Patents Examined by Jason L Vaughan
  • Patent number: 10294052
    Abstract: A sheet feed roller (1) is provided, which is formed of an elastomer composition containing a thermoplastic elastomer, a spherical filler and a low friction silicone compound, and has a friction coefficient of not greater than 0.5. A production method is also provided, which includes the step of extruding the elastomer composition through a die configured as corresponding to a sectional shape of the sheet feed roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Masashi Hamakubo, Yudai Okuno
  • Patent number: 10294864
    Abstract: A method for producing a device having at least one internal feature includes manufacturing an internal volume of the internal features out of a first material, disposing the internal volume in a parent material that has a higher melting point than the first material, causing the internal volume to melt within the parent material, and allowing at least a portion of the first material to diffuse into the parent material, thereby leaving behind the at least one internal feature within the parent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Delavan Inc.
    Inventors: Sergey Mironets, Matthew Donovan
  • Patent number: 10294573
    Abstract: An electroformed sheath for protecting an airfoil includes a sheath body and a mandrel insert is provided. The sheath body includes a leading edge. The sheath body includes a pressure side wall and an opposed suction side wall, which side walls meet at the leading edge and extend away from the leading edge to define a cavity between the side walls. The sheath body includes a head section between the leading edge and the cavity. The mandrel insert is positioned between the pressure side and suction side walls, and includes a generally wedge-shaped geometry. A method for protecting an airfoil includes: 1) securing a mandrel insert to a mandrel; 2) electroplating a sheath body onto the mandrel and the mandrel insert; 3) removing the mandrel from the sheath body so that a sheath cavity is defined within the sheath body; and 4) securing the airfoil within the sheath cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Parkos, Jr., James O. Hansen, Christopher J. Hertel, Andrew J. Murphy, Ashley P. Phillips, Jay Thomas Abraham
  • Patent number: 10294085
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for constructing refractory structures, e.g., glass furnace regenerator structures and/or glass furnace structures formed of refractory components, the refractory structure being housed within a building having a roof support elements. Cross-support beams are provided to latitudinally span the refractory structure and are suspended from roof support elements associated with the building housing the refractory structure by a suspension support system attached to the cross-support beams. An overhead crane assembly may thus be supported by the cross-support beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FOSBEL, INC.
    Inventors: Lou Carolla, Michael Smith, Alan E. Bowser, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10287100
    Abstract: A removable cover assembly for a bracket mounted roller is provided and that includes a cover having a contoured bottom to cover a portion of a bracket mounted roller, a pin slidably disposed on the contoured bottom and a retaining tab configured to be slidably received in a slot on a top portion of the roller bracket. The removable cover assembly further includes a lever having a flanged end pivotally coupled to the cover, being pivotal to cause the flanged end to displace the pin, the latch being pivotal between a latched position in which the pin is displaced to cause the retaining tab to be received within the slot to retain the cover assembly to the bracket, and an unlatched position in which the pin is retracted to withdraw the retaining tab from the slot and permit removal of the cover assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Justin L. Weisfelner, Elizabeth T. Byrd
  • Patent number: 10288360
    Abstract: A method for producing a plate heat exchanger with at least two heat exchanger blocks which are produced separately from one another in a soldering furnace Each heat exchanger block has multiple separating sheets arranged parallel to one another and which form a plurality of beat exchanger passages for fluids involved in a heat exchange process. At least one support provided with solder is heated in order to melt the solder, the support is arranged between opposing outer surfaces of the heat exchanger blocks to be connected which are placed one on top of the other or adjacently, the support(s) thus being fixed between the opposing outer surfaces. After the solder is hardened, a bonded and heat-conductive connection is produced between the heat exchanger blocks. Sheets or wire arrangement can be used as the supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Jörg Dietrich, Reinhold Hölzl
  • Patent number: 10288127
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for connecting in rotation an output member (5) of an electric motor (1) and an element (2) that is to be driven in rotation, comprising the use of at least one fusible pin (11) that links the output member and the element that is to be driven, and that has at least one section that is prone to fail in shear when a torque transmitted by the fusible pin exceeds a predetermined threshold. The method comprises the step of interposing, between the pin and either the output member or the element that is to be driven, at least one elastic member (20) comprising a first travel with a first stiffness followed by a second travel with a second stiffness greater than the first stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Sylvain Jaber, Vincent Bellenger, Nicolas Moretti, Gilles Eluard
  • Patent number: 10273713
    Abstract: A modified fence post and a method for modifying the fence post include modifying the fence post to accommodate an object, including placing a guide around a fence post to locate the center of first surface of a fence post. Based on locating the center, the method include drilling a hole in a portion of the designated center of the fence post using a hole saw. The method includes inserting a spacer with an opening in the center of the spacer into the resultant hole and inserting an object into the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Nisimhai Sachakov, Christina Sachakov
  • Patent number: 10271657
    Abstract: A foam seating article includes a layer of molded foam surrounding a hollow shell made of hard plastic. A fabric covering encloses the shell and molded foam. The foam seating article can take the form of a chair, stool, sofa, chaise lounge, bench or Ottoman. The hollow shell can be formed using blow molding, injection molding or by capping both ends of a tube with disks. Air pressure inside the airtight hollow shell prevents the shell from collapsing inwards under the weight of an occupant. Alternatively, the hollow shell of the seating article can be accessed through a removable lid. The seating article includes no wood or metal. The layer of molded foam includes sections of different foam types, such as high density (HD) foam, memory foam and latex foam. Molding foam around a hard plastic shell is simpler and less costly than making conventional metal or wood framed furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Zinus Inc.
    Inventor: Youn Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 10272669
    Abstract: Improved pliable print rollers for high speed drink can printing machines increase the pliable roller life five- to ten-fold at comparable ink thickness and machine speed. The improved performance results from the selection of materials utilized including a combination of elastomers, and in some case an essentially oil-free composition, and an associated manufacturing process not previously utilized to create pliable print rollers for high speed drink can printing machines. In particular a particular embodiment, the composition includes a combination of elastomers (e.g., 75% polyisoprene and 25% polybutadiene), a filler (e.g., silica), a curing agent (e.g., peroxided), and other additives (e.g., pigment, antioxidant, antiozonant) with little or no oil added as a softener. An illustrative composition including 150 parts by weight contains 100 parts elastomer, 35 parts filler, 4 parts curing agent, and 11 parts other additives (i.e., zero parts oil softener).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Pacesetter Graphic Service Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Thomason, Robert Allen
  • Patent number: 10274019
    Abstract: Provided is a method of manufacturing an outer joint member of a constant velocity universal joint, which is constructed by forming a cup section having track grooves, and a shaft section, and by welding a cup member and a shaft member, the method including: forming the cup member and the shaft member of medium carbon steel; preparing a cup member having a cylindrical portion and a bottom portion integrally formed by forging, and a joining end surface in a machining step; preparing a shaft member having a joining end surface formed in a machining step; bringing the joining end surface of the cup member and the joining end surface of the shaft member into abutment against each other; welding the cup member and the shaft member by radiating a beam; and performing, after the welding, an ultrasonic flaw detection-inspection step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Masafumi Osugi, Tsuyoshi Ueno, Shintaro Suzuki, Hiromi Nagai, Tatsuro Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10265989
    Abstract: Provided are a functional cylinder body, including a plurality of layers having magnetic patterns and non-magnetic patterns formed adjacently, and a manufacturing method therefor. The functional cylinder body comprises at least: a cylinder main body; a first functional pattern part, which includes first patterns and first functional patterns, the first patterns having first recess patterns and first non-recess patterns formed by forming recesses on a first material layer made of any one of a magnetic material and a non-magnetic material, the first functional patterns being made of any one of the magnetic material and the non-magnetic material embedded in the first recess patterns; and a second functional pattern part, which is formed in a position of the cylinder main body shallower than a position of the first recess patterns and has magnetic patterns of the magnetic material and non-magnetic patterns of the non-magnetic material formed adjacently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Tatsuo Shigeta, Kaku Shigeta, Shintaro Sugawara
  • Patent number: 10267349
    Abstract: A fastener which comprises a tubular member, a sleeve, a spring, a shank, and an elongate head. A lower end portion of the shank extends through the tubular member to threadedly engage a lower part. The elongate head rotates within a slot in the upper end of the shank between a first position extending longitudinally of the shank so that it can receive an upper part to be attached to the lower part and a second position extending radially of the shank to prevent removal of the upper part. The shank is received within the sleeve and has a pair of slots in its upper end which are alignable with the shank slot. The sleeve is biased to an upper position by the spring, which is in the tubular member. When the sleeve is in a position wherein it is biased upwardly, the sleeve partially covers the shank slot to prevent rotation of the elongate head between the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: PAUL KRISTEN, Inc.
    Inventors: Lambros Apostolopoulos, Brian Bortz
  • Patent number: 10258763
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a catheter shaft includes extruding an inner polymeric layer having a main lumen and two or more side lumens spaced about the main lumen; forming an outer polymeric layer about the inner polymeric layer; and inserting at least one elongate member, such as a wire, through each side lumen of the inner polymeric layer. The side lumens are less than about ? the size of the main lumen. The method may further include the step of forming a braided layer between the inner polymeric layer and the outer polymeric layer. In an alternate embodiment, the method includes co-extruding an inner polymeric layer and a multi-lumen layer, the multi-lumen layer having two or more side lumens; forming an outer polymeric layer about the multi-lumen layer; and inserting at least one elongate member through each side lumen. Catheter assemblies made according to the described methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Maitre Grasse, James V. Kauphusman
  • Patent number: 10252875
    Abstract: A roller has knit fabric at its surface and which is employed in an apparatus permitting achievement of conservation of resources, conservation of energy, and low cost, and an apparatus employing such a roller. Roller 1 covered with covering 3 including knit fabric at its surface causes conveyance, supply, or other such movement of an object, or uses an to dry or cool an object as it is moved, or rotates while causing an object to be subjected to suction. Knit fabric 3a covering the roller surface has gaps having air permeability and steps 6 comprising stripes in a pattern of bands at the front and back surfaces; the stripes in the pattern of bands are perpendicular to the direction of rotation at the surface of the rotating support body 2. Loops making up knit fabric 3a have domains of small loops 4c and large loops 4b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: SANWA TECHNO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Susumu Shoji, Kazuro Fukui, Takaomi Kurahashi
  • Patent number: 10245123
    Abstract: This invention concerns a manufacturing method of a dental prosthesis, with specific reference to single-tooth prostheses. In particular, this invention deals with a manufacturing method a dental prosthesis or part thereof, that includes a milling step of a block (1) made of a material suitable for dental uses, where the aforementioned block (1) is secured to a connection device (L) with a dental implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Dental Knowledge S.R.L.
    Inventor: Valter Bertagnon
  • Patent number: 10246887
    Abstract: The method includes a tension element, for example in the form of flat steel, that is placed on the structure or structural part and can be guided around a corner. The flat steel can also wrap as a band around the structure, in which the two ends of the flat steel are either connected to one another or are separately connected to the structure by the end anchors or intersect to produce a clamping connection. The flat steel contracts as a result of a subsequent active and controlled input of heat using a heating element and generates a permanent tensile stress and, correspondingly, a permanent prestress on the structure. The structure, as equipped, has at least one tension element as a shape memory alloy which extends along the outer side of the structure and is connected by one or more end anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Masoud Motavalli, Benedikt Weber, Wookijn Lee, Rolf Broennimann, Christoph Czaderski, Christian Leinenbach, Julien Michels, Moslem Shahverdi
  • Patent number: 10245665
    Abstract: A device and method for broken tap removal are provided herein. The tap includes a circular longitudinal cavity used for removal and coolant transport. A tap removal tool that is pre-formed to fit the tap's center hole and provides at least three points of contact with the broken tap portion to allow for ease in removing the broken tap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Ray Fitzgerald Woods
  • Patent number: 10247491
    Abstract: A process of producing shell and tube heat exchangers where the ends of the tubes are secured to a tube sheet while reacting applied FSW forces without introducing a crevice or local deformation near the ends of the tubes. In particular, an interference fit is used to lock the ends of the tubes into the tube sheet without flaring or expanding the tube ends. A FSW process is then used to weld the ends of the tubes to the tube sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Nagurny, Derek M. Beckner, Michael R. Eller, Scott M. Maurer, Trevor J. Owen
  • Patent number: 10239115
    Abstract: A method for joining at least two parts to be joined which are arranged so as to overlap at least in a joining zone is disclosed using a joining element which is fed to the joining zone in a joining direction and which is designed so as to be free of undercuts at least in a shaft when seen opposite the joining direction. At least one first part to be joined that interacts first with the joining element in the joining direction, is punched by means of the joining element, and the joining element is pressed into a second part to be joined without punching through the second part. The shaft of the joining element is designed so as to be free of undercuts after being pressed into the second part to be joined and is arranged so as to contact the first and the second part to be joined with a radially applied force in a form-fit-free manner at least when seen opposite the joining direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Norbert Hornbostel, Frank Barkhausen, Heiko Hellmeier