Patents Examined by John C. Hong
  • Patent number: 10974779
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for positioning a vehicle frame in a plurality of rotational positions about an axis of rotation and performing at least two assembly tasks are provided. An assembly and a system that includes forward and rear toolings that engage and retain forward and rear portions of the vehicle frame, and that cooperatively rotate the vehicle frame about an axis of rotation are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul M. Maistros, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10978286
    Abstract: Certain embodiments described herein are directed to methods of using couplers to provide a seal between a source assembly and a vacuum chamber. In certain examples, the source assembly can be inserted into a vacuum chamber. In some examples, the source assembly can be sealed to the vacuum chamber by rotation of a moveable component in a first direction to provide an axial force to seal the source assembly to the vacuum chamber. Rotation of the moveable component in a second direction can release the provided axial force to permit removal of the source assembly from the vacuum chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: PerkinElmer Health Sciences, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith Ferrara
  • Patent number: 10973248
    Abstract: A device for flavoring and or heating a consumable substance is disclosed including a body extending between an upper body end and a lower body end. An input aperture is proximal to the upper body end for receiving the consumable substance. A housing defines a housing chamber below the input aperture for temporarily holding the consumable substance. A closure is pivotably coupled to the housing for dispensing the consumable substance from the housing. A flavor dispenser dispenses the edible substance below the closure and engages the consumable substance. An output aperture is proximal to the lower end for dispensing the consumable substance into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Rodney C. Polen, Mike Maria Gerardus Antonius van Dijk, Daan Jans Vos
  • Patent number: 10966712
    Abstract: A system and method for affixing barbs on a suture are provided. In one embodiment, the system includes a suture supply mechanism for selectively retaining a length of suture and a barb supply mechanism for operably engaging a barb supply assembly including at least one barb. At least one of the suture supply mechanism and the barb supply mechanism are configured to approximate towards the other of the barb supply mechanism and suture supply mechanism to engage the at least one barb of the barb supply assembly with the suture of the suture supply assembly. Also provided are a barb for use in forming a barbed suture and a suture including at least one barb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Stanislaw Marczyk, Russell Pribanic
  • Patent number: 10960198
    Abstract: The invention relates to a valve used in medical procedures. More specifically the invention relates to an introducer sheath valve used in minimally invasive and conventional surgical procedures. The valve may accommodate a wide range of surgical implement diameters, shapes, and multiple implements without imposing the high frictional forces of known valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Arcaro, James L. Goepfrich, William Wilkie
  • Patent number: 10953688
    Abstract: Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention implement flexible members that include integrated tools made from metallic glass-based materials. In one embodiment, a structure includes: a flexible member characterized by an elongated geometry and an integrated tool disposed at one end of the elongated geometry; where the flexible member includes a metallic glass-based material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Aaron Parness, Kalind C. Carpenter, Douglas C. Hofmann
  • Patent number: 10953500
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a tubular component including rough machining the exterior surface of a solid billet 1 to reduce the size thereof and form two flanges. An axial blind bore 6 is then machined in the billet 1, after which a probing operation is carried out on the interior surface of the bore 6 in order to check the concentricity. A straightening operation is then performed on the billet in order to reverse any curvature along the longitudinal axis. A further machining operation is then performed on the outside to reduce the wall thickness of the bore before measuring the wall thickness of the bore 6 around the circumference of the billet 1 at least at two different axial positions. The billet 1 is then checked again and a final machining operation is then performed in order to form any ports and upstands which are required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: IMPCROSS LTD
    Inventor: Terry Magrane
  • Patent number: 10946816
    Abstract: A method of aligning a first component and a second component with elastic averaging includes offsetting a first part and a second part of the first component and creating a shut-off slot between the first part and the second part of the first component by offsetting the first part and the second part. The shut-off slot has a slot vector that is not parallel to a main die vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Alejandro Perez-Ruiz, Steven Morris
  • Patent number: 10945817
    Abstract: A method for altering an orthodontic archwire of a unitary piece of shape memory alloy having a composition and generally uniformly formed properties along its length to different stiffness profiles along the length of the archwire. In one embodiment, the method includes determining a stress profile for teeth at a location. The method may include calculating a force the archwire is to produce on the teeth to satisfy the determined stress profile and determining an altered stiffness of a section of the archwire based on the calculated force. The method may include changing the composition of the section based on the determined altered stiffness. The method may include determining a load for teeth and calculating a force the archwire is to produce on the teeth to satisfy the determined load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ormco Corporation
    Inventors: Sammel Shahrier Alauddin, Nathan Wong
  • Patent number: 10940376
    Abstract: Described herein is a system of golf clubs having shafts with ascending weights (shaft weights that increase as shaft lengths decrease). The system of golf clubs can be manufactured by implementing a method called “stepping”, which allows the system of golf clubs with ascending weights to be manufactured with reduced quantity of inventory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: David Kultala, Martin Jertson
  • Patent number: 10932619
    Abstract: An air-guide member (100) for guiding an air flow (AF) is provided for in a food preparation chamber of a cooking device that uses air flow (AF) to prepare food ingredients. The air-guide member (100) includes a plurality of air-deflecting arms (101) arranged symmetrically and extending in a horizontal plane (P) between an inner part (IP) and an outer part (OP) of the air-guide member (100). The air guide member configuration allows for directing the air flow upwards and more evenly between the outer part and the inner part of the air-guide. The food ingredients can thus receive a flow of hot air having a more uniform air pressure distribution, which results in a more even cooking of the food ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Mingshuo Zhang, Andreas Kowalewski, Claudio Brenna, Stefan Hans Sauer
  • Patent number: 10928792
    Abstract: The invention provides methods, equipment and apparatuses for a highly flexible assembly system. The system may include at least one item of mobile equipment, at least one mobile container and at least one manufacturing management system (MMS). Because it is so flexible, the system may allow for efficient simultaneous processing of multiple dissimilar products. The system may also accommodate manufacturing processes requiring hybrid methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Yong Jin
  • Patent number: 10926392
    Abstract: A construction and demolition bar and associated methods of use are shown. In one example, a construction and demolition bar is shown that includes a pulling fork located at an end of an arced portion. In one example the pulling fork is oriented at substantially 90 degrees from a rotation plane defined by the bar and the arced portion. In one example, a notch of the pulling fork is within a width of the arced portion, to provide stable pulling force for removing fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Ricardo Moreno
  • Patent number: 10926920
    Abstract: The present invention provides a block protector assembly including a protector contoured to conform to a block of pallet where the pallet includes a plurality of blocks, and an attachment mechanism coupled to the protector, where the attachment mechanism is configured to secure the protector to the block of the pallet, where the protector includes a rigid material. The present invention also provides a method including determining a contour of a block of a pallet, fabricating a protector to follow the contour of the block, and securing the protector to the block. In addition, the present invention provides a protector configured to prevent damage to a block of a pallet, where the protector includes a first side contoured to a first side of the block, a second side contoured to a second side of the block, and a third side contoured to a third side of the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan R. Anderson, William J. O. Green
  • Patent number: 10926946
    Abstract: Capsule intended for receiving a substance for preparing a beverage using a coffee machine or infusion machine, to be held by a piston during the passage of the extracting liquid after piercing of the base by the pins of the piston. The capsule made from injected plastic material has a base (1) and a side wall (3) together forming part of a frustrum of a cone, as well as a rim (4) covered by a lid (5) after the filling of the capsule with the substance. The side wall (2) is shaped as a single cone frustrum between the rim (3) and the open (12) base (1), formed as a flattened ring (11), connected to the side wall (2). The side wall (2) is covered by a label (23) and the open base (1), including the ring (11) thereof, is covered by a sealed lid (14) inside the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Brain Corp SA
    Inventor: Olivier Brivois
  • Patent number: 10919201
    Abstract: What is presented is a system for blind securing injection mold components to an injection molding machine. The system comprises a shuttle plate that has at least one locking mechanism mounted to it. Each locking mechanism has a larger installation area and a smaller lock area. Each injection mold component has a notch that has a corresponding geometry to the lock area such that the said injection mold component is configured to be inserted into the installation area and the shuttle plate is configured to move to seat the notch into the lock area and secure the injection mold component to the shuttle plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: F&S Tool, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Faulkner, Casey Jones
  • Patent number: 10918516
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an intrauterine device (IUD) for contraception that has a desired copper elution rate is described. The method may involve selecting an elongate shape memory member comprising a first metal having a first galvanic potential, selecting at least one attachment member comprising a second metal having a second galvanic potential that is different from the first galvanic potential, attaching the attachment member(s) to the shape memory member, and shaping the shape memory member to form a frame of the intrauterine contraceptive device. The first metal and the second metal are specifically selected as materials for the shape memory member and the attachment member(s), in order to achieve the desired copper elution rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Tal, Bob H. Katz, Scott M. Russell
  • Patent number: 10919176
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing wall elements from nailable and/or stapleable materials, in which a wall element frame is positioned on a horizontal worktable. Wall panels are placed on the frame and the wall panels are fastened to the frame by nails and/or staples, which are driven by a compressed air setting device. A mobile robot—in particular an autonomous mobile robot—has a compressed air setting device and/or at least one milling unit and is movable on the surface formed by the wall panels. The robot motion is automatically controlled along the surface formed by the wall panels. At predetermined positions, the milling unit and/or the compressed air setting device is actuated to process the wall panels and/or to fasten them to the wall element frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Raimund Beck Nageltechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Siemers
  • Patent number: 10889976
    Abstract: Various decoupler tools are described for disengaging drain cleaning equipment couplings. Such couplings typically include a component secured at an end of a drain cleaning cable and a cutter or other accessory used in a drain cleaning operation. The decoupler tools include one or more pins which are used to retract a spring-actuated plunger in one of the coupling components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Robert Skrjanc, Ben Azzam, Scott Kruepke, Glen R. Chartier, Brandon Moherman
  • Patent number: 10888194
    Abstract: A kettle grill heat dispersion device provides a grill insert particularly shaped for placement within an existing kettle-type outdoor grill. A circular top plate having a center cup-shaped cylinder is positioned under the upper cooking rack portion of the outdoor grill. A fuel such as charcoal may be positioned within the center cylinder or beneath the circular plate to enable respective direct and indirect cooking of food stuffs correspondingly positioned upon the cooking rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Michael D. Hammack