Patents Examined by Lee D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 11685031
    Abstract: A removal tool for a filter insert of a liquid filter. The removal tool includes a first arm having a first outer side, the first outer side extending along a first axis. It furthermore includes a second arm having a second outer side, the second outer side extending along a second axis. The first arm includes a first hook, which projects from the first arm essentially transversely to the first axis. The second arm includes a second hook, which projects from the second arm essentially transversely to the second axis. The first outer side and the second outer side are connected to one another with a swivel joint having a joint axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Inventors: Elena Balleste Izuzquiza, Jose Luis Arias Arias
  • Patent number: 11684219
    Abstract: Serving platter systems for grill to table convenience are disclosed herein. Various embodiments include a platter including a dorsal plater surface and a cutting board including a ventral cutting board surface. In some embodiments the ventral cutting board surface seamlessly engages with the dorsal platter surface to form the serving platter system for grill to table convenience. In various embodiments the dorsal cutting board surface further comprises an indentation for trapping juices from grilled food items. Furthermore, the dorsal platter surface comprises a fluid receiving indentation section of the dorsal platter surface for receiving juices from grilled food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Inventor: Kristin Noto
  • Patent number: 11679476
    Abstract: A puller includes a collar, claws, a synchronizer and an abutting element. The collar includes slots and pivotal connectors located corresponding to the slots. The claws are pivotally connected to the pivotal connectors. Each of the claws includes a protuberance movable in and along a corresponding one of the slots. The synchronizer includes a receiving portion for receiving the protuberances. The synchronizer is movable in the collar between an opening position and a closing position. In the opening position, the synchronizer opens the claws by the protuberances. In the closing position, the synchronizer closes the claws by the protuberances. The abutting element is extensible from the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Inventors: Yi-Fang Chen, Wei-Li Chen
  • Patent number: 11679489
    Abstract: A retainer is placed on a retainer holding portion formed on a sample chip worktable. With an operation of a button, a take-out support mechanism operates. That is, an upthrust pin moves upward. With this process, an orientation of a sample chip stored in the retainer is changed from a horizontal orientation to an inclined orientation. A plurality of openings through which the upthrust pin passes are formed in the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: JEOL Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohisa Fukuda, Yuji Konyuba, Yuuta Ikeda, Tomohiro Haruta
  • Patent number: 11682577
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a spin head, apparatus and method for treating a substrate including the spin head. The spin head includes a supporting plate where a substrate is placed and a chuck pin placed on the supporting plate and supporting a lateral portion of the substrate, wherein the chuck pin includes an outer body and an inner body inserted in the outer body and provided with a different material from the outer body, wherein each outer body and the inner body is provided with any one of a first material or a second material, and wherein one material of the first material and the second material is provided with a material having lower heat conductivity and better thermal resistance than another one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: SEMES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jihwan Lee, Jungbong Choi, Chan Young Heo, Pil Kyun Heo
  • Patent number: 11679474
    Abstract: A driving shank assembly includes a tube, a drive head, a connector, and two quick release nuts. The tube has two enlarged portions each having a mounting recess and an external thread. Each of the enlarged portions has a plurality of slits and a plurality of elastic clamping pieces between the slits. The drive head has a driving recess and a mounting shaft. The mounting shaft of the drive head is inserted into the mounting recess of the tube. The connector has a mounting shaft and a connecting shank. The mounting shaft of the connector is inserted into the mounting recess of the tube. The connecting shank of the connector has a retaining groove for mounting an actuating tool. Each of the quick release nuts has an internal thread screwed onto the external thread of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Inventors: Hsuan-Yu Huang, Bing-Cheng Liao
  • Patent number: 11679601
    Abstract: A method/system of mechanical holdowns allows a substrate sheet in a CBAM (composite-based additive manufacturing technology) process to lie flat during printing. The invention includes a process of mechanically clamping sheets to be printed by a print head to a flat platen using a set of barrel cam driven clamping fingers. The finger supports are attached to the platen and the fingers can be raised and lowered with respect to the platen. Each finger can rotate while swinging downward toward a sheet at the edge of the platen. To clamp the sheet, the fingers are rotated to the perpendicular position and swung lower down to pinch the sheet to the platen. The process can include additional steps that release some, but not all, of the fingers to allow the sheet to relax before re-clamping them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Impossible Objects, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Swartz, Eugene Gore, Drew Marschner
  • Patent number: 11673234
    Abstract: The invention relates to hand tools of knife sharpening, especially for sharpening of kitchen knifes, namely relates to angle guides for knife sharpening. This angle guide has a removably attachable body that is put on a sharpening rod through a hole going through the body, which has the ability to move back and forth on the rod. The body has guiding cutouts for the blade of a knife that allow to maintain the desired angle against the sharpening rod during the sharpening procedure. At least one pair of cutouts with inclined narrowing cavities are formed in the body on its opposing sides in opposing directions, which allows to alternate between the sides of the blade during the sharpening process and in this way much less burr is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Inventor: Roman Asmolkov
  • Patent number: 11673277
    Abstract: A clamping device comprises an inner rod, a sliding handle, one or more claws, a top yoke, a bottom yoke, a spring, and a counterweight. The sliding handle surrounds and slides about the inner rod. The top yoke is coupled to the inner rod and each claw is coupled to the top yoke. The bottom yoke is coupled to the sliding handle and each claw is coupled to the bottom yoke via linkage bars. The inner rod is coupled to the counterweight. The spring extends between the sliding handle and the counterweight. The claws, top yoke, linkage bars, and bottom yoke form four-bar linkages. The clamping device clamps an object via a spring force transferred to the claws via the four-bar linkages. Each claw provides an equivalent clamping force independent of orientation of the apparatus. Spring tension is configurable by threading the inner rod into and out of the counterweight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Inventors: Jonathan Edward Bussing, Edward Anthony Bussing
  • Patent number: 11667016
    Abstract: The auto window belt molding removal tool is for removing the auto window belt molding from the auto body door panel. This thin strong tool has a thin handle at one end of the shaft, at the other end is a hook with a unique flat angle. Easily inserted between the auto window and the auto window belt molding, with a twist to align the unique flat angle to get purchase on the auto window belt molding and detach it from the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Inventor: Rusty Charles Archer
  • Patent number: 11666997
    Abstract: A precision locating fastening device for securing a part. The device includes a drive screw, a base member, and a stop member. The drive screw has a gripping surface. The base member houses the drive screw and has a precision locating surface. The part is retained and located adjacent the precision locating surface relative to a fixture plate. The drive screw has one or more keyed ends. The stop member is replaceable to maintain precision and accuracy while locating and retaining the part. The device is incorporated in a system where a first keyed end of a first fastening device, a second key of the first fastening device, or the keyed end of a drive screw of a second fastening device is adjusted from either the first side of the fixture plate, the second side of fixture plate, or both to retain and locate the part on the fixture plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Elijah Tooling, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard V. Miller
  • Patent number: 11667006
    Abstract: The invention relates to a polishing machine (10) and to a method for polishing optical waveguides, the polishing machine comprising a polishing disk (13) having a plug socket (14) for holding a plug with an optical waveguide, a polishing platform (15) for receiving an abrasive, a positioning device (17) for relative positioning of the polishing disk and of the polishing platform between a polishing position and a set-up position (16), and a drive device for executing a relative polishing movement between the polishing platform and the polishing disk in the polishing position, wherein the polishing machine has a cleaning device for applying dry ice to the polishing platform and/or to the polishing disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Inventor: Christoph Werner
  • Patent number: 11670920
    Abstract: An enhanced apparatus and method for securing a wire to a pulling cable for pulling wire. Specifically, the pulling cable and wire are attached via a pulling head body. The wire is inserted into an end of the pulling head body and secured by crimping the pulling head body against the wire. Further, crimp zone indicators positioned on the outer surface of the pulling head body indicate the optimal zone of crimping to achieve substantial contact between the pulling head body and the wire. A pulling cable is secured to the pulling head body via a ball swage that comprises a tapped surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Encore Wire Corporation
    Inventors: Mark D. Bennett, William T. Bigbee, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11660728
    Abstract: A vise having a modular construction that allows for ease of manufacture, assembly, and changeover or replacement of wear items, such as gripping surfaces of jaws of the vise. The modular construction also provides for reduced weight of the vise compared to conventional cast type vises. The vise also incorporates quick adjustment features allowing for the vise to be easily rotated, a position and size of an opening of the jaws to be rapidly adjusted, and a clamping force applied with ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventors: Ottoleo Kuter-Arnebeck, Nicholas H. Weir, Benjamin T. Schulz, Rupak K. Paul
  • Patent number: 11661126
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for transporting heavy machinery, equipment or other heavy loads from one location to another, whereby the apparatus may be constructed as a walking machine including a plurality of lifting assemblies operative to lift the load above the supporting surface and then move the load relative to the supporting surface by transporting the load via rollers or tracks in the walking machines. In one example, the lifting assemblies are provided with separate longitudinal and lateral drive mechanisms independently operative for translating the load in either or both longitudinal and lateral directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Columbia Trailer Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Boyd Williams, Steven Andrew Csergei
  • Patent number: 11660786
    Abstract: A leveler table includes a plate with a flat top work surface that is level in all planes, by locating a circular level recessed within the center of the plate, so that the level indicator of the circular level is in horizontal alignment with the top work surface. By locating the circular level in the middle of the plate, at the same horizontal level as the work surface, this leveler table provides accuracy and repeatability for use of the flat top work surface in manufacturing steps, particularly the forming of parts where repeatability is necessary, such as the in situ forming of an automotive windshield sensor pad in an open ended package supported on the flat top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventors: Steven R Meizlish, David W Robinson
  • Patent number: 11660729
    Abstract: Clamping device having a receiving opening which is arranged concentrically to a workpiece spindle axis, wherein the clamping device is designed for clamping a gear workpiece comprising a head region and a shaft, the clamping device comprises an annular planar contact surface, which is arranged concentrically to the workpiece spindle axis, is located in a workpiece-side end region of the clamping device, and which extends essentially perpendicular to the workpiece spindle axis, wherein at least one circumferential groove is provided in the workpiece-side end region, which groove extends from an outer surface of the clamping device radially in the direction of the workpiece spindle axis and which provides the clamping device with elasticity in the region of the planar contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventor: Jürgen Weber
  • Patent number: 11664264
    Abstract: A method for unloading a substrate from a support table configured to support the substrate, the method including: supplying gas to a gap between a base surface of the support table and the substrate via a plurality of gas flow openings in the support table, wherein during an initial phase of unloading the gas is supplied through at least one gas flow opening in an outer region of the support table and not through any gas flow opening in a central region of the support table radially inward of the outer region, and during a subsequent phase of unloading the gas is supplied through at least one gas flow opening in the outer region and at least one gas flow opening in the central region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventors: Andre Bernardus Jeunink, Robby Franciscus Josephus Martens, Youssef Karel Maria De Vos, Ringo Petrus Cornelis Van Dorst, Gerhard Albert Ten Brinke, Dirk Jerome Andre Senden, Coen Hubertus Matheus Baltis, Justin Johannes Hermanus Gerritzen, Jelmer Mattheüs Kamminga, Evelyn Wallis Pacitti, Thomas Poiesz, Arie Cornelis Scheiberlich, Bert Dirk Scholten, André Schreuder, Abraham Alexander Soethoudt, Siegfried Alexander Tromp, Yuri Johannes Gabriël Van De Vijver
  • Patent number: 11661323
    Abstract: A device for lifting a load includes: a column with a carriage sliding along the column; a structure, which is associated with the carriage, for supporting the load to be lifted; and an actuator that moves the carriage causing the load supporting structure to rise and/or descend. The supporting structure of the load includes: a single supporting arm; a longitudinal arm, having first and second ends, which is associated with the supporting arm, at the other end of the supporting arm, so as to be rotatable with respect to the supporting arm, the longitudinal arm being telescopic at one or both ends; and arms provided at one or both ends of the longitudinal arm and which develop in a transverse, or angled, direction with respect to the longitudinal arm, the arms being provided and/or configured to be engaged by members to support and/or sustain the load to be lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: O.ME.R. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Orietta Rossato
  • Patent number: 11654532
    Abstract: A fixture is mounted on a work platform and contains: a first movable block, a second movable block, an actuation block, multiple resilient elements, multiple first connection blots, and a threaded bolt. The first movable block includes a first body having a first tilted face, a first defining portion, and a first clamping face. The second movable block includes a second body having a second tilted face, a second defining portion, and a second clamping face. The actuation block includes a third body having a third tilted face, a fourth tilted face, at least one first abutting portion, at least second abutting portion, and a coupling orifice. The third tilted face corresponds to the first tilted face and has a third defining portion, and the third tilted face has a fifth slide section, a sixth slide section, and a third stop section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Inventor: Po-Shen Chen