Patents Examined by Lee D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10202213
    Abstract: A method of making a blister sealing fixture which includes the selection of a card locating portion which has an annular wall which defines an annular recess closed by a removable bottom wall. A sealing insert portion having a cavity to receive a blister to be sealed is positioned on the bottom wall and is adapted to be moved to all positions within the recess. A sample or test card of the configuration of a production run to be handled by the sealing fixture is selected and to this card a sample or test blister is attached. The position of the blister on the card is determined by the user and has herein has at times been referred to as a desired position or location. This resulting positioning device is then placed over the recess with the test blister engaging the recess in the sealing insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Melanie M. Roberts
  • Patent number: 10196250
    Abstract: Embodiments in the present description are provided for a Bi-pod rescue strut system for use in stabilizing a vehicle or other object. The Bi-pod rescue strut system includes stabilizing feet and support legs. Each of the stabilizing feet is pivotally connected to an end of each support leg so that the stabilizing feet rotate around the support legs. The Bi-pod rescue strut system further includes a yoke disposed at an end of the support legs. The yoke permits the support legs to extend and retract towards or away from the other support leg. The yoke connecting to a telescoping strut extension. The telescopic strut extension extending and coming into contact with vehicle or other object, stabilizing the vehicle or other object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Red Rescue, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Randall
  • Patent number: 10197216
    Abstract: In one aspect, kits for constructing an apparatus are described herein which, in some embodiments, can demonstrate desirable modularity, adjustability, and reconfigurability. A kit for constructing an apparatus described herein comprises a plurality of modular blocks and fastening sleeves, sleeve pins and coupling pins for connecting the modular blocks to one another. A modular block comprises a series of first apertures for receiving one or more of the fastening sleeves and series of second apertures for receiving the sleeve pins to secure the fastening sleeves in the first apertures, wherein the second apertures intersect the first apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Stuart T. Smith, Stephen C. Howard
  • Patent number: 10195637
    Abstract: A removal device for decoupling a tip from a body of an applicator is disclosed. The removal device comprises a wall, comprising a proximal edge and a distal edge, opposite the proximal edge. The removal device also comprises a through channel in the wall. The removal device further comprises a pawl, comprising a proximal end, coupled to the wall, a distal end, opposite the proximal end, a first side between the proximal end and the distal end, and a second side, opposite to the first side. The distal end, the first side, and the second side of the pawl are delimited by the through channel and the pawl extends -between the proximal edge of the wall and the distal edge of the wall. The removal device additionally comprises a wedge, extending from the wall and perpendicular to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John W. Pringle, IV, Chris Erickson, Ted Khong, Don D. Trend
  • Patent number: 10190646
    Abstract: A servicing system (30 or 300) for servicing a brake device (24) of a brake system comprising the brake device (24) and a brake disc (22) is described. The servicing system (30 or 300) includes a frame (32 or 302), and the servicing system (30 or 300) is further configured for mounting the frame (32 or 302) in a fixed position relative to the brake disc (22), supporting the brake device (24) to allow the brake device (24) to be moved on the frame (32 or 302) relative to the brake disc (22) and lifting the brake device (24) to allow the brake device (24) to be raised or lowered relative to the brake disc (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: S.B. Patent Holding ApS
    Inventors: James A. W. Woods, Michael Lang
  • Patent number: 10190215
    Abstract: Arrangements are provided for assembling multiple substrates for coating within a fluidized bed coater so as to deposit a coating of uniform thickness across the entire exterior surface thereof. One embodiment includes a method for coating orthopedic implants having convex and concave surfaces with pyrocarbon by pyrolytic decomposition of a hydrocarbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: On-X Life Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Seeley, Fletcher Derek Southard, Mike James Mewhort, Joseph Earl Robinson, Roger William Leikam, Jeff Wayne Stark, Brett A. Bickerton, Jonathan C. Stupka, David Wilde
  • Patent number: 10182925
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cartilage slicing apparatus which enables cartilage pieces to be sliced with a form and thickness so as to be used in surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Onur Ergun
  • Patent number: 10183368
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a movable table system comprising: a table; a first actuator for moving the table in a first direction; a second actuator for moving the table in a second direction; a first linear guide, which is coupled to the first actuator and the table, for guiding the table in the second direction; a second linear guide, which is coupled to the second actuator and the table, for guiding the table in the first direction; and a support portion for supporting the first actuator and the second actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Inno6 Inc.
    Inventor: Young Bong Bang
  • Patent number: 10184257
    Abstract: A jacking pole apparatus is disclosed. A jacking pole may include two tubular members, slidably engaged with one another in such a manner that they may extend or expand. A jacking pole may engage two surfaces or objects and extend therebetween in order to provide support. Further, a jacking pole may vertically displace an object or surface. A jacking pole utilizes locking mechanisms to remain in certain positions and provide continuous support for surface and objects. The locking mechanisms may also be utilized during vertical displacement in order to facilitate such motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Mark Allen Buckingham, Jamin Ray Buckingham
  • Patent number: 10174518
    Abstract: A method of fitting a childproof latch fitting mechanism and a latch installation tool arranged to locate between a first latch fitting and a second latch fitting, to spatially locate the first and second latch fitting at a pre-determined distance respectfully one from the other, wherein in the installation tool is temporarily attached to the first and second latch fittings, whilst they are located and fixed, at least temporarily in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Safe and Care Ltd.
    Inventor: Jesper Birk Andersen
  • Patent number: 10177545
    Abstract: A rotating conductor holder includes at least a first and second conductor retainer, which are mounted to and spaced apart along a rotating base member at a distance substantially corresponding to the separation distance between the two or more existing sub-conductors that are to be replaced during a restringing procedure. The base member is rotatably attached to a support, which may be mounted on at least one insulator. The at least one insulator may be mounted on an arm on the end of a boom. An actuator and linkage may be provided to rotate the base member about its support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Quanta Associates, L.P.
    Inventors: Daniel Neil O'Connell, David Karl Wabnegger
  • Patent number: 10172282
    Abstract: A plate spring may be adapted to hold a tool to a tool holder, where the tool and the tool holder are adapted to be arranged in a robotic work tool. The plate spring includes a first part which is adapted to fixate the plate spring to the tool holder, and a second part which is adapted to hold the tool to the tool holder. A middle part connects the first part of the plate spring to the second part. The plate spring enables convenient, quick-shifting of tools on robotic work tools, such as quick-shifting of knife blades on a robotic lawn mower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventors: Mats Svensson, Magnus Öhrlund
  • Patent number: 10166641
    Abstract: Methods and systems for configuring a manual and/or automated processing system to conform to a contoured surface of a structure are disclosed. One example includes an automated processing system with a flexible rail configuration. One or more turnbuckles and/or other actuators configure and hold the flexible rail configuration into conformity with the surface (which could be flat or of a curvature) during processing by the automated processing system. Additionally, one or more combination suction-cup pressurized-air devices may be coupled to the flexible rail configuration for selectively attaching the flexible rail configuration to the contoured surface and also for selectively releasing and/or facilitating elevation and movement of the flexible rail configuration above and about the contoured surface. A multi-function end effector may be associated with the flexible rail configuration and be moveable relative thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: James Darryl Gamboa
  • Patent number: 10160081
    Abstract: A workpiece holder device for workpieces to be machined on multiple sides, wherein the workpiece can be held axially and radially relative to the first axis between a first workpiece holder, operatively connected to at least one support spindle of the workpiece holder device and rotatable about a first axis, and at least one second workpiece holder, operatively connected to at least one drive spindle of the workpiece holder device and rotatable around the first axis, by force locking by a clamping force which can be built up in the manner of a vice between the first workpiece holder and the second workpiece holder in the axial direction of the first axis and acting on the opposite sides of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Magerl Feinmechanik GmbH
    Inventor: Bernhard Magerl
  • Patent number: 10156273
    Abstract: A vehicle piston pusher, pushing at least a piston back into a piston bore of a brake caliper, includes a base, a rotation member, a movable plate, and a direction switchable ratchet wrench. The rotation member is rotatably disposed on the base and includes an inner barrel and an outer barrel coupled together. The movable plate has an outer surface and an opposite inner surface. The outer surface contacts at least a piston. The inner surface has a thread rod which is screwedly combined with the inner barrel along an axial direction of the rotation member. The direction switchable ratchet wrench is connected with the rotation member for driving the rotation member, such that the movable plate moves toward or away from the movable plate. When the movable plate moves away from the base, the at least a piston is pushed back into the piston bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Chia-Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 10156065
    Abstract: In one implementation, a stair installation bracket for installing staircases in stairwells is provided. The bracket includes a bracket assembly configured to anchor to a wall of a stairwell, a hanger tool removably connected to the bracket assembly, and a positioning bolt for positioning a staircase relative to the wall. A method of installing a staircase using the bracket assembly includes positioning the staircase on tabs of one or more bracket assemblies, rotating the positioning bolt to vertically positioning the staircase relative to pilot holes of the bracket assembly, anchoring the staircase to the bracket assembly, and removing the hanger tool from the bracket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: PATCO, LLC
    Inventors: John Louis Vanker, Michael J. Lastowski
  • 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: 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
    Inventor: Kuang-Tai Li
  • 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: 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