Patents Examined by Mary C Hibbert-Copeland
  • Patent number: 10932775
    Abstract: Surgical end effectors and fastener cartridges having firing lockout arrangements for preventing or limit a firing stroke when a cartridge has not been operably installed in the end effector or a spent cartridge has not been replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Patent number: 10926906
    Abstract: Control of a load wrapping apparatus may be based at least in part on the relative stability of a load, such as based upon one or more load stability types that categorize the relative stability of the load. A graphical depiction of a wrap profile may also be used in some instances to facilitate operator set up of the wrap profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: LANTECH.COM, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick R. Lancaster, III, Michael P. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10925601
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a surgical end effector are provided. The end effector can include upper and lower jaws, and an anvil assembly configured to be releasably coupled to the upper and/or lower jaws. The anvil assembly can include an anvil plate that mates and aligns with the jaw, and staple pockets that align with staple cavities formed in the cartridge for formed staples fired from the cartridge. An adjunct material can be releasably secured to either the cartridge or anvil assembly, such as with one or more sutures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10919121
    Abstract: A machining device is adapted to be provided on a mount provided with a toolholder. The toolholder is controllable to rotate and is adapted to be engaged with a tool. A primary coil engaged with the toolholder includes a first ferrite core and a first coil assembly detachably engaged with the first ferrite core. The first coil assembly is modular molded, and is adhered to be an annular body having a first hollow portion. A piezoelectric actuator is electrically connected to the primary coil to drive the tool to vibrate. The secondary coil includes a second ferrite core and a second coil assembly detachably engaged with the second ferrite core. The second coil assembly is modular molded to be an annular body having a second hollow portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Jenq-Shyong Chen, Hao-Tang Wang
  • Patent number: 10894373
    Abstract: The sealing device, forming the object of this invention, for packages containing food products, includes a unit for gripping and/or feeding a piece of thin flexible material forming a film used to cover and at least partly seal the food product; a sealing element which includes a rheostat having an annular body and two terminals extending from the annular body and connectable to a voltage generator capable of generating and maintaining an electrical potential difference at the ends of the two terminals in such a way as to cause to flow along the rheostat an electric current capable of heating the annular body to a predetermined sealing temperature. Each terminal has at the point of its connection to the annular body of the rheostat a cross section whose surface area is the smallest compared to the cross sections at all other points of the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventor: Massimo Scrivani
  • Patent number: 10894310
    Abstract: A power tool is provided which accommodates interchangeable tool heads. The power tool includes: a tool body having a housing and an electric motor mounted within the housing, as well as a tool head that releasably attaches via a mechanical connection and an electrical connection to the tool body. The tool releasably connects to the output shaft of the electric motor when the tool head is attached to the tool body. A tool switch interposed between a power source for the electric motor and the electric motor is operable to supply power from the power source to the electric motor. A tool accessory switch interposed between the tool accessory and the power source for the electric motor is operable to supply power from the power source via the electrical connection to the tool accessory, thereby providing the tool operator independent control of the tool accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Michael F. Cannaliato, Keith E. McQuaid, David A. Miller, Steven J. Phillips, Oleksiy P. Sergyeyenko
  • Patent number: 10843843
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container (1) comprising a main part and a lid (8)which is rotationally moveable around a folding line (21) in a rear panel (5) of the container (1). Parallel and spaced apart transverse cuts (31) are provided at or near a central part of the folding line (21), the transverse cuts (31) extending substantially symmetrically across and perpendicular to the folding line. An end cut (32) may be arranged near but at a distance from each end of the folding line (21), the end cuts (32) going through the thickness of the rear panel (5), and the folding line (21) being perforated between the end cuts (32) and the end of the folding line (21) adjacent to the side panels (4). The end cuts (32) may be in the form of two linear and coherent sub-cuts arranged non-perpendicular to the folding line (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Sebastian Eckert, Rafael Schraml, Marco Vierling, Martin Zelosko
  • Patent number: 10835255
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a handle assembly and an adapter assembly. The handle assembly includes a handle housing and a processor disposed within the handle housing. The adapter assembly includes a knob housing, an elongate body, a plurality of electrical components, and a flex circuit. The knob housing is configured to be connected to the handle housing. The elongate body extends distally from the knob housing and has a distal end configured to be coupled to an end effector. The electrical components are disposed within the elongate body. The flex circuit has a proximal end configured to be electrically connected to the processor, and a distal end configured to be electrically connected to the electrical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Ethan Collins, Paul Richard, Anthony Calderoni, John Hryb
  • Patent number: 10835243
    Abstract: A surgical stapling apparatus includes a staple anvil and a staple cartridge having a working surface, one or more rows of individual staple slots formed in the working surface, a knife track formed along a length of the working surface, and a plurality of surgical staples individually disposed within the individual staple slots. The apparatus further includes an actuation sled having a knife and being configured and adapted to movably position the knife axially within the knife track. The apparatus also includes a wound closure material applicator assembly having a needle secured to the knife to dispense a quantity of wound closure material along a length of the knife track as the actuation sled and knife are moved therealong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Frank J. Viola
  • Patent number: 10828030
    Abstract: Surgical systems and related methods verify the presence of an unfired surgical cartridge mounted to a surgical instrument. The cartridge includes an input that is actuated in a firing direction to operate the cartridge. An actuation input that is limited to less than or equal to a predetermined magnitude is generated. The actuation input includes at least one of a torque or a force. The actuation input is transferred to an output of a surgical instrument to attempt to actuate the output opposite to the firing direction by a predetermined amount. The output is drivingly coupled with the cartridge input when the cartridge is mounted to the surgical instrument. The resulting actuation of the output is measured and compared with a threshold actuation amount. A determination is made that the cartridge is present and unfired when the resulting actuation of the output is less than the threshold actuation amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Weir, Kevin Durant, William Burbank, Patrick Flanagan
  • Patent number: 10828031
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft, and an end effector that is operable to compress, staple, and cut tissue. The end effector includes an anvil and a cartridge. The anvil has a curved tip. The curved tip is elastically deformable from a biased curved position when the tip is subject to a force, such as the force exerted on the anvil when tissue is clamped between the anvil and cartridge. The curved and deformable features of anvil provide for an end effector with improved visualization and maneuverability, in particular during procedures involving marching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Ryan Bledsoe, Gregory J. Bakos, Joseph P. Schowalter, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10813365
    Abstract: A method and system for wrapping meat in containers is provided. The method and system provide a modified atmosphere, other than that which exists as standard air, to a container such that a final sealed product contains an internal volume or atmosphere of modified gas. In-line processing features dispense the desired modified gas such that minimal interruption is provided in an automated or partially automated packing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: JBS USA, LLC
    Inventors: John Erick Johnson, Jose Luis Montes, Brian Charles Adams
  • Patent number: 10806453
    Abstract: A stapling head assembly includes a cartridge support having a proximal end, a connecting tube, a cutter pushing rod, and a lockout mechanism. The tube includes a distal end connected to the proximal end. The rod is movably set inside the tube. The mechanism is connected to the tube, and includes a pressing block and a pushing block. The pressing block is used to lock the proximal end to prevent the rod from moving before the assembly is used. The pressing block is rotatable between a first position and a second position relative to the tube. The pushing block is used to push the pressing block to rotate from the first position towards the second position. The pushing block is located at one side of the pressing block, and is movable between a third position and a fourth position relative to the tube along a longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Wangdong Chen, Yongwang Pei
  • Patent number: 10800563
    Abstract: A gripper device used in a bag filling and packaging machine and moved, while holding a bag, along a predetermined path to change the orientation of the bag, the gripper device including: a movable frame that is moved along the predetermined path in a horizontal plane, a pivot frame that is pivotably supported by the movable frame and has a horizontal pivot axis, a pair of gripper arms that are pivotably supported by the pivot frame and pivoted, in conjunction with each other, symmetrically in a plane parallel to the pivot axis of the pivot frame, a bag orientation changing mechanism that is installed on the movable frame and pivots the pivot frame at an angle of 90°, and a gripper arm pivot mechanism that is installed on the movable frame and pivots the pair of gripper arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Toyo Jidoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tohru Yoshikane
  • Patent number: 10800564
    Abstract: A cutting, or crimping, apparatus having first and second opposed jaw members which are mounted on a frame and are movable relative to each other from a first axial position to a second axial position along an axis so as to respectively cut, or crimp, wrapping material extending between adjacent articles wherein at least one of the jaw members is rotatably mounted to the frame such that it is rotatable from a first rotational position to a second rotational position, in the first rotational position the jaw members are movable relative to each other along a first said axis and in the second rotational position the jaw members are movable relative to each other along a second said axis that is inclined relative to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Alan James Read
  • Patent number: 10792799
    Abstract: A power tool 1 including a bit socket 6 which is configured to hold a chiseling bit 7 so that the latter can move along an axis of movement 3. A magneto-pneumatic striking mechanism 2 includes a primary drive 22 that is arranged around the axis of movement 3 and that has a first magnet coil 46, a permanently and radially magnetizable ring magnet 42 and a second magnet coil 47 arranged consecutively in the striking direction 5. On the axis of movement 3, inside the magnet coils 46, 47, the striking mechanism 2 has a striker 4 and a striking block 13 arranged consecutively in the striking direction 5. An air cushion 23 acts upon the striker 4 in the striking direction 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Albert Binder, Christoph Hakenholt, Jochen Kuntner
  • Patent number: 10793306
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sealing station in a film bag filling device for sealing of film bags after a filling process, wherein the sealing station comprises a first and a second sealing arm for sealing of several filled film bags that are arranged next to one another, wherein the first sealing arm is moveable with a first drive shaft and the second sealing arm with a second drive shaft. A servo engine is disposed on the first drive shaft, and a drive movement of the first drive shaft from a first gear wheel is transferred to a second gear wheel that encroaches in the first gear wheel and from the second gear wheel to the second drive shaft. The invention further relates to a method for sealing of film bags after a filling process with the sealing station according to the invention with the following steps: positioning of filled film bags below the sealing station; closing of the sealing arms and application of a contact pressure with a first value and sealing of the filled film bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Rolf Harth, Frank Lechert
  • Patent number: 10759557
    Abstract: An automated sandwich wrapping system is disclosed herein. In some embodiments, an automated sandwich wrapping system includes a folding subassembly having a plurality of folding plates to inwardly fold side portions of sandwich wrapping paper extending past ends of a sandwich, a roller subassembly having at least one roller to rotate the sandwich to wrap the sandwich, and a controller preprogrammed to control and coordinate operation of the folding subassembly and the roller subassembly. The folding plates move between an idle position and an active position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Solbern Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Berger, George Stephens
  • Patent number: 10751965
    Abstract: A device and a method for attaching a resealable opening device (2) on a package (1), the device comprising an attachment unit (100) having at least one carrier member (101) being movable between a pick-up position and an attachment position, in which latter the carrier member (101) is arranged for attachment of the opening device on the package by means of relative movement between the carrier member and the package. The device further comprises an abutment (113) and a knife arrangement (112), wherein the at least one carrier member, in said pick-up position, is arranged for relative movement towards the abutment for engagement with a web (12) of interconnected opening devices arranged therebetween and for pick-up of one opening device; and wherein the knife arrangement is arranged to cooperate with the carrier member and the abutment or cutting out the opening device during the engagement of the carrier member with the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: ECOLEAN AB
    Inventors: Jonas Fransson, Lars Rodman
  • Patent number: 10661415
    Abstract: An air hammer is connected to a transfer fixture that has a distal end with a transverse rod. A wrench has an open end with a jaw assembly that has a mouth to receive the transverse rod. The jaw assembly has a swivel tooth that is manually moved from an open position to allow insertion of the transverse rod into the mouth. For a working mode using the air hammer to hit the mouth, the tooth is moved to a locked mode. A ball and spring assembly ensures the transverse rod stays in the mouth during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Ryan P. Roche