Patents Examined by Joseph J. Hail
  • Patent number: 10384331
    Abstract: A vise including a body, a threaded shaft extending through or positioned adjacent to the body, and a block coupled to the body and spaced away from an axial end of the shaft. The vise further includes a pair of carriages carried on the shaft and configured such that rotation of the shaft about a central axis thereof causes each carriage to move axially along the shaft. The vise also includes a pair of clamps releasably coupled to the shaft and positioned adjacent to the block on opposite sides thereof. Each clamp is adjustable axially along the shaft to enable adjustment of an axial position of the shaft relative to the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Dustin B. Maggert
  • Patent number: 10384333
    Abstract: A ratchet wrench includes a body, a ratchet wheel rotatably and movably mounted in the body, and a pawl slideably received in the body and engaged with the ratchet wheel. The body is extended along a first longitudinal axis, and the ratchet wheel is extended along a second longitudinal axis. The ratchet wrench is operable between a first position and a second position. When the ratchet wrench is in the first position, the first and second longitudinal axes are collinear. When the ratchet wrench is operated to withstand a torque load and to move from the first position to a second position, the first and second longitudinal axes are parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Shih-Hao Lai
  • Patent number: 10383501
    Abstract: This invention relates to a broom including an elongate handle attached at one end to a head, a plurality of bristles attached to the head on a different side from the handle, and an auxiliary tool portion configured for use in any one or more of the group selected from scraping, cutting and scooping. The auxiliary tool portion is removably attached to the head and/or handle by means of a quick-release mechanism. The quick release mechanism may include a lever, skewer and stop, and the lever having a cam. The auxiliary tool portion may project forwardly from the broom and/or downwardly having a substantially rigid lower edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Browns Brushware Limited
    Inventor: Murray Charles Brown
  • Patent number: 10384337
    Abstract: A universal handle attachment for C-clamps. The handle attachment includes a rigid body having a first side to engage a C-clamp, and a second side opposite to engage a rotation tool. In the first side, a first channel and a second channel which are perpendicular with one another each are configured to receive a T-bar of the C-clamp. A center space in the first side at the intersection of the first channel and the second channel is configured to receive a top end of the screw. Each channel includes clip spaces on both sides of the center, and clips situated in the clip spaces. The clips each have an opening to secure the T-bar within the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Andrew Ray Ashmead
  • Patent number: 10384328
    Abstract: A polishing method includes: a step of preparing a polishing device including a processing member and a suction mechanism configured to generate suction force; a step of setting a workpiece in the processing member; and a step of accelerating abrasive grains fed toward the workpiece to a predetermined speed with an air flow generated by operation of the suction mechanism, and polishing the workpiece by causing the abrasive grains to contact with or collide with the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SINTOKOGIO, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Maeda, Norihito Shibuya
  • Patent number: 10376916
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for processing substrates are provided herein. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a process kit, the process kit comprising a first ring to support a substrate proximate a peripheral edge of the substrate; a second ring disposed about the first ring; and a path formed between the first and second rings that allows the first ring to rotate with respect to the second ring, wherein the path substantially prevents light from travelling between a first volume disposed below the first and second rings and a second volume disposed above the first and second rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph M. Ranish, Kailash Patalay
  • Patent number: 10377030
    Abstract: A tool handle for holding multiple tools of different sizes during use. A wedge and body which, when placed together, creates a handle with a generally cylindrical shape and internal cavities for retaining hexagonal wrenches. A sliding wedge holds the hexagonal wrench and itself into place. A plurality of slots that allow each size tool to be indexed to the underside of the sliding member/wedge. There are two grouping arrangement of tools within the handle: a large group and a small group facing the opposite direction. The purpose for the two groups is to optimize the function of the wedge. If all of the tools were oriented in the same main slot then the smallest tools would not protrude from the end of the handle/body in a screwdriver mode to facilitate good function. Therefore the two groupings are arranged back to back to stabilize the tools laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Joe Gallegos Design LLC
    Inventor: Robert Joseph Gallegos
  • Patent number: 10376121
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a surface cleaning squeegee assembly and more specifically to a squeegee assembly mounted on a scrubber-dryer floor cleaning machine. The squeegee assembly includes a front squeegee having a number of spaced channels along a lower edge covered by seal flaps, and a rear squeegee having no channels. The front and rear squeegees define a vacuum chamber between them. Air, dirty water and surfactant are vacuumed into the vacuum chamber through the front squeegee channels for ultimate disposal. When the scrubber-dryer surface cleaning machine traverses over an uneven surface, the seal flaps close the channels to limit or eliminate any vacuum loss to the vacuum chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Midwest Rubber Service & Supply Company
    Inventors: Brent Anderson, A.L.F. Meijdam
  • Patent number: 10376982
    Abstract: A hand tool for welding-torch maintenance, which can remove sputter adhering to a nozzle with sufficient working efficiency. The hand tool has a pair of metal stays turnably supported by a pivoting axis. The metal stays comprises grips handled by a user, 1st pinchings used for pulling a welding-wire, and 2nd pinchings used for removing sputter adhering to the nozzle. The 1st pinchings are configured so as to be inserted into the nozzle when the metal stays are closed. The 2nd pinchings have projections which are extended outside from the backs of the 1st pinchings and thrown out towards heads of the 1st pinchings. The sputter adhering to the inner-and-outer circumferential surfaces and end face of the nozzle are removed by inserting the 1st pinchings into the nozzle, inserting the end of the nozzle between the 2nd pinchings and the 1st pinchings, and moving the tool to scratch the sputter off the inner-and-outer circumferential surfaces and the end face of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SEVENTY EIGHT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Mizutani
  • Patent number: 10376112
    Abstract: A hand carriable surface cleaning apparatus, such as a cyclonic hand vacuum cleaner, is provided wherein a conduit is in communication with the cyclone air outlet. The conduit extends through the porous pre-motor filter media and is in communication with the upstream side of the porous pre-motor filter media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 10376005
    Abstract: The present invention provides a portable vacuum cleaning apparatus for use on an opening in a combustion chamber. The portable vacuum cleaning apparatus includes: a shield with one or more connectors each independently configured to provide an air tight seal with an opening of a combustion chamber; a first aperture fitting protruding through the shield and connected to a first air hose with an air source and a second air hose with a nozzle; a second aperture fitting protruding through the shield and connected to a vacuum source, a third aperture fitting protruding through the shield and connected to a glove. Methods of using and systems for vacuum cleaning a combustion chamber are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffery Albers
  • Patent number: 10371478
    Abstract: Apparatuses for hand firearm maintenance and cleaning including a body and a magazine swivel assembly, where the body includes a slide receiving area including a reciprocating member designed to engage a firing pin assembly of a hand firearm or handgun and at least one circular recess or receptacle adapted to receive the swivel assembly, where the swivel assembly is adapted to receive a handgun magazine or the handgun with a magazine inserted therein and for methods of making and using same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Kimberley Beadie Sexton
  • Patent number: 10362916
    Abstract: A robot cleaner comprising: a cleaner body including a wheel unit and a controller controlling driving of the wheel unit; a dust container accommodation part having a shape recessed toward the front from the rear thereof to be opened to the rear; a dust container detachably coupled to the dust container accommodation part, the dust container have a portion protruding rearward of a rear end of the cleaner body in a state in which the dust container is accommodated in the dust container accommodation part; and a dust container cover rotatably coupled to the cleaner body to cover the dust container, wherein the dust container cover is accommodated in the dust container accommodation part in a state in which the dust container cover is disposed to cover the dust container, and a portion of the dust container cover protrudes rearward of the rear end of the cleaner body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Bohyun Nam, Inbo Shim, Jihoon Sung, Sojin Park, Seunghyun Song, Sangkyu Lee, Woochan Jun
  • Patent number: 10357859
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a clamping system for supporting a work piece in position for receiving a machining operation and more particularly to a clamping system for supporting a work piece for receiving a machining operation whereby the work piece is held in position by exerting pressure against two or more locations along the surface of the work piece and that the supporting force at least one location is directed against the work piece in at least two vectors. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the clamping system of the subject invention is effective for supporting more than one work pieces in position for receiving a manufacturing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel J Reed
  • Patent number: 10357867
    Abstract: A polishing system includes a wafer support that holds a wafer, the wafer having a first diameter. The polishing system further includes a first polishing pad that polishes a first region of the wafer, the first polishing pad having a second diameter greater than the first diameter. The polishing system further includes an auxiliary polishing system comprising at least one second polishing pad that polishes a second region of the wafer, wherein the second polishing pad has a third diameter less than the first diameter, and the wafer support is configured to support the wafer during use of the first polishing pad and the auxiliary polishing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Shih-Chi Lin, Kun-Tai Wu, You-Hua Chou, Chih-Tsung Lee, Min Hao Hong, Chih-Jen Wu, Chen-Ming Huang, Soon-Kang Huang, Chin-Hsiang Chang, Chih-Yuan Yang
  • Patent number: 10358876
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for transporting heavy machinery, equipment or other heavy loads from one location to another, whereby the apparatus may be constructed as a walking machine including a plurality of lifting assemblies operative to lift the load above the supporting surface and then move the load relative to the supporting surface by transporting the load via rollers or tracks in the walking machines. In one example, the lifting assemblies are provided with separate longitudinal and lateral drive mechanisms independently operative for translating the load in either or both longitudinal and lateral directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Columbia Trailer Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Andrew Csergei, Ira James Crisp
  • Patent number: 10358325
    Abstract: A jack for raising of an exposed hub or axle of an off-road vehicle is provided. The jack has an elongated base member including an upper end and a foot portion with the upper end including a pivot attachment area. An articulating over center arm assembly is pivotably attached at the pivot attachment area of the elongated base member. The assembly includes an offset over-center arm portion with a leverage handle on a first end and a pivoting adjustable strap portion on a second end. When the strap is attached to the axle or suspension member of a hub or axle the handle may be lowered and the base pivots wherein the strap end is moved upward and temporarily secured in the up position at full actuation of the handle for raising of the wheel for removal of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: William R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10349801
    Abstract: A double-sided mop according to this invention, being provided to solve the problems of a conventional mop on poor floor mopping quality, includes a mop pole, a mop head connecting to the mop pole, and a cleaning cloth provided on the surface of mop head. The mop head includes a mounting plate, a first panel, a second panel, a hinged shaft, a universal joint, and an elastic part, in which the mounting plate is provided between the first panel and the second panel, the mounting plate is hinged and connects to the hinged shaft together with the first panel and the second panel, the elastic part applies a force to clamp the first panel and the second panel, the universal joint is installed on the mounting plate by rotation, and the mop pole connects to the universal joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Xue Lin Zhu, Jiu Hong Zhang, Kai Feng Lu
  • Patent number: 10350738
    Abstract: An oil filter tool used to remove filters and mitigate spillage of oil during and after removal. Sidewalls with grooves between form a substantial cylinder. Curved walls form the grooves, extend outwardly from the sidewalls, and provide some flexibility in the tool's diameter, thereby permitting use with filters other than those for which the tool was designed. A floor is joined by the sidewalls and curved walls to define a chamber in which the filter is mounted. A finger limits insertion of the filter to define a gap into which oil can flow. A funneling guide is angled at the end of the sidewalls opposite the floor to guide oil into the chamber. At least one of the grooves is closed at the guide end and there is an aperture to permit air flow out of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Michael H. Sapp
  • Patent number: 10349796
    Abstract: A device for cleaning a surface (11) comprises at least one rotatable brush (3,4) which is provided with flexible brush elements (18) for contacting the surface (11) and picking up dirt particles (10) and liquid which are present on the surface (11) during a dirt pick-up period of each revolution of the brush (3, 4), and means for driving the brush (3, 4). A linear mass density of the flexible brush elements (18) is chosen such as to be lower than 50 g per 10 km, at least at tip portions, and an acceleration at tips of the brush elements (18) is set such as to be at least 3,000 m/sec2, at least at some time during another period of each revolution of the brush (3, 4) than the dirt pick-up period, namely a period in which the brush elements (18) are free from contact to the surface (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Bastiaan Johannes De Wit, Fokke Roelof Voorhorst, Johannes Tseard Van Der Kooi, Sepas Setayesh