Patents Examined by Lee D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9999489
    Abstract: A lifting and supporting table according to the present invention includes an upper platform having a receiving surface and a lower frame supporting the upper platform. The lifting and supporting table includes a linkage interacting with the lower frame such that adjustment of the linkage forces a height of the upper platform to change. A ramp assembly includes a ramp having a top surface that operatively extends the receiving surface of the upper platform, the ramp being selectively moveable between a horizontal position and an inclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Theodore E. Kern, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10000363
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a flange lifting apparatus that is configured to have an upper portion that can be attached to a crane or hoist, and a lower portion that can be attached to a flange using flange attachment arms. The lifting apparatus has a support body comprising with first and second ends and an elongate opening in the support body. A movable support member has an upper portion with opening accommodating a threaded rod, and a lower portion attached to a rotatable cam that is positioned within and capable of traveling within the elongate opening of the support body. Rotation of the rod causes movement of the support member which shifts the center of gravity and causes the flange to tilt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Worldwide Machining & Welding, Inc.
    Inventors: John Anderson, Tom Gralewski
  • Patent number: 9994299
    Abstract: A tool for use in installing a bulkhead within a structure is provided. The tool includes a base member configured to couple to the structure, and a positioning member configured to couple to the bulkhead. The base member includes a primary fastener hole sized to receive at least a portion of a fastener therethrough, and sized such that the fastener is configured to bias against the base member to retract the positioning member towards the base member when the fastener is engaged with the positioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James Alan Aske, Andrew J. Ponton
  • Patent number: 9994361
    Abstract: A method for applying a handle to a container, including placing the handle on the neck of the container, supporting the container to prevent the container from collapsing, and moving the handle toward an end of the neck that contacts a body of the container. The neck includes a supporting rib to fix the handle to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Ring Container Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Carl Ring, Doug Dygert, Dan Futral
  • Patent number: 9995137
    Abstract: A tool includes an actuator assembly, a rod, a first nut, and a second nut. The actuator assembly includes a cylinder, a ram, and a bore extending through the cylinder and the ram. The cylinder includes an internal chamber supporting the ram, a first end, a second end, and a reaction surface positioned proximate the first end. The ram is movable relative to the cylinder and positioned adjacent the second end of the cylinder. The rod extends through the bore of the actuator assembly. The first nut is selectively coupled to one of a first end of the rod and a second end of the rod, and defines a first dimension larger than the bore width of the bit block. The second nut is selectively coupled to the other of the first end of the rod and the second end of the rod, and defines a second dimension less than the bore width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Joy Global Underground Mining LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. O'Neill, Randy W. Arnold
  • Patent number: 9987729
    Abstract: Provided is a clamp that includes a rail with a track region, a first clamping jaw that is to be maintained at a first clamping location along the rail while a plurality of edge-aligned objects are clamped together. A second clamping jaw is adjustable along the track region of the rail and is to be maintained at a second clamping location along the rail on an opposite side of the plurality of edge-aligned objects from the first clamping jaw. A clamping mechanism urges a face of the second clamping jaw toward the first clamping jaw to impart a compressive force on the plurality of edge-aligned objects. A caul extends between the first and second clamping jaws and exerts a compressive force on the plurality of edge-aligned objects disposed between the caul and the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Peter Botten
  • Patent number: 9988021
    Abstract: A lever system for actuating a plunger pin on a trailer jack includes a lever which selectively actuates a plunger pin of the trailer jack. In one configuration an attachment member for attaching the lever to the plunger pin and an engagement member which limits the movement of the lower end of the lever toward the trailer jack. In another configuration, a lever attachment member is used to hold the lever to the jack, and a pin engagement member engages the pin to move it into an open position when the upper end of the lever is moved toward the jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Otis Young
  • Patent number: 9988822
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device comprising a first part (1) provided with a base (11) and a rod (12) having an opening or recess (13) for the engagement of an actuation tool (3), a second part (2) provided with a through-opening (21) for mounting on the rod (12) of the first part (1) and a surface for supporting the tool (3), as well as a tool (3) of the second part (2) along the rod (12) of the first part (1). The tool (3) comprises: a first arm (31) and a second arm (32) hinged on an intermediate shaft (33), having respective ends (31a, 32a) for acting on the first part (1) and the second part (2), and respective handles (31b and 32b); a mechanism (4) for positioning and regulating the rotational relative movement of the arms (31, 32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: GERMANS BOADA, S.A.
    Inventor: Juan Antonio Quesada Barbero
  • Patent number: 9988253
    Abstract: A lifting jack system includes a lifting bar; having a track of teeth running vertical along one edge of the lifting bar; and a foot secured to a base of the lifting bar; a lifting head secured around the lifting bar and vertically moveable along the track of teeth; a nose, extending outward from the lifting head for securing to an item to be raised; a gear system housed within the lifting head, the gear system having a safety gear with asymmetrical teeth; a spring loaded pawl engaged with the teeth of the safety gear; and a round gear with symmetrical teeth engaged with the teeth of the safety gear and the track of teeth of the lifting bar; and a ratchet bar secured by a ratchet to the safety gear and extending outwardly from the lifting head; the ratchet bar is to turn the safety gear via the ratchet, thereby engaging the safety gear with the round gear, the round gear then engaging with the track of teeth to raise the lifting head along the track of teeth; and the spring loaded pawl engages with the safety
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventors: Briton Robinett, Bruce Robinett
  • Patent number: 9980817
    Abstract: A method of crimping and loading prosthetic heart valves comprises folding a crimping sheet to form a spiral wrapped around a heart valve; manually rolling and tightening the spiral to compress the valve inside the spiral; inserting the tightened spiral wrapped around the valve into a cannula; and displacing the valve out of the tightened spiral and into the cannula. A kit for crimping and loading the valve into a delivery device comprises a crimping sheet foldable to form a spiral wrapped around the valve, the spiral manually rollable and tightenable to compress the valve wrapped inside the spiral, so that the tightened spiral is slidably insertable into a lumen of a cannula for delivering the valve; and a plunger sized for insertion into the tightened spiral to displace the heart valve out of the spiral and into the lumen of the cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Shlomo Gabbay
  • Patent number: 9981368
    Abstract: A bushing service tool kit includes a clamping plate, head plate, and a mounting plate for a hydraulic cylinder, as well as a clamping member. An alignment member is mounted on one side of a bushing that is mounted in a bushing mount and that is to be replaced, and the clamping plate is mounted over the alignment member. The head plate is mounted on an opposite side of the bushing, and the clamping member clamps the head plate and clamping plate toward each other to clamp the bushing mount therebetween. The mounting plate, with a hydraulic cylinder mounted thereon, is mounted on the clamping member facing toward the clamping plate, whereby the hydraulic cylinder is aligned with the bushing. The cylinder can then be operated to remove the bushing and install a replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignees: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions Inc., Robert Bosch Gmbh
    Inventors: Erol Zeren, Stanley R. Norland
  • Patent number: 9974623
    Abstract: A method for mounting a sheath onto the distal end of a surgical shaft instrument, in particular the tool tip of a dilation instrument. The method makes handling easy and allows the sheath to be fastened on the instrument in a rapid manner sparing of material, characterized by these steps: a) fastening the sheath on an apparatus for mounting a sheath onto the distal end of a surgical shaft instrument; b) radially widening at least the proximal end of the sheath and inserting the distal end of the surgical shaft instrument into the widened sheath c) transferring the sheath from the apparatus to the distal end of the surgical shaft instrument; and d) removing the distal end of the surgical shaft instrument from the apparatus. The invention also relates to an apparatus to perform this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Blocher, Robin Merz
  • Patent number: 9976307
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device, in particular having: a support structure, which can be driven in a rotary manner about an axis X, a plurality of rods, which are aligned parallel or conically approaching each other, relative to the axis X, and are preferably uniformly distributed around the support structure along a circumference, wherein each of the rods is connected to the support structure by means of two or more spokes, and have a plurality of recesses on the outer side thereof facing away from the support structure which are configured to receive reinforcement material, a number of pokes corresponding to the number of rods can be arranged in a plane perpendicular to the axis X, and the lengths of the spokes are adjustable by motor in a telescoping manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Wobben Properties GmbH
    Inventors: Karsten Albers, Hendrik Egberts, Ingo Meyer, Sergio Sousa
  • Patent number: 9978630
    Abstract: An apparatus for and a method of forming a semiconductor structure is provided. The apparatus includes a substrate holder that maintains a substrate such that the processing surface is curved, such as a convex or a concave shape. The substrate is held in place using point contacts, a plurality of continuous contacts extending partially around the substrate, and/or a continuous ring extending completely around the substrate. The processing may include, for example, forming source/drain regions, channel regions, silicides, stress memorization layers, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: I-Ming Chang, Wen-Huei Guo, Chih-Hao Chang, Shou-Zen Chang, Clement Hsingjen Wann, Tung Ying Lee, Cheng-Long Chen, Jui-Chien Huang
  • Patent number: 9971336
    Abstract: An assembly system and a part holding assembly are configured to locate and secure a part defining a plurality of holes. The assembly includes a frame having a track. The assembly includes a first device and a second device each supported by the frame. One of the devices is movable along the track for positioning the devices relative to each other and relative to the location of the holes of the part. The first device includes a first pin and the second device includes a second pin. Each of the pins is movable between a closed position and an open position. The pins are configured to be disposed through respective holes of the part when in the closed position for locating the part. The pins are configured to expand in the respective holes when in the open position for securing the part to the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jianying Shi, Scott A. McLeod, Justin Jay Hackett
  • Patent number: 9968163
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing shoes is provided that includes two or more pieces of equipment used in the customization and manufacturing of shoes and an alignment fixture that may engage with each piece of equipment by way of an alignment mounting member. The alignment fixture may secure to it a portion of a shoe, such as an upper portion, wherein the shoe portion remains in a flat position, and in a fixed relationship to the alignment fixture, throughout the various processes performed by the pieces of equipment. These processes may include, for example, printing, laser, embroidery, forming, cutting, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tricia Kamakeeaina, Jeremy Petty, Eric Graham, Melody Crisp
  • Patent number: 9969046
    Abstract: A polishing apparatus polishes a surface of a substrate by pressing the substrate against a polishing pad on a polishing table. The polishing apparatus is configured to control a temperature of the polishing surface of the polishing pad by blowing a gas on the polishing pad during polishing. The polishing apparatus includes a pad temperature control mechanism having at least one gas ejection nozzle for ejecting a gas toward the polishing pad and configured to blow the gas onto the polishing pad to control a temperature of the polishing pad, and an atomizer having at least one nozzle for ejecting a liquid or a mixed fluid of a gas and a liquid and configured to blow the liquid or the mixed fluid onto the polishing pad to remove foreign matters on the polishing pad. The pad temperature control mechanism and the atomizer are formed into an integral unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Motoshima, Toru Maruyama, Hisanori Matsuo
  • Patent number: 9969077
    Abstract: A workpiece positioner is includes a main positioner body including first and second end plate members. The main positioner body also includes a pair of tubular structural members extending between and interconnecting the end plate members, a number of substantially co-planar panel sections disposed between the first and second end plate members, and a number of spaced-apart reinforcing ribs interspersed between the panel sections, the reinforcing ribs also disposed between and interconnecting the tubular structural members. Each of the reinforcing ribs has two opposite side edges, each formed with an arcuate outline shape. The workpiece positioner may also include two or four workpiece support arms attached to the main positioner body, where each of the support arms may have a workpiece-supporting turntable mounted thereon, and may further include first and second shield members attached to the respective tubular members. A method of operating a workpiece processing machine is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Mabee, Reginald Kelley, Russell Yohn
  • Patent number: 9956811
    Abstract: This document discloses magnetic sewing rulers, cutting mats, magnetic holders and magnetic ruler sewing kits are disclosed that provide tools to securely and easily hold fabrics and other sewing materials in place on a cutting mat for laying out, measuring, cutting, pinning, etc. when engaged in sewing projects. The magnetic rulers, cutting mats, and magnetic holders provide security in holding projects to allow a person to use their hands freely during sewing projects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Suzanne Mann
  • Patent number: 9945404
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein generally relates to an improved clamp assembly for attaching two or more objects, such as furniture, tables, desks, dividers or other panel elements together of variable thicknesses. The elements of the clamp assembly invention generally include a clamp body with a clamp stop and clamp spine, a cross-dowel, an actuating screw and clamp lever. The clamp assembly imparts a compressive clamping force by utilizing a fulcrum-lever arrangement whereby the clamp lever is moved in an arcuate trajectory by rotating the actuating screw in the desired direction as the clamp lever pivots about a fulcrum point. This allows the user to easily place and connect various objects, such as tables, desks, courtesy and privacy panels and another desired object that the user desires to secure in a desired arrangement by imparting a compressive force to the panel element that is to be connected to another panel element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Scott Klingler