Patents Examined by John C. Hong
  • Patent number: 10250025
    Abstract: An anchor for lightning protection systems include a base and pad that extend over a sufficient area and a sufficient bearing length to hold in shear and in tension against the weight, shear force, and moment of cables, points, and other components of a lightning protection systems. The mounting anchor is non-penetrating, and adheres to a vertical surface almost immediately without requiring damage to structures, long term support over days waiting for cure, and works in overhang situations as well. An integrated clip may be constructed with the base from sheet material. Adhesion of the base to a cover material on a wall or parapet may be promptly followed by snapping cable into clips formed monolithically with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: LIGHTING PROTECTIONS SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Kirk Patridge, Todd Vought, Travis Vought
  • Patent number: 10239112
    Abstract: A method of reducing the cycle time required for flow-drill screw operations by providing a dimple on a part that is engaged by a flow-drill screw. A tip of the flow-drill screw engages a contact band at a location spaced from the tip of the distal end of the flow-drill screw and base portion of the dimple. Friction between the flow-drill screw tip and dimple creates a heat concentration area and results in displaced material forming a threaded sleeve. The flow-drill screw is secured by the threads of the threaded sleeve to secure the top part to the bottom part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Norton, Amanda Kay Freis, Anthony J. Grima, Garret Sankey Huff
  • Patent number: 10234072
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a system and method to enable and support vertical installation of a rack server midplane. The system is comprised of two primary components, including a guide and a bracket. The guide is secured to a server chassis, and is sized to receive the bracket. Upon receipt of the bracket, the bracket is held in position by the guide. The bracket is configured to frictionally hold the midplane in position. Installation of the bracket with the midplane within the chassis includes a direct installation of the bracket to the guide and an indirect installation of the midplane to the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: David J. Jensen, Brian Kerrigan, Brian A. Trumbo
  • Patent number: 10233958
    Abstract: The subject of the invention is an assembly and clamping bolt to be employed under tension, having a shank and a head, wherein the head, situated at a first end of the shank, is provided with a clamping tensioning means with a hydraulic cylinder mounted permanently on the bolt, clamping taking place between a rear shoulder device and the hydraulic cylinder, the rear shoulder device being disposed at a second end of the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS SAFRAN LAUNCHERS SAS
    Inventor: Sebastien Coffiney
  • Patent number: 10234631
    Abstract: A length of a coating on an optical fiber is cut and stripped from an end of the fiber by supporting the fiber in confronting relation to a cutting edge on one or more blades. Each blade is positioned so that its cutting edge cuts into the coating without delaminating the coating from an underlying fiber cladding by providing the cutting edge with sufficient sharpness. The coating is sliced around the circumference of the fiber by either rotating the fiber about its axis so that the cutting edge of each blade slices the coating around a corresponding portion of the circumference of the fiber, or rotating the cutting edge of each blade about the fiber axis so that the cutting edge slices the coating around a corresponding portion of the circumference of the fiber. A cut length of the coating is then removed from the end of the fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: OFS FITEL, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey W Nicholson
  • Patent number: 10232819
    Abstract: A seatbelt webbing retractor and a method of assembling a seatbelt webbing retractor including a unitary bobbin having a mounting portion, a first and second annular wall extending perpendicularly from a first and second end of the mounting portion, respectively. The mounting portion of the unitary bobbin defines a plurality of slots through which the seatbelt webbing is passed. The seatbelt webbing retractor also includes a spindle extending through the mounting portion of the unitary bobbin and a retractor frame to which the spindle is mounted. The unitary bobbin is rotatable with respect to the retractor frame and an outer surface of the unitary bobbin is configured to be wrapped with the seatbelt webbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Jon E. Burrow, Jonathon Boughner
  • Patent number: 10233959
    Abstract: An anchor for accepting a screw and a method of using the same is provided. In an embodiment, the anchor has a generally cylindrical hollow shaft secured to a generally concave circular spring-tensioned base unit. From the underside of the generally concave circular spring-tensioned base unit, the generally cylindrical hollow shaft receives a screw (applied from the opposing side of a wall or panel). The generally concave circular spring-tensioned base unit may be secured to the wall or panel in a predominately flush manner (along the rim) and may be used to prevent insulating foam from dislodging the anchor, which must remain in place during the foam process. In an embodiment, the device does not utilize adhesives or tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SHAMROCK INTERNATIONAL FASTENER, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Waichulis, Michael Herdman, Aaron Sears
  • Patent number: 10226857
    Abstract: A reversible bushing for a hydraulic hammer is provided. The reversible bushing includes a body having a first end, a second end, an inner surface, and an outer surface. The reversible bushing includes a first notch provided in relation to a center of symmetry. The reversible bushing includes a first channel provided on the first end of the body. The reversible bushing includes a second channel provided on the second end of the body. The reversible bushing also includes a first groove provided on the first end of the body. The reversible bushing further includes a second groove provided on the second end of the body. The first channel and the second channel are equidistant with respect to the center of symmetry. The first groove and the second groove are equidistant with respect to the center of symmetry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Cody Moore
  • Patent number: 10226844
    Abstract: A method of threadably coupling a first fastener with a second fastener using a rotary drive including a tool. The method includes rotationally anchoring the second fastener relative to the tool. The first fastener is received within a socket of the rotary drive co-axially with a fastener-engagement portion of the tool. The first fastener is rotated with the socket relative to a housing of the rotary drive to cause the first fastener to threadably engage the second fastener. When the first fastener is rotated relative to the housing and while the fastener-engagement portion is mated with a receiving portion of the second fastener, the fastener-engagement portion is co-axially translated relative to a tool-change-engagement portion of the tool and relative to the socket so that a fastener-engagement indicator, coupled with the fastener-engagement portion, extends past a surface of a tool retainer, coupled to the tool-change-engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Dennis R. Mathis, Jason Kerestes, Rachel M. Chow
  • Patent number: 10226896
    Abstract: Designing an object having thermal interface properties to form a thermal interface between electronic components is provided. Surface topography data associated with an exposed surface of a body is derived. A thermal interface object having thermal interface properties is created based on the surface topography data, which includes translating the first surface topography data to a first surface of the thermal interface object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sarah K. Czaplewski, Joseph Kuczynski, Jason T. Wertz, Jing Zhang
  • Patent number: 10228043
    Abstract: In one aspect, a vibratory tool is provided for driving a plurality of rivets out from bores of a guide block into an underlying conveyor belt. The tool has a body, a hydraulically operated main drive rod mounted to the body, and a driver aligned with the main drive rod and slidably mounted to the body. The driver has a plurality of elongated drive rod members for engaging and simultaneously driving multiple rivets out of the guide block bores. The driver has an intermediate impact surface for being impacted by the main drive rod impact end as the main drive rod impact end rapidly reciprocates between retracted and extended positions. The driver also has a rearwardly extending spacer wall for axially spacing the driver intermediate impact surface and the main drive rod impact end in the retracted position thereof by at least a predetermined axial distance sized for optimizing energy transfer from the main drive rod to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Flexible Steel Lacing Company
    Inventors: Pan Yim Ng, David A. Lotarski, Ahmed Mohamed Nagib Mohamed Elmetwaly Elmekawy
  • Patent number: 10220418
    Abstract: A method and system of recycling aluminum alloy rims, the method and system comprising providing a feed of a plurality of aluminum alloy rims of different alloys, for each rim in the feed of aluminum alloy rims, determining a composition of that aluminum alloy rim, determining a plurality of recycled aluminum alloy composition ranges, and dividing the feed of aluminum alloy rims into a plurality of batches of aluminum alloy rims, each batch of aluminum alloy rims in the plurality of batches of aluminum alloy rims corresponding to an associated recycled aluminum alloy composition range in the plurality of recycled aluminum composition ranges, such that each rim in the plurality of aluminum alloy rims is allocated to an associated batch in the plurality of batches of aluminum alloy rims based on the composition of that aluminum alloy rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: House of Metals Company Limited
    Inventor: Daniel Bitton
  • Patent number: 10221555
    Abstract: A method of installing a drain fixture, the method comprising first installing a sub-floor plumbing system comprising a plumbing trap, a removable drain pipe, and a sleeve. Next, the method comprises connecting the plumbing trap and the removable drain pipe and sliding the sleeve over the removable drain pipe. Next, the method comprises building a flooring surface proximate to the plumbing trap, the removable drain pipe, and the sleeve. Then, the method comprises removing the removable drain pipe at least partly from the sleeve, cutting the removable drain pipe to the desired length, and re-inserting the removable drain pipe through the sleeve and into the plumbing trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Coflex S.A. de C.V.
    Inventors: Eduardo Coronado, Javier Canales, Pedro Gonzalez, Humberto Flores-Villarreal
  • Patent number: 10220436
    Abstract: A method for removing a blind rivet element from a riveting device. The riveting device includes a connecting device, a mandrel, a rotary drive which rotates the connecting element around a rotational axis of the connecting element, and a longitudinal drive which axially drives the connecting element relative to the rotational axis. The blind rivet element is screwed onto the mandrel of the riveting device. The mandrel is connected to the connecting element on the riveting device. The method includes starting an emergency program via a user input on the riveting device. The emergency program includes the steps of rotating the connecting element with the rotary drive in a rotating direction to separate the connection between the mandrel and the connecting element, and, upon reaching a default, stopping the rotation of the connecting element with the rotary drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: VVG-BEFESTIGUNGSTECHNIK GMBH & CO.
    Inventor: Michael H. Honsel
  • Patent number: 10220476
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an air conditioning condenser including tubes, fin members and headers includes supplying a number of tubes corresponding to the total length of n condensers that are intended to be fabricated at one time, respectively disposing the fin members, which have been subjected to cladding treatment, between the tubes, respectively disposing pressing force retainers, which have not been subjected to cladding treatment, between unit tubes each including a predetermined number of tubes, temporarily coupling the headers to both ends of the tubes, brazing all of the components, removing the pressing force retainers from the unit tubes, and cutting the headers to a length corresponding to the length of each of the unit tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SAMWON INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Youngjin Kim
  • Patent number: 10214121
    Abstract: A method is provided for assembling a child restraint. The method includes the steps of coupling a seat-pivot-and-lock unit to a tiltable juvenile vehicle seat and coupling a seat support to the tiltable juvenile vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean R. Denbo, Mei-Hui Lin, Kyle M. Franke
  • Patent number: 10201881
    Abstract: A system and method for manufacturing a top mount for a vehicle suspension includes loading a top mount body, a journal, and a plurality of knurled studs into a lower die assembly. The lower die assembly includes a stationary die base, a floating die top, and a pusher shaft. A pusher head assembly applies a downward pressure to insert the knurled studs into the top mount body, while the pusher shaft substantially simultaneously applies an upward pressure to insert the journal into the top mount body. The floating die top and the pusher head assembly are raised in tandem to eject the top mount from the stationary die base. The floating die top and the pusher head assembly then retract so that the top mount can be removed from the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: MCS Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Call, Stephen Cameron
  • Patent number: 10202805
    Abstract: A roof mounted ladder safety bracket comprises a first plate, a second plate, a third plate, a first hinge and a second hinge. The first plate and the second plate are rotably coupled via the first hinge and the second plate and the third plate are rotably coupled via the second hinge. The first plate further comprises a plurality of arms extending therefrom, each of the plurality of arms comprises thereon at a distal end, a hook having an open end facing outward in a first direction and the open end of the hook is configured to be temporarily attached to a leg of a ladder. The third plate further comprises at least one opening configured to enable the ladder safety bracket to be temporarily coupled to a roof structure. The roof mounted ladder safety bracket secures to the ladder via the open end of the hook by using a locking mechanism and secures to the roof structure via the at least opening by nailing a nail through a portion of the at least one opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Leonardo Surdo
  • Patent number: 10197199
    Abstract: A clamp assembly for temporarily applying compressive force to a flange connection assembly, such as a bolted pipe flange. Frame members are pivotally attached to interconnecting linkage members to form an elongate assembly having joinable ends. When installed around the circumference of a flange connection assembly, interchangeable cuff members removably attached to the frame members apply compressive forces to a flange connection assembly in order to facilitate a fluid-pressure seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher W. Fontenot
  • Patent number: 10195685
    Abstract: A capillary alignment tool for installing a new capillary in the transducer on a wire bonding machine. A capillary alignment tool for installing a new capillary in a transducer on wire bonding machine. A method for installing a new capillary in the transducer of a wire bonding machine using the capillary alignment tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Elmer Rad Bais Tabio, Pablo E. Remogat, Jr., Rolando B. Zarraga, Jr., Armando U. Carrera, II