Patents Examined by Jermie Cozart
  • Patent number: 10005119
    Abstract: A fastening method comprising using a control apparatus to select a first upsetting volume of an upsetting die, using a punch to push a first fastener into a workpiece and using the upsetting die to upset the first fastener, then using the control apparatus to select a second upsetting volume of the upsetting die, using the punch to push a second fastener into a workpiece and using the upsetting die to upset the second fastener, or using the punch and the upsetting die to form a clinch joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Henrob Limited
    Inventors: Roger Stanton Doo, Stuart Edmond Blacket, Wojciech Gostylla, Neal Sean Williams
  • Patent number: 10000822
    Abstract: Methods for hardening a metal sheet material include applying at least one peening stream to the metal sheet material, wherein at least one peening stream is applied, in each case, to a front side of the metal sheet material and a rear side of the metal sheet material, respectively, at least at times simultaneously. In one example, the metal sheet material is a stainless steel material, wherein the at least one peening stream is generated from a peening material in which at least 50% by weight of the peening material has a largest particle diameter of at least 0.8 mm and wherein the metal sheet material has a mean final surface hardness after the application of the at least one peening stream of at least approximately 300 HV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: BLANCO GmbH + Co KG
    Inventor: Markus Schiebol
  • Patent number: 9993901
    Abstract: A boot band for fixing a boot that is mounted to a constant velocity universal joint is clamped. The boot band and the constant velocity universal joint are aligned in phase with each other in a circumferential direction. An axial position of a clamping portion is thereafter aligned with an axial position of the boot band. Then, the boot band is clamped by the clamping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hatano, Nao Ishiyama, Shinya Inui, Yuuki Ogata
  • Patent number: 9986848
    Abstract: A method of assembling a chair component includes providing a first chair member adapted to support a user and that includes forwardly and a rearwardly-facing surfaced, wherein the first chair member further includes at least one raised portion extending rearwardly from the rear surface, wrapping a cover member about a portion of the first chair member, providing a drawstring operably coupled with the cover member, drawing the cover member about the portion of the first chair member by the drawstring, aligning the cover with the at least one raised portion to properly align the cover with respect to the first chair member, and securing the drawstring to the first chair member with at least one fastener that is received within the at least one raised portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Todd David Krupiczewicz, Jeffrey A. Hall, Gordon J. Peterson, Dale M. Groendal
  • Patent number: 9975166
    Abstract: Provided is a method for manufacturing a caulked assembly that is capable of manufacturing the caulked assembly at a low cost, preventing reduction of the strength of a columnar body caused by a circumferential groove, preventing deformation of the columnar body, and assembling a slimmer columnar body with a plate-like body. A mounting hole 10 for inserting and assembling a columnar body 2 is provided in a metallic plate-like body 1, and a thick portion 11 is formed along an inner circumferential edge of the mounting hole 10. Thereafter, as shown in FIG. 1(a), the columnar body 2 is inserted into the mounting hole 10 of the plate-like body 1 so that the plate-like body 1 is set in an assembly position on an outer circumferential surface of the columnar body 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: APS JAPAN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidemitsu Watanabe, Hisanori Kawasaki, Hiroyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9978467
    Abstract: The invention is an innovative design/repair methodology for PWR piping nozzles and vessel nozzles that are attached to the piping/vessel base material with a full penetration weld joint geometry. The development of a robust repair methodology for nozzles of this configuration is necessary due to plant aging, potential material degradation in the original materials of construction, potential increased nondestructive examination requirements, and PWSCC phenomena in the susceptible original materials of construction. The purpose/objective of the repair methodology is to provide a means of partially replacing the existing pressure boundary susceptible materials with PWSCC-resistant materials to facilitate the long-term repair life of the plant. The invention may be applied to a plurality of nozzle, piping, and vessel sizes with a full penetration weld joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Framatome Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Graves, David E. Waskey, Andrew C. Smith, Kenneth B. Stuckey
  • Patent number: 9969009
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a contoured hole, the hole being manufactured in a wall, the wall comprising a first, a second surface, and a wall thickness between the wall first and second surface. The comprises manufacturing a first non-penetrating hole extending from the first surface and into the wall, wherein a distal end of the first hole is located within the wall such that the first hole does not penetrate the wall second surface, and manufacturing a through hole, wherein the through hole is fluidly connected with first hole and penetrates the wall second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Ivan Luketic, Ioannis Paralikas, Brian Kenneth Wardle
  • Patent number: 9963085
    Abstract: A liftgate is provided with a modular sensor housing that spans a substantial portion of the width of the liftgate. The sensor housing has a plurality of rearward-facing apertures adapted to permit the cameras and/or proximity sensors from the vehicle to “see” through the housing. The sensor housing incorporates a plurality of sensor mounting brackets specifically adapted to the particular configuration of the vehicle sensors. The modular sensor housing enables a liftgate to be installed without disabling the rearview camera and proximity sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: BUS BROWN INC
    Inventors: Timothy Smith, Andrew Fitzgibbon, Jason Bush
  • Patent number: 9962522
    Abstract: A woven wire braid residing between a polymer inner lumen and a polymer outer lumen transmits control force in a catheter. After braiding the wires, the braid is plated with a metal, such as electroless nickel alloy deposited with a target thickness in a range of 250-1200 micro-inches. The metal plating joins the wires to each other at points of contact which torsionally stiffens the braid. At the same time, the metal plating leaves lengths of the wires unattached between the points of contact, permitting flexibility to the braid due to the unattached lengths between points of contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Professional Plating, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Ingalls, Dennis Gavranovich
  • Patent number: 9957710
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing homes is provided. An embodiment includes a final assembly facility located proximal to a subdivision where a plurality of the custom homes is to be situated. The final assembly facility is for receiving the planar sections from the sub-assembly plant and for constructing the homes from planar portions according to the production schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: The Mattamy Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Gilgan, Jurgen Dirks, William Meevis, Walter Mitchell, Peter Vohsemer
  • Patent number: 9949854
    Abstract: A method for crimping a stent with a polymer coating in a humid environment is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen D. Pacetti
  • Patent number: 9950396
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for repairing overhead conveyor chain by removing a section of track, locating a mobile repair station under the exposed track, and effecting the needed repair on the chain by cycling the intact chain past the mobile repair station and repairing it as it passes. Repair embodiments include re-swaging and repair, replacement or rotation of chain links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Frost Tech LLC
    Inventors: Charles C. Frost, Charles J. Deschaine, Keith Miller
  • Patent number: 9943634
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for connecting at least one external functional device to an arrangement, wherein the device includes at least one first contact portion and at least one second contact portion for receiving the external functional device between the first contact portion and the second contact portion, and at least the first contact portion or the second contact portion is movable. It further relates to a method for connecting at least one external functional device to an arrangement by using the device of the present invention, as well as an arrangement which includes at least one device of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Haecker, Uwe Lapp, Udo Waeber
  • Patent number: 9944409
    Abstract: An aircraft brake assembly container having a base or container portion with feet extending therefrom. A further base portion is provided and mounted atop the base portion. A spacing is provided between the base and further base portions and this spacing is filled by a spacing container portion or member. The spacing container portion allows for lower profile base and further base portions while accommodating larger diameter new and used brake assemblies. A method of using same is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Bill Thomas Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Ordonez, Neil Waldron
  • Patent number: 9943932
    Abstract: The present application discloses a method for repairing a damaged counterbore in a variable vane shroud. A layer of base material is removed from the vane shroud adjacent the counterbore such that a damaged portion of the counterbore is removed. A shrink-fit insert having a size slightly larger than that corresponding to the layer of base material removed from the shroud is placed into the area of removed material such that the counterbore is restored to pre-damaged dimensions upon installation of the shrink-fit insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Mark E. Addis, George H. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 9937038
    Abstract: A crimping tool and method for reducing an external dimension of a compressible prosthetic device, the crimping tool comprising a first member comprising a first control surface collapsible between a first state and a second state, the first member having a first open end configured for introducing the prosthetic device when the first control surface is in the first state, and a second open end configured for allowing locking of the prosthetic device when introduced into the first member; an engagement portion that moves the first control surface from the first state to the second state; and an actuator portion for moving the first member along the longitudinal axis allowing the engagement portion to interact with the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK AG
    Inventors: Brian Murphy, Markus Hepke, Nils Le Cerf
  • Patent number: 9938747
    Abstract: A fence includes first elongated tubular members, each one of which is configured to extend vertically from ends of the first elongated tubular members positionable proximate to a support surface (e.g., the ground). The fence also includes second elongated tubular members extending between the first elongated tubular members, each of which is configured to extend parallel to the support surface. The fence further includes receivers defined by apertures formed in the first elongated tubular members, each of which extends outwardly from respective first elongated tubular members so that each one of the second elongated tubular members can be fixedly attached to corresponding ones of the first elongated tubular members. In some embodiments, one or more of the first elongated tubular members and/or the second elongated tubular members can have a circular cross-section. The second elongated tubular members can be fixedly attached the first elongated tubular members with and/or without welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Behlen Mfg. C0.
    Inventor: William H. Hancock
  • Patent number: 9937564
    Abstract: A method for producing a friction bearing or a part, particularly half thereof, is provided. While machining the entire width of an inner surface, both the radial extension and also the advance in the axial direction of at least one tool are changed during machining. A device for machining friction bearings or parts, particularly halves thereof, is also provided. The device has a spindle and at least one cutting tool, the radial extension and advance of which can be changed during machining. In a friction bearing or part, particularly a half thereof, slots or grooves are formed running in the peripheral direction. The depth and width of the grooves are designed to be larger in at least one axial edge area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Wiesbaden GmbH
    Inventor: Philippe Damour
  • Patent number: 9932760
    Abstract: An apparatus and method to secure a bolt cutter, wire cutter, cable cutter or other type of pivot handled tool with two protruding tabs whose apertures align with each other as the handles of the pivot handled tool enter a closed position. A shackle of a padlock may be inserted through the aligned apertures to lock the handles in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Scott Allen Didion
  • Patent number: 9931787
    Abstract: A polymer scaffold is crimped to a balloon while the polymer material is in a thermodynamically unstable state, or a transient state including crimping shortly after a tube or scaffold processing step that imparts memory to the material, or shortly after rejuvenation of the scaffold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Joel Harrington, Jill McCoy