Patents Examined by J. Stephen Taylor
  • Patent number: 10221992
    Abstract: A tool holder. The tool holder is mounted to a platform (9) and comprises a plurality of legs (1) extending from respective positions on the platform (9) for connecting the platform (9) to respective positions on the workpiece. Each leg (1) has a first joint system (8a) at its platform end allowing each leg (1) to pivot relative to the platform (9). Each first joint system (8a) has an actuator arrangement (34) having a first operating mode in which the actuator arrangement (34) is configured to apply a load to move the respective leg (1), and a second operating mode in which the actuator arrangement (34) is configured to allow free movement of the respective leg (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Adam George Antrum Rushworth, Dragos Aurelian Axinte, John Marcus Allen, James Kell, Ralph Graham Anderson
  • Patent number: 10220491
    Abstract: An electric clamp apparatus includes a body, a rotary drive unit which is driven rotatably by an electric signal, and a rotary body rotated under a driving action of the rotary drive unit. Gear teeth of a clamp arm are enmeshed with helical screw grooves formed on the outer circumferential surface of the rotary body. The rotary body is rotated by driving the rotary drive unit, whereby the clamp arm, which is enmeshed with the screw grooves, is rotated through a predetermined angle to bring about a clamped state for clamping a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SMC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Chiaki Fukui, Noriyuki Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10196248
    Abstract: A jack for lifting segments of a structure includes a pair of masts, a mast base, a mast cap, a hydraulic ram, a bottom bracket and a shuttle. The masts are identical and upright with a plurality of evenly spaced holes. The mast base supports the mast and the mast cap receives the upper ends of the masts and maintains the masts in a parallel, relationship. The hydraulic ram moves between a retracted position and an extended position with a stroke distance which is significantly less than the mast height. The bottom bracket is removably pinned to the masts and receives and supports the lower end of the hydraulic ram. The shuttle receives the upper end of the hydraulic ram. The bottom bracket and shuttle, when not pinned to the masts, can slide vertically up the masts. The shuttle includes features for connecting to a segment of a structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Wesley Allen Bainter, Jeffrey Daniel Bonnet, Julius Peter Van de Pas
  • Patent number: 10092997
    Abstract: A grinding wheel includes a disc-like member and a grinding stone layer disposed on an outer peripheral surface of the disc-like member. A grinding surface of the grinding stone layer includes a cylinder grinding surface, end grinding surfaces, and corner grinding surfaces. The grinding stone layer includes a cylindrical-portion grinding stone layer including a part of the corner grinding surfaces and the cylinder grinding surface, and end grinding stone layers including the remaining part of the respective corner grinding surfaces and the respective end grinding surfaces and having a property different from a property of the cylindrical-portion grinding stone layer. Joint surfaces are each formed by joining a boundary surface of the cylindrical-portion grinding stone layer and a boundary surface of the end grinding stone layer such that the boundary surfaces have a preset inclination ? to an axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10081522
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing, a piston, an input cavity, a first actuating shaft, a first output cavity, and a second output cavity. The housing comprise an input port, a first output port, a second output port, a first end, a second end, a first wide wall having a first internal surface, and a chamber at least partially defined by the first end and the first internal surface. The piston is able to actuate along the first internal surface of the first side wall. The input cavity is in fluid communication with the input port. The first output cavity is in fluid communication with the first output port. The second output cavity is in fluid communication with the second output port. The first actuating shaft is fixed to the piston and helps fluidly isolate the first output port from the second output port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Vehicle Service Group, LLC
    Inventors: Steven H. Taylor, Brian E. Kelley, Kevin S. Katerberg, Austin Deuerling
  • Patent number: 10040165
    Abstract: An embodiment comprises a container to include a substrate during processing (e.g., centrifugal or vibratory processing) and protect the substrate from other substrates (e.g., medical implants) that are simultaneously being processed and/or from the polishing environment (e.g. vibratory tub sidewalls) during processing. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: On-X Life Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cole Seeley, Mark E. Seeley
  • Patent number: 10033166
    Abstract: A stripping plier includes a first plier handle, a second plier handle, a blade assembly, a spring and a supportive blocking member. The blade assembly is attached to two opposite side edges of the first plier handle and the second plier handle correspondingly; two ends of the spring are secured onto the first plier handle and the second plier handle respectively; the supportive blocking member is arranged on one side edge of the blade assembly, one end of the supportive blocking member is attached onto the first plier handle and another end thereof extends to the second plier handle. The supportive blocking member is able to provide supporting force during the cutting of the blade assembly in order to prevent any positional shifts of the stripping plier from occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Chao-Chin Yen
  • Patent number: 10016107
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus comprises: (a) a cleaning head having a front, a rear, two opposed sides extending between the front and the rear, a bottom and a dirty air inlet; (b) an airflow path extending from the dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet; (c) a suction motor and an air treatment member positioned in the airflow path; (d) an upright section moveably mounted with respect to the cleaning head between a storage position and a rearward in-use position; and, (e) the upright section also pivotally mounted for movement sideways with respect to the cleaning head between a centered position and a sideways position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventor: Jason Boyd Thorne
  • Patent number: 10004373
    Abstract: A cleaning pad for use with a surface cleaning appliance, such as a steam mop, includes a cleaning composition and at least one visually discernible indicator that alerts a user to the condition of the cleaning pad. The visually discernible indicator can change color as the cleaning composition is consumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric J. Hansen
  • Patent number: 9914201
    Abstract: A ratchet tool device includes a shaft having two compartments formed by curved surfaces, two pawls pivotally attached to the shafts and each having a toothed segment and a swelling, a barrel having an opening for engaging with the shaft and having an internal gear for engaging with the toothed segments of the pawls and for determining the rotational direction of the barrel by the shaft, a spring biasing member is engaged between the pawls for biasing the toothed segments of the pawls to engage with the internal gear of the barrel, a control ferrule is engaged with the shaft and the barrel and includes two actuators for engaging with the swellings and for disengaging the toothed segments of the pawls from the internal gear of the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Te Chen Chu
  • Patent number: 9902029
    Abstract: A nut runner which comprises a socket holder attached to a tip end of an output shaft, a slide mechanism unit for extending and retracting the output shaft in the axial direction, a pushing unit for pushing the output shaft toward the tip end side in the axial direction, during a screw tightening operation, in cooperation with the slide mechanism unit, and a supporting unit for supporting a socket retained by the socket holder while allowing a nut runner driving unit to rotate and axially move the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takanobu Ueno, Yoshihide Maeda
  • Patent number: 9844846
    Abstract: A carrier for receiving and restraining a container against rotation during an automated filling and capping operation includes an array of modular container housings. A bumper is disposed below the housing and projects outwardly to cushion the carrier against impact. The bumper is supported by a base. Structure extends from the housing through the bumper and into the base to secure the carrier. One housing module includes a recess having container abutment surfaces and angled surfaces at the opening to guide a container into engagement with the abutments. One housing module includes a recess having ribs separated by relief vents to relieve air pressure as a container is loaded into the carrier. One housing module includes a container holder having a pair of upright supports separated by side openings. The bumper and the base each including a weight positioned at a selected location to uphold the filled container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: TENSION INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Patent number: 9744602
    Abstract: The present invention provides a work piece chuck of manipulator in the field of mechanical technology. The chuck comprises a chuck sleeve and an ejector pin set within the chuck sleeve. An elastic clamping element is provided at the front end of the chuck sleeve. The ejector pin could move between a first position and a second position along the axial direction of the chuck sleeve. When the ejector pin is in the first position, the outer circumference of the ejector pin extrudes the clamping element to distort and expand outward to form an expansion state. When the ejector pin is in the second position, the outer circumference of the ejector pin is out of contact with the clamping element to restore the clamping element. The chuck has a number of advantages including firm connection, high reliability and high use value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Wuhu Huiying Automatic Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qiyue Chen
  • Patent number: 9718164
    Abstract: A polishing system for polishing a semiconductor wafer includes a wafer support for holding the semiconductor wafer, and a first polishing pad for polishing a region of the semiconductor wafer. The semiconductor wafer has a first diameter, and the first polishing pad has a second diameter shorter than the first diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shih-Chi Lin, Kun-Tai Wu, You-Hua Chou, Chih-Tsung Lee, Min Hao Hong, Chih-Jen Wu, Chen-Ming Huang, Soon-Kang Huang, Chin-Hsiang Chang, Chih-Yuan Yang
  • Patent number: 9718656
    Abstract: A jack for lifting segments of a structure includes a pair of masts, a mast base, a mast cap, a hydraulic ram, a bottom bracket and a shuttle. The masts are identical and upright with a plurality of evenly spaced holes. The mast base supports the mast and the mast cap receives the upper ends of the masts and maintains the masts in a parallel, relationship. The hydraulic ram moves between a retracted position and an extended position with a stroke distance which is significantly less than the mast height. The bottom bracket is removably pinned to the masts and receives and supports the lower end of the hydraulic ram. The shuttle receives the upper end of the hydraulic ram. The bottom bracket and shuttle, when not pinned to the masts, can slide vertically up the masts. The shuttle includes features for connecting to a segment of a structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: BAINTER CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Wesley Allen Bainter, Jeffrey Daniel Bonnet, Julius Peter Van de Pas
  • Patent number: 9718627
    Abstract: The equipment and method for moving containers herein proposed consists in a new concept for moving containers in port terminals based on the stacking of containers from the bottom to the top. Such stacking occurs by using a lifting system specifically designed for such purpose and by supporting the containers stack on fixed elevated support at a determined height from the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Carmine Cifelli
  • Patent number: 9714670
    Abstract: A clamping assembly for attaching loads to various kinds of flanged seams, the assembly comprising a generally U-shaped clamp body, at least one clamping hammer disposed interior of the clamp body, the clamping hammer is secured to the clamp body along the longitudinal axis of the clamp body, at least one adjustment screw extending through the clamp body and adapted to selectively impinge against the clamping hammer and cause it to pivot about its axis or otherwise move inwardly within the clamp body, the adjustment screw extending transverse to the longitudinal axis of the clamping hammer, at least one locking screw adapted to selectively impinge against the clamping hammer to prevent pivoting of the same may be optionally provided whereby a standing seam received within the clamp body may be tightly grasped between the clamp body and the clamping hammer under action of the adjustment screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Gregory A. Header
  • Patent number: 9715065
    Abstract: A multi-functional splicing clamp for use in a fiber splicing device includes a clamp body and a clamp cover body, wherein one side of said clamp body is pivotally connected to the clamp cover body. The clamp body is provided with a fiber-carrying pad, and the clamp cover body is provided with an abutment structure that can abut said fiber-carrying pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignees: Inno Instrument (China), Inc., Inno Instrument, Inc.
    Inventor: Yangri Zhao
  • Patent number: 9694462
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a grinding machine. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to a centerless grinding machine comprising a damping device. The present disclosure also relates to a spindle for a grinding machine, and to a damping device for a spindle of a grinding machine, particularly for a grinding spindle or regulator spindle of a centerless grinding machine, wherein the damping device comprises at least one damping unit including an auxiliary mass section, an elastic section and a damping section, which are integrated in the spindle, and which jointly define a damped vibratory system for increasing the dynamic stiffness of the spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SCHAUDT MIKROSA GMBH
    Inventors: Karsten Otto, Michael Maeurer
  • Patent number: 9676079
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to a clamp. In one embodiment, the clamp includes a bar, and a first jaw, movable along the bar and positioned on a first side of the bar. The clamp also includes a second jaw positioned on the bar on a second side of the bar, opposite the first side. The clamp also includes an actuator for moving the first jaw toward the second jaw for clamping one or more workpieces, and the actuator includes one or more drive plates operatively coupled to the bar when the first jaw is in a driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Tropea