Patents Examined by N. Sanders
  • Patent number: 9351730
    Abstract: A tissue thickness compensator can comprise a tissue contacting surface and a network of channels defined in the tissue contacting surface. In at least one embodiment, the channels can be configured to store at least one medicament therein. In certain embodiments, the channels can define gripping surfaces configured to grip tissue. In various embodiments, the tissue contacting surface can further comprise ridges extending therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Katherine J. Schmid, Jerome R. Morgan, Donna L. Korvick, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 9259832
    Abstract: A handheld electrical power tool may include a plurality of grasping portions, and at least one manipulating member to actuate and deactuate a drive source of the electrical power tool. The at least one manipulating member is positioned to correspond to all of the grasping portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masamichi Miyazawa, Tomohiro Ukai
  • Patent number: 9221275
    Abstract: A container-printing arrangement configured to print graphic, numeric, and/or alpha-numeric information or an image on an external surface of a bottle or similar container. The arrangement comprises at least one electrostatic print head having a plurality of openings configured to dispense printing liquid and a plurality of corresponding electrodes. The openings are located in a row one after another along a print head longitudinal axis. A container handling arrangement is used to position a container adjacent the at least one electrostatic print head to permit dispensing of printing liquid onto an external surface of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Volker Till
  • Patent number: 9198644
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a handle portion, a shaft housing a firing bar, an end effector comprising an anvil, a lower jaw, and a stapling and severing assembly responsive to a longitudinal closing motion produced by the handle portion and the shaft. The lower jaw is configured to receive a removable cartridge. The cartridge includes a housing, a plurality of staples disposed in the housing, and a deck disposed over the plurality of staples. The deck defines apertures, with each aperture being substantially disposed over each staple. The instrument includes an anvil cartridge removably received in an anvil frame. The anvil cartridge is severed by the firing bar when the firing bar is advanced through tissue such that material from the anvil cartridge is released onto the severed tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Balek, Chad P. Boudreaux, Matthew D. Holcomb, Edward A. Rhad
  • Patent number: 9193576
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a beverage includes the steps of: providing a housing having a plurality of reservoirs of beverage concentrate each reservoir having a concentrate pump and flexible conduit terminating in a nozzle; providing a plurality of drivers driving said concentrate pumps; providing diluent to the pumped concentrate to produce a beverage; providing a multiple dispense head accepting the plurality of nozzles; selecting a flexible pouch and bringing it into alignment with a nozzle in a filling position where it is filled via an opening; closing said opening and dispensing said filled sealed flexible pouch; wherein the filling position is a fixed position and wherein said nozzles are movable relative to the filling position such that any one of said plurality of nozzles can be presented at said filling position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard John Nighy
  • Patent number: 9186141
    Abstract: A circular anastomosis stapler is provided and includes a handle assembly having a firing trigger that is actuatable between a first firing stroke and a second firing stroke. A shell assembly includes a pusher assembly having a main pusher, a staple pusher and a knife pusher. A compressible member positioned between the main pusher and the knife pusher is movable between a first configuration for advancing the staple pusher through the first firing stroke to drive at least one staple from the shell assembly to staple tissue and a second configuration for advancing the knife pusher through the second firing stroke to drive a knife from the shell assembly to core the stapled tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Justin Williams
  • Patent number: 9168183
    Abstract: A folding machine includes a conveyance roll configured to come into contact with both a first region and the second region being flush with each other; a web guide mechanism configured to cause the first region and the second region to face each other with reference to the folding line so that an angle between the first region and the second region becomes smaller toward downstream; a press mechanism configured to press at least any one of the first region and the second region. The press mechanism changes a pressing strength on the web to change at least either a track length (first track length) in which one side edge provided on a downstream of a conveyance roll is conveyed or a track length (second track length) in which other side edge is conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9150399
    Abstract: An automatic, portable water bottle filling apparatus includes an elongated frame that defines a continuous conveying path with opposite first and second ends; a conveyor system that moves bottles along the conveying path; a water filling station adjacent to the conveying path second end that is configured to fill an empty bottle with liquid from the user's water source; a capping station positioned downstream from the water filling station that is configured to close a filled bottle with a cap; a sensor system configured to detect the presence of an empty, uncapped bottle at the water filling station; and a controller that automatically controls operations of the water filling station, capping station and conveyor system in response to signals received from the sensor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventors: Richard D. Michelli, Laura Paramoure Michelli
  • Patent number: 9150315
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for filling bags wherein the bags are gusseted and extend from a first end to a second end. The gussets are optionally pulled outwardly out of the second bag end by means of a spreader device to provide a large filling mouth. The bag is attached to a filling spout by its opened second end where it is filled at least in part before the second end of the bag is closed by means of a closing device by way of at least one closing seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: HAVER & BOECKER OHG
    Inventor: Willi Vollenkemper
  • Patent number: 9132983
    Abstract: An apparatus for folding a product having a first portion and a second portion has a receiving roll with a drive assembly for rotating the receiving roll at variable surface speeds in a first direction of rotation. The receiving roll is adapted to selectively hold the first and second portions of the product thereto. A folding roll has a drive assembly for rotating the folding roll at variable surface speeds in a second, opposite direction of rotation. The folding roll is adapted to selectively hold the first portion of the product thereto. An oscillating member is adapted to transfer the first portion of the product from the receiving roll to the folding roll. The oscillating member has a drive assembly for moving the oscillating member at variable surface speeds in both the first direction and the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Daniel Coenen, Gregory J. Rajala, John Soosai Alphonse, Mohammed Shafi Khurieshi, Mahendra Mittapalli
  • Patent number: 9133007
    Abstract: Container filling plant for aseptically filling containers, which plant has a filling machine and a closing machine inside a clean room. The plant further has shields which surround the filling machine and/or the closing machine to minimize the passage of contaminants produced by the operation or repair of the machines into an area of the clean room outside of the shields. Air is passed through the interior of the shields to conduct contaminants through an outlet and out of the clean room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Cl├╝sserath
  • Patent number: 9133002
    Abstract: Method and systems for capping are described. In one embodiment, an order processing device, a cap device, a plurality of feeders and a capping implement are provided. The order processing device processes orders with containers. The cap device is adapted to cap the container and is communicatively connected to the order processing device. The cap device is adapted to receive dispensation preferences from the order processing device. The cap device includes a plurality of feeders and a capping implement. Each feeder has a unique type of crown portion of a cap for capping. The capping implement is adapted to grasp the crown portion from the feeder. The cap device is adapted to select a feeder from which to grasp the crown portion based on the dispensation preferences. Additional methods and systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Express Scripts, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Eller, Jacob J. Reinhardt, Thomas C. Pegg
  • Patent number: 9132982
    Abstract: An apparatus for folding a product includes a receiving roll having a first direction of rotation. The receiving roll is adapted to selectively hold first and second portions of the product. A folding roll of the apparatus has a second direction of rotation that is opposite from the first direction of rotation. The folding roll is adapted to selectively hold the first portion of the product thereto. An oscillating member is adapted to transfer the first portion of the product from the receiving roll to the folding roll. The oscillating member is configured to move in both the first direction and the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Daniel Coenen, Gregory J. Rajala, John Soosai Alphonse, Mohammed Shafi Khurieshi, Mahendra Mittapalli
  • Patent number: 9120660
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for sterilizing containers with a sterilization medium. The method involves first introducing a sterilization medium into a container, and then introducing a heated gaseous and/or vaporous activation medium into the container. The activation medium is used to heat and activate the sterilization medium to destroy microorganisms. The temperature of the heated gaseous and/or vaporous activation medium is controlled based on the detected temperature of the container or the wall of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Daryoush Sangi, Thomas Herold
  • Patent number: 9120661
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for sterilizing containers with a sterilization medium. The method involves first introducing a sterilization medium into a container, and then introducing a heated gaseous and/or vaporous activation medium into the container. The activation medium is used to heat and activate the sterilization medium to destroy microorganisms. At least one parameter of the method is controlled based on the detected temperature of the container or the wall of the container. Alternatively, the heating and activating of the sterilization medium is achieved by first introducing an activation medium into the container under time control at a constant temperature and at a first, constant, volume flow, and then subsequently adjusting to a second, different, volume flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Daryoush Sangi, Thomas Herold
  • Patent number: 9102463
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for filling at least one cavity with a liquid via: partly filling a cavity of a semifinished product containing at least two cavities, covering the semifinished product at least in some areas, so as to prevent the escape of liquid from the semifinished product, displacing at least some of the liquid from the already partially filled cavity, such that at least one other cavity is completely filled by a portion of the displaced liquid and another portion of the displaced liquid at least partially fills at least one overflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim MicroParts GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Osterloh, Berthold Lange
  • Patent number: 9089954
    Abstract: A hand-held tool machine has a switchable mechanism having at least two operating positions, which are able to be selected via an adjustable operating element, the operating element being coupled to an adjustable switching element via a coupling element. The coupling element is implemented as bistable coupling spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Heiko Roehm
  • Patent number: 9084396
    Abstract: A handheld power working machine includes a main body including a driving part, a working part provided in the main body and configured to drive by the driving part, and a gripper provided to be able to rotate with respect to the main body. The gripper includes a restriction part configured to be able to switch between at least a restriction state where the gripper is restricted from rotating with respect to the main body and a release state where the gripper can rotate by releasing the restriction state, and switching operation parts configured to perform switching operation to switch between the restriction state and the release state in the restriction part. Respective switching operation parts are disposed in at least one side and the other side of the gripper in a rotating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoaki Sato
  • Patent number: 9073651
    Abstract: Provided is a film opener and a film placement system capable of smoothly and securely placing even a thin tubular film around a placement target. The film opener is mounted to a film placement apparatus for opening a tubular film supplied so as to be sheet-like folded and placing the tubular film around a bottle, and includes first and second suction rods and third and fourth suction rods that grip a sheet-like folded label by suction, and the first and second suction rods, and the third and fourth suction rods, separate from each other, and thereby the label is opened, and in a state where the label is open, suction holes of the first suction rod and suction holes of the fourth suction rod oppose each other, and suction holes of the second suction rods and suction holes of the third suction rod oppose each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Ushidate
  • Patent number: 9061780
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packaging method for packing plastic injection moulded parts (9), including: simultaneously removing K parts (9) from K cavities (3), and depositing the parts (9) in an intermediate storage (5) and loading V packaging units (8), each having A parts (9), from the intermediate storage (5). A plurality of depositing positions (6) arranged next to each other in a deposition plane (7) is used as intermediate storage (5), and the K parts (9) are deposited equally divided among U subgroups (11) in the intermediate storage (5), and K parts (9) are removed from the K cavities (3) and are divided evenly among the U subgroups (11) until each subgroup (11) has L parts (9), wherein the quantity L of the parts (9) of a subgroup (11) corresponds to the quantity A of parts (9) to be loaded into a packaging unit (8), or an integral divisor of A. The invention further relates to a packaging device and to an injection moulding machine having such a packaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Waldorf Technik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Christian Boos