientation and does not require the food product be contained within a sealed pouch within the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Bonita M. Hinze, Chad Michael Evenson, Andrew Scott Ives
  • Patent number: 10183830
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fiber product folding apparatus, mainly including a hoisting seat, a baffle, a pressing plate, and a folding portion, where the baffle is connected to at least one swing arm and can actuate the baffle to swing through the swing arm, so as to block stacked fiber products. The pressing plate is connected to the hoisting seat though a connecting rod, where the connecting rod can actuate the pressing plate to swing relative to the hoisting seat and pressurize to the stacked fiber products. A folding portion is arranged on the pressing plate and can move along the pressing plate, so as to fold a first fiber product of the stacked fiber products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Chan Li Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chi-Pin Hsu
  • Patent number: 10182592
    Abstract: A filter manufacturing machine includes a feed path (7) configured to continuously feed a sheet material containing filter fibers and provided with a first plasticizer addition unit (9); a forming device (3) connected to a terminating end of the feed path (7) and configured to form the sheet material (6) into a hollow rod-shaped continuous filter body (11), the forming device including a tubular forming path for forming the sheet material (6) into the continuous filter body (11), a heat treating section for heating the sheet material, and a second plasticizer addition unit (14) arranged near the inlet of the tubular forming path; and a wrapping device (4) configured to receive the continuous filter body (11) delivered from the forming device (3) and wrap the continuous filter body in a wrapper to form a filter rod (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventor: Satoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10183390
    Abstract: A drill hammer and/or a chipper hammer device includes a hammer mechanism having a drive unit and a transmission unit. The transmission unit transmits a drive torque from a motor to the hammer mechanism. The transmission unit includes at least one planetary drive. A drive element of the drive unit is disposed on a transmission element of the planetary drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Wiedemann, Achim Duesselberg
  • Patent number: 10179664
    Abstract: Robotic pick-and-place automation is used to transfer oral solid pharmaceuticals from moveable trays or canisters. Sensors are used to verify that the pharmaceuticals have been properly placed in the desired pharmaceutical locations precisely according to the patient prescription data. A pharmacist places pharmaceutical products within dispensing trays or canisters to present the pharmaceutical products for picking and placing via the robotic pick-and-place machinery. Once the canister or tray is located adjacent the pick-and-place device, a sensor or imaging unit associated with the pick-and-place device verifies that the pharmaceutical product the size, shape, and/or color of an expected pharmaceutical product that is to be placed within the packaging material in accordance with patient prescription data stored by a computer associated with the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: MTS Medication Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward D Kames, Robert Barrett
  • Patent number: 10173799
    Abstract: A tube holder is disclosed for carrying a tube to multiple processing stations of a tube filling machine. In one non-limiting embodiment, the tube holder includes a body comprising a receptacle configured for retaining a tube. The tube includes a dispensing end and an opposite open end for filling a cavity therein with a product. A retractable tube shaping device is movably disposed in the tube holder. The shaping device is movable between an extended position and a retracted position. When the shaping device is in the extended position, the shaping device engages the tube proximate to the open end and removes ovality which might interfere with the tube filling operation. In various embodiments, the shaping device comprises a plurality of vertically retractable straightening elements that engage the sidewalls of the tube to ensure circularity of the open tube end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Christopher Miller
  • Patent number: 10173830
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medication dispensing container for holding medications, which container is provided with a dispensing mechanism comprising: an arranging body comprising passageways, each for accommodating a number of medications in a single row, a first wall member with an output opening arranged below said arranging body, said arranging body is arranged to subsequently align one of said passageways with said output opening, a separating member which blocks a passageway when aligned with the output opening, a storage body comprising waiting chambers arranged below said first wall member, each waiting chamber is arranged for receiving the medication(s) from one passageway, a second wall member with an outlet opening arranged below said storage body, said storage body is arranged to subsequently align one of said waiting chambers with said outlet opening, and a detection arrangement for the detection whether or not one of said waiting chambers is filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: VMI HOLLAND B.V.
    Inventors: Henri 'T Lam, Kees Jochemsen