Patents Examined by Nathaniel L Adams
  • Patent number: 10413019
    Abstract: A lacing system configured to selectively adjust the size of an opening on an object and allow for the incremental release of the lace within the lacing system. The lacing system can have a reel that includes a housing, a spool supported by the housing, and a knob supported by the housing. The reel can be configured so that cable is gathered in the channel formed in the spool when the spool is rotated in a first direction relative to the housing, and so that cable can be incrementally released from the spool when the spool is rotated in a second direction relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Mark S. Soderberg, Michael J. Nickel, Sean Cavanagh
  • Patent number: 10407284
    Abstract: It is aimed to enable an easier attachment of a lower spreader to a machine main body. The mast 30 is tiltably attached to the machine main body 13, and operable to lie over the machine main body 13. The lower spreader retainer 40 is fixedly attached to the machine main body 13, and adapted for retaining the lower spreader 50. The connector 60 connects the mast 30 and the lower spreader 50 with each other so that the mast 30 holds the lower spreader 50. The lower spreader 50 and the lower spreader retainer 40 are arranged at a position that allows the lower spreader retainer 40 to retain the lower spreader 50 in a state where the mast 30 holding the lower spreader 50 is lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Dairo Matsui
  • Patent number: 10399829
    Abstract: A crane for lifting and transporting loads includes a base frame, capable of transferring loads onto a support surface. A sliding element is slidably constrained to the base frame. An arm capable of moving the loads is hinged to the sliding element. A connection element has a first end hinged to the sliding element, and a second end constrained to the base frame in a mobile manner. Each of a pair of rod elements is hinged to the base frame and to the connection element to form an articulated quadrilateral. A first linear actuator is hinged to the base frame and to the connection element and to cause sliding movement of the sliding element relative to the base frame. A second linear actuator is hinged to the sliding element and to the arm to cause mutual rotation movement between the arm and the sliding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Jacques Tranchero
  • Patent number: 10392221
    Abstract: This invention modifies and redesigns a spring-loaded, retractable supply hose mechanisms used to pan out, retract, and store hoses used for gases (e.g., oxygen), treatments, or fluids, specifically this inventor's prior art, the Retractable Oxygen Supply Hose Mechanism, U.S. Pat. No. 6,065,490. This invention incorporates an “Adaptor Cap” or “Removable Cap” to prevent slippage of the Swivel connector, incorporates a “Removable Cap” into the upper disc or flange of the supply-hose reel and/or into the mechanism housing cover that acts as an “anti-rotational” device, and features bearing surfaces to prevent reel slippage. This internal ratchet system better prevents binding and kinking of the patient's supply, thereby facilitating the storage and the quick-controlled release of the desired amount of oxygen supply hose for patient's Medical Oxygen and other gases delivery, therapy, or treatments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: BIG E-Z REEL, LLC
    Inventors: James Jack Davis, Jr., Antonino F Anzalone, Vincent F Falcone, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10351398
    Abstract: A rope hoist includes: a rope drum around which a wire rope can be wound; a drum motor for rotating the rope drum; a reduction gear mechanism reducing the rotation of the drum motor and transmitting the rotation to the rope drum; and a control unit controlling driving of the drum motor. The reduction gear mechanism is arranged inside a wall portion provided by being projected from a motor cover of a main body part which is an end frame member supporting the rope drum, a lead wire extended from the drum motor and a cable extended from the control unit are connected via a relay, and the relay is arranged on the outside of the wall portion surrounding the reduction gear mechanism, and housed inside a recess provided on the motor cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Hiroki Mitsui
  • Patent number: 10351396
    Abstract: A method for replacing a length of a wire/cable in a hoisting system. The wire/cable extends from a storage drum to a winch. The method includes removing at least one lock which prevents a deadline anchor arranged between the storage drum and the winch from rotating, reeling onto the storage drum a first length of the wire/cable with a simultaneous coordinated operation of the deadline anchor and the storage drum, the simultaneous coordinated operation being controlled so that the wire/cable is in a continuous tension between the deadline anchor and the storage drum, securing the wire/cable to an attachment point, cutting a section of the wire/cable between the attachment point and the winch and removing the cut section of the wire/cable, reattaching the wire/cable remaining to the winch, reeling out a second length of the wire/cable from the storage drum, and securing the wire/cable to the deadline anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: MHWIRTH AS
    Inventor: Ragnar Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10343878
    Abstract: The present invention provides a powered winch retrieval system for harvested big game that can be configured either as a small trailer attachable to a vehicle via a hitch, or as a cantilevered unit couplable to a standard vehicle receiver hitch. The winch incorporates a frame that supports an internal combustion engine having a centrifugal clutch or constant velocity transmission (CVT) mounted thereon, a jack shaft chain driven by the centrifugal clutch or CVT for speed reduction and torque amplification, an output shaft on which is mounted a cable take-up spool, a norm ally-on disc brake assembly mounted on the final output shaft, a combination brake release and throttle lever, and an optional oscillating level-wind assembly. The level-wind assembly, which incorporates a linear ball-bearing bushing, ensures that the cable used to retrieve harvested game winds evenly on the take-up spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Andrew J Limb
  • Patent number: 10336588
    Abstract: A mobile crane is configured so that a boom is raised by a derrick cylinder in response to a raise signal output from a derrick lever and the derrick cylinder is stopped in response to the derrick angle of the boom reaching the maximum angle ? corresponding to the hoisted-down length of a rope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TADANO LTD.
    Inventor: Motoo Yoda
  • Patent number: 10336589
    Abstract: A mobile lift crane includes a carbody; a rotating bed; a boom; a moveable counterweight unit; at least one linear actuation device; and at least one arm pivotally connected at a first end to the rotating bed and at a second end to the linear actuation device. The arm and linear actuation device are connected between the rotating bed and the counterweight unit such that extension and retraction of the linear actuation device changes the position of the counterweight unit compared to the rotating bed. In one method of operation, the counterweight unit is never supported by the ground during crane pick, move and set operations other than indirectly by the ground engaging members on the carbody.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Manitowoc Crane Companies, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Pech, Kenneth J. Porubcansky
  • Patent number: 10317246
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking the remaining length of a material wound on a reel is disclosed. In the system, two sensors deployed relative to the reel (and each other) produce a detection signals when a detection element mounted on the reel is near the respective sensor in an order indicative of forward or reverse reel rotation. The system further includes a processor operably receiving the detection signals to count a total number of forward rotations of the reel, which count is saved in memory. A battery powers the processor, memory, and sensors. The system further includes a transceiver that removably and operably couples between the memory and a calculator that calculates the remaining length of the material wound on the reel based on the total number of forward rotations of the reel. The system may also record the time and location associated with the rotations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Wire Pulse, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric M. Martin, Andrew F. Human
  • Patent number: 10307023
    Abstract: A dispenser for storing and dispensing multiple rolls of sheet material is described. The rolls are held in place within the interior space of the housing by a pair of spindle holders. The housing front cover has an opening and a slidable door disposed therein to provide access to the rolls. A restricting member is movably coupled to the housing interior and biased to move in a direct towards an outmost winding of a roll. As the roll is dispensed, the restricting member moves out of the pathway of the door, eventually allowing a user to slide the door across the opening so that a second roll may be accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SOLARIS PAPER, INC.
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne
  • Patent number: 10308488
    Abstract: A system and method for a load-facing winch are described for hauling or lifting loads at least 30° from center of the primary support object. The load-facing winch includes a winch-mount that includes a housing, a center-pivot, a mounting-plate, and a plurality of springs. The mounting-plate is attached to the winch and tilts and/or turns about the center-pivot, which allows the winch to face the load. By directing the winch to face the load, angular resistance against a moving fairlead may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Daniel Madsen, Benjamin Taylor, Joe Fox, Lloyd J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10294088
    Abstract: A multi-cable subsea lifting system including two or more load-cable lifting apparatus (2a, 2b); a load cable (4a, 4b) extending from each load-cable lifting apparatus (2a, 2b) to a subsea attachment point; a torque measuring device (22) associated with each load cable (4a, 4b); one or more subsea anti-cabling devices (20), each anti-cabling device (20) including a motor (24) connected to a respective load cable (4a, 4b); and a controller (30) in communication with each motor (24) and torque measuring device (22); wherein the controller (30) is configured to actuate each motor (24) to impart a rotational force to its respective load cable (4a, 4b) in response to measurements obtained from the torque measuring device (22) with the aim to limit cabling, remove cabling or control heading either automatically or from external control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TECHNIP FRANCE
    Inventors: David Cannell, Ramesh Babu Kante, David Fraser
  • Patent number: 10294065
    Abstract: A retainer is described for exerting a braking effect on wire provided as a spool in a container. The retainer has a plate-like elastic element with a contact surface adapted for resting on the wire, an outer circumference adapted for being guided in the container, and an inner circumference adapted for allowing the wire to pass through. The plate-like elastic element has an elasticity such that one of the inner and outer circumferences sags down, under the proper weight of the retainer, by a distance of at least 10 mm when the retainer is supported at the other of the inner and outer circumference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SIDERGAS SPA
    Inventor: Carlo Gelmetti
  • Patent number: 10287146
    Abstract: A boat lift drive for connection to a winch having a winch shaft. The boat lift drive includes a power unit, a drive train engaged to and being driven by the power unit, and a drive shaft engaged to and being driven by the drive train. The drive shaft in turn is engaged to and drives the winch shaft. The drive train includes a seat with a frustoconical section and the drive shaft includes a head with a frustoconical section. The frustoconical sections are press fit into each other. This frustoconical engagement provides a great amount of torque for lifting boats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Gargaro, III
  • Patent number: 10273127
    Abstract: A fairlead assembly includes a frame structure having an opening therein. A pair of rollers are disposed on opposite sides of the opening. The frame structure includes a pair of opposed curved surfaces disposed between the end portions of the pair of rollers and defining a bordering surface of the opening. The frame can be cast as a unitary structure with the pair of rollers each rotatably supported by a support pin having opposite ends received in a first set of corresponding semi-cylindrical recesses in a surface of the cast frame. A clamp structure having a second set of corresponding semi-cylindrical recesses secure the support pins to the cast frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Darren G. Fretz
  • Patent number: 10246950
    Abstract: A deadline compensator including a compensator assembly configured to engage a deadline between a crown block and a supply reel. The compensator assembly is configured to transition between a first position and a second position. The deadline compensator also includes at least one compensator sheave of the compensator assembly. The compensator sheave is configured to engage the deadline. The deadline compensator includes at least one actuator of the compensator assembly. The actuator is configured to apply a force to the deadline via the at least one compensator sheave to displace the deadline while the compensator assembly is in the first position and configured to retract into the second position in response to force applied via the deadline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Nabors Drilling Technologies USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin James Nikiforuk
  • Patent number: 10239719
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a roll spindle comprises two roll supports and a differential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Raimon Castells De Monet, Jose Antonio Alvarez Tapia, David Claramunt Morera
  • Patent number: 10221052
    Abstract: A manual to motorized chain lift conversion system converts a manually operated chain lift into a motor operated chain lift. The system includes a chain lift having a drive shaft which is exposed when a chain wheel is removed from the chain lift. An adapter is coupled to the lift frame. A motor is coupled to the adapter such that the motor engages and rotates the drive shaft of the chain lift. A battery is coupled to the adapter and electrically coupled to the motor wherein the motor is powered by the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Cordell Anderson
  • Patent number: 10221047
    Abstract: Equipment provided with a display device, the equipment including a mechanism that includes a movable portion, an operating device that operates movement of the movable portion, a moving mechanism that moves the movable portion, the display device that makes a display about movement of the movable portion, and a drive control unit that, based on the operation by the operating device, controls operation of the moving mechanism and the display of the display device. The display device is configured to make a display about movement of the movable portion prior to start of the movement of the movable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Gogoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouji Ogawa, Fujioki Yamaguchi