Patents Examined by Jermie E. Cozart
  • Patent number: 11988286
    Abstract: A seal structure is a seal structure configured to seal, by using a seal material, between a first opposing surface and a second opposing surface which are opposed to each other. A second part includes an insertion hole which is open on the second opposing surface and into which a fastener is inserted; a chamfered surface including a first end connected to an edge of the second opposing surface, the chamfered surface being inclined relative to the second opposing surface; an end surface including an edge connected to a second end of the chamfered surface, the end surface being inclined relative to the chamfered surface. A space sandwiched between the chamfered surface and the first opposing surface forms a chamfered portion accommodating the seal material protruding from between the first opposing surface and the second opposing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhito Takeuchi, Go Takano, Satoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11986877
    Abstract: A composite object for the production of hydrogen from water-reactive aluminum may include a first portion including an aluminum alloy having a non-recrystallized grain structure, and a second portion including an activation metal corrodible to the aluminum alloy, wherein the second portion and the first portion are coupled to one another with the activation metal of the second portion in contact with the aluminum alloy of the first portion at a plurality of points of contact stress, and the activation metal of the second portion is penetrable into the non-recrystallized grain structure of the aluminum alloy of the first portion via the addition of heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: LTAG SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan T. Slocum, Alexander H. Slocum
  • Patent number: 11980980
    Abstract: A press-fitting direction position of a pressing surface of a pressing portion of a press-fitting tool and a press-fitting direction position of a restriction surface of a restriction portion of the press-fitting tool are set so that one of a press-fitting component and a press-fitting target component is stopped at a prescribed press-fitting stop position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: HIRATA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryota Asai
  • Patent number: 11981170
    Abstract: A winch rigging link has a body defining a cable retainer and a soft shackle retainer at opposite ends. The body has a length, a width less than the length, and a depth less than the width. Furthermore, the body defines opposing faces bounded by the length and width and spaced apart by the depth. The soft shackle retainer comprises a channel running widthwise across the soft shackle retainer an in between the faces. The channel defines a bearing surface having curvature in a lengthwise and widthwise plane. The cable retainer may be permanently attached to a winch cable and the soft shackle retainer attached to a soft shackle or the like when required for winch rigging. The configuration of the link maximises the bend radius of the soft shackle or the like retained by the soft shackle retainer, despite the relatively narrow profile of the body thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventor: Stephen Handbury
  • Patent number: 11975413
    Abstract: A production station for vehicle body parts is configured in a modular manner and has at least two production cells (8, 10; 12, 14), each of which has a separate work area (16, 18; 20, 22). The work areas have uniformly disposed robots (64, 66, 68, 70) and receiving arrangements (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42) that interact with the robots. At least one transport arrangement (56) for required components (58, 60, 62) and workpieces (44, 46) is provided for both production cells (8, 10; 12, 14). A receiving arrangement store (24, 26; 28, 30; 110) with all of the receiving arrangements is assigned to each production cell (8, 10; 12, 14), and a transport arrangement (48, 50; 52, 54; 111) is provided for at least one production cell. The production cells are coupled to one another via a connecting axle (102) having at least one connecting robot (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Dr. Ing h. c. F. Porsche AG
    Inventors: Johannes Christoph Boehmer, Alexander Eckert, Markus Kreutel, Andreas Wachtel
  • Patent number: 11975697
    Abstract: The present invention in its embodiment is a Modular Autonomous System for vehicle maintenance and repairs. The system is built around a base unit, with slots for individual modular service units. The system autonomously carries out tire changes, oil changes, cosmetic detailing, fluid replacements, tire balancing, tire rotations, mechanical parts replacement/removal, mechanical parts printing, paint applications, and vehicle diagnostics. The system is designed to operate in auto dealer service bays, tire shops, paint/cosmetic detailing shops, full service centers, home garages, and any location with access to electricity. A method of use is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: Mallar A. Peters
  • Patent number: 11976354
    Abstract: The method includes forming an inner monolithic layer from crystals of beta phase stoichiometric silicon carbide on a carbon substrate in the form of a rod by chemical methylsilane vapor deposition in a sealed tubular hot-wall CVD reactor. The method further includes forming a central composite layer over the inner monolithic layer by twisting continuous beta phase stoichiometric silicon carbide fibers into tows, transporting the tows to a braiding machine, and forming a reinforcing thread framework. A pyrocarbon interface coating is built up by chemical methane vapor deposition in a sealed tubular hot-wall CVD reactor. Then, a matrix is formed by chemical methylsilane vapor deposition in the reactor. A protective outer monolithic layer is formed from crystals of beta phase stoichiometric silicon carbide over the central composite layer by chemical methylsilane vapor deposition in a CVD reactor. And then the carbon substrate is removed from the fabricated semi-finished product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: BOCHVARI HIGH-TECH. RES. INST. FOR INORG. MATERIALS
    Inventors: Leonid Aleksandrovich Karpyuk, Vladislav Konstantinovich Orlov, Sergey Igorevich Ivanov, Alexey Vladimirovich Glebov, Fyodor Viktorovich Makarov, Roman Gennadyevich Zakharov, Ivan Alexandrovich Dzyubinsky, Alexander Pavlovich Ponomarenko, Alexander Dmitrievich Bagdatyev
  • Patent number: 11969863
    Abstract: A fastener guide is provided including a base plate that engages a first board, a guide member that maintains an advancing fastener at a preselected offset angle relative to the first board, and a retainer clip that engages a second board that is transverse to the first board. The retainer clip includes first and second prongs that resiliently hold the guide in place as the fastener is advanced at the offset angle, optionally without manual input so that a user can manipulate the fastener and a driving tool instead of holding the guide to align the fastener. A related method of use is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: National Nail Corp.
    Inventors: Todd E. A. Schwartzkopf, Christopher M. Colyn, Roger A. Vandenberg
  • Patent number: 11970230
    Abstract: A tool assembly for mounting a tailgate to a car body is provided. The tool assembly includes a bracket adapted to engage with an overhead structure and a frame movably coupled to the bracket and configured to move in a vertical direction relative to the bracket. The tool assembly also includes a linkage mechanism movably coupling the frame with the bracket and configured to maintain the frame parallel to the bracket during the vertical movement of the frame. Further, a pair of torque guns is coupled to the frame and is configured to hold a pair of fasteners. The pair of torque guns engages and tightens the pair of fasteners to the car body and a hinge attached to the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Marco kar-ki Ng, Joseph Marshall Sacerty, Kristopher Zalewski, Khoi Nguyen, Ruben Zhou Yang, Bahman Sayahfar
  • Patent number: 11959510
    Abstract: Provided in this disclosure is a method for manufacturing a customizable holster. Steps are provided of molding inner holster components, including molding internal surfaces that conform to shapes of respective portions of a desired firearm design. Other substeps include molding external surfaces that conform to the shape of portions of an external mating surface of an inner holster. The inner holster components are mated to form an inner holster having an internal contact surface that conforms to the firearm design, to securely receive and retain a respective firearm within the inner holster. An outer holster is molded having an interior defined by an internal mating surface that conforms with the external mating surface of the inner holster. The inner holster is then mated to the outer holster such that the external mating surface of the inner holster is received within the internal mating surface of the outer holster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: BLADE-TECH INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony S. Giordano, Jr., Tyler J. Johnson, Jarett M. Peterson
  • Patent number: 11959332
    Abstract: A method and system for achieving compliance for a fire-rated door assembly. To comply with fire rated door assembly codes and compliance, all components, including hardware must be listed and labeled by a certification agency, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The disclosure may include a hardware preparation filler solution which allows fire-rated doors to maintain fire rating and compliance when removing or modifying hardware, or converting between hardware types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: National Guard Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Aron Wesley Fleischmann, Jeffrey Wayne Brewer
  • Patent number: 11945061
    Abstract: Equipment for fitting panels for insulating covers, such as “standing seam” panels for insulating housing roofs, includes an upper sheet, a lower sheet and an expanded polymer intermediate layer. A working unit extends along a longitudinal axis, which corresponds to the working line of the panels. A supply unit is coupled to the working unit, by a transfer unit extending along a horizontal longitudinal axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the working unit, for supplying reinforcement plates having a thrust portion and a flat portion. The working unit includes a carriage movable along the longitudinal axis. The carriage includes dies configured to cut and deform one end of the upper sheet of the panels and a thrust member for introducing reinforcement plates into a tail end of the expanded polymer intermediate layer. The thrust member is placed downstream of the dies along the working direction of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: SAIP S.R.L.—IMPIANTI PER POLIURETANI
    Inventors: Carlo Marelli, Klaus Roland Rast
  • Patent number: 11925317
    Abstract: A surgical handheld devices are essentially made up of a device body or main body and of a tubular shaft. In the production of known surgical devices, the tubular shafts are welded to the device bodies. A large number of very complex work steps are necessary for this purpose. On account of the high quality demands placed on surgical handheld devices in respect of mechanical stability and sterility, the weld seam has to meet the most stringent requirements. The invention makes available a method for producing a surgical handheld device, which can be used particularly easily and reliably. This is achieved by the fact that at least one device body and at least one tubular shaft of a surgical handheld device are connected to each other with form-fit engagement by hydroforming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Brockmann, Andreas Offt
  • Patent number: 11926007
    Abstract: A press-fitting direction position of a pressing surface of a pressing portion of a press-fitting tool and a press-fitting direction position of a restriction surface of a restriction portion of the press-fitting tool are set so that one of a press-fitting component and a press-fitting target component is stopped at a prescribed press-fitting stop position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: HIRATA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryota Asai
  • Patent number: 11919116
    Abstract: A mechanical assembly to precisely position large objects and align them to be joined with other objects with precision. The assembly does not require power to operate and can therefore be used in a variety of remote and harsh locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Tyler Paine, Christopher Walther, Nicholas Johnson, Scott Larson
  • Patent number: 11918752
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an elongate shaft for delivery of a medical device may include disposing a polymeric sheath having a lumen extending therethrough over a mandrel; sliding a proximal portion of the polymeric sheath into a lumen of a metallic tubular member; placing a polymeric tubular member over the distal portion of the polymeric sheath and a distal portion of the metallic tubular member; fixedly attaching a proximal coupler to a distal end of a longitudinal support filament; inserting a proximal end of the longitudinal support filament between the polymeric sheath and the polymeric tubular member to position the longitudinal support filament alongside the distal portion of the metallic tubular member and a distal portion of the polymeric sheath; and reflowing the polymeric tubular member to secure the longitudinal support filament relative to the polymeric sheath and the metallic tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Lee Tassoni, Ramon Libarnes, Cory Ross Stenberg
  • Patent number: 11913774
    Abstract: A method is provided for ensuring and/or checking the quality of a crimping using a crimping machine for crimping a cable with a contact sleeve and using a first optical sensor for detecting and/or recording first image data of the contact sleeve and using an evaluation electronics system. The method includes detecting the first image data of the contact sleeve by the first optical sensor; carrying out, via the evaluation electronics system, a first comparison of the first image data of the first optical sensor with first reference data of a predetermined contact sleeve; checking the first comparison for the presence of a predetermined first criterion; and, if the predetermined first criterion is satisfied, outputting a first signal. The detection of the first image data and the first comparison and the checking for the first criterion and the output of the first signal are carried out before the cable is crimped with the contact sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: HARTING ELECTRIC GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Marco Braun, Felix Loske
  • Patent number: 11912066
    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: December 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: RoboTire, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Downey, Victor Darolfi, Robert Baranowski, Mark Bauer, Bernard J. Michini
  • Patent number: 11891964
    Abstract: A propulsion unit includes a gas turbine engine and an exhaust nozzle coupled to an aft end of the gas turbine engine. The exhaust nozzle is configured to interact with exhaust gases exiting the gas turbine engine in an aft direction. The exhaust nozzle includes an outer nozzle case and an inner plug that cooperate to define an exhaust flow path therebetween. The exhaust nozzle is configured to manipulate the exhaust gases to provide different thrust capabilities for the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce North American Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Pesyna, Andrew M. Simonich
  • Patent number: 11885376
    Abstract: In one aspect, a seal case is provided for a roller bearing assembly having a central axis. The seal case includes an annular first end section including a rim configured to engage an outer ring, an intermediate section including a radial wall extending inwardly from the first end section and an axial wall extending axially away from the radial wall and the first end section, and an annular second end section extending radially inward from the axial wall of the intermediate section. The seal case further includes an insert of the first end section made of a first material. The first end section and the radial wall of the intermediate section include a second material joined to the insert. The first material of the insert may be selected to provide improved durability and/or to resist expansion and contraction of the first end section caused by changes in temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Amsted Rail Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark W. K. Fetty