Patents Examined by Lee Wilson
  • Patent number: 10011005
    Abstract: A bar clamp has a slide bar supporting a movable jaw assembly. The slide bar is supported in a fixed jaw assembly. The fixed jaw assembly includes a drive mechanism for moving the slide bar relative to the fixed jaw assembly. Mechanisms for expanding the capacity of the bar clamp including the use of straps and two slide bars. Specialized jaws are provided where the jaws may be removable from the jaw assemblies. Additional clamping jaws are provided in addition to the movable and fixed jaw assemblies for varying the clamping force applied to a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company
    Inventors: Jillian Shute, Norman John LeBlanc, Brian Butler, Daniel K. Self, Douglas Johnson, Web Shaffer, Catherine Kasubowski Leonard
  • Patent number: 9248542
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a medical stent that includes a holding device for holding a stent and a processing device for processing the stent held by the holding device that includes a first chamber for a fluid medium adapted to exert pressure around the stent. The first chamber for the fluid medium at least partially surrounds or encompasses the stent in the holding device that may include a housing which substantially encloses the first chamber for the fluid medium. A method of processing a medical stent is described. The method may include holding a stent with a holding device, and processing the stent with a processing device while holding the stent with the holding device. Holding the stent may include pressurizing a first chamber for a fluid medium to exert pressure around the stent. A method of producing or manufacturing a stent according to this method is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: Christoph Diederichs
  • Patent number: 7413166
    Abstract: An extendible jack stand comprises first, second, and third vertical frames arranged in telescoping relationship. A locking mechanism includes an upwardly extending finger fixedly secured to an outer surface of the upper end of the first frame. A guide member is secured to the upper end of the second frame and extends horizontally outward. A latch member is slideable within the guide member and has a slotted opening therein for receiving the finger, with springs urging the latching member inward. When the third frame is fully extended, the latch member is urged into a groove in the third frame and permits the second frame to be extended. The upper end of the finger has an outward surface that inclined at about 32° for sliding the latch member outward along the guide member. The inward surface then inclines at an angle of about 45°. The inward surface further extends inclined at an angle of about 23.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Inventor: Harry H. Arzouman
  • Patent number: 7264537
    Abstract: Methods are provided for monitoring a CMP process. An exemplary method comprises generating a plurality of thickness measurements of a metal layer using an in-situ eddy current measuring system. The thickness measurements are analyzed to derive a plurality of work piece metrics and the work piece metrics are assessed to determine if a predetermined number is within a predetermined specification. A signal is generated if the predetermined number of the work piece metrics is outside the predetermined specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Novellus Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Laursen, Karl Kasprzyk, Steven Reynolds, Paul Franzen, Justin Quarantello
  • Patent number: 6878045
    Abstract: A method and system for cleaning conditioning devices used in chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) systems is disclosed. The system includes a robotic arm for holding and transporting the conditioning device between the polish pad area of the machine and the conditioning device cleaning area. The cleaning area consists of an ultrasonic tank containing a liquid for the purpose of removing particles, residues and contaminants from the conditioning device and its mounting hardware. Removal of contaminants from the conditioning device leads to reduced defect levels in the CMP process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Honeywell International Incorporated
    Inventor: John W. Janzen
  • Patent number: 6773003
    Abstract: A compound soft jaw for use in a machine vise has a replaceable jaw member into which the templates of the workpieces are cut. The compound soft jaw has a primary jaw member secured to a receiving plate of the machine vice. The first secondary jaw member is secured to the primary jaw member. The first secondary jaw member is machined to have a cutting template formed therein such that as the workpiece is secured within the machine vise, the workpiece is machined according to the template. Upon completion of machining of the workpiece, the first secondary jaw member is replaceable by a second secondary jaw member into which a second cutting template is formed. The primary jaw member has a height less than a height of the receiving plate. The secondary jaw member is placed on the primary jaw member and is forced into contact with a surface of the receiving. The secondary jaw member is then supported by the receiving plate, which prevents the secondary jaw member from movement during securing the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Donald Joseph Dermody, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6772996
    Abstract: A staple remover with two ends, a first that is a standard staple remover and a second end that acts as a pair of pliers to grip and extract a partially removed staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventors: Donald G. Carlson, Lynn Smith
  • Patent number: 6691992
    Abstract: A tool for positioning and installing paneling sections, such as drywall sections, on underlying walls. The tool is initially secured to a wall, and comprises a vertical surface parallel to the wall and a downwardly angled surface. These surfaces, together with the wall, form a gap, which accommodates and temporarily holds a paneling section in place and therefore allows for easy installation and/or repositioning of the paneling. The downwardly angled surface forces the paneling section against the wall. The tool also may include a mounting surface with screw slots, these screw slots being capable of engaging and disengaging the screw to permit easy removal of the tool following use. A second angled surface may be positioned so as to guide the paneling into the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Timothy Mungo
  • Patent number: 6658711
    Abstract: Apparatus for rapid insertion of hose fittings into the ends of hoses, having a hand-controlled fitting installation mechanism movable along a travel bar, the mechanism having a vertical paid used to push the hose fitting into the end of the hose; a separate attached hose mounting platform for holding the hose end above and parallel to the bar holding the hand-controlled mechanism; and a hose locking lever attached to the top of the hose mounting platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Inventor: Joel Kent Benson
  • Patent number: 6645059
    Abstract: A retainer for retaining an abrasive pad on a lens making machine and an abrasive pad adapted to such retention comprises a retainer nestable with a lap of a lens making machine wherein when such retainer is nested, a pad placed upon said lap before nesting will be trapped in the desired position. The pad of the invention includes radially outwardly extending members beyond the working area of the pad whose purpose is to be trapped by the retainer. The invention enables automatic loading and unloading of pads on the lens making machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Gerber Coburn Optical Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Roberts, Jonathan Dooley, Lawrence Wolfson, Michael J. Goulet, Jeffrey Murray
  • Patent number: 6602114
    Abstract: A carrier head for a chemical mechanical polishing apparatus includes a retaining ring having a flexible lower portion and a rigid upper portion. A shim can be inserted between the retaining ring and a base of the carrier head to improve the retaining ring lifetime. A seal may be inserted between the retaining ring and a flexible membrane to seal the chamber between the flexible membrane and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Applied Materials Inc.
    Inventors: Junshi Wang, Steven M. Zuniga
  • Patent number: 6601825
    Abstract: A lifting device that can effectively lift a variety of objects and enhance portability. The lifting device provides demountable portability that enables easy adaptation of the invention for objects of varying size. This adaptability provides a universality that minimizes the number of lifting devices need. The demountable nature of the invention also aids in efficient storage. Generally described, the lifting device includes a mast separable into a plurality of sections and a pulley supported by a first section of the mast. A dolly that supports the mast includes one or more transport structures for movably supporting the lifting device. An actuator is mounted on a second section of the mast. A carriage captured on the mast is configured to slide along the mast and directly or indirectly support an object to be lifted. The lifting device also includes a belt with a first end and a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Alum-A-Lift, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Bressner, Jared Davis
  • Patent number: 6581921
    Abstract: The present invention is a cabinet installation device that is simple in design so as to provide for an apparatus that is not only user friendly, but is successful in operation for achieving the desired results. Enabling such an apparatus, the present invention comprises a base that maintains and houses a support, lifting and lowering assembly. Extending upwardly from the base is a guide assembly. The guide aids during the lifting and lowering process. An access extends through the guide to provide access for the operation of the support and lifting assembly, known as the operational assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas Griggs
  • Patent number: 6581920
    Abstract: A portable multi-purpose workstation assembly for allowing users to mount two engines side-by-side and to easily transfer parts from one engine to the other engine. The portable multi-purpose workstation assembly includes a base assembly including a plurality of elongate base members, and also including base connecting members interconnecting and supporting the elongate base members, and further including wheel assemblies upon which the elongate base members and the base connecting members are supported; and also includes a support assembly being adjustably mounted upon the base assembly, and including sleeve members being disposed about one of the elongate base members, and also including post members being attached to the sleeve members, and further including bracket assemblies being mounted upon the post members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Smith, Dwayne Hoffman
  • Patent number: 6578452
    Abstract: A vise grip locking tool which contains jaws that are capable of opening with a flick of the user's wrist. The tool comprises a first handle member, a second handle member, a lower jaw, and an upper jaw. The first handle member is pivotally attached to the lower jaw. The first end of the lower jaw is made up of four mutually interconnected sides having a guided slot extending through it. The upper jaw has an elongated shank that may slide along the guided slot of the lower jaw. A stop is present on the bottom of the shank preventing the upper jaw from escaping the guided slot. The second handle member is pivotally mounted to the lower jaw and includes a releasable lock which is made up of a spring-operated detent which engages teeth on the elongated shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas F. Duffy
  • Patent number: 6578248
    Abstract: A window support apparatus positively supports a glass panel of an automobile side window in its upward or closed position while disconnected from its supporting window regulator mechanism. The support apparatus includes a support frame, a pair of suction cups for clamping the apparatus to the window glass, and a pair of slides which fit in the window channel of the door between the glass panel and the exterior or interior door panel. The window support apparatus opposes sudden downward movement of the window glass panel resulting from gravity, and is removably installed on the automobile door to prevent inadvertent falling of the glass panel into the door cavity while repair work is performed on the door or the door's interior components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventor: Laslo L. Boldizar
  • Patent number: 6578820
    Abstract: A nail remover device comprising a cylinder over a slidable piston. A compression spring to retract the piston inside the cylinder after manual activation. An accessing device for, positioning nail for removal. Mountable vertically or horizontally on any length 2×4 lumber depending on nail height. Indented piston head for receiving nail before piston is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventor: William F. Turman
  • Patent number: 6575061
    Abstract: A device for use in a torque transmitting system including a driver having a specially configured driver end and a fastener having a specially configured recess for receiving the end of the driver, wherein the respective externally configured and internally configured components include a body having an axis in which the body has an outer polygonal cross section defined by a perimeter wall, an inner polygonal central portion positioned within the perimeter wall and having an area less than the area of the outer polygonal cross section; a drive wall which forms a portion of the perimeter wall and extends on a plane from a proximal end outwardly from the polygonal central portion to a distal end; a first outer wall forming another portion of the perimeter wall has a proximal end joining the distal end of the drive wall at an angle which may be less than 90° and a distal end terminating on the perimeter wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventor: John B. Wagner
  • Patent number: 6575822
    Abstract: A sanding glove for treating an area of an object. The sanding glove includes a glove portion, a sanding portion releasably secured to the glove portion and a device for releasably securing the sanding portion to the glove portion. The user is able to treat a surface of an object by rubbing the sanding portion against the object. The device for releasably securing includes a plurality of recesses extending through the palm area of the glove portion and a plurality of protrusions extending from a first side of the sanding portion, the plurality of protrusions being received by respective recesses securing the sanding portion to the glove portion. Alternatively, the device for releasably securing may include a hook and loop fastener on both the glove portion and sanding portion which engage with one another. The glove portion is fabricated from a flexible material for protecting and bending with the user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventors: Gregory Lowe, Ralph Brisard
  • Patent number: 6574848
    Abstract: The present invention provides an inner plug easily removable from a neck of a container, and a cap for covering the inner plug. The inner plug comprises an engaging portion to be fitted to a neck of the container, a threaded cylinder, and a lip cylinder connected to the threaded cylinder. The engaging portion comprises an inner cylinder, an outer cylinder, and a shoulder wall. The threaded cylinder is arranged on the inner cylinder. The cap has a side cylinder to be engaged with the threaded cylinder of the inner plug, and a cover cylinder covering the shoulder wall and the outer cylinder. The cover cylinder has a diameter larger than a diameter of the side cylinder. The outer cylinder is provided with a cut portion. The shoulder wall is provided with a cut portion connecting to the cut portion of the outer cylinder. The shoulder wall is provided on a lower surface thereof with a tear off groove along the outer cylinder. The groove is connected to the cut portion of the shoulder wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Fujie, Masaru Tamura, Takao Kishi