Patents Examined by John C. Hong
  • Patent number: 10080867
    Abstract: A catheter assembly includes a catheter hub defining an interior cavity and a catheter tube extending distally thereof. A rigid actuator is positioned to extend proximally in the interior cavity and support a seal member positioned thereon in the interior cavity. The seal member includes a central membrane, a distal portion, and a proximal portion. An hourglass shaped actuator cavity is formed in the distal portion and receives a barbed end of the actuator. The outer surface of the seal member is in partial circumferential engagement with the catheter hub to define an air path that allows fluid communication between areas of the interior cavity distal and proximal of the seal member. The seal member may be configured for multi-use and include a biasing member that moves the seal member to force the membrane back over the actuator to close the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SMITHS MEDICAL ASD, INC.
    Inventors: David J. Goral, Christopher D. Roehl, James M. Muskatello, Mahesh Munavalli, Jocelyn C. Michaud
  • Patent number: 10077597
    Abstract: A fire rated door includes a core, a first decorative panel and a second decorative panel. The core includes: (a) a fire resistant center panel having a bottom, a top, a first side, a second side, a first end and a second end, wherein the fire resistant center panel is made of a first fire resistant material, and (b) an extruded fire resistant border attached to the first side, the second side, the first end and the second end of the fire resistant center panel, wherein the extruded fire resistant border is made of a second fire resistant material having a higher density than the first fire resistant material. The first decorative panel is attached to the top of the fire resistant center panel and the extruded fire resistant border. The second decorative panel is attached to the bottom of the fire resistant center panel and the extruded fire resistant border.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: THE INTELLECTUAL GORILLA GMBH
    Inventors: Evan R. Daniels, Jonathan Newton
  • Patent number: 10080269
    Abstract: A mask assembly fabrication apparatus includes a first vibration proof apparatus formed on a base surface, a first surface plate formed on the first vibration proof apparatus, stages formed on the first surface plate, a mask frame placed on the stages, a second vibration proof apparatus formed on the base surface to be separate from the first vibration proof apparatus, a second surface plate formed on the second vibration proof apparatus to be separate from the first surface plate, and a driving unit formed on the second surface plate and configured to move a mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hee-Seak Noh
  • Patent number: 10071449
    Abstract: An irrigation insertion tool is disclosed for inserting an irrigation emitter into an irrigation tubing. The irrigation insertion tool comprises a primary lever including a primary fulcrum base coupling a primary handle and a primary jaw. A secondary lever includes a secondary fulcrum base coupling a secondary handle and a secondary jaw. A couple joins the primary fulcrum base and the secondary fulcrum base for defining a fulcrum. A tubing channel is in the primary jaw for receiving the irrigation tubing. An emitter socket is in the secondary jaw for receiving the irrigation emitter. The primary handle and the secondary handle converge for generating a mechanical advantage between the primary jaw and the secondary primary jaw. The primary jaw and the secondary jaw compress the irrigation tubing with the irrigation emitter and pierce the barb tube through the irrigation tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Paul Donofrio
  • Patent number: 10039642
    Abstract: An assembly for collapsing a self-expanding prosthetic heart valve includes a compression member, a support member and a constricting member. The compression member has a tapered wall between its first open end and its second open end, the tapered wall defining an open space adapted to receive the valve. The support member has a base and a recess adapted to receive an end of the valve. The support member and the compression member are movable toward one another to compress the valve and push it through a relatively small aperture in the second open end of the compression member. The second end of the constricting member is sized to receive the compressed valve from the second open end of the compression member for loading into a delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Brett Allen Hillukka
  • Patent number: 10029414
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a method for assembling at least one panel and frames for producing part of an aircraft fuselage, the method including shaping the panel on support surfaces of a tool, wherein it includes holding each frame clamped against at least one sliding support surface arranged in a transverse plane, the sliding support surfaces of the various frames and the support surfaces being secured to the same tool and positioned relative to one another, and in putting in place permanent attachment elements for connecting the panel and the frames. The subject matter disclosed herein also proposes a tool for implementing the assembly method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventor: Denis De Mattia
  • Patent number: 10018209
    Abstract: In an illustrative embodiment, an insert apparatus for creating an attachment point in an aircraft panel includes a flange insert configured for bonding against an inner surface of a skin of the aircraft panel such that a portion of a load from a component mounted to the attachment point is distributed through the skin. The flange insert may include a wide flange, a bore, and a central opening through the wide flange and the bore, and a nut including an enlarged end and a shaft, where the nut is disposed in the central opening of the flange such that the enlarged end is proximate the wide flange and the shaft extends along the bore. Upon bonding to the aircraft panel, the bore may extend from an underside of the wide flange to proximate an outer surface of the skin of the aircraft panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter John Leslie Burd, Venkata Prasanth Suman Neti
  • Patent number: 10010987
    Abstract: A method of mounting a substrate support in a chamber includes placing an auxiliary transfer tool having a first portion and a second portion in a chamber which provides a processing space and an additional space, and which has an opening for communication between the additional space and the outside, the first portion in an expanded state being positioned in the processing space and the second portion being positioned in the additional space, inserting a substrate support having a contact portion for supporting the substrate, a rod portion, and a threaded portion connecting to the rod portion, the rod portion being slid on a side surface of the second portion, shrinking the first portion so that the rod portion is moved downward in the additional space and the threaded portion projects out of the chamber through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ASM IP Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Taku Hitomi, Miho Majima
  • Patent number: 10005158
    Abstract: A method of forming an earth-boring tool includes forming a tool body including at least one inverted cutting element pocket, at least a portion of the at least one inverted cutting element pocket having a profile substantially matching a profile of an actual cutting element to be secured within a cutting element pocket to be formed by subsequently machining the at least one inverted cutting element pocket. Hardfacing material may be applied to portions of the tool body. The actual cutting element pocket is formed by removing material of the tool body within the at least one inverted cutting element pocket subsequent to applying the hardfacing material to portions of the tool body. A cutting element is affixed within the actual cutting element pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Eric C. Sullivan, Kenneth R. Evans, Kenneth A. Gibbs, Alan J. Massey, James Andy Oxford
  • Patent number: 10006637
    Abstract: In some aspects, a gas turbine combustor assembly is arranged around a longitudinal axis. The gas turbine combustor comprises a first fuel/air mixer assembly, the mixer assembly comprising a first fuel injector and a plurality of first mixer elements, each mixer element defining an air flow passage therethrough having an outlet in a first plane. A second fuel/air mixer assembly comprises a second fuel injector and a plurality of second mixer elements, and each second mixer element defines an air flow passage therethrough having an outlet in a second plane, longitudinally offset from the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Woodward, Inc.
    Inventor: Fei Philip Lee
  • Patent number: 10005120
    Abstract: A joint is formed in a stack of at least two sheets of light metal alloy, using a self-piercing rivet that is fully hollow. The rivet is coated at least along a portion of its bore by a lubricant and pierces the upper surface thereof and such that the shank deforms outwardly to interlock with the material but without penetration to the die side of the material. The outside diameter of the shank of the rivet is 5.4 mm or less. The die has a volume that is less than 60% or 70% of the effective solid volume of the rivet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: HENROB LIMITED
    Inventor: Russell John Trinick
  • Patent number: 10004623
    Abstract: A method of moving a stent device into an outer sheath of a stent device delivery system is disclosed. The stent device is crimped into a collapsed configuration onto the loading mandrel. The loading mandrel is pushed toward the outer sheath as the engaging surfaces resist relative longitudinal movement between the stent device and the loading mandrel to move the stent device into the outer sheath. Upon entering the outer sheath, the stent device expands radially until radially constrained by the outer sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Jurgen Dorn, Beate Walter
  • Patent number: 10005239
    Abstract: A support structure for an additive manufacturing system includes a support body with a support body material and an interface disposed on the support body with an interface material. The interface material has a ductile-to-brittle transition temperature that is higher than the ductile-to-brittle temperature of the support body material for selectively fracturing the interface material to separate an additively manufactured article from the support body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Delavan Inc.
    Inventors: Kiley J. Versluys, Sergey Mironets
  • Patent number: 10001280
    Abstract: One embodiment includes a fuel injector for a gas turbine engine. The fuel injector has an inlet fitting for receiving fuel. The fuel injector also has an outlet fitting for delivering fuel through a nozzle to a combustor of the gas turbine engine. An injector support extends between the inlet fitting and the outlet fitting and has an internal bore therethrough. A fuel tube extends from the inlet fitting through the internal bore of the injector support to the outlet fitting. The injector support has a greater coefficient of thermal expansion than the fuel tube. At room temperature the fuel tube is under compressive stress such that the fuel tube is buckled. As a result of differential thermal expansion of the fuel tube and the injector support during engine operation the fuel tube is relieved of compressive stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Delavan Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Caples
  • Patent number: 9995487
    Abstract: A fuel nozzle guide for a combustor of a turbine engine includes an annular base with a hub section, the hub section at least partially formed of a Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) weld and a method and system therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: William M. Rose
  • Patent number: 9991532
    Abstract: A hydrogen generating fuel cartridge includes a case having a perforated opening layer. A hydrogen producing fuel is disposed within the case. A hydrogen permeable membrane is disposed between the hydrogen producing fuel and the perforated opening layer in the case. A spring loaded slideable valve plate is positioned adjacent the perforated opening layer such that the slideable valve plate and perforated opening form a valve that is biased in a closed position to prevent hydrogen from escaping from the fuel cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Steven J. Eickhoff
  • Patent number: 9988857
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for manufacturing a superior 13Cr friction-welded drillrod, the method comprising the following steps: manufacturing a superior 13Cr tube body; manufacturing a superior 13Cr internally threaded coupler and a superior 13Cr externally threaded coupler, respectively; connecting the superior 13Cr internally threaded coupler and the superior 13Cr externally threaded coupler respectively to the two ends of the superior 13Cr tube body by means of frictional butt welding; after heating seam areas to 950° C.-1000° C., cooling same to below 200° C. by ejecting compressed air onto the surfaces of the seam areas, and then cooling the seam areas to room temperature by spraying water; and tempering the seam areas by heating same to 640° C.-700° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Baoshan Iron & Steel Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Peng Zhao, Jie Yu, Changfu Dong
  • Patent number: 9986953
    Abstract: According to a method for producing a radiation detection unit, in a first step, a side portion of a first radiation detection module and a first protrusion are abutted. In a second step, a second radiation detection module is arranged within a region from which the first protrusion has been removed, and a side portion of the second radiation detection module and a second protrusion are abutted, after the first step. In a third step, each of the mounting portion of the first radiation detection module and the mounting portion of the second radiation detection module is arranged opposing a frame while spaced apart from the frame, and each of the first radiation detection module and the second radiation detection module is mounted on the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Keisuke Nagura, Kento Matsushima, Mitsutoshi Sugiya
  • Patent number: 9982536
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method pertaining to a bolting configuration (299) where a drilling unit and a bolting unit are arranged to be supported by a bottom carriage (330) via a respective top carriage (271; 272), wherein said bottom carriage (330) is arranged to be supported by a feed beam (230), relative to which said bottom carriage (330) is displaceable, wherein said top carriages (271; 272) are arranged to alternately be supported by said bottom carriage (330) to alternately be brought into operative engagement and hereby alternately be locked relative to said bottom carriage (330).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Epiroc Rock Drills Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Sven-Olov Nystrom, Jan Olsson
  • Patent number: 9976589
    Abstract: A hole punch and a method for piercing a workpiece wherein a hole punch includes a sheet metal part and a piercing body attached thereto which carries out the piercing function and which is provided with a thread cylinder or can be provided with a thread cylinder, for example by pressing a threaded pin into a centrally arranged passage of the hole punch, wherein the hole punch can also be formed in one piece as a piercing body with a sheet metal-like flange. Furthermore a method is claimed for the manufacture of the hole punch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: PROFIL VERBINDUNGSTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Andreas Lembach