Patents Examined by Mohammed S. Alawadi
  • Patent number: 11440020
    Abstract: An animal slurry macerator (1) comprising a housing (2), a slurry chamber (3) in the housing (2) for receiving slurry from a slurry inlet (6) on the housing (2), a rotatable cutting plunger (4) in the slurry chamber (3) for macerating slurry, and a plurality of slurry outlets (7) on the housing (2) for discharging macerated slurry from the slurry chamber (3) wherein the slurry outlets (7) are provided with air-valves (8) at the housing (2) to facilitate air flow through the slurry outlet (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventor: Paul Denis Quinn
  • Patent number: 11440068
    Abstract: A pressing machine is described for plastically deforming a tubular workpiece, in particular a fitting. The pressing machine has a motor, and pressing jaws which are driven by the motor and can apply a force to the workpiece during operation. The pressing machine also has a power transmission unit coupled to the motor and the pressing jaws for transmitting power from the motor to the pressing jaws. The pressing machine also has at least one sensor unit for measuring at least one pressing parameter P and a controller which receives the currently measured value of the pressing parameter P from the sensor unit and determines therewith the pitch or slope of a press parameter curve K of the press parameter P. The controller terminates a pressing operation before reaching a maximum possible pressing force Pmax when the pitch or slope of the press parameter curve K of the press parameter P satisfies a shutdown criterion. Also described is a corresponding method for operating a pressing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Von ARX AG
    Inventors: Matthias Ruch, Rudolf Kreuzer
  • Patent number: 11440018
    Abstract: A viscous food dispensing system includes a chute inlet configured to funnel particulate food product into a sleeve and a transport device having an over-center cutout. The transport device is configured to rotate within the sleeve to convey the particulate food product. A processing surface extends downward from the chute inlet towards a curved base of the sleeve along a portion of the transport device. The processing surface is spaced laterally apart from the transport device to define a processing zone between the processing surface and the transport device. The particulate food product is processed as the particulate food product is captured between a leading edge of the over-center cutout and the processing surface while the transport device is rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Trade Fixtures, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Johnson, Shaji Kulangara Veettil, John Calow, John Clayton Odom, Ronald Brundick, Ashok Dyavarasegowda
  • Patent number: 11433398
    Abstract: A handheld system and method for storing and grinding herbs—such as, but not limited to tobacco, marijuana and the like. The device having three main components: a first component being a two-part, hermetically sealed case allowing herbs to be stored therein; a second component being a crusher with axial star blades; and a third component being a finger wheel allowing a user to rotated said crusher thereby reducing herb clusters to a consistent aggregate according to a user's preference. The hermetically sealed case allowing a user to then store aggregated herbs therein. An object of the invention is to allow a user to crush and store herbs in a portable, sealed container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: FONZ BROS, LTD.
    Inventors: Gilad Tal, Yonatan Tal, Oded Tal
  • Patent number: 11426031
    Abstract: Grinding device (1) for an automatic coffee machine, comprising: a support body (2); a lower grinder (3) and an upper grinder (4) arranged coaxially with respect to an axis (X) and delimiting a gap where the grinding is performed; a motor (21) for driving at least one of said grinders (3,4) in rotation about said axis (X); an adjustment ring nut (6) for adjusting the width of said gap having means for transforming a rotation thereof about said axis (X) into a translation of at least one of said grinders in the direction of said axis (X); and a gear for driving said ring nut (6) in rotation; where said gear comprises a toothed wheel arc (7) engaging a pinion (8), and a mechanism for fixing said toothed wheel arc (7) in an adjustable position on said ring nut (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: De'Longhi Appliances S.R.L.
    Inventors: Davide Bonotto, Emanuele Marcato
  • Patent number: 11420246
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method for improving fatigue strength of a workpiece (100). The method comprises positioning the workpiece (100) in a punch and die assembly (102). Operating the punch and die assembly (102) one or more times to imprint surface features (2) on a portion of a surface of the workpiece (100), wherein the surface features (2) induces compressive residual stresses at a sub-surface level of the workpiece (100), and improves the fatigue strength of the workpiece (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventors: Suman Guha, Rudra Bubai Sarkar, Rahul Kumar Verma, Gujre Vinay Sanjay, Shaik Shamshoddin
  • Patent number: 11412891
    Abstract: Coffee grinder for grinding coffee beans, comprising a container or supply element for coffee beans and a grinding device for grinding the coffee beans. The grinding device comprises a first and a second grinding element between which the coffee beans are ground, the distance between the two grinding elements in the grinding process determining the degree of grinding of the ground coffee, and at least one grinding element being driven by a motor. An adjusting element is provided, with which the distance between the two grinding elements can be adjusted by rotating an adjusting element, and a magnetic rotational position sensor, which directly or indirectly determines the absolute rotational position of this adjusting element as a measure of the distance and provides it for the further control of the coffee grinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Hemro International AG
    Inventor: Oliver Dunkelberg
  • Patent number: 11412663
    Abstract: A rectangular baler having a wall positioning system. The baler having a bale chamber which includes a plurality of walls including a movable wall section. The wall positioning system includes a positioner for moving the movable wall section from a first position to a second position. The positioner is configured for applying pressure to a first pressure point and to a second pressure point on the movable wall section such that the second position of the movable wall section is substantially parallel to the first position of the movable wall section. The first pressure point and the second pressure point are spaced apart along a longitudinal direction of the bale chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Sven Monbaliu
  • Patent number: 11399662
    Abstract: A manual mill that indicates through force feedback and free spin the completion of processing of the material inside through shearing, grating, and crumbling, without the use of teeth or protrusions, with easy grip-and-lift access to said processed material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: Keith Findling, Samuel Tresco, Thomas Watson
  • Patent number: 11389029
    Abstract: A grinding device includes: first and second grinding elements, the first grinding element being rotatable relative to the second grinding element around a rotary axis for grinding coffee beans between the grinding elements into a powder; a carrier wheel rotatable around the rotary axis for conveying powder on the carrier wheel to an outflow channel to output the powder; a housing surrounding the grinding elements and the carrier wheel and including the outflow channel, the second grinding element being stationary relative to the housing, a rolling bearing with inner and outer rings and rolling elements therebetween, the outer ring being stationary on the housing and the first grinding element, the carrier wheel and the inner ring being rotatable around the rotary axis together. An annular seal ring seals an intermediate region above the outer ring around the rotary axis between the carrier wheel and the outer ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: JURA Elektroapparate AG
    Inventors: Erich Ullmann, Jodok Gueller
  • Patent number: 11382462
    Abstract: A grinder includes a connecting part configured to be attached to a rotating shaft to which a handle of a hand mill configured to grind food by hand is mounted; and a motor configured to rotate the connecting part and abut on the connecting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: HARIO Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuki Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 11382461
    Abstract: A bean grinding device and a bean grinding coffee machine including the bean grinding device the bean grinding device includes a grinding assembly and an adjusting assembly; the grinding assembly includes a bean grinding chamber, an outer grinding wheel, and an inner grinding wheel; the outer grinding wheel and the inner grinding wheel are disposed inside the bean grinding chamber; the adjusting assembly includes at least two stages of adjusting mechanisms; the at least two stages of adjusting mechanisms includes a first adjusting mechanism and a second adjusting mechanism; the first adjusting mechanism and the bean grinding chamber are connected by means of a first track; the second adjusting mechanism and the outer grinding wheel are connected by means of a second track; and positions of the first adjusting mechanism and the second adjusting mechanism are relatively fixed in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Guang Dong Elec-Tech Retop LED Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaolin Chen, Guozhi Zhao
  • Patent number: 11369969
    Abstract: A crushing machine includes: a frame, a tank, a cone placed inside the tank, the machine further including a device for vibrating the tank with respect to the frame; the machine being characterized in that the device for vibrating the tank includes at least two vibrators which are mounted on the frame, each vibrator being rotated about a longitudinal axis of the frame by a motor, each motor driving the vibrator with which it is associated independently from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: Jerome Portal
  • Patent number: 11370014
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for passive pin positioning of a reconfigurable forming die is disclosed. The apparatus may include a plurality of pins disposed within a frame, and a bolt that when tightened can secure or lock the pins into position. When the bolt is loosened, the position of the pins can be adjusted. A preliminary model of a contoured surface that is to be imparted to an article by the reconfigurable forming die can be used to help define a forming surface of the reconfigurable die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Behnam Gomari, Farzam Farahmand, Hassan Farkhondeh
  • Patent number: 11365019
    Abstract: A strapping machine includes a driver, first and second power output units, and a switching unit. The first power output unit includes a first drive shaft being co-rotatable with a main shaft of the driver only when the main shaft rotates in a first rotational direction via a first one-way bearing for driving the switching unit, and for clamping, hot-melting and cutting a strap. The second power output unit includes a second drive shaft being co-rotatable with the main shaft only when the main shaft rotates in a second rotational direction via a second one-way bearing, and a plurality of output gear trains being engagable with the second drive shaft via the switching unit for feeding, retracting and tensioning the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Yu-Ting Lai
  • Patent number: 11351556
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating a high-voltage pulse system (1), preferably a system (1) for the fragmenting and/or weakening of material (2) by means of high-voltage discharges, with an energy store (3) for providing the energy for the high-voltage pulses and a charging device (4) for charging the energy store (3). According to the method, in the intended high-voltage pulse operation, a sequence of high-voltage pulses is generated with the system (1) and thereby the energy store (3) is discharged completely at each high-voltage pulse and is only after the expiry of a charging pause (LP) recharged again for the next high-voltage pulse by means of supplying charging energy with the charging device (4). By means of the operating method according to the invention, a time window is created between two successive high-voltage pulses each, in which the energy store(s) are substantially completely discharged and no charging-voltage is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: selFrag AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Kalke, Reinhard Müller-Siebert
  • Patent number: 11338340
    Abstract: Disclosed is a spray ramp intended to lubricate and/or cool a laminated strip and/or pressure cylinders of a mill, including: a tubular shaft of which the hollow interior volume forms a fluid admission chamber; a chassis rigidly connected to the external wall of the shaft, extending along the tubular shaft; a plurality of nozzles distributed over the length of the chassis and supported by the chassis, arranged such that the jets form a fluid curtain; and a pipe system, inside the chassis, ensuring the supply of the nozzles from the through-bores provided in the tubular wall of the hollow shaft. The pipe system includes at least one pressure levelling chamber extending over the whole active length of the chassis and through which all the fluid supplying the plurality of nozzles passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: FIVE DMS
    Inventor: Jérémie Freliez
  • Patent number: 11338299
    Abstract: A pin mill includes a rotor plate mounted on a shaft and having concentrically spaced-apart circular arrays of pins arise from an end face. The rotor pins interdigitate with complementary concentric arrays of pins arising from a face of a stator mounted on a door. The door swings open on a hinge mounted on two translator pins so that the door can translate the interdigitated pins before swinging open so that the pins arrays do not collide with each other while the door is opening. The rotor operates within a cylindrical screen which retains particles being broken up until they are small enough to exit. The rotor also includes a circular array of vane knives which sweep closely within the screen and also entrain cooling air into the macerating volume of the mill. Oversized particles trapped in the screen also get cleared and split apart by the passing vane knives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: Vasili Stetsiouk
  • Patent number: 11338345
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for forming a tube with high internal pressure and low external pressure. The method comprises: putting a tube to be formed into a cavity, such that a bulging area (15) is formed between the tube to be formed and an inner wall of the cavity; continuously injecting a low-pressure fluid into the bulging area, and then injecting a high-pressure fluid into the interior of the tube to be formed, the high-pressure fluid creating a pressure on an outer wall of the tube to be formed such that the tube to be formed starts to expand to the bulging area; stopping the supply of the low-pressure fluid when the tube is bulged to conform to the inner wall of the cavity; and taking the formed tube out to complete a working cycle. Further disclosed is a forming machine for forming a tube according to the above method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Yuqing Zheng, Xulin Chen, Yulei Zheng, Shaoming Chen, Xiaobo Deng, Jie Yang, Yan Xu
  • Patent number: 11331710
    Abstract: A method for producing a motor vehicle component with at least two regions of different strengths and a protective layer, consisting of the following process steps: —providing precoated blanks made of a steel alloy, which can be hardened, —homogeneously heating to a heating temperature, which is at least greater than or equal to the AC1 temperature, preferably greater than or equal to the AC3 temperature, —holding the heating temperature, so that the precoating alloys with the blank, —homogeneously intercooling the alloyed blank to an intercooling temperature between 450 deg. C. and 700 deg. C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: Christian Hielscher, Simon Werneke, Stefan Horn, Borek Dvorak, Radovan Kout, Martin Schaele