Patents Examined by Jermie E. Cozart
  • Patent number: 11446726
    Abstract: A metal fastening or joining apparatus is provided. In another aspect, a single piece die guard includes an integral die shield section and an integral retainer section, wherein a die anvil can be removed, and the die shield section has a low height and a small lateral square width. A further aspect employs a generally square peripheral shape for a die shield within which is an anvil and movable die blades, which are operable to fasten or join sheet metal workpieces together in an interlocking manner. In still another aspect, a projecting and/or peripheral orientation structure is on a backside of a workpiece fastening die assembly which allows for anvil reorientation without the need to also reorient a laterally surrounding die shield and retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: BTM Company, LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Sprotberry, Hans-Werner Fisch
  • Patent number: 11446958
    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: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: RoboTire, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Downey, Victor Darolfi, Robert Baranowski, Mark Bauer, Bernard J. Michini
  • Patent number: 11440170
    Abstract: The present application discloses an apparatus for mounting an O-ring to a work piece, which includes a body including a plurality of connecting holes for connecting a pressure source to the body; an annular groove formed on the body and adapted to receive the O-ring; and a plurality of air channels formed in the body, the plurality of air channels being in fluid communication with the annular groove and the plurality of connecting holes to provide negative pressure with the pressure source in the annular groove to suck the O-ring in the annular groove, the annular groove is coaxial with a groove formed on a surface of the work piece during the mounting so that the O-ring is dropped into the groove when the pressure source is disconnected from the body or provides positive pressure to the plurality of air channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Cheng Li, Feifei Zhao, Yichao Mao
  • Patent number: 11440171
    Abstract: The present application discloses an apparatus for separating and feeding O-rings, which includes a rotatable body including a storage portion and a separating portion; and a helix groove formed on the rotatable body across the storage portion and the separating portion, wherein a width and a depth of the helix groove are adapted to a wire diameter of a O-ring, and pitch of the helix groove on the separating portion increases along a feeding direction from the storage portion to the separating portion, wherein in response to a rotation of the rotatable body, the helix groove conveys a plurality of O-rings hanged on the storage portion to the separating portion to thereby separate the plurality of O-rings away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Cheng Li, Hao Gu
  • Patent number: 11407633
    Abstract: A system and method for forming a foundation truss for a box spring or mattress foundation frame includes a first truss rail assembly station having a series of block feeders, a top rail hopper and a filler strip hopper that received stacks of truss components such as blocks, top rails and filler strips and feed such truss components into stacked registration. The stacked truss components are moved into engagement with a series of staplers that secure the filler strips, top rails and blocks together to form first truss rail portions, which are then fed to a second truss rail assembly station where a bottom rail is automatically applied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Atlanta Attachment Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Kane
  • Patent number: 11398712
    Abstract: In various embodiments, laser systems feature beam emitters thermally coupled to heat sinks comprising, consisting essentially of, or consisting of a metal-matrix composite of a thermally conductive metal and a refractory metal. At least a portion of the surface of the heat sink is treated to form a depleted region, and a diamond coating is deposited within and/or over the depleted region. The depleted region is substantially free of the thermally conductive metal or contains the thermally conductive metal at a concentration less than that of the body of the heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventors: Parviz Tayebati, Myrna Reyes, Xiuying Wu
  • Patent number: 11390004
    Abstract: There is disclosed a member for sealing, baffling and/or reinforcing components of an automotive vehicle. The assembly generally includes a carrier, an expandable material and at least one fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas C. Larsen, Thomas D. Kleino, Abraham Kassa, William J. Barz, Matthew Harthcock
  • Patent number: 11389916
    Abstract: Systems and methods can include applying, using a nut assembly including a first nut and a plurality of fasteners provided in respective threaded holes of the first nut, a first tensioning force for a stud of a hammer assembly. The systems and methods can also include applying, using the nut assembly, a second tensioning force for the stud of the hammer assembly. The first tensioning force can be applied with the first nut in a first orientation whereby a first end surface of the first nut faces a first direction and a second end surface of the first nut faces a second direction opposite the first direction. The second tensioning force can be applied with the first nut in a second orientation whereby the first end surface of the first nut faces the second direction and the second end surface of the first nut faces the first direction. The second tensioning force can be greater than the first tensioning force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Cody Moore, Kevin Clemons
  • Patent number: 11377133
    Abstract: A method for fixing a steering support capable of improving efficiency when the steering support is fixed to an instrument panel reinforcement body is provided. The method for fixing the steering support according to one aspect of the present disclosure includes processes of: passing an instrument panel reinforcement body through a first through-hole formed in a steering support; and increasing the pressure inside an area of the instrument panel reinforcement body covered with the steering support, plastically deforming the area of the instrument panel reinforcement body from an inside to an outside, and pressing a circumferential surface of the first through-hole of the steering support by an outer circumferential surface of the area of the instrument panel reinforcement body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventors: Koichi Hiramatsu, Shinya Mizuno, Nobuyuki Nagai, Koji Okamura
  • Patent number: 11370112
    Abstract: An assembly apparatus is for assembling a first member and a second member. The assembly apparatus includes a first gripping section, a second gripping section, and a driving section. The first gripping section includes a contact member and an elastic member. The second gripping section includes a contact member and an elastic member. The driving section drives the first and second gripping sections. The driving section drives the first and second gripping sections such that the contact member of the first gripping section and the contact member of the second gripping section make contact with the second member. The first and second gripping sections grip the second member through the two elastic members urging the respective contact members. The driving section drives the first and second gripping sections such that the first member and the second member are assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Hayato Mori, Tomohiko Yamakawa, Koji Izumi, Masaru Takagi
  • Patent number: 11364634
    Abstract: A method for producing or assembling a product which includes at least two components, for example a motor vehicle or a motor vehicle module, by at least two fixing parts. The first fixing part is formed as a female part and the second fixing part is formed as a male part. The components disposed at a processing station and the first fixing part are measured by a measuring device, for example by a stationary camera or a camera fastened on a first or a second manipulator or photogrammetry bar having three cameras, and a deviation from a target geometry or target position is determined, and a corrected target position of the second fixing part is calculated on the basis of the determined deviation, such that the second fixing part is joined together with the first fixing part by the first manipulator and the product is thus produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Tobias Becker, Franz Korber, Carsten Lankenau, Christian Strauss
  • Patent number: 11364620
    Abstract: A rail-mounted intelligent inspection robot includes a robot body and a guide rail, the robot body being hung on the guide rail and moving along the guide rail. One side of the guide rail facing the robot body is affixed with a plurality of barcodes, and the translation mechanism is provided with a barcode reader. A control module and a translation motor are disposed within the control platform. The lifting mechanism is connected to the control platform and the detection platform, and an intelligent holder is disposed below the detection platform. The rail-mounted inspection robot of the present invention may perform continuous inspection operations, and may meet the 7*24 hours of uninterrupted work through the power supply of the sliding contact wire. The recognized dial data is more accurate, and the read information may be transmitted to the background and processed in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventors: Rushen Chen, Yongyue Li, Shaohua Tian, Fuliang Luo, Wangfeng Chen
  • Patent number: 11359995
    Abstract: A gas sensor (1) has a sensor element (21) extending in an axis direction and having, at a top end side thereof, a detecting portion (22) that detects gas; a stainless steel-made tubular metal shell (11) enclosing a radial direction periphery of the sensor element (21) and holding the sensor element (21) and having (a) a brim portion (14) protruding outwards in a radial direction and (b) a crimp portion (16) formed at a rear end side of the metal shell (11); and a sealing member (41) placed between the sensor element (21) and the metal shell (11). The crimp portion (16) is bent inwards in the radial direction and pressing down a rear end of the sealing member (41) toward the top end side. A Micro Vickers hardness of a cross section along the axis direction of the crimp portion (16) is 140 to 210 Hv.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kensuke Mizutani, Daisuke Miyata, Kengo Simizu, Naoyuki Sugihara, Yasuhiro Fujii
  • Patent number: 11358294
    Abstract: A handle for a shaving razor in which the handle comprises a frame and a movable member assembly operably coupled to the frame such that the frame is disposed between the movable member assembly and where the movable member assembly upper and lower portions are configured to move both above and below the frame. The movement can be linear or rotational. The movable member assembly comprises one or more springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: The Gillette Company LLC
    Inventors: Robert Harold Johnson, Matthew Stephen Bauer, Jack Anthony Washington, Charles James Bassett, Christopher Ramm, Steven Michael Bourque, Kelly Daniel Bridges, Ashok Bakul Patel, Christian Arnold Litterst, Christoph Zegula
  • Patent number: 11345021
    Abstract: An arm fixing device that fixes a first arm to a support member, the movable arm being pivotally supported on a base about a second axis, the movable arm being driven to pivot about the second axis by power of a servomotor, the arm fixing device including: an attachment portion that is position-adjustable in a circumferential direction and detachably attached to the base; a pair of protrusion fixing portions that, in a state in which the attachment portion is attached to the base, extend in a radial direction with respect to a second axis and are disposed at positions interposing a protruding portion therebetween in the circumferential direction, the protruding portion being provided in the first arm and protruding in the second axis direction; and a connecting portion 13b that connects the distal ends of the protrusion fixing portions to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Akihiro Oikawa, Yuuki Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11346386
    Abstract: A joining method is a method of joining a plate set composed by a plurality of stacked plate members including a first plate member and a second plate member by using a tapping screw. When the tapping screw is advanced into the plate set while the tapping screw is rotated in a state of applying a pressure onto the plate set so as to form through-holes in the first plate member and the second plate member, a first pressure applied onto the tapping screw is reduced down to a second pressure at the time when the tapping screw penetrates the first plate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Iwano, Kosuke Sakurai
  • Patent number: 11319814
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a casting is provided and includes establishing desired dimensions of a nominal casting, executing a casting process to produce multiple actual castings with each of the multiple actual castings having respective dimensions that differ from each other and from the desired dimensions of the nominal casting and engaging one or more tools to adaptively machine, without rigidly-programmed toolpaths, each of the multiple actual castings to reduce the respective differences between the actual dimensions of each of the multiple actual castings and the desired dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: James Tilsley Auxier, Norman W. Cofalka, Alan C. Barron
  • Patent number: 11319932
    Abstract: Provided is a displaceable maintenance device, to a displaceable assembly device, to a method for servicing a fastening element, and to a method for servicing and/or assembling a fastening element of a flange of a wind power installation tower. Provided is a displaceable maintenance device for a wind power installation tower, comprising a mobile unit which is specified for moving the maintenance device along a flange of the wind power installation tower; a first maintenance unit having an impact element for impacting a fastening element, in particular a flange connection element, and a noise-receiver unit for detecting a noise generated by the impacting; a control unit for evaluating the noises detected by means of the noise-receiver unit, said control unit, based on the evaluation, being specified for assigning a maintenance status to a fastening element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Wobben Properties GmbH
    Inventors: Hendrik Schnell, Harro Harms, Markus Longeru
  • Patent number: 11318515
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for re-rounding a distorted end (e.g., oval-shaped) of a pipe for insertion into a mechanical joint fitting or pipe bell have a circular diameter. The apparatus involves two separate semi-circular members having jack bolt assemblies evenly distributed in each. The two ends of each of the semi-circular members have extensions that can be releasably coupled to join to the two members to form a circular re-rounding tool. A first semi-circular member is positioned on the maximum diameter side of the distorted pipe and the other semi-circular member is placed on the opposite side of the distorted pipe and extensions joined. With an equal number of jack bolt assemblies in each member, corresponding jack bolt assemblies in the two members are diametrically aligned forming pairs. To re-round the distorted end, pairs of these jack bolt assemblies are tightened in a “star sequence” to re-round the distorted end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Sigma Corporation
    Inventors: Stuart J. Box, Satheesh Manicka Seshaiyer Chandrasekaran
  • Patent number: 11305098
    Abstract: Inflatable devices are disclosed including a surface which has a network of polymer chains and is configured to be inflatable into a therapeutically or diagnostically useful shape, and at least one ultrashort laser pulse-formed modification in the surface. The network can, for example, include a network morphology that is substantially unchanged by modification with the ultrashort pulse laser. Ultrashort laser pulses can be laser pulses equal to or less than 1000 picoseconds in duration. Advantageously, the etching process uses a relatively low-heat laser to avoid significant heating of surrounding polymers while modifying the surface (and other structures) of the device. The process is configured so that the polymer chain morphology adjacent the modification is substantially unaffected by the low-heat laser. The resulting inflatable device has customized surface features while still retaining substantially homogenous polymer network morphology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Pu Zhou, Bin Tian, Yidong M. Zhu