Patents Examined by Michael Gallion
  • Patent number: 9908729
    Abstract: A rolled paper dispenser including a first arm having a base portion and an end portion; a first mounting bracket attachable to a wall and disposed in a cavity of the base portion of the first arm; first and second bushing members that are rotatable relative to one another, such that the end portion of the first arm and the first bushing member are selectively rotatable relative to the second bushing member and the first mounting bracket; a second arm including a second cavity; a second mounting bracket attachable to the wall and disposed entirely in the second cavity; and an elongated member configured to receive the rolled paper product, the elongated member detachably coupled to the end portion of the first arm by a fastener extending through the elongated member, such that the elongated member rotates with the end portion of the first arm relative to the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Cary D. Edmonds, Nicole A. Sorenson
  • Patent number: 9908393
    Abstract: An apparatus for raising and lowering a vehicle cover is provided. The apparatus includes a flexible member having a first end and a second end, the flexible member configured to flex so that, with the first end positioned adjacent to a vehicle and the second and positioned generally higher than the vehicle, the second end raises the vehicle cover up from the vehicle and lowers the vehicle cover down towards the vehicle. The second end of the flexible member is configured to retain the vehicle cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel Cornew
  • Patent number: 9908656
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a rotating member including a first end and a second end, the rotating member having an inner surface and defining an axis of rotation that extends from the first end to the second end; a holding member having an inner surface and an outer holding surface, the inner surface enclosing an engaging portion of the rotating member; and a cap attached to the first end of the rotating member and holding the holding member, the cap including an outer circumferential wall and an inner circumferential wall, the cap enclosing a portion of the holding member between the outer circumferential wall and the inner circumferential wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Pratt Corrugated Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Deborah A. Dahlmann, Christopher M. Stanton, John Richard Muse
  • Patent number: 9912129
    Abstract: An apparatus for the movement of a barrel pack containing spooled wire or cable. The apparatus comprising a frame, a handle attached to the frame, a plurality of wheels rotatably attached to the frame, securing structures attached to the frame, the securing structures securing the barrel pack to the frame and a footage counting assembly attached to the handle. The footage counting assembly counts the amount of footage of wire or cable passing through the footage counting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Encore Wire Corporation
    Inventors: Justin Abraham Hrbacek, John Lamar Rhoads, Jr., David Wayne Maxey
  • Patent number: 9902583
    Abstract: A lengthy article take-up apparatus includes a housing, a winding core member, a bearing portion and a driving gear is provided. The winding core member is configured to take up the lengthy article. The winding core member includes a shaft member, a cylindrical winding body, a driven gear, and a lock member. The shaft member is configured to be detachably fitted to the bearing portion. The cylindrical winding body is disposed rotatably on an outer periphery of the shaft member and configured to wind the lengthy article on an outer peripheral side. The driven gear is fixed to the winding body and configured to be meshed with the driving gear when the winding core member is attached to the housing. The lock member is configured to fix the shaft member to the bearing portion when the winding core member is attached to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsugi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9815670
    Abstract: A winch comprises a cable roll; a cable having one end fixed to the cable roll and another end configured to electrically connect an electric device to the cable, wherein the cable is further configured to provide the electric device with electric power and/or with data; a framework to which the cable roll is mounted; measuring means connected to the framework and configured to provide data related to the length of an unwound part of the cable; and processing means configured to control winding and unwinding of the cable based on data provided by the measuring means. The cable has a predetermined reference state at which a predetermined fixed reference point is at a reference position in relation to a coordinate system, wherein the length of unwound cable is defined as the distance measured along the cable, between the location of the predetermined fixed reference point and the reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher Bauder
  • Patent number: 9813797
    Abstract: A small case that can be injection-molded from liquid silicone rubber or a similar elastomer that protects earbuds or other components from damage and manages the wire to prevent tangling. The case has an integral pocket that holds most styles of earbuds or other items with several optional fingers that are flexible and compliant. The earbuds or other component can be inserted into the pocket and the fingers close over the earbuds or other items thereby protecting and/or retaining them. The wires can then be fed through one of the slots and wrapped around a spool. A reversible cover can then be flipped to a closed position to cover and retain the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Digital Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Tony Abfall, Elisabeth Abfall, Collin Anderson
  • Patent number: 9802797
    Abstract: Monitoring the temperature of the brush of the motor on an electric winch during operation and restricting the operation of the motor within a cooling range in order to minimize downtime and maximize runtime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Ramsey Winch Company
    Inventor: Todd Brady
  • Patent number: 9802787
    Abstract: The method of mechanically controlling the rotation of a spool comprising a clutch providing a first position in which a first motive force is applied to the spool through the clutch, providing a second position in which a second motive force is applied to the spool through the clutch, providing third position intermediate to the first position and the second position in which both the first motive force and the second motive forces are applied to the spool through the clutch, such that there during the movement between the first position, the third position, and the second position there is no time at which at least one of the first motive force or the second motive force is not applied to the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Reel Power Licensing Corp.
    Inventors: Christopher David Rekieta, Gary Donald Thompson, Michael Leroy Spence, Behton Frederick Baugh
  • Patent number: 9802799
    Abstract: Provided is a chain block with which wheel cover strength can be improved while inhibiting an increase in cost, without the need for separate reinforcement members. A chain block is provided with a wheel cover which is attached to a frame member, and which covers a hand-chain wheel having a hand chain looped thereover. A plurality of fixation holes for having fixation members inserted therethrough during attachment to the frame member are provided in peripheral edge sections of end-surface sides of the wheel cover, said end-surface sides being disposed facing the frame member. Wrap-around portions are provided to wheel-cover side surfaces which intersect the end surfaces, said wrap-around portions being formed so as to surround, at an angle exceeding 90, the fixation holes in the peripheral direction of the fixation holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Kazumitsu Ishikawa, Hiroki Sano, Kosuke Kosuga
  • Patent number: 9802800
    Abstract: An apparatus to drag logs to a log splitter from locations distant from the log splitter to locations near the log splitter, and then to assist with lifting logs for placement on the log splitter, comprises generally a mast-and-boom assembly with a first mount point and first pulley, and a second mount point and second pulley at a height below said first mount point and first pulley, a winch, and a cable attached a one end to said winch, threaded through said first pulley and said second pulley, and connectable at the other end to a log via a connection means, said apparatus being suitable for integration with a log splitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Fred J. Kalakay, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9796556
    Abstract: A cable dispensing system for unwinding a spool of cable not having a central core, the system comprising a tub having a base and a side wall with a side wall opening partially forming an inner space sized to fit the spool, the system further including an inner assembly having a base plate and a bearing assembly between the plate and the tub base, the bearing assembly supporting both the axial load and providing free rotation of the plate relative to the tub base about an inner space axis and unrestricted rotation of the associated spool about the system axis, the opening in the side wall allowing passage of the associated cable out of the inner space wherein pulling the cable out of the inner space rotates the associated spool about the inner space axis and unwinds the cable from the spool with low resistance and without kinking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Time Saver Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas C. Hill, Ronald James Hill
  • Patent number: 9796566
    Abstract: A boom extension and contraction mechanism for a crane apparatus includes: a flow passage switching mechanism that switches a flow passage of the hydraulic oil between the cylinder-to-boom connection switching cylinder side and the boom member connection switching cylinder side; a hose reel configured to reel out a hydraulic hose as a telescopic cylinder is extending, and to reel off the hydraulic hose as the telescopic cylinder is contracting; a cable used to supply power and transmit a signal between a swivel base and a boom; and a cord reel configured to reel out the cable as the telescopic cylinder is extending and to reel off the cable as the telescopic cylinder is contracting. The code reel and the hose reel are arranged on the base in a direction in which the boom extends and contracts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: TADANO LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Matsuda, Kazu Nagahama
  • Patent number: 9790061
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a crane controller for a crane which includes a hoisting gear for lifting a load hanging on a cable, with an active heave compensation which by actuating the hoisting gear at least partly compensates the movement of the cable suspension point and/or of a load deposition point due to the heave, and an operator control which actuates the hoisting gear with reference to specifications of the operator, wherein the division of at least one kinematically constrained quantity of the hoisting gear is adjustable between heave compensation and operator control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Schneider, Sebastian Kuechler, Oliver Sawodny, Johannes Karl Eberharter
  • Patent number: 9790070
    Abstract: Various hoisting systems having an assembly for gripping a hoisting line are provided. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a hoisting system having a plurality of sheaves and a chain reeved about the plurality of sheaves. The chain includes links having clamps for selectively gripping a hoisting line. The hoisting system also includes a closing track having a travel path for the clamps of the links of the chain. This travel path includes an opening between two opposing surfaces and at least a portion of the opening has a width between the two opposing surfaces narrower than the widths of the clamps, when open, such that, when the links pass along the travel path of the closing track, the two opposing surfaces cause the clamps to close about the hoisting line. Additional systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: H{dot over (a)}kon F. Bergan
  • Patent number: 9790065
    Abstract: A solar array lifting assembly and method. The device and method use a support pole, a pole bracket for supporting a solar array made up of a frame and solar panels, a pole bracket securing mechanism for securing the pole bracket at a predetermined height, and a lifting assembly for lifting the pole bracket and solar array along the support pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Travis Jordan
  • Patent number: 9784051
    Abstract: A motion compensation system disposed on a structure of a drilling vessel. A stabilization assembly for use with the motion compensation system includes a first arm connectable to the structure, a first sheave connectable to the structure, a second arm connectable to the first arm, and a second sheave connectable to the second arm. At least one of the first arm and the first sheave are connectable to the structure at different locations and the first arm and the second sheave are connectable to the second arm at different locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: HÃ¥kon Bergan
  • Patent number: 9783399
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hoisting winch, in particular to a hoisting gear winch, having a hoisting drum whose winding region is bounded by two lateral flanged wheels, wherein at least one further flanged wheel is provided between the lateral flanged wheels for dividing the winding region into at least two part winding regions, wherein the cable can be guided beyond the named further flanged wheel into the at least two part winding regions. It is suggested in accordance with the invention to move the hoisting drum and/or a transverse cable guide arranged in front of the hoisting drum transversely to the longitudinal direction of the running in/running off cable approximately in the longitudinal direction of the drum and/or to adjust the angular position of the hoisting drum transversely to the longitudinal direction of the drum with respect to at least one transverse axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Norbert Hausladen, Gerd Hepp
  • Patent number: 9776826
    Abstract: A locking ring is described that permits removal of filamentary material housed in a walled container through a payout tube defining a payout tube axis and through which a first end of the filamentary material extends. The ring includes an annular flange around a ring axis and a body having a tubular wall extending from an inner edge of the annular flange to a distal edge of the ring. The tubular wall is coaxial with the ring axis, and has a plurality of teeth circumferentially spaced around the tubular wall and extend from the tubular wall radially outwardly and toward the annular flange. Each tooth resiliently deflects radially inwardly in response to interference between the tooth and an inner wall of the payout tube. The curved edges form a thread permitting the ring to advance axially into and secure with the payout tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: REELEX Packaging Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Moore, Thomas Copp
  • Patent number: 9770142
    Abstract: A paper roll end support plug includes a first plug member non-rotatably mounted on a dispenser and a second plug member inserted in the paper roll end and rotatable relative to the first plug member, the plug members being in frictional engagement to prevent overspin of the paper roll during dispensing of paper from the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Dispensing Dynamics International, LLC
    Inventors: Orlando Pedro Ochoa, Sr., Charles Parkin Davis