Patents Examined by Jermie E. Cozart
  • Patent number: 11031903
    Abstract: A solar energy system for use with tufted geosynthetics on sloping ground without the use of a traditional racking system. A frame attaches to the tufted geosynthetic cover to provide a flap and a solar panel secures to the flap directly or through a polymeric layer that attaches to the frame positioned between the flap and the tufted geosynthetic land cover with the solar panel adhesively attached to the polymeric layer. The solar panel being attached to the tufted geosynthetic land cover generates energy upon exposure to light. A method of securing a solar panel to a tufted geosynthetic land cover system for generation of energy is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Watershed Solar, LLC
    Inventors: Jose L. Urrutia, Michael R. Ayers, Michael Lucini, Gregory Lucini
  • Patent number: 11028865
    Abstract: The method includes the step of positioning the sheets in an at least partially overlapping relationship. The method continues with the step of inserting a rivet that has a height through an overlapping area of the sheets. The method proceeds with the step of, with the rivet at a temperature in the range of 15-30° Celsius, collapsing the rivet between a pair of ramming surfaces to shorten the rivet and partially expand the rivet outwardly to lock the rivet with the sheets. The entire method results in a very strong connection between the sheets and with a great durability at a low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: John Richard Potocki, William Andrew Kokosza, Steven Reece Falter
  • Patent number: 11017909
    Abstract: A bolt installation and removal (BIR) system is used for assembling and disassembling a nuclear vessel. The BIR system includes a platform with a stand for supporting the nuclear vessel. A track extends around an outside perimeter of the platform and multiple tool carts include wheels that roll on the track. Tool towers are located on the carts and include tool assemblies configured to install and remove bolts on the nuclear reactor vessel. Magazine towers also extend up from the tool carts next to the tool towers and include magazines that hold bolts for exchanging with the tool assemblies. Drive mechanisms move tool heads in the tool assemblies around a first vertical axis, vertically up and down, and laterally to more simply and reliably install and remove the bolts in a radioactive underwater environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: NuScale Power, LLC
    Inventors: Steven W. Shaw, Derek Noel
  • Patent number: 11007637
    Abstract: There is provided a spherical mechanism robot assembly for accessing a confined space in a vehicle, to perform confined space operation(s) in the vehicle. The assembly includes a base structure configured for attachment to the vehicle. The assembly includes a spherical mechanism structure having a first end attached to the base structure, and having a second end. The spherical mechanism structure includes a plurality of mechanical links, joints coupling the plurality of mechanical links together, and a plurality of actuators having one or more actuators coupled at each joint of the plurality of joints. The assembly includes an end effector attached to the second end of the spherical mechanism structure. The assembly is configured such that a majority portion remains outside of the confined space, while a remaining portion of the assembly accesses and occupies the confined space in the vehicle, to perform the confined space operation(s) in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Scott W. Gunther
  • Patent number: 11011791
    Abstract: A method for producing an electrically driveable vehicle which has a sealed space for accommodating a high-voltage (HV) energy storage. A body structure delimits the space for accommodating the HV energy storage at least in an upward direction and which sealingly closes off the space at least in the upward direction and which has attachment points for the direct or indirect connection of at least one energy storage module. At least one energy storage module is connected to the body structure. A space for accommodating the HV energy storage is open at least in partial regions. An installation protection structure delimits the space for accommodating the HV energy storage in the downward direction and which sealingly closes off the space at least in the downward direction. The body structure is connected to the installation protection structure, whereby the space for accommodating the HV energy storage is sealingly closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Philipp Kellner, Jens Bohlien
  • Patent number: 10995568
    Abstract: Sucker rods include end fittings having an outer wedge portion proximate to an open end, an inner wedge portion proximate to a closed end, and an intermediate wedge portion between the outer and inner wedges. Each wedge includes a leading edge, a trailing edge, and an angle between the leading and trailing edges. The triangular configuration, length of the leading edge, the length of the trailing edge, and size of the angle in each wedge portion cause distribution of force, such that compressive forces distributed to the rod proximate the closed end exceed compressive forces distributed to the rod proximate the open end. An automated installation procedure installs the end fitting through the use of multiple chucks, positioned by servo motors along a fitting table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Finalrod IP, LLC
    Inventor: Russell P. Rutledge
  • Patent number: 10994101
    Abstract: A method of preventing blood leakage through a septum of a catheter assembly when a needle is disposed within a slit of the septum may include providing a lubricant within multiple gaps disposed between an outer surface of the needle and the slit. The lubricant may include a viscosity greater than 1,000 centipoise. Providing the lubricant within the multiple gaps may include applying the lubricant to the outer surface of the needle, and inserting the lubricated needle distally through the slit of the septum. Providing the lubricant within the multiple gaps may include applying the lubricant to a tip of a septum actuator of the catheter assembly, and penetrating the septum with the lubricated septum actuator. Providing the lubricant within the plurality of gaps may include dispensing the lubricant within the slit of the septum prior to insertion of the septum into the lumen of the catheter adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Yiping Ma, Jeff O'Bryan, Chad Alan Tagge
  • Patent number: 10995782
    Abstract: A method for assembling at least two parts, connected by main and secondary definitive connections arranged in predetermined positions, includes: secondary definitive connections each housed in secondary definitive holes passing through the parts to be assembled, made independently of one another before the parts are assembled, main definitive connections each housed in main definitive holes passing through the parts to be assembled, made during the same operation while the parts are held in place by the secondary definitive connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Jacques Bouriquet, Cristobal Brito Maur
  • Patent number: 10993415
    Abstract: A method of constructing a pet nail clipper is provided. In one embodiment, the method comprises receiving a disposable receptacle filled with a styptic substance. After receiving the receptacle, a sidewall of the disposable receptacle is coupled to an inside edge of an opening in a bracket extending from the pet nail clipper. In preferred embodiments, the receptacle is comprised of a cup and a lid and the lid is made with a rubber or silicone and has an entrance into an interior of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Alexandre Contreras
  • Patent number: 10987876
    Abstract: A method for joining a first component and a second component. The method includes forming a first bond between the first component and the second component by providing a plurality of projections on the first component and embedding the plurality of projections in the second component; creating a fastener hole which passes through the first component and the second component and which encompasses at least one of the projections; and forming a second bond between the first component and the second component by installing a fastener in the fastener hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Piers Gow
  • Patent number: 10982655
    Abstract: A repair system for a gearbox of a wind turbine includes for removably coupling to the first portion of the gearbox housing of the gearbox. The lifting apparatus is adapted for lifting the first portion of the gearbox housing relative to the second portion gearbox housing. The repair system also includes at least one gearbox housing support member for mounting to the second portion of the gearbox housing. The at least one gearbox housing support member provides a support surface for the first portion of the gearbox housing during a repair procedure of the gearbox. The support surface is offset from the second portion of the gearbox housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brian William Manikas, Paul Howard Davidson, Michael Frederick Sander, Jacob Thomas Hoyt, Jason James Welsh, Kevin L. Holmes
  • Patent number: 10974546
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for automated vehicle wheel removal and replacement are provided. One system includes a computer system with applications for scheduling the replacement of tires for the vehicle. An electronically controlled lift device and robotic apparatus is configured for interaction with the computer system. The lift device mechanically adjusts arms for placement on lift points of vehicles. The robotic apparatus detects positioning of lug nut configuration for a wheel, removes lug nuts, and then removes the wheel from the wheel hub with gripping arms. The wheel and tire are then handed off to a separate tire changing machine. When a new tire is replaced the robotic apparatus then mounts the wheel to the original wheel hub, and then secures the lug nuts to the lug nut bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: RoboTire, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Downey, Victor Darolfi, Robert Baranowski, Mark Bauer, Bernard J. Michini
  • Patent number: 10975554
    Abstract: A method for releasably securing a sink strainer in a drain hole of a sink by providing a lock nut having a split defined by a pair of opposed surfaces and a locking system comprising a pair of opposed tabs attached to the outer surface of the lock nut with one tab on one side of the split having a threaded hole spaced perpendicularly with respect to the opposed surfaces for receiving a threaded fastener and a second tab attached to the outer surface of the lock nut on the opposite side of the split in opposed spaced relationship to the first tab. The second tab having a hole in axisymmetric spaced relationship to the threaded hole with a diameter of sufficient size to allow a threaded fastener to pass therethrough, and a threaded fastener positioned within the axisymmetric spaced hole and arranged to pass through the hole in the second tab and securely engage the threaded hole in the first tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Philip Tompkins
  • Patent number: 10967465
    Abstract: A bolt repair platform includes a frame and a tool module. The tool module includes a tool having a first end configured to rotationally engage a bolt. The tool module also includes an actuator disposed between the tool and the frame so that actuation of the actuator moves the tool with respect to the frame. The frame is removably disposed on the structure, and the tool is movable with respect to the frame, so that, at each of a plurality of positions, the second end of the tool is capable of engagement with a respective bolt disposed in an internal support structure of a nuclear reactor vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Benjamin D. Fisher, Thomas A. Pritchett, Shant Daghlian, Andrew T. Pace, Douglas M. Lawrence, Nicholas Johnson, Jerry Cooper, Christopher J. Farrell
  • Patent number: 10968940
    Abstract: A bolt includes a main-bolt head, a threaded shaft, and a deformable-bolt head component. The main-bolt head has a recess. The threaded shaft extends from the main-bolt head. The threaded shaft has an external thread wrapped therearound. The deformable-bolt head component has an outer flange and an interior threaded bore. The outer flange of the deformable-bolt head component is coupled to the main-bolt head such that a relief space is formed between the deformable-bolt head component and the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: CRUSHLOCK, INC.
    Inventor: Arnold R. Limatoc
  • Patent number: 10961810
    Abstract: A component of a slip assembly is formed by rolling sheet molding compound into a rolled charge. The rolled charge is positioned in a compression molding press and compressed to produce a molded element. The molded element is removed from the compression molding press and can be machined for use as the component of the slip assembly. The component can be a slip segment or can be a cylindrical body for the slip segment. The compound layers in the molded component can be oriented in a number of different orientations in the component and can increase the overall strength of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: James A. Rochen, Matthew R. Stage, Jonathan A. Young
  • Patent number: 10960742
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a sunroof apparatus includes a panel drive unit including a first guide rail arranged at each end portion of a roof opening portion, a panel support member configured to displace a movable panel to open and close the roof opening portion in accordance with a movement of a first moving portion, and a shade unit including a second guide rail arranged inward relative to the first guide rail in the vehicle width direction. The first guide rail and the second guide rail are separately provided. The manufacturing method of the sunroof apparatus includes a first process connecting the movable panel to the panel support member, and a second process connecting the first guide rail and the second guide rail to the movable panel after the first process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinichi Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 10953454
    Abstract: A method may be utilized to produce a steering spindle part configured as a hollow shaft and having a connecting portion at its end. At least a part of the connecting portion includes increased wall thickness relative to a portion of the steering spindle part adjoining the connecting portion. The method may involve providing a circular, hollow cylindrical tube with an inner surface that is smooth in a circumferential direction, providing a circular, hollow cylindrical sleeve with an outer surface that is smooth in a circumferential direction, inserting the sleeve into an end portion of the tube, and jointly deforming the end portion of the tube and the sleeve such that a flow of material occurs. This flow may form positively locking elements on the tube and the sleeve that engage into one another in the circumferential direction and generate positive locking in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignees: thyssenkrupp Presta AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Achim Krimmel, Herbert Müntener, Werner Gstach, Willem Ambagtsheer
  • Patent number: 10954666
    Abstract: An anchor device for a floor, the anchor device comprising an article securing arrangement to which an article can be secured. The article has a moveable securing mechanism. The article securing arrangement defines a cavity to receive the moveable securing mechanism, and the article securing arrangement includes a co-operating means to co-operate with the moveable securing mechanism in the cavity and secure the article to the anchor device. The anchor device has a height which is no more than 30 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Alan Somerfield
  • Patent number: 10953486
    Abstract: A constructing-and-forging method for preparing homogenized forged pieces comprises: preparing preformed billets: cutting off a plurality of continuous casting billets, milling and smoothing surfaces of the billets to be welded, performing vacuum plasma cleaning operation to the surfaces to be welded, stacking the plurality of billets and sealing around the surfaces in a vacuum chamber by electron beam welding; forge-welding and homogenizing the preformed billets: heating the preformed billets to a certain temperature in a heating furnace and taking the heated preformed billets out of the heating furnace, forging the preformed billets by a hydraulic press, then using three-dimensional forging to disperse the welded surfaces such that composition, structure and inclusion of the interface areas are at the same level as those of the bodies of the billets. Cheap continuous casting billets are stacked and forge welded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: INSTITUTE OF METAL RESEARCH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
    Inventors: Dianzhong Li, Mingyue Sun, Bin Xu, Longzhe Zhao, Yiyi Li