Patents Examined by Joshua G Kotis
  • Patent number: 12012247
    Abstract: A device for inserting an aperture in a film wrapping of a goods stack arranged on a pallet, where the film wrapping is a film hood drawn over the goods stack or as a film sleeve surrounding the goods stack is disclosed. A piercing element has a rotatably attached actuation arm. The piercing element exhibits first and second part-regions. The first part-region is mounted rotatably on the actuation arm and the second part-region includes the piercing region. The second part-region is pivotable relative to the first part-region from an original position against a restoring force. A corresponding system and a method for inserting an aperture in a part-region of a film wrapping of a goods stack arranged on a pallet is disclosed, where the film wrapping is configured as a film hood drawn over the goods stack or as a film sleeve surrounding the goods stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: MSK—Verpackungs-Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Oymann, Enrico Czok
  • Patent number: 12012246
    Abstract: A punching machine includes a punch blade and a support for supporting a spout. The punching machine further includes a drive mechanism. When the punch blade and the spout supported by the support face each other in a direction perpendicular to a web with the web interposed between the punch blade and the spout, the drive mechanism moves one of the punch blade or the support towards the other in the vertical direction to punch a hole in the web using the punch blade and the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Totani Corporation
    Inventor: Mikio Totani
  • Patent number: 12011812
    Abstract: A cordless, hand-held power tool, such as a hammer drill/driver, a drill/driver, an impact driver, an impact wrench, etc., that includes a brushless direct current (“BLDC”) motor. Each of the hand-held power tool includes a removable and rechargeable battery pack, electronics, and a BLDC motor that have been designed and balanced to produce a high-performance-capable (e.g., high-power, high-current, high-torque) hand-held power tool. The hand-held power tool is capable of delivering high instantaneous (i.e., short duration) current to the BLDC motor for short-duration high power operation and high continuous (i.e., long duration) current to the BLDC motor for long duration high power operation. Additionally, the short and long duration power is capable of being provided in a smaller (in size) and lighter (in weight).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon L. Verbrugge, Matthew J. Mergener, Matthew P. Wycklendt, Jeffrey C. Hessenberger, Dennis J. Grzybowski
  • Patent number: 12006083
    Abstract: A stack of products such as pouches are formed in a product bucket, pushed into a stack guide bucket and from there into a carton. A stack tamp descends over the stack, engages and confines it downwardly during stack pushing from product bucket and through stack guide bucket into a carton. Multiple product buckets, stack guide buckets and cartons move downstream during cartoning, and are respectively aligned in a cartoning station. Reciprocal containment blades hold the stack in respective cartons prior to flap closing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: R.A Jones & Co.
    Inventors: William E. Engelhardt, Steven C. Hamilton, Eric M. Schaefer
  • Patent number: 12005555
    Abstract: A rotary hammer includes a motor, a spindle coupled to the motor for receiving torque from the motor, a piston at least partially received within the spindle for reciprocation therein, a striker received within the spindle for reciprocation in response to reciprocation of the piston, and an anvil received within the spindle and positioned between the striker and the tool bit. The anvil is configured to impart axial impacts to the tool bit in response to reciprocation of the striker. The rotary hammer also includes a retainer received within the spindle for selectively securing the striker in an idle position in which it is inhibited from reciprocating within the spindle. The retainer includes a detent member configured to engage the striker to secure the striker in the idle position, and a tensing element configured to bias the detent member radially inward toward engagement with the striker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Julia C. Marsh, Kyle Greunke, Kevin A. McLachlan
  • Patent number: 12006079
    Abstract: A device for packaging elongated items that includes an upper platform for receiving the elongated items from a separate conveyor; a diverter mounted above the platform and two opposed elevator shafts having open bottoms. The elevator shafts are arranged laterally outward from outer edges of the platform and extend downward from the platform and are configured for receiving the elongated items after contact with the diverter and configured for holding the elongated items while a stack of elongated items is formed. The elevator shafts are provided with one or more support structures configured to hold the stack of elongated items as the stack is formed and to release the stack of elongated items from the device after the stack is formed, with the release of the stack of elongated items from the elevator shafts occurring via the open bottoms of the elevator shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: AND Y KNOT INNOVATION AND SALES INC.
    Inventor: Melvin Douglas Kapicki
  • Patent number: 11998195
    Abstract: An articulation tool includes proximal and distal links, an elongated shaft therebetween, and first and second locks. Movement of the proximal link about proximal first and second axes causes corresponding movement of the distal link about distal first and second axes. The first and second locks have unlocked configurations in which the proximal and distal links are movable with respect to the elongated shaft about the first axes, or the second axes, respectively, and locked configurations in which the proximal and distal links are held in a fixed orientation with respect to the elongated shaft about the first axes, or the second axes, respectively. Rotation of the elongated shaft while the first and second locks are in the locked configuration and the proximal and distal links are angled with respect to the elongated shaft causes the proximal and distal links to rotate about respective longitudinal axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Lewis R. Isbell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11987413
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cartoning apparatus (1) of items comprising: a die-cut magazine (125), in which a plurality of die-cuts (5) are stored for packaging the items, and a die-cut (170) pick-up and manipulating machine, configured to pick up the die-cuts (5) from the die-cut (125) magazine and manipulate them so as to open each die-cut (5). Where the die-cut (170) pick-up and manipulating machine comprises a robotic arm (180) on which a die-cut (175) gripping and manipulating module is installed, configured to grip one die-cut (5) at a time directly from the pick-up area (135) of the die-cut (125) magazine and manipulate it in order to open it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: A.C.M.I.—SOCIETA' PER AZIONI
    Inventors: Giacomo Magri, Carlo Gioria, Domenico Buemi
  • Patent number: 11990294
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a switch assembly and a power tool. The switch assembly includes a housing which extends along the longitudinal axis, a main control switch which is housed within the housing, a locking switch which is slidably connected with the housing and can move between a locking position and a releasing position, and a start switch which is rotably connected with the housing by a pivot. The locking switch is in contact with the start switch when the locking switch is in the locking position, and the start switch is in a locked state. The locking switch is disengaged from the start switch when the locking switch is in the releasing position, and the start switch is in a released state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Globe (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Doushi Wang
  • Patent number: 11987421
    Abstract: The present invention is a method featuring containers for consumable products which have removable sample compartments to facilitate reuse, product returns post-trial, and product resale. The sample compartments are filled with the same product as the main compartment so that consumers may sample the product without damaging a tamper-proof seal on the main compartment. The used sample container may be refilled or replaced with a new sample container. Use of these containers may reduce waste by preserving the product in the main container in a sealed condition. Use of these containers may also minimize the return expense of products sold online by giving the consumer a chance to try the product and return the main container if they are unsatisfied, ultimately reducing the overall the cost per product and reducing the waste of both product and container or container materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventor: Anatolia Liliana Marghitoiu
  • Patent number: 11970299
    Abstract: A device for filling containers for bags of smokeless tobacco, includes an infeed station for feeding a succession of inner frames, a filling station to feed a succession of individual bags tobacco to a respective inner frame, a release station for releasing inner frames full of bags, a conveyor defining a feed line which passes through the infeed station, the filling station and the release station and which has a housing to hold and move a respective inner frame from the infeed station to the release station via the filling station. A suction device is disposed in the filling station to apply suction in the housing of the conveyor disposed in the filling station and a rotation device is disposed in the filling station and confronting the housing. The rotation device rotates the inner frame in the housing so successive radial compartments of the inner frame confront respective bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: G.D S.P.A.
    Inventor: Fulvio Boldrini
  • Patent number: 11970300
    Abstract: Provided herein is a system for automated dispensing and packaging of articles. Systems may include: a controller configured to receive an indication of an order to be packaged, where the order includes one or more articles; a packaging station; a web of bags, where the web of bags is fed to the packaging station; a pneumatic table configurable to support a bag disposed at the packaging station; an opening mechanism including a pneumatic nozzle to open the bag disposed at the packaging station; a loading bin configured to be inserted into the open bag and deposit the one or more articles; and a closure apparatus to seal the bag disposed at the packaging station after receiving the one or more articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: OMNICELL, INC.
    Inventors: David J. White, Patrick J. Braun
  • Patent number: 11964356
    Abstract: A hand-held tool, such as a disc grinder, is used to perform work at a high work site, a countermeasure is taken to prevent the hand-held tool from falling by using a suspension tool, such as a tether strap. If a coupling part that couples the suspension tool to the hand-held tool is damaged, this fact is notified to a user. Thereby, an original function of the suspension tool can be reliably performed. If a large impact is applied to a coupling member via a suspension tool, the coupling member is displaced to a second position, due to the deformation of a first position retaining member. A conductive portion disengages from contacts to cause a power circuit to be shut off, thereby prohibiting a main body part from being activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryosuke Otani, Junya Ishikawa, Takafumi Kotsuji, Satoshi Ninagawa, Ken Goto, Yu Eto
  • Patent number: 11952159
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a random case sealer configured to interrupt the case-sealing process upon detecting an object between the top-head assembly and the top surface of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Signode Industrial Group LLC
    Inventor: William J. Menta
  • Patent number: 11951601
    Abstract: A powered fastener driver includes a driver blade movable from a top-dead-center (TDC) position to a bottom-dead-center (BDC) position for driving a fastener into a workpiece and a drive unit for providing torque to move the driver blade from the BDC position toward the TDC position. A rotary lifter is engageable with the driver blade and configured to receive torque from the drive unit for returning the driver blade from the BDC position toward the TDC position. The lifter has a body, a drive pin coupled to the body, and a roller positioned on the drive pin. The roller includes an engagement section configured to receive an end portion of a tooth of the driver blade. The lifter includes a means for aligning the engagement section with the end portion of the tooth on the driver blade to facilitate meshing between the end portion and the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Beth E. Cholst, Troy C. Thorson, Jacob P. Schneider, Mackenzie J. Nick, Nathan Bandy, David A Bierdeman, Travis W. Leathrum, Mitchell T. Neuhoff, Mark C. Hughes, David C. Graf, Marcus Wechselberger
  • Patent number: 11945612
    Abstract: A device for wrapping product wrappers including a winder, the winder including a gripper mechanically connected to a tubular shaft rotatable about and translatable along an approach axis, the gripper being rotatable and translatable integrally with the tubular shaft; an actuating rod active on the gripper and movable along an actuating axis, the actuating rod being movable along the actuating axis with respect to the tubular shaft and rotationally constrained to the tubular shaft, wherein the gripper is rotatable and movable following a translation of the actuating rod along the actuating axis; a first electric motor active on the actuating rod to translate the actuating rod along the actuating axis; and a second electric motor active on the tubular shaft to translate the tubular shaft along the approach axis. The device further includes a control unit configured to drive the first electric motor and the second electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Azionaria Costruzioni Macchine Automatiche A.C.M.A. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marialivia Melchionda, Stefano Piazzi, Marco Zecchi, Andrea Guidetti, Luca Matrà
  • Patent number: 11944338
    Abstract: Thresholds can be assigned for one or more parameters in connection with the operation of a surgical device. An ultimate threshold can trigger a desired action, including cessation of operations or modification of operations, if the ultimate threshold is reached, or predicted to be reached. In addition, a marginal threshold can trigger a desired action, including improving operations such as slowing operations where the value of a parameter is measured to be between the values defined by a marginal threshold and an ultimate threshold. Multiple thresholds, based on multiple parameters, can be defined, further enabling calibrated usage, such as slowing operations based on exceeding both a marginal threshold based on number of sterilization cycles and exceeding a marginal threshold based on extent to which current draw exceeds a certain value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 11937813
    Abstract: A surgical device includes a jaw assembly, an articulating assembly and a drive shaft. The jaw assembly includes first and second jaws. The articulating assembly is removably coupled to a proximal end of the jaw assembly and includes a distal joint member, a proximal joint member, and a pivot pin. The pivot pin is fixedly coupled to the distal joint member and is rotatably coupled to the proximal joint member. The jaw assembly and the distal joint member together define a first longitudinal axis. The proximal joint member defines a second longitudinal axis. The drive shaft includes a gear element that is meshingly engaged with a pivoting gear element that is fixedly coupled to the pivot pin. Longitudinal movement of the first drive shaft pivots the jaw assembly relative to the proximal joint member about a pivot axis defined by the pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: John W. Beardsley, David M. Farascioni
  • Patent number: 11926027
    Abstract: A driving tool includes: a striking unit striking a fastener by being actuated in a first direction; a rack on the striking unit; a wheel; and a second transmission portion on the wheel and capable of being engaged with and released from the rack. The striking unit can be actuated in a second direction when the second transmission portion is engaged with the rack, and the striking unit can be actuated in the first direction when the second transmission portion is released from the rack. The second transmission portion includes: a tooth portion arranged along a rotation direction of the wheel and turned in a predetermined direction to be engaged with and released from the rack; and a movable piece actuated in the predetermined direction to be engaged with the rack and actuated in a different direction from the predetermined direction to be released from the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: KOKI HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Ueda, Koji Shioya, Sotaro Aizawa, Toshinori Yasutomi
  • Patent number: 11926119
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dunnage apparatus, including a converting station and a deflector. The converting station converts a line of high-density supply material into low-density dunnage and ejects the dunnage at an exit in an exit trajectory along a path. The deflector is repositionable with respect to the exit between a first position, in which the deflector is interposed in the path to deflect the path of the dunnage from the exit trajectory to a first deflected trajectory, and a second position. The deflector is retained in each position during the ejection of the dunnage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging LLC
    Inventors: Thomas D. Wetsch, Eric C. Wright