Patents Examined by Lee D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10149760
    Abstract: An assembly for collapsing a prosthetic heart valve includes a compression member and a pusher member. The compression member has a first open end with a first diameter, a second open end with a second diameter less than the first diameter, and a tapered wall between the first open end and the second open end. The pusher member has a base adapted to engage an end of the valve. The pusher member and the compression member are movable relative to one another between an initial position in which the base of the pusher member is relatively far from the first open end of the compression member and an operative position in which the base of the pusher member is relatively close to the first open end of the compression member. Movement of the pusher and compression members from the initial position to the operative position radially compresses the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Johnson, Valerie J. Glazier, Huisun Wang
  • Patent number: 10150154
    Abstract: A tube bending machine for bending a length of a tubular workpiece and an associated tube feeder assembly are disclosed. The tube feeder assembly has a carriage assembly slidably mounted along a rail. A clamp assembly is reversibly mounted to and carried by the carriage assembly. The clamp assembly is adapted to be releasably secured to the workpiece. The clamp assembly and carriage assembly are configurable to align the workpiece central axis along the rail, whereby sliding of the carriage assembly with the workpiece mounted in the clamp assembly carries the workpiece along the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Kyle Hughes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10149584
    Abstract: A pneumatic tool includes: a main body; an air passage disposed in the main body for air to flow in; an air exhaustion passage disposed in the main body, one end of the air exhaustion passage communicating with the air passage, the other end of the air exhaustion passage being an air exhaustion end; a flow way disposed in the main body, a rear end of the flow way communicating with the air passage, a front end of the flow way being positioned at one end of the main body; and a control mechanism disposed in the main body and connected with the air exhaustion passage. The pneumatic tool provides both blowing and sucking effects. An operator need not replace the tool. Instead, the operator can use the pneumatic tool to blow dust or take an article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GISON MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kuang-Tai Li
  • Patent number: 10145504
    Abstract: A bracket installation tool includes a tool body having a length extending along a longitudinal axis of the body, a proximal end, and a distal end. The body defines a longitudinal slot extending along the length. The body includes a body mating feature disposed along the longitudinal slot. A handle is coupled with the proximal end and a receiver hitch is coupled with the distal end. The receiver hitch is configured to receive a portion of a bracket for a window covering. A stop is slidably engaged with the slot along the length. The stop includes a lock mechanism. When in a locked configuration, a lock mating feature of the lock mechanism engages the body mating feature to fix a location of the stop. When in a free configuration, the mating features are disengaged such that the lock mechanism and the stop are slidable within the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Barr, Leo J. Lesperance
  • Patent number: 10144072
    Abstract: A hand-held cutting tool to remove a metal fitting ring from the outside surface of plastic tubing. The fitting removal tool comprises a first handle, a second handle, a bridge member, and a cutting blade. The first handle is pivotally connected to a first end of the bridge member by a pivot. The second handle is securely connected to a second end of the bridge member in fixed relation to the bridge member. The bridge member comprises a seat for snugly receiving the outer diameter of the metal fitting ring. The first handle comprises a hand gripping area and a cutting blade positioned between the hand gripping area and the pivot. The cutting blade is configured to make an off center cut in the metal fitting ring such that the underlying plastic tubing is not damaged in the cutting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Ed Nixon
  • Patent number: 10135083
    Abstract: A system for adsorbing a thin film sheet includes a main frame and first and second auxiliary frames connected to respective ends of the main frame. At least one of the first and second auxiliary frames is movably connected to the main frame to increase or decrease a distance between the first and second auxiliary frames. Adsorbing parts are disposed under the first and second auxiliary frames, respectively, to draw or inject air and to adsorb both sides of the thin film sheet. A tension adjusting part adjusts a location of the at least one of the first and second auxiliary frames to adjust a tension applied to the thin film sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Sun Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10131046
    Abstract: A fastener and a fastener installation device which enables cables to be installed in hard to reach places safely and quickly. The fastener including a body forming a loop; a first connector formed at a first end of the body; and a second connector formed at a second end of the body; wherein the first connector is complementary with the second connector. The first connector of the first fastener connects with a second connector of a second fastener and the second connector of the first fastener connects with a first connector of a third fastener to form a chain of fasteners. The installation device including a hollow body and a cap rotatably mounted to an end of the hollow body which includes an aperture allowing a top fastener to pass through the aperture when the cap is in a first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GOLSTONE PTY LTD
    Inventor: Wade Ian Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10124998
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lifting system for lifting a vehicle and method therefor. The lifting system according to the invention includes a frame with a moveable carrier configured for carrying the vehicle, with the carrier including a carrying part and a guiding part; a drive which acts on the carrier and is configured for raising and/or lowering the carrier relative to the frame; a locking system for locking and unlocking the moveable carrier relative to the frame; and a controller configured for controlling the height of the carrier. The locking system includes a lock actuator, a locking rail, a locking drive configured for moving the lock actuator between a locked state and an unlocked state, and a lock and is configured for engaging and/or disengaging the locking rail in response to a movement of the lock actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Stertil B.V.
    Inventor: Jurjen Jan De Jong
  • Patent number: 10118262
    Abstract: Provided is a bearing insertion apparatus in which a movable carriage is provided on a base placed on a floor surface in a manner of being movable in a horizontal Z-axis direction corresponding to a direction in which the movable carriage moves toward or away from a housing. In addition, an apparatus main body for supporting a rolling bearing at a distal end thereof is supported such that the apparatus main body can be freely moved, by a guide mechanism, with respect to the movable carriage in a horizontal X-axis direction orthogonal to the Z-axis direction and in a vertical Y-axis direction orthogonal to both of the Z-axis direction and the X-axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Kei Misaki
  • Patent number: 10119646
    Abstract: A hydraulic chain clamp apparatus for pipe sleeves for a pipe. The apparatus includes a clamping chain circumnavigating the sleeves and the pipe, the chain having a first end and an opposed second end. The apparatus includes a housing block with a chain lock mechanism securing the first end of the chain to the housing block. A hydraulic cylinder mechanism is connected to the housing block. The hydraulic cylinder mechanism is attached to the second end of the chain and is adapted to move the chain between a tightened, closed position and a loose, open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Mathey Investments, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Theriot
  • Patent number: 10112233
    Abstract: An adjustment system for a fastener pulling head is provided that includes a swivel adapter configured for engagement with a proximal end portion of a drawbolt body of the pulling head, the swivel adapter defining an internal bore. A cap screw is disposed within the internal bore of the swivel adapter and configured to threadably engage the drawbolt body, and a set screw is configured to engage and secure the swivel adapter within the drawbolt body. The set screw is tightened in order to install or remove the fastener pulling head from a power tool. Once installed on the power tool, the set screw is disengaged from the swivel adapter, the pulling head can be rotated, which causes the frame to move relative to the drawbolt body within the pulling head to adjust a jaw gripping force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SPS Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Cristinel Cobzaru
  • Patent number: 10113574
    Abstract: A clamp fixture for affixing a panel to a workbench, the clamp fixture comprising a lower fixture portion that adjustably mates with an upper fixture portion and a lower end portion. The upper fixture portion comprises an upper end portion. A lower clamp is disposed on the lower end portion. The lower clamp is operable to engage a bottom area of a workbench. A middle clamp is disposed on the upper fixture portion. The middle clamp is operable to engage a top area of the workbench. An upper clamp is disposed on the upper end portion. The lower clamp and the middle clamp are adjustably separable relative to each other via the lower fixture portion to affix the clamp fixture to the workbench. The middle clamp and the upper clamp are configured to hold a panel there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Bileth
  • Patent number: 10112666
    Abstract: An assembly system and a part holding assembly are configured to locate and secure a part defining holes. The part holding assembly further includes a first clamping device movable along a first track for positioning the first clamping device relative to the part. The first clamping device is configured to engage the part to secure the part to the first clamping device. The part holding assembly also includes a first pin device movable along a second track for positioning the first pin device relative to the location of one of the holes of the part. The first pin is configured to be disposed through the one of the holes of the part when in a closed position for locating the part. The first pin is configured to expand in the one of the holes when in an open position for securing the part to the first pin device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jianying Shi, Scott A. McLeod, Justin Jay Hackett
  • Patent number: 10113580
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering a collar concentrically in line with a central axis of a fastener and a working axis of a swager is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a collar feeder, comprising a first end, a second end, an inlet, an outlet, and a through cavity in communication with the inlet and the outlet. The apparatus also comprises a contact element, a cam surface configured to be stationary relative to the swager, and a slider pivotally coupled to the collar feeder. The apparatus further comprises a means for biasing the slider relative to the swager along the working axis of the swager, and at least one resilient flexure coupled to the collar feeder at the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ryan R. Slaughter, Stuart J. Fallon
  • Patent number: 10112307
    Abstract: A part holding assembly, an assembly system and a method of positioning a first part are disclosed. The part holding assembly is coupleable to a support structure. The part holding assembly includes a base adapted to be coupled to the support structure. The part holding assembly also includes a first pin extending outwardly away from the base to a distal end that is spaced from the base. The base is movable to position the first pin relative to a first part and to insert the distal end of the first pin through a first hole of the first part to locate the first part. The part holding assembly further includes a first magnet adjacent to the first pin. The first magnet is selectively magnetized to selectively secure the position of the first part relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jianying Shi, John Patrick Spicer, Lance T. Ransom
  • Patent number: 10105834
    Abstract: Adapters are described which enable a wide array of tools to be secured and/or mounted in a chain pipe vise. Also described are methods of using adapters with chain pipe vises in order to stably mount tools in the chain pipe vise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: RIDGE TOOL COMPANY
    Inventors: James E. Hamm, Harald Krondorfer, Michael J. Rutkowski, Jeffrey Szucs
  • Patent number: 10105851
    Abstract: An attachment for a torch includes a combustion cone mounted on a fuel delivery tube. The combustion cone bounds a combustion chamber and has an inlet through which fuel from the tube enters the chamber to create a flame when the torch ignites the fuel. The cone diverges away from the inlet and to an outlet to enable the flame to diverge and spread within the chamber. The chamber substantially contains the flame therein. At least one apertured radiator, and preferably, a pair of apertured radiators, is mounted in the chamber in direct contact with the flame, and heated by the flame to a temperature sufficient to cause each radiator to radiate infrared radiation through and past the outlet. A tipping-resistant holder holds a fuel canister of the torch upright when placed on a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Booker & Dax LLC
    Inventor: David E. Arnold, III
  • Patent number: 10106996
    Abstract: Disclosed are the ornamental design and utilitarian characteristics of a tool configured for associating an attachment-device (such as a joist hanger) with a structure (such as a ledger board). The tool comprises an alignment element that is placed in alignment with an edge defined by a structure so as to define an A-axis and B-axis location for associating the attachment-device to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel E Erdman
  • Patent number: 10099329
    Abstract: A machining tool assembly is provided for machining a blank to form a firearm lower receiver. The assembly includes a pair of side plates positionable on opposed sides of the blank to capture the blank therebetween. A template plate having a template aperture is adapted to be removeably attachable to the side plates. The template aperture is aligned with a top surface of the blank and is adapted for machining a cavity within the blank having a peripheral contour complimentary to a peripheral contour of the template aperture. A centering mechanism is adapted to be removeably attachable to the template plate, with the centering mechanism including an opening aligned with a corresponding void formed on the blank to align the blank with the template plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: 80 Percent Arms Inc.
    Inventor: Tilden Alan Smith
  • Patent number: 10099310
    Abstract: A welding tool has a handle with a base end and an exit end. A bottom plate is affixed to the base end and preferably encloses the base end of the handle. A washer is affixed to the exit end of the handle. The washer defines an orifice and provides a surface for preventing a user's hand from slipping during use of the welding tool. A plurality of rods extends outwardly from the handle through the orifice. The rods are preferably affixed to the bottom plate at a base end and have a surface contacting end. The rods are sized to permit limited flexure, but to still be substantially rigid to effectively remove slag from a weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Keith Edwards