Patents Examined by Joseph J. Hail, III
  • Patent number: 8011048
    Abstract: A multi-tool attachment having a configuration that is well-suited for incising material and performing various operations where two incising members are positioned on a main portion of the tool and the cutting-edge surfaces are in close engagement with one another at an interface point where the two blades meet in forceful engagement with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: SOG Specialty Knives & Tools, LLC
    Inventor: Spencer Frazer
  • Patent number: 7997321
    Abstract: An automatic bead seating assembly to automatically move a bead seating assembly or manifold into contact with a wheel or tire assembly and cause the bead to be seated. The assembly comprises an extendable and retractable seater arm attached at one end to a base, with a bead seater or manifold assembly attached or mounted at the other end. The bead seater or manifold assembly may comprises a reservoir filled with compressed air or other gas, and a hose or pipe for movement of the air or gas from the reservoir to a nozzle of an appropriate size and shape to fit a particular wheel or tire. The seater arm extends forward until the bead seater or manifold assembly comes into contact with the wheel or tire assembly, whereupon air or gas from the manifold reservoir is released, causing the tire bead to be seated. The seater arm then retracts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: David Strickland, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7997169
    Abstract: The housed socket extension has a high strength tubular housing with a socket extension apparatus which fits within the housing and protrudes from the ends of the housing. Two bearing retaining devices are mounted on the socket extension apparatus, adjacent to the ends of said housing. The first end of the socket extension receives a ratchet wrench or power tool, and the second end of the socket extension apparatus is designed to mate with the square hole of a socket or tool bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: Timothy L. Hack
  • Patent number: 7984538
    Abstract: An installation tool assembly for advancing a fitting's swage ring onto a fitting's connector body while a conduit is received in the connector body to mechanically and sealingly connect the fitting to the conduit includes a body defining at least two spaced apart piston chambers, a fixed jaw connected to the body and adapted to engage one of the connector body or the swage ring, and a movable jaw connected to the body and movable relative to the fixed jaw. The movable jaw is adapted to engage the other of the connector body or the swage ring. Pistons are disposed in the at least two spaced piston chambers. The pistons and the movable jaw are configured such that movement of the pistons in a first direction moves the movable jaw toward the fixed jaw thereby moving the swage ring axially onto the connector body to mechanically and sealingly connect the connector body to the conduit received therein when the fixed and movable jaws are engaged to the connector body and swage ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Lokring Technology LLC
    Inventor: Albert A. McKay
  • Patent number: 7963825
    Abstract: To polish polishing target surfaces of SiO2 insulating films or the like at a high rate without scratching the surface, the present invention provides an abrasive comprising a slurry comprising a medium and dispersed therein at least one of i) cerium oxide particles constituted of at least two crystallites and having crystal grain boundaries or having a bulk density of not higher than 6.5 g/cm3 and ii) abrasive grains having pores. Also provided are a method of polishing a target member and a process for producing a semiconductor device which make use of this abrasive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi Chemical Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato Yoshida, Toranosuke Ashizawa, Hiroki Terazaki, Yuuto Ootuki, Yasushi Kurata, Jun Matsuzawa, Kiyohito Tanno
  • Patent number: 7958596
    Abstract: A vacuum assembly module mountable to a work machine attachment for providing dust-reducing capabilities is provided. The vacuum assembly module is a self-supported unit and can be mountable to work machine attachments such as rotary brooms, cold planers, and the like to retrofit the attachment with dust-reducing capabilities. The vacuum assembly module includes a central frame that provides an air flow passage. The central frame supports a filter and a fan within the air flow passage. A fan motor operably drives the fan to draw air through the air flow passage and filter. The fan motor is operably connected to an auxiliary power source, such as a work machine. An optional vibrator may be included for operably shaking and dislodging debris from the filter. The vacuum assembly module may be attached to a debris collecting bin to form a vacuum having a hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Paladin Brands Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall Craig Torno
  • Patent number: 7954794
    Abstract: The assembly method of the invention uses a cartridge that is separate from the housing of the device being manufactured. The cartridge is configured such that the location of the various components is defined and the components are easily accessed. The cartridge and its components may be assembled off of the main assembly line. Once the cartridge is assembled, the cartridge and assembled components can be placed in the housing. The assembly of the device can then be completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company
    Inventors: Anthony B. Fuller, Ralf Strau╬▓, Matthew Shute
  • Patent number: 7937800
    Abstract: A robotic vacuum cleaner includes a casing with a motor-driven wheel unit mounted on a lower major wall thereof, and a tactile sensor unit yieldable radially relative to the casing. An electrical control unit is operable to control the wheel unit to operate in a starting mode in which the casing is moved along a spiral path, and, upon receipt of a switching signal generated by the sensor unit in response to a contact of the sensor unit with an obstacle, controls the wheel unit to operate in an edge-cleaning mode in which the wheel unit is initially turned to a normal angle, is then driven to move forward a predetermined distance, is subsequently turned to an activating angle, and is moved towards the obstacle to permit contact of the sensor unit with the obstacle so as to result in generation of switch signal enabling the wheel unit to continue to operate in the edge-cleaning mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: Jason Yan
  • Patent number: 7937803
    Abstract: A vacuum bag hold-down arrangement for a dust collection system maintains a negative pressure in the space between a dust collection drum and a plastic film liner or bag in the drum. A cyclonic separator at the station separates the dust from an air flow and deposits it into the liner in the drum. The hold-down arrangement employs a vacuum pump producing about 1 to 3 psig negative pressure. A vacuum conduit extends from the pump through a penetration in the drum and into the space between wall of the drum and the liner bag. A porous pad, e.g., open cell foam, is situated over the vacuum conduit and separates the bag liner from the vacuum conduit. This distributes the air flow into the vacuum conduit and creates a more uniform grip of the liner or bag to the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: Robert M. Witter
  • Patent number: 7934976
    Abstract: A scribing apparatus for scribing a substrate improves productivity as well as prevents substrate deterioration. The apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a wheel to scribe a substrate, a refrigerant supplier installed near one side of the wheel to spray a refrigerant to the substrate; and a hot steam supplier installed near the other side of the wheel to spray a hot steam to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kwang Jong Yoo
  • Patent number: 7930811
    Abstract: A vehicle slide door temporary setting jig includes a door position holding mechanism for holding a slide door in a desired angular position relative to a vehicle body. The door position holding mechanism has an end extension of one link lever of a linkage projecting beyond an associated link pin, an arcuate guide member pivoted to the free end of an attachment frame and configured to define a path of movement of a tip end portion of the end extension as the link lever turns about the link pin, and a resilient member acting between the free end of the attachment frame and the arcuate guide member and resiliently urging the arcuate guide member against the tip end portion of the end extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiichi Yoshida, Shigekatsu Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 7931523
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a glass substrate for an information recording medium having a high level of cleanness and superior smoothness. The manufacturing method includes washing a disk-shaped glass plate with an acid washing liquid, removing at least part of a surface layer, which is formed on the surface of the glass plate, by performing grinding with diamond abrasion grains, and washing the surface with a neutral or alkaline washing liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Hoya Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Saito, Toshiaki Hashimoto, Yuriko Kudoh
  • Patent number: 7930809
    Abstract: A boot slider includes a body including a compartment. A piston is disposed in the compartment and is moveable between a first position and a second position. A cap is mounted in the compartment in order to restrain movement of the piston. A plurality of arms is connected together by a ring, and the ring is adapted to be retained on the cap. The arms are closed when the piston is in the first position, and the arms are urged open when the piston is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Yakita Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 7926478
    Abstract: A superabrasive wire saw-wound structure includes a superabrasive wire saw (10) formed with an average diameter D and a reel (1). The superabrasive wire saw (10) includes a core wire (11), a bonding material (12) surrounding a surface of the core wire (11), and a plurality of superabrasive grains (13) bonded to the surface of the core wire (11) with the bonding material (12). The reel (1) includes a peripheral surface (2) having one end (3) and the other end (4). The superabrasive wire saw (10) which is to be unreeled successively toward a workpiece is wound around the peripheral surface (2) reciprocatingly between the one end (3) and the other end (4) to be multi-layered. A pitch P for winding the superabrasive wire saw (10) around the peripheral surface (2) between the one end (3) and the other end (4) satisfies a relation of D<P<2D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: A.L.M.T. Corp.
    Inventors: Masanori Nakai, Masaaki Yamanaka, Yoshizumi Ishitobi
  • Patent number: 7926136
    Abstract: A multipurpose folding hand tool including a tool holder permitting exchanges of blades. The tool may include a folding scissors including a spring that is moved into operative engagement with a scissors handle to open the scissors handles apart from each other only as the scissors approaches an extended, operative position with respect to the handle of the folding land tool, within which it may be stowed. A resilient grip member is incorporated in one of the handles of the folding multipurpose hand tool. A wire cutter and a crimping tool are located on pliers jaw tangs, between the pliers pivot and the foldable handles of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Melissa C. Yale, Hollan A. Tsuda, Glenn Klecker, Benjamin C. Rivera
  • Patent number: 7918440
    Abstract: Workpieces of large dimensions, typically body pressings or fuselage panels, are supported and secured for machining by a device capable of movement in a vertical direction and adaptable thus to the particular geometry of the workpiece. The vertical movement is produced by a rod of which the top end carries a head incorporating a pivotable fixture mechanism, equipped with a suction cup connected to a source of negative pressure by way of a suction duct and activated to clamp the work once the head is in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Jobs S.p.A.
    Inventors: Bruno Schiavi, Maurizio Ferrari, Sandro Foletti
  • Patent number: 7914362
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention pertain to a evaluating the quality of a lapping plate. In one embodiment, information that indicates the quality of a lapping plate is received while the lapping plate is being used to lap a slider, and the information is used to evaluate the quality of the lapping plate while the lapping plate is being used to lap the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Richard Dale Bunch, Linden James Crawforth, Eduardo Padilla, Xiao Z. Wu
  • Patent number: 7909315
    Abstract: A non-power operated clamping apparatus is disclosed which is made up of a top section, middle section, and bottom section. There are first direction clamps located on the left side and right side of the middle section and the bottom section is positioned within the first direction clamps and the sides of the middle section. There are second direction clamps between the bottom section and middle section and between the top section and middle section. The workpiece, comprising members of wood glued edge-to-edge, is placed between the top section and middle section and subjected to a first direction compressive force and a second direction compressive force perpendicular to the first direction compressive force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas C. Hill
  • Patent number: 7909305
    Abstract: A device for compressing a coiled spring comprised of multiple coils used in combination with a motor vehicle suspension strut under tension including a first hollow tube and a second smaller tube adapted to fit slidably into the first hollow tube. First and second compressor plates are provided to engage spaced coils. A rotatable drive shaft compresses the coiled spring to reduce tension against the strut's retention end plates to enable the safe, quick and easy removal and replacement of the strut. Each compressor plate consists of an open ended slotted central portion and two side sections defining an upper slotted section and a narrower bottom slotted section with an annular interior edge. The upper slotted section is provided to seat coils with a large diameter. The bottom slotted section is provided to seat coils with a small diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: The Ultimate Tool, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce A. Helwick
  • Patent number: 7908700
    Abstract: A hair brush with a cleaning element for removing entwined hair from the brush after use. The cleaning element of the brush includes a plate(s) with opening through which the bristles protrude. When the plate is expanded, the plate pushes any hairs entwined in the bristles to the tips of the bristles where they are removed. The brush also has a post mechanism, which allows for the adjustment of the cleaning element to various intermediary positions, effectively adjusting the length of the bristles for use of the brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Joe J DiPippo