Patents Examined by Nicholas J Weiss
  • Patent number: 10730143
    Abstract: A laser welding device includes: a gun body mounted on a front end portion of an arm of a robot; a laser scanner installed on the gun body; a shielding gun fixed to the gun body in a first direction and shielding a laser beam irradiated from the laser scanner; and a pressing gun installed at the gun body to move in the first direction or in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Hanjong Lee, Chaewon Lim
  • Patent number: 10722984
    Abstract: Various examples are provided related to the preparation of electrodes on carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites with low contact resistance. Laser-based surface preparation can be used for bonding to CFRP composites. In one example, a method includes preparing a pretreated target area on a CFRP composite surface using laser pulsed irradiation and bonding an electrode to exposed fibers in the pretreated target area. The surface preparation can allow the electrode to have a low contact resistance with the CFRP composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Khaled Hamdan Almuhammadi, Gilles Henri Fernand Lubineau, Marco Francesco Alfano, Ulrich Buttner
  • Patent number: 10722688
    Abstract: An applicator for storing, sterilizing, and dispensing adhesives. The applicator includes a rigid tapered tip, a body, and a container holding a polymerizable cyanoacrylate monomer adhesive. The applicator is sterilized by radiation and, following sterilization, the adhesive remains substantially unpolymerized for about twenty-four months.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Adhezion Biomedical, LLC
    Inventors: Sheng Zhang, Amanda Guido, Rafael Ruiz, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10717579
    Abstract: A front pull piercing valve assembly attached to a flexible container, whereby; when the wall of the flexible container is pulled into contact with a piercing element in the assembly, the contents of the container are dispensed by piercing the wall of the container and liquid flows through the valve assembly and directly into a container or through flexible hose or another connection to be dispensed. The valve assembly is configured in such a manner that during use it is filed with the liquid being dispensed thereby preventing the liquid in the flexible container from being exposed to air, namely, oxygen that often causes spoilage of certain liquids, such as wine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: James W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10710776
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing container is provided. The container includes a container body formed from a first flexible material defining an interior cavity. The container includes a membrane formed from a second flexible material and a seal coupling the membrane to the inner surface of the container body. The membrane divides the interior cavity into a contents chamber and a dispensing chamber, and the membrane and the seal are configured to be fluid tight to maintain fluid within the contents chamber prior to rupture of the membrane. The rupture stress of the second flexible material is less than the rupture stress of the first flexible material such that, as fluid pressure within the contents chamber increases, the membrane is configured to rupture without the container body rupturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: MaxPax LLC
    Inventor: Bill Nathan
  • Patent number: 10702946
    Abstract: A substrate has a first surface with at least one division line formed thereon and a second surface opposite the first surface. The substrate is processed by applying a pulsed laser beam from the side of the first surface. The substrate is transparent to the pulsed laser beam. The pulsed laser beam is applied at least in a plurality of positions along the at least one division line, a focal point of the pulsed laser beam located at a distance from the first surface in the direction from the first surface towards the second surface, so as to form a plurality of modified regions inside the substrate. Each modified region is entirely within the bulk of the substrate, without any openings open to the first surface or the second surface. Substrate material is removed along the at least one division line where the modified regions are present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Hiroshi Morikazu, Karl Heinz Priewasser, Nao Hattori
  • Patent number: 10698368
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for dispensing a measured quantity of liquid product from a container. The apparatus includes a pour chamber and a density timer. The density timer is engaged with the pour chamber. The density timer includes a reservoir containing a timing liquid and a timing element. The timing element is visible from outside the reservoir. One or more dosing indicia are on or adjacent the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Nicole Lynn Briggs, Scott Eugene Mizer
  • Patent number: 10689158
    Abstract: A package includes a container and a closure cap for mounting on the container. The closure cap is coupled to a neck of the container to block selectively removal of product stored within the container at the selection of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: William D. Sprick, Todd D. Faubion, Mark A. Deutsch, Jason A. Bragg, Karla S. Koring
  • Patent number: 10682034
    Abstract: A mop or like cleaning implement with a fluid reservoir and dispensing handle and with an integral refill/add-on reservoir receiver which embraces the handle. A refill/add on reservoir fluid container is inserted into the receiver to supplement and/or replenish the volume of liquid contained in the fluid reservoir handle. The refill fluid container can be removed and replaced when empty. The reservoir and dispensing handle can be filled and refilled independently of the refill fluid container, or can be refilled using the refill container. Either way, a refill container can be inserted into the refill receiver to supplement the volume of fluid in the reservoir handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Geerpres, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E. Ribbe, Erin L. Olesen
  • Patent number: 10682666
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus having various features is described. The dispensing apparatus can receive a cartridge having a movable plunger configured to direct the fluid through a dispensing valve. The plunger can be movable under a force applied by air pressure. The cartridge can be inserted in the dispensing apparatus using a clamping and sealing mechanism and can be released using a cartridge ejector. The dispensing apparatus can include a ball valve having a ball defining an internal passageway that selectively aligns with a second internal passageway outside of the ball, a brush mounted via an elongating mechanism, and/or a gear train transmitting power from the elongating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry R. Routen, William C. Paetow, II, Jeffry J. Grana, Justin E. Hall, Thomas R. Tudor
  • Patent number: 10676247
    Abstract: A liquid bottle or container, such as for liquid detergent, and corresponding cap and cup is disclosed for operation in a horizontal position with the cap and cup side wall substantially parallel to the ground, the cap and cup shape providing a built-in drip collector cavity positioned around a portion of the circumference or perimeter of the cap and cup rim on the open end of the cap. The cap and cup may be used to cover a nozzle or other valve dispenser during storage. The drip collector cavity has a volume sufficient to collect liquid residue remaining after normal use of the cap as a measuring and dispensing cup, and any post-use drops from the dispenser nozzle. Thus, the cap and cup of the present disclosure is dripless or nearly drip less. In an embodiment, at least a portion of the cap rim perimeter around which no built-in drip collector cavity is positioned is shaped as a pouring spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Maxim Umarov
  • Patent number: 10676339
    Abstract: A method of determining a sold-out state of a beverage dispenser is provided. The method includes providing a beverage dispenser including a pump having a gas exhaust port, a dispensing valve, and a sensor disposed on the pump gas exhaust port. The method may include activating the beverage dispenser to dispense a beverage through the dispensing valve and during the activating, sensing a gas exhaust pattern of the pump. The method may also include generating a signal based on the sensed gas exhaust pattern and determining whether the beverage dispenser is in a normal-pour state or a sold-out state. The method may also include providing feedback about the sold-out state to a user interface of the beverage dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Sam Karol, Robert W. Balstad, Anthony Romano, Alberto Pravato, Alessandro Roncato
  • Patent number: 10661974
    Abstract: An aerosol dispenser having a valve cup. The valve cup has an internal interlock, for attachment of a valve assembly thereto. A seal is disposed below the interlock. This arrangement provides the benefit that components of the dispenser may be inserted past the interlock, and still seal product therein under pressure. The interlock may comprise threads or a bayonet fitting. The valve cup may be injection molded as a preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Matthew Aaron Neumann, Douglas Bruce Zeik, Scott Edward Smith
  • Patent number: 10653232
    Abstract: The hand sanitizer holster is a garment. The hand sanitizer holster comprises a belt, a fastening structure, and a plurality of primary holsters. The fastening structure secures the belt to a healthcare worker. The plurality of primary holsters attach to the belt. Each of the plurality of primary holsters contains a chemical container filled with a sanitizer. The sanitizer is an anti-microbial chemical used for cleaning the hands of the healthcare worker. Each holster contained within the plurality of primary holsters is configured such that the sanitizer dispenses from the chemical container without removing the chemical container from the holster. In a second potential embodiment of the disclosure, the hand sanitizer holster further comprises a shoulder harness. The shoulder harness further comprises one or more straps and one or more secondary holsters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Paula Russo
  • Patent number: 10646950
    Abstract: In the present invention, while a welding current is applied with respect to a laminate body comprising thick metal plates and thin metal plates, a first welding pressure (F1) with respect to the laminate body from an upper tip contacting the metal plate and a second welding pressure (F2) with respect to the laminate body from a lower tip contacting the metal plate are changed relative to each other. Specifically, F1<F2 in a first step which is an initial period of welding, F1=F2 in a second step which is an intermediate period of welding, and F1>F2 in a third step which is a final period of welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Miwa, Yohei Teragaito
  • Patent number: 10646888
    Abstract: A pump system may include a blown-in dip tube connected to a valve body and having a connection which may include an improved blown-in dip tube connector having one or more of a lip for sealing with a blown-in dip tube, a seal ring configured to mate with a blown-in dip tube and seal therewith, a dip tube lock for mating with a blown-in dip tube, or an o-ring for providing an improved seal with a blown-in dip tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Silgan Dispensing Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Good, David I. Dejong
  • Patent number: 10640359
    Abstract: A container insert is disclosed for use in a closed loop dispensing system. The insert is press-fitted into the throat of a liquid container. The insert includes a plastic substrate portion and an over-molded portion which is comprised of a TEP material. The container insert is completely recyclable and is automatically self-venting. The insert includes a vertically movable snap-in valve which is movable between an upper closed position and a lower open position. The over-molded portion includes a disc-shaped seal which sealably engages the valve stem of the valve to prevent the upward flow of liquid around the valve when the valve is in either of its closed and open positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Rodney Laible
  • Patent number: 10631560
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a composition comprising storing at least one acid in an acid storage container, storing at least one acid-degradable component in a component storage container, and mixing the at least one acid from the acid storage container and the at least one acid-degradable component from the component storage container such that the at least one acid and the at least one acid-degradable component mix together to form the composition. A method and apparatus for providing a selected beverage from a plurality of selectable beverages comprising storing a number of non-sweetener beverage component concentrates separately in a respective number of beverage component storage containers and in response the selection of the selected beverage, automatically dispensing, continuously in a predetermined ratio for any volume of the beverage dispensed, any combination of at least two or more of the number of non-sweetener beverage component concentrates and a diluent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Newton R. White, Kelly H. Sepcic, Gregg Carpenter, Lawrence B. Ziesel, Robert D. Hughes, IV
  • Patent number: 10625285
    Abstract: An improved container suitable for use with a nesting sprayer handle is provided. The container includes a container handle opening with an improved top wall geometry. The top wall geometry resists deformation to reduce or eliminate accidental dislodgment of a sprayer handle when the sprayer handle is nested in the container handle opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Silgan Plastics LLC
    Inventor: Edmund Lee White
  • Patent number: 10624364
    Abstract: Described is a stirrer of a machine for making and dispensing ice cream products, the stirrer rotating about an axis inside a mixing and cooling cylinder and comprising: a body defining a plurality of helical scraping blades extending around the axis and acting on an inside wall of the mixing and cooling cylinder to be scraped; a shaft for rotating the stirrer about the axis of rotation; a plurality of scraping members, each designed to be coupled to a blade and equipped with elastic coupling means for the blade adapted to be elastically deformed in order to allow it to be coupled to the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Andrea Cocchi, Roberto Lazzarini